Classic car auction to benefit Indiana museum

Classic car auction to benefit Indiana museum

Elsewhere among car museums, alternative motorcycles, French curves and Packard’s demise

The Kokomo Automotive Museum in Indiana will be the beneficiary of the fourth Hoosier Classic Collector Car Auction to be staged April 28 by Earlywine Auctions.

A similar auction this past fall raised more than $10,000 for the museum. 

The museum was established by the Pioneer Auto Club, a group founded in 1951 to preserve collector cars and especially Kokomo-built Haynes and Apperson vehicles. A Haynes Apperson Festival launched in 1976 to raise money for a museum and the facility opened in 1998. The museum features more than 100 vehicles.

1959 AMC Rambler 6 Cross-Country station wagon also on the auction docket

Consignments to the spring sale include an award-winning 1938 Packard 1600 convertible, 1913 Indianapolis-built Cole, restored 1958 BMW Isetta, customized 1965 Chevrolet Nova station wagon, 1948 Plymouth P15 Special De Luxe convertible, 1959 AMC Rambler Cross Country station wagon, 1953 Buick Roadmaster, 1922 Franklin 9-B with air-cooled engine, 1941 Lincoln Continental and more.

‘Alternative’ motorcycles on display at Petersen

In what is believed to be the world’s first exhibit dedicated to the art of alternative motorcycles, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has opened “Custom Revolution,” featuring 25 machines by builders such as Roland Sands, Shinya Kimura, Kengo Kimura, Uwe Ehinger, Kenny Cummings and others. 

“This exhibit is an impressive accomplishment for the Petersen in more ways than one,” said museum executive director Terry Kargas. “ ‘Custom Revolution’ represents the world’s first-ever custom bike exhibit and the museum’s 42nd exhibit opening since our grand re-opening in 2015. We’re excited to keep pushing boundaries year after year.”

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The exhibit will be open through March 10, 2019, the museum said.

French carrossiers featured at Mullin museum

West of LA, at Oxnard, California, the Mullin Automotive Museum has opened its newest exhibit, “L’epoque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders.” Vehicles on display include the work of Bugatti, Citroen, De Villars, Figoni et Falaschie, Henry Chapron, Henri Labourdette, Million, Guiet & Cie., Portout, Jacques Satouchik, Vanvooren and Gabriel Voisin.

The exhibit runs through spring 2019.

Special events this weekend

Bicester Heritage hosts ‘Drive It Day’ program | Heritage photo

“Who Killed Packard” is the title of the Coffee & Donut Educational Seminar Series lecture this Saturday at the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The presentation will take the form of an inquest in the demise of the Parkard auto company and will be led by John Marino, former Kent State University professor and long-time member of the Society of Automotive Historians. The program begins at noon.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine offers another of its Pioneers of Creative Culture programs on Saturday featuring Jon Wilson of WoodenBoat magazine and Monica Kelly of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School.

LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, stages a “Powering the Future” family fun day Saturday as part of its new Powering the Future learning lab, which opened a week ago.

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Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, stages its monthly car show Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum in England, stages its 41st Boatjumble (nautical swap meet) on Sunday. Jude Massey, a 19-year-old who with his brother, Greg, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for skin cancer research in memory of their late father, Peter, will share the story of the “Ocean Brothers” ocean adventure at the jumble, a huge swap meet for nautical enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, at Bicester Heritage, the former RAF air base turned into a collector car center, more than 5,000 people are expected for the Sunday Scramble as part of “Drive It Day,” a national event that encourages people with vintage vehicles to drive them this Sunday. Among the features will be an exhibition of automotive photography by Amy Shore.

Mark your calendar

‘Art of the Kustom’ will feature cars such as Andy Saunders’ Tetanus Cord | Beaulieu photo

On April 26-28, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, hosts the annual Michelin NCM Bash. There will be special 2019 Chevrolet Corvette displays and seminars, cooking and art classes, a women’s basic car maintenance session, car show, lapping at NCM Motorsports Park, road tours and more.

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“The Future of the Automobile” is the subject of a day of talks, demonstrations and panel discussions May 3 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Staged in cooperation with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, the day-long program will feature speakers including Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen, Paramount Pictures futurist Ted Schilowitz, Intel’s automated driving expert Jill Sciarappio, Mory Gharib of Cal Tech and others.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York stages its annual Spring Auto Show weekend May 19-20. The weekend begins with a road trip to tour a private car collection on May 19 with the car show at the Saratoga Spa State Park on May 20, when the show field will include a special display by the Antique Automobile Club of America.

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire, celebrates the 70th anniversary of Land Rover with “Adventure, Animation and Land Rovers,” a family oriented program May 26-June 3.

On Father’s Day weekend, Beaulieu, the National Motor Museum in England, opens is new summer exhibition, “The Art of Kustom,” featuring automotive creations by Andy Saunders, who will drive one of his creations onto the museum grounds and also will unveil his newest project, Metropolis, a transformed 1939 Peugeot 202 pickup, found in a field in France and believed to have been requisitioned by invading forces during World War II. 

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