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It’s a revealing weekend at the Gilmore museum


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Museum goers enjoying the “Under the hood” exhibit at the Gilmore Museum | Gilmore Museum photos

Today through Sunday, the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, stages its fourth annual “under the hood” weekend. Each year the museum opens the hoods to some of the most famous automobiles for one weekend, giving enthusiasts a rare opportunity to check out the engines. This experience is included with regular museum admission.

Tonight, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento is holds Beer Prom, a “radical night of craft beer tasting.” The museum encourages attendees to dress in ’80s-themed attire.

May 30 the museum stages a Memorial Day car show featuring Corvettes and other American muscle car.

The museum also has three car-themed tours scheduled. The first is March 12-20 and takes enthusiasts to Florida for visits to the Amelia Island Concours, Daytona Speedway, the Dezer Collection and Walt Disney World.  The next trip is May 14-21 and goes to Cuba. The third trip goes to France from June 15-24 for the 24 hours of Le Mans, including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ford’s victory and the 25th anniversary of Mazda’s victory in the race.

Saturday is the first class in a six-part series on the foundations of automotive photography at the Simeone Museum. The first class focuses on exposure; April 16 will look at composition; June 4 will be about lenses and filters; July 30 will cover principles of white balance, color, temperature and backlighting; the September 17 class will focus on flash fundamentals; and the October 29 class will deal with capturing speed. Additionally, the museum is pleased to announce it was awarded the AACA Plaque Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the preservation of automotive history.

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Under the Hood exhibit

Sunday is the Blackhawk Museum‘s Cars and Coffee event  in Danville, California. Coffee will be available at 7:30 a.m. but the Starbucks in the Blackhawk Plaza  opens at 5:30 a.m.

The next  speaker series discussion is scheduled April 2 with Wayne Carini from “Chasing Classic Cars,” followed by Allen Grant discussing the 1965 Shelby Team Driver on Saturday, May 7. Along with this discussion will be the 3rd annual Carroll Shelby Memorial Car Show.

The museum plans a day trip to the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday, August 21. Space is limited and the museum encourages early registration, which can be done online or in person at the museum.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Indiana stages a trivia game night March 12 at 7:00 p.m. The cost for the event is $20 or $150 for a team of eight.

Science Saturdays return to the National Automobile Museum in Reno Nevada, on March 12 with “Chasing storms on Mars,” followed by “exploring the Titanic with a passenger” on April 9, “Exploring planet Earth” on May 14, “Roving Marz” on June 11, “Journeying to the moon” on July 9, and “food in space” on August 13.

“Museum in Motion” tours by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have begun. The next tours include a visit to Tucson, Arizona, 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 museum also has opened registration for the Michelin NCM Bash, to be held April 28-30. Attendees will be able to get up close to the next-model-year Corvette as well as hear from the engineers and designers of the car.

The museum holds its seventh annual “One lap of Kentucky” fund-raising event in October over the course of three weeks: October 11-15, 18-22 and 25-29. The event previously has been a one-day Corvette excursion led by the state troopers, but the event this year is open to enthusiasts of all different years, makes, and models, and it is a multi-day drive visiting Kentucky’s significant landmarks.

Muscle Car City’s monthly car show is set for Saturday, March 19 at the museum in Punta Gorda, Florida.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, continues its Winter Education Series on March 26, with a presentation by David Percival, sidecar motorcycle racer and owner of DP Motorsport, who is set to present “Sidecar Racing.” In April, writer and museum professional Mark Wilkins presents “The Lafayette Escadrille.”

NASA Great Lakes region holds an open test day at the NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on March 18, followed by a full NASA weekend March 19-20.

The British Motor Museum  is set to hold  themed workshops on April 9. The first will be a “Classic Virgins” experience day where museum experts will go over the basics of buoying and owning a classic car in addition to go over basic maintenance and give rides in a variety of classic cars. Later in the day, art teacher and accomplished pencil sketcher, Richard Cook will hold a class, “Drawing from Automotive History,” where he will go over different techniques of drawing cars and look at things like composition, angles, and how to draw metal.

The following weekend, April 16, the museum will hold a workshop on how to photograph cars with Lara Platman. The class will go over the basic settings on a camera and what settings are best for automotive photography. The following day, participants will be able to use the skills from the previous day and apply them to a studio setting.

LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has announced its 2016 Cruise-in dates. The cruise-ins are free, and feature a DJ, food, and the option to enter to win prizes and the peoples choice award. The cruise in dates are as follows: April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, and October 13.

Additionally, Early registration for the 5th annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival: the MEET, has opened. The event will be July 30 at the museum. Early registration for the event is $15 through July 15, after it will be $20.

Model T Drivers’ Ed registration is open at the LeMay Marymount in Tacoma, Washington. The first class will be April 23, followed by May 14, June 4, July 9, August 13, and September 10.

Saturday, April 9 is a tribute to the USRRC at the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. The event is to celebrate the SCCA’s first pro-racing series of 1963-1968.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania is holding its first car show of the season, Cars 4 Critters, on April 23 to benefit homeless animals.

The America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsyvania, is  looking for a 1967-1969 Shelby Mustang GT, 1970-1973 Firebird Trans-AM, and a 1990’s Viper to be a part of their changing exhibit, “A Century of Performance, Cars of the 20th Century.” The exhibit will run from April to October and any interested car owners are encouraged to send a photograph and description to the museum.

The World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, holds its 2016 Spark Gala on September 17. The event is an effort to raise funds for the museums educational programs.

Nicole James
Nicole Jameshttp://nicoleellanjames.com/
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 ClassicCars.com 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 ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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