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The Original Hybrid exhibit | Studebaker National Museum

Today, many car museums, including the Blackhawk Museum on the West Coast and the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the East Coast, offer free admission to all active military and veterans. The Owls Head also will offer free rides in its Model T vehicles, weather permitting.


1953 Nash Healy

The Studebaker National Museum located in South Bend Indiana, has “original hybrids” on display through June 4, 2017. The exhibit will showcase examples of hybrids — European cars with American powertrains — such as the Iso Grifo, the Sunbeam Tiger, and Donald Healey’s very own Nash-Healey, serial No. 001.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has the Tucker 48 Sin City 2 Movie car on display through April 1, 2017. The car is a handmade replica of a 1948 Tucker and was driven by Mickey Rourke and Eva Greene.

Car shows (with and without coffee):

The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles holds the Breakfast Club Cruise-In on Sunday, November 13, starting, at 8 a.m.

The Blackhawk Museums plans Cars and Coffee on December 4, from 8-10 a.m.

And it’s not just cars:

Tonight, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum offers “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.

On Sunday, America On Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hosts the Dorney Park and Mahoning Valley Speedway Reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event acts as an induction of four drivers from Dorney Park and four drivers from Mahoning Valley Speedway to America On Wheels Hall of Fame.

1966 Sunbeam Tiger

Peter Brock will be honored by the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia on November 16 during the museum’s “Spirit of Competition” fundraising dinner.

Educational Opportunities:

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, holds a mechanics class Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The class goes over basic vehicle care and maintenance like how to change a tire, check fluid levels, and replace taillight bulbs.

The Blackhawk Museum continues its fall speaker series Saturday with 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.”

The autumn series of lectures at the National Motor Museum in England resumes November 19 with Sarah Cofts discussing Women in Motorsport. 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.

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

The next Demo Day at the museum is set for November 26 and features “People’s Choice” winners.  Voting takes place online and is open until November 16. Winners will be announced 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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