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Memorial day weekend at museums and car shows


Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum
Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum

On Monday, May 29, the California Automobile Museum holds the 8th Annual Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show. The show is free to the public and honors servicemen and women while paying tribute to the Corvettes and American-made muscle cars.

The California Agriculture Museum in Woodland plans a military parade and trail ride that runs today through Sunday at Santa Margarita, along with its version of a Demo Day — featuring plows instead of cars.

Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum holds a Breakfast Club Cruise-In in the parking garage at 8 a.m.

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida holds its monthly flea market and car coral this Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual Corvette Homecoming and Chevrolet International car show at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is June 1-3.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum holds 1st annual Pennsylvania Concours d’Elegance on June 24 to support research into birth defects and developmental disorders. The event includes a preview gala on Friday June 23rd at 6:30 pm, then a Premier judged concours event, public car display and family-friendly activities and silent auction.

The AACA Museum in Hershey holds a cruise night on Friday, June 2 from 5-9 p.m. followed by the Museum of Bus Transportation Spring Fling on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m .to 4 p.m. along with a Father’s Day celebration on June 17.

Museums in motion

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum’s Demo Days have been a big hit with visitors, who not only get to see cars inside the museum but who get to venture out to the three-acre parking lot behind the facility in Philadelphia to see some of the museum’s cars in action. Weather permitting, the plan is to feature a selection of cars to show pre-selector shifting technology — including an MG K3 Magnette, Squire Roadster, Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Le Mans and Delahaye 135S —on May 27.

This Demo Day will be followed by another on June 10 with a Le Mans theme and parking lot runs by a Ferrari 375MM, D-type Jaguar and Cunningham C4-R.

However, not all such “museum in motion” programs involve visitors as viewers. On June 3, the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, will organize a trip to the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. On June 23 and July 7, the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville holds a driving experience with visitors getting to drive some of the museum’s vehicles.

The AACA Museum offers tours to Cuba in early June, to England in early September and to Italy in November, and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, will award a raffle winner with a trip for two to Australia that includes tickets to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic races. Contact the various museums for details.

The National Corvette Museum takes enthusiasts on adventures to the Northwest Passage – the coastal region of Seattle, Washington, Tacoma, and Mount Rainier – set for July 26-30. Then on August 18-23 the museum heads to Kingman, Arizona and travels portions of Route 66 to Long Beach, CA with a visit to L.A., followed by a drive to Roanoke, WV for some ‘R&R’ on August 27-29.

Exhibits and Education

The Petersen Automotive Museum, in partnership with ArtCenter College of Design, hosts a panel discussion to examine new technologies, the emergence of autonomy, and how alternative power sources are helping bring about not just evolutionary, but revolutionary, changes in cars and transportation in general. The event features the Petersen’s Leslie Kendall, ArtCenter’s Stewart Reed, and some of the leading innovators in the field to explore the future of automotive design. This Pete Talk is slated for June 10 at 11 a.m.

Exotics@ACM _ Seductive Supercars opened at LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Throughout the month, the Kansas City Automotive Museum features an exhibit of high-performance Chrysler products including a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 six-pack, a ’57 Dodge Royal Lancer convertible, ’57 Chrysler 300C and assorted Dusters and a Shelby Charger.

Three new exhibits opened at the AACA Museum. Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasure that Survived Time runs through October 8; Detroit Underdogs are on display through August 27; the 50th anniversary of Camaro and Firebird is featured through October 8.

“Mopar or No Car” runs from June 1 through July 9 at the Simeone.

And the California Automobile Museum wraps up its special exhibit of firetrucks on May 29, however just prior, on May 26, the museum opens “A World on Wheels,” a new exhibit to feature five vintage automobiles set alongside full-scale locomotives in the Railroad Museum’s Roundhouse.  The display will highlight how innovative train technology and design paved the way for the emergence of the automobile that quickly surged in popularity for passenger travel.

Let’s party!

LeMay — America’s Car Museum will be the site of three events to benefit America’s Automotive Trust — the Fast & Furious 2017 Wheels & Heels gala is June 3, Cars & Cigars is June 28 and the Summer Ender Fender Bender is September 9.

The 28th annual induction festivities at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Iowa are scheduled for June 2-3. The National Corvette Museum hosts a 24 Hours of Le Mans viewing on a 28-foot screen June 17-18.

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

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