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Maine museum considers a better mouse trap, and then some


Folks spending October in Maine can take part in what will serve “as booth classroom and catalyst” as the Owls Head Transportation Museum offers a three-week workshop, “More Than a Better Mouse Trap: An Interactive Tour of Human Innovation,” with the first session Tuesday, October 3.

The museum said its collection “will be woven into a story that analyzes how technology and science have influenced the structure of our society” through a journey “of achievements and accidents that have prodoundly altered our culture and communities.”

The opening session is “Foundation,” followed on October 10 by Speed, and on October 17 by Flight and Future.

Sessions run from 10 a.m. until noon at the museum in Owls Head, Maine.

To register, contact Niki Janczura at [email protected]

Derek Bell to receive Simeone’s Spirit of Competition award

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia has announced that its Spirit of Competition award for 2017 will be presented to Derek Bell. The 10th annual award presentation is scheduled for November 15 at the museum.

The museum honors someone from motorsports with “a specific inspirational message.”

Bell is a five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona 24 winner and two-time World Sports Car Champion.

Special events this weekend

The Seal Cove Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society will explore the paranormal at History Happy Hour: Ghost Hunters, not this weekend but on Wednesday, October 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jessup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like Seal Cove, the Simeone has a special event early next week — the sixth annual Bonhams collectors motorcars and automobilia takes place at the museum on Monday, October 2.

America On Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hosts a Coffee & Corvettes event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum will offer a “Meet and Greet the Model T Ford” event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Visitors will hear from owners of various Model T vehicles and learn such things as hand cranking and how to turn on gas-powered headlamps.

The F1rst Sunday Cars & Coffee will be held Sunday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu turns the clock back September 30 and October 1 for a British Military weekend family experience. The museum staged as WW1 Family Weekend in 2016 and it was so successful that the program is being expanded this year with living history displays and camping on the museum grounds.

Mark your calendars

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has set special hours during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. October 1-3, from 9 a.m. until noon on October4, and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on October 5-6. The Night at the Museum gala begins at 5 p.m. on October 4. The museum also offers some overnight parking for cars, trailers or RVs during the week, though advance reservations are required and can be made through the museum’s website.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento will feature Charles Phoenix and his Addicted to Americana “comedy slide show” of space-age style, landmarks, roadside attractions and crazy car culture on November 4.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has announced the date for its 2018 Wheels & Heels gala; the annual event is scheduled for September 8, 2018.

Like the LeMay, the AACA Museum is looking into the future; it’s Spring 2nd Chance Auction/Flea Market/Car Corral is scheduled for April 7, 2018.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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