Leading our weekly roundup of car museum news: ‘The Porsche Effect’ opens February 3 and runs through January 27, 2019
In what is being billed as the “most comprehensive Porsche display outside of Stuttgart,” the Petersen Automotive Museum presents “The Porsche Effect,” which will feature 50 of the brand’s most iconic vehicles in an exhibit that opens February 3 and runs through January 27, 2019. The exhibition is being presented in cooperation with Porsche Cars North America.
“For seven decades, the Stuttgart-based automaker has been overwhelmingly successful on racetracks and in dealership showrooms around the world, thanks to a combination of innovative engineering, an evolutionary design and the resulting dynamic brand that has inspired diehard fans for generations.” the museum noted in its news release.
“ ‘The Porsche Effect’ features a collection of cars, historical documents and artifacts that will showcase the vehicles as kinetic art and illustrate the evolution of the brand itself — from early in the company’s engineering house beginnings through its modern-day road and race cars.”
Museum chairman Peter Mullin added that the exhibit promises to “capture the innovative and iconic spirit of Porsche, showcasing the marque’s many contributions to automotive engineering and the motorsports world.” The new exhibit will be presented in the museum’s Mullin Grand Salon.
“We are looking forward to sharing the story of Porsche through rare and seldom seen artifacts and display elements in addition to some of the most iconic cars of all time,” added Klaus Zellmer, president and chief executive of Porsche Cars North America.
Among the more than four dozen cars included in the exhibit are the 1938 Berlin-Rome Type 64 race car, a 906 racer, the 919 endurance racer, the Petersen’s own i01 and Continental, a rare X83 Turbo S Falchbau 964, a rally-spec Type 953 911, the Gulf 917K, a Le Mans-winning 935 K3 and others, including a 928 H50 four-door concept on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.
Racers including Hurley Haywood, Patrick Dempsey and Tommy Kendall will participate in a panel discussion as part of a special exhibition preview on February 1.
For more information, visit the Petersen museum website.
Hall of Fame features Roy Lunn exhibit
On January 12, the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, opened a new exhibit celebrating the accomplishments of the late engineer Roy Lunn, who not only was a pioneer in fuel-efficient vehicles but who led the teams that developed such diverse products as the Ford GT40, the Jeep Cherokee, the Sports Renault racer, and many others.
The exhibit, which includes a video, runs through April 1 and is located in the museum’s lobby, where it can be viewed without any admission fees.
Special events this weekend
The Owls Head Museum in Maine offers a special “Pioneers, Innovators & Maine” program Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with speakers making presentations on the Bath Iron Works and the development of the Zumwalt-class destroyers, on custom power and sailing boatbuilder Lyman-Morse, and on the Stanley Museum.
“No brand has had more of an impact in motorsports – or been less recognized for those achievements – than Kar-Kraft,” according to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, which will try offer a remedy with a one-day Tribute to Kar-Kraft program January 20 with a discussion and book signing of Kar Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Program with Charles Henry, Karl Kainhofer and Mike Teske.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, stages its 2018 induction ceremony tonight. Those being inducted in the ninth class are Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates.
The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is exposing the engines of 70 cars on display through February 28, and if you buy your tickets online, use the code EE50 and get half-off the usual admission price.
“Henry Ford’s X Engine: Replacing the Model T” will be the subject of the Gilmore Car Museum’s Lecture Series presentation by automotive historian Don LaCombe, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
Saturday, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts “Family Steam Day: Pinewood Power” with families invited to design, assemble and test their gravity racers on the museum’s track.