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New exhibits and movies this weekend at automotive museums


Class learning to drive a Model T | Gilmore Car Museum Photos

The wait is over… back by popular demand… with a twist… based on the enthusiastic response received from thousands of visitors, the American Muscle: Rivals to the End exhibit at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has been extended with an entirely new set of muscle cars in American Muscle: Modified Madness. Modified Madness is about “resto-mod” muscle cars from 1964 – 1972 that have been contemporized in appearance and/or performance. The new exhibit opens to the public today.

On December 31, the museum celebrates New Year’s Eve and is open from 9  p.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees will be able to play and win prizes at the museum’s Victory Lap Casino, dance with music by DJ Clint Kuper, enjoy drinks, chocolates and a photo booth.

“Student Driver” vehicle

Tonight is the last movie screening of the year at the World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, which has been showing movies on the big screen in the main indoor gallery. The final movie for the year is Talladega Nights at 7 p.m. Prices are $2.50 for members and $8 for non-members.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is holding its first “preservation workshop” on Saturday. The one-day symposium will focus on the preservation efforts of a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe with chassis number CSX2287. The history of the car has been well documented with photographs and service recipts, although they were misplaced at some point and recently recovered in the museum’s library. The collection includes photos of before and after, serial numbers, and other discoveries of previously unknown features. The event will begin at noon in the Main Space museum.

The museum also has announced its full 2016 Demo Day schedule. Demo days are set to be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, with the first being January 23rd at noon.

The Blackhawk Museum, in Danville, California, continues its speaker series on Sunday, with racing champion Danny Sullivan who presents “Spin and Win – the 1985 Indy 500.”

Early in 2016, the museum will stage two “Cars and Coffee” events, the first set to take place on January 3, while the second event is a collaboration with Silicon Valley Auto Show in San Jose on January 10. Both events will be from 8  to 10 a.m.

Cars from the museums fleet used to learn to drive with

The America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will have model trains stationed around the museum’s galleries on display through January 2.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will have a “Cars and Christmas” display through January 3. The display features decorated trees, model train displays, special vehicles and other holiday fun.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan begins a new lecture series January 10. The series will kick off with a look at the museum’s past 50 years. A complete list of events will be released later in the month.

The museum is also currently selling sessions to participate in the Model T Driving School. The Model T, built from 1908-1927, is operated by three foot pedals, one hand lever and two hand controls on the steering wheel. Participants will be able to get behind the wheel of these cars and drive around the museum grounds. To sign up for a class or to view the schedule, check out the museum’s website.

The “Museum in Motion” tours held by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, begin again with the first tour scheduled for January 27-February 1, 2016. Participants will be able to visit the Daytona International Speedway, among other things.  Other tours include a visit to Tucson on March 7-12, the Tail of the Dragon tour May 1-4, and the Marble and Glass tour through New England from May 19-22.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile museum in Auburn, Indiana, has a new exhibit that will run through October 3, 2016. Hoosier Made: World Driven will look at the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry and will show vehicles from the brass era, jazz era and the classic era.

Nicole James
Nicole James
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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