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Museums staging events through Super Bowl Sunday


1932 Ford Ray Brown Roadster | Petersen Museum photos

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, holds a Cars and Coffee on Super Bowl Sunday while LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, offers $5 admission, not because of the football game but to celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary.

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

1951 Mercury Hirohata Merc

Saturday, the World of Speed museum in Alllentown, Pennsylvania, opens a “Road Race Motorcycles” exhibit. The museum also offers a discussion, hosted by rally driver Nick Taylor, titled “Rally Racing: Behind the Wheel.” The talk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Also Saturday, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, holds one of “If these cars could talk” talks at 2 p.m. featuring a 1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton with a live car-side presentation.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened a new exhibit Febuary 1 that displays objects that were used during the days of the Black American Racers Inc. The former owner and president Leonard W. Miller and former members of BAR donated clothing, race victory trophies and awards, as well as the iconic steering wheel from the Formula Super Vee driven by the late BAR driver Tommy Thompson.

Car shows

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible

The Blackhawk Museum also hosts a cars and coffee February 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., for a special celebration of Enzo Ferrari’s 119th birthday presented by the Ferrari Club of America and the Alfa Romeo Association.

Educational opportunities:

Thursday, February 16, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles offers “The Car and Civil Rights,” presented by education coordinator Jason Hartwig whom covers the cars used to help transport slaves to safe places.

About a week later, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum offers its second winter discussion series with a presentation titled “Freedom Rids, the Impact of Transportation on the Civil Rights Movement.” The presentation will take place February 21 at 6:00 pm.

America’s Car Museum holds a K-12 educator workshop on February 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop aims to help teachers develop new ways to incorporate sciene, technology, engineering, and art into lessons.

The British Motor Museum holds a “Cars through the lense” photography workshop March 18 followed by “Lights, Camera… Cars” the following day. Each workshop will be instructed by Lara Platman, who will teach participants how to use their camera settings, basic light and composition, the rule of thirds, and other essential techniques.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette XP-87 Stingray

The National Corvette Museum heads to Seattle, Washington, for an adventure-filled weekend July 26-30 with sights including Mount Rainier, the LeMay museums, Museum of Flight, Seattle Center (with Space Needle), Pikes Place Market and more. Registration is $1,890 for single occupancy, and an additional $340 for double occupancy. NCM Members receive a $40 discount.

The ACD museum offers a presentation titled, “Tucker: A Man and his Motorcar” on February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

The NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced its 2017 track 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.

Its not just cars:

The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan invites guests for a “Pint with the Past” on February 11 from 7 p.m. to  10 p.m., a the beer-tasting fundraiser will include live music, appetizers, and cars for viewing.

Cars, Corks, and Chocolates takes place on February 12 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the America on Wheels Museum.

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.

On Monday, February 20, the National Corvette Museum holds a “Pokemon science” day for ages 7-12. Participants will be able to create Pikachu lightning bolts, shoot fireballs like Chizard and discover how Hoppip is easily lifted off the ground among other things.

Febuary 24, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento holds “Zero to 60’s: A Mad Men Office Party” at 5:30 p.m.

June 3, the LeMay stages “Fast & Furious, the 2017 Wheels & Heels Annual Gala.”

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


  1. I recently saw a Delorean parked in front of a local gas station waiting to be serviced. Closer inspection it looked like a daily driver. The pump jocky verified this.
    Why not! Built to resist rust, simple enough the local mechanic can complete basic repairs. I thought refreshing to see a speciality car with candy wrappers, a few empty bags inside. I think the repair mentioned cruise control stuck at speed of 88 mph.

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