Museums start new year with new exhibits

Museums start new year with new exhibits

The National Packard Museum opens its “British Invasion” annual motorcycle exhibit Saturday. The exhibit is in its 17th year and will run through May 27.

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The National Packard Museum opens its “British Invasion” annual motorcycle exhibit Saturday. The exhibit is in its 17th year and will run through May 27.

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, has the hoods up on its cars to “expose the engines” through February 28.

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Bikes on display in exhibit

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.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northern Indiana recently received a 1948 Tucker on loan and will have it on display through April 15.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh features “Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ‘40s,” through January 15, 2017.

The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, has “original hybrids” on display through June 4, 2017. The exhibit showcases 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.

Additionally, the National Corvette Museum is headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 8-12 for a “museum in motion” race-themed week. The trip includes a stop at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum, Charlotte Motor Speedway, various NASCAR race shops, as well as a very special visit to Rick Hendrick’s Heritage Center and Michael Curb’s Museum for Music & Motorsports

Car shows

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Whats in your barn exhibit

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts a cars and coffee event Sunday from 8-10 a.m., with similar events planned February 5 and, one February 19, a special celebration of Enzo Ferrari’s 119th birthday a cars and coffee presented by the Ferrari Club of America and the Alfa Romeo Association.

On January 15, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles holds a Shelby cruise-in on the third floor of the parking garage. The show begins at 9 a.m. and celebrates Carroll Shelby’s birthday.

Educational opportunities:

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum presents a 1930 Ruxton as part of its “If These Cars Could Talk” lecture series, Saturday at 2 p.m.

January 19, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento hosts “Sacramento Motorcycle Stories” as part of its Third Thursday program. The event includes local motorcycle historians and club members sharing stories with a Q&A session afterword. Guests can enjoy a display of clothing and artifacts along with free snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

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Motorcycles on display

The Blackhawk Museum continues its speaker series February 19 with David Hobbs, Le Mans race car driver, TV announcer, and Cars 2 movie character.

The NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced its 2017 schedule with events April 27-28, June 26-27, and August 26-27. Participants will be a part of a four-group program based on skill level separated into novice drivers, intermediate, advanced, and instructors. Registration is open and can be done online.

It’s not just cars:

The Petersen has opened a new restaurant on its first floor. Drago Ristorante features classic Italian meals and adds contemporary flair.

The National Corvette Museum holds a Kids camp day January 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed to teach children to connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in a hands-on investigation of forensic science. The day is designed for ages 7-12.

Registration is open for the Michelin NCM Bash on April 27-29,. Attendees can attend seminars during the event on the seventh-generation navigation system, tires and brakes, hand building the LT4 engine, what’s new at the BG Assembly Plant, Corvette Racing, Transmissions and more.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum holds trivia night January 21. The event cost is $25 per person or $200 for a team of up to eight. The winning team will take home $300.

The British Motor Museum holds “Brick Week” February 18-26 and invites guests to the museum to take part in the automotive-themed brick-building challenges. Guest will be able to complete their own Lego brick section and professional model builders will attach it to the Lego brick mini the museum hopes to assemble in less than 9 days.

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