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Vehicles that powered the working class featured at LeMay


1942 GMC State Truck in exhibit | ACM Photo

Fifteen vintage work vehicles will be on display at the LeMay – Americas Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington, as part of a new exhibit, Tools of the Trade –- Powering the Working Class. The exhibit is set to open on November 5 and aims to showcase vehicles that helped shape America.

“Many car museums have displays that feature classic and vintage cars,” said museum chief executive David Madeira, “but very few feature a collection of work vehicles, which have a very important part in American history.”

One of the exhibit’s highlights is a 1947 Ford Railway Express 1½-ton panel truck. The truck was built by the Railway Express Agency during World War I in an effort to ship supplies and money quickly and safely.


Saturday, the California Automobile Museum holds a superhero themed Trunk or Treat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet Batman and Robin and have the chance to see the Batmobile and Batcycle.

Sunday, the America on Wheels museum and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum have similar events scheduled in the afternoon.

The National Automobile Museum in Reno invites guest to Trick or Treat on October 31 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Car shows (with and without coffee):

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania plays host to the Bus Museum’s annual Fall Meet this Saturday. Guests can view an array of busses from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with $35 admission.

Sunday, the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia holds the Elite Tuner Eurofest and Custom Toys Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also Sunday, Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, holds its monthly Flea Market and Car Corral from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

November 3, the National Corvette Museum and its motorsports park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, play host to members of the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion. The day — Vets ’n Vettes —  will include rides in Corvettes at the track, museum and plant tours, and a lunch presented by a Chevrolet dealer from Somerset, Kentucky, as part of the celebration. Other activities planned during the weekend include a “meet n’ greet,” road tours, seminars and participation in the Bowling Green Veterans’ Day Parade.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, holds Cars and Coffee on November 6.

And it’s not just cars:

Saturday, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, teams with the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky, and the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame in Weedsport, New York, to host a fund-raising auction for all three museums during the sprint car World Finals in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The auction takes place at noon in the Z-Max Dragway pavilion at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

November 3, the Blackhawk Museum will host the East Bay Leadership Council’s annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast to honor exemplary community-minded leaders, businesses, and service organizations that make the community more vibrant.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento holds its annual Art of the Car benefit November 4, starring artist and car enthusiast David Garibaldi. The dinner supports the museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

November 11, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum holds “history on the Rocks,” a cocktail tasting event with a focus on learning about the Auburn Automobile Companies impact on the area and automotive world.

Peter Brock will be honored by the Simeone museum on November 16 during the museums “Spirit of Competition” fundraising dinner.

Educational Opportunities:

The Kansas City Automotive Museum will explain basic car maintenance during the back-to-basics workshop, set for Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

November 1 the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, hosts “A Day of Racing,” featuring Derek Hill, who will speak about his experience driving the ERA.

The Blackhawk Museum continues its fall speaker series November 5 with author and barn-find hunter Tom Cotter followed by Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy 500 winner, on November 12. The speaker series continues with Vic Elford on December 3, followed December 10 by designer Raffi Minasian, who will discuss “The Autonomous Vehicular Future.”

America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, invites  educators to the museum’s Teacher Preview Day on November 6. Set to run 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the event will showcase the museum’s newest educational programs and summer camps.

The autumn series of lectures at the National Motor Museum in England resumes November 19 with Sarah Cofts discussing Women in Motorsport, then on December 3, the museum’s Chief Engineer, Doug Hill, discusses Under the Bonnet Again.

From 10 a.m. to noon on November 26 and December 17, the AACA Museum holds a two-hour Build-A-T Workshop for children 8-12 years old. Advance registration is required.

The Simeone Museum holds a demo day featuring “British Design Leaders” on November 12. Cars to be demonstrated include a 1934 MG K3 Magnette, a 1936 Aston Martin Le Mans, and a 1933 Squire Speedster.

The following Demo Day at the museum is set for November 26 and features “Peoples Choice.” Voting takes place online and is open until November 16. Winners will be announced shortly after on the 18th.

Nicole James
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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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