Barn-find expert to visit Studebaker museum

Barn-find expert to visit Studebaker museum

Automotive historian and author Tom Cotter will be at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, on April 13 in conjunction with the museum’s “hoods open” event.

December 1, 2016; Studebaker National Museum exhibit: Powered by America (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Tom Cotter’s Cunningham at the Studebaker National Museum | Museum photo / Matt Cashore

Automotive historian and author Tom Cotter will be at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, on April 13 in conjunction with the museum’s “hoods open” event.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the museum will open the hoods to expose the engines of the cars in its collection, including Cotter’s own Cunningham, which is on display as part of the museum’s Powered by America; The Original Hybrid exhibition.

Cotter also will talk about how came to own the rare car and will be available to sign his books, including Hemi in the Barn, Cobra in the Barn, etc.

It’s not just cars –

Tonight and tomorrow, LeMay Marymount holds the annual LeMay Wine & Spirits Affair. The nights include an evening of tasting local wines and spirits along with artisan chocolates, and more. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marymount Event Center. Admission is $25 and includes a wine glass and five drink tokens.

January 22, 2017; Studebaker National Museum Cunningham

Cunningham with hood up

The AACA Museum in Pennsylvania plans the “Second Chance Spring Auction” Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon with a flea market and car corral as part of the offering. That same day, and again on April 15, the museum holds an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The museum holds a Spring Fling Collectible Toy Show on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum also offers free admission along with a complimentary rose for the first 100 moms to visit on Mother’s Day.

Through April 16, children 12 and under get complimentary admission to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, with a paying adult. Activities for children include free five-minute slot car races at the Miller Slot Car Circuit in the ACM Speed Zone and stop by the Family Zone to encourage.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine is scheduled to host its annual Midcoast Model Festival, April 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Kit Week, April 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

America’s Automotive Trust, dedicated to securing the future of the collector car hobby, holds “Drive the Blues Away” presented by the LeMay Family Collection Foundation on April 21 at America’s Car Museum. Also scheduled are“Fast & Furious, the 2017 Wheels & Heels Annual Gala” on June 3 followed by “Cars & Cigars” on July 28, and the “Summer Ender Fender Bender” on Sept. 9.

On April 27, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles holds “Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari” from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. The event includes cocktails, appetizers, live music and presentation, with a special tribute to legendary racer, Phil Hill, hosted by Derek Hill. A collection of Ferrari cars will be on display telling the story of this legendary brand’s legacy and advancements in automobile production.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, stages a Trivia Night on May 5 at 7 p.m. The night will offer a $200 prize to the winning team of 8 or less. Participation is $15 and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to see the museum’s galleries and exhibits which is included in a Trivia Night ticket purchase.

The Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia holds a fundraiser gala event and auction on May 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. featuring a reception and dinner. The gala will benefit the SAFETY program, a non-profit organization committed to addressing the number one cause of death for America’s teens. Isn’t this Saturday the demonstration day at the museum?

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Michigan announced it will induct Alberto Bombassei, August Fruehauf, Jack Roush and Ed Welburn during an awards gala slated July 20 in Detroit.

Educational opportunities –

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, continues its speaker series on Saturday with Chris Bock, the Pebble Beach Concours chief judge, on to discuss “The World’s Greatest Concours,” with a presentation on April 9 by former championship-winning driver, John Fitzpatrick.

Registration to participate in the National Corvette Museum Bash is open until April 18. The event in Bowling Green Kentucky, traditionally marks the rollout of the next model year Corvette and will include seminars discussing ‘What’s new in the 2018 model year?”  GM engineers and designers from Warren Tech Center and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be onsite to answer questions.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum offers the fourth segment in its Curatorial Spotlight series with a presentation titled “Style and Sound: Art Deco and Jazz in the 1920s.” The presentation will take place on April 18, at 6 p.m., and is given as a tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month.

On April 22, the America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will present a discussion with David K. Whitlock and Vlad L. Pop on the future integration of autonomous vehicles. The discussion will go over if highways will be clogged with self-driving cars in 10 years, and contemplates if classic and collector cars will still be able to be driven when surrounded by autonomous vehicles.

The National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, offers a history symposium, “The 1970s: Activism: Voices for Change,” on April 26-27, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The discussion will feature national speakers, historians, authors and local scholars will present on a wide variety of topics such as the Iran hostage crisis, foreign policy, the impact of the ’70s on our modern-day world, the auto industry and even a humorous look at the decade’s culture, including fashion.

Car shows –

The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles holds a Motorcycle Breakfast Club cruise-in on April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon on the third floor of the parking structure.

April 15, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum’s Cars and Coffee gathering on the Plaza will kick-off the season. The following cars and coffee events will be held May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 16. Each event is free to attend, takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and is open to all vehicles: classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars.

The AACA Museum will stage a “Cars 4 Critters” gathering April 22 to benefit homeless animals followed by the museums annual CARnival Car Show on June 17. The CARnival show is open to all makes, models, and years of vehicles in addition to activities such as tailgating on the lawn, a variety of vendor booths, a 50/50 drawing, family-friendly activities, entertainment, and valve cover racing.

The Blackhawk Museum hosts the Northern California Corvette Association’s 37th “A Legend On Display” Corvette Car Show on April 23, followed by the fourth annual Carroll Shelby memorial Classic Car Show on May 13.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento holds its 8th annual Vets and Vettes American Muscle car show May 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Corvette Homecoming and Chevy International car show hosted by the National Corvette Museum is set for June 1-3 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ken Lingenfelter is grand marshal. Celebrated anniversaries will be of cars produced in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987 and 1997.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is hosting “Mopar or No Car,” an exhibit that runs from June 17 – July 9 and is dedicated to the highest performance racecars from Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth and SRT.

Travel opportunities –

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky heads to Seattle for an adventure-filled weekend July 26-30 as part of the Museum in Motion program.

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa is raffling an “Australian Sprint Car Vacation.” The raffle winner will receive two round trip airfares from the United States to Australia, seven nights in a hotel, and two tickets to all three nights of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Warrnambool. The winner will be selected on August 12, need not be present to win.

The AACA Museum in Pennsylvania offers travel opportunities to Cuba from June 2-10; to England, September 1-10; and to Italy, November 3-12.

Cars in motion –

This weekend the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum holds a Demo Day featuring cars of brute force and determination. The cars that will participate include a Stutz Black Hawk, a “Blower” Bentley Supercharged, a Cunningham C4-R, and a Bizzarini V12.

The National Corvette Museum holds High Performance Drivers Education on April 27-28. The program focuses on Education, Safety, and Fun. Students are separated into groups based on road course driving experience, with most being assigned experienced driving instructors to help teach and enhance driving skill and enjoyment.

The LeMay Marymount offers driver education in a Ford Model T’s with students touring the historic 88-acre Marymount Military Academy Campus while learning how to drive the Model T. Classes are offered from May through September.

New exhibits –

On Saturday, the America on Wheels Museum debuts an exhibit called “Pony Cars, Then and Now.”

Through May 29, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento has a special exhibit showcasing firetrucks.

On Friday, May 19, the British Motor Museum shows “British Motoring Treasures: the British Motor Car in Fifty Objects.” The exhibition, which will run until March 2018, will showcase the depth and variety of the nationally-designated collections held at the museum and tell the story of Britain’s motor industry using fifty key objects.

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