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Newport museum celebrates muscle cars

The Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island has added another gallery to its exhibit space, “American Muscle ‘Then and Now’” showcases vehicles such as a 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger, 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 convertible, and many others, including some contemporary muscle machines.

The museum also has added a car from The Fast and the Furious movie to its Ford/Shelby gallery, a re-creation 1965 Ford GT40 used in the train-heist scene. 

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. For details, see the museum’s website.

Detroit flexes its muscle in Rhode Island

Ferris Bueller Ferrari on display at AACA

Through October 31, the 1985 Modena Spyder featured in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie will be on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The car had been displayed recently in the Historic Vehicle Association’s annual “Cars at the Capital” showcase on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Corvette museum hosts 14-band music festival

A new event, the Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest, is scheduled for October 12-13 at the National Corvette Museum’s outdoor Amphitheater. The festival will feature headliner Gretchen Wilson and 14 classic rock, southern rock and country music bands. 

Events also will include a car and truck show, custom motorcycle show, dyno drag races and more. For details, visit the festival website.

Hendrick race cars at America on Wheels

America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has opened its newest exhibit featuring the “Cars of Rick Hendrick of NASCAR Fame.”

The museum also seeks vehicles for its upcoming “Fabulous Fins of the Fifties and Sixties: The Jet Age of Automobile Design” exhibit, scheduled to open in mid-October. Email [email protected] if you have a car you’re willing to loan for the show that runs through March 2019.

Simply (a lot of) Land Rover vehicles gathered together | Museum photos

Beaulieu showcases Land Rovers

The Simply Land Rover show and autojumble at England’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu drew more than 500 vehicles, a 25 percent increase compared with the year-ago showcase. Among the attractions were the Simply Rummage Rover-themed swap meet and the return of the Beaulieu Forest Drive, an opportunity to practice off-road driving skills. 

Beaulieu’s next “Simply” showcase is Simply Jaguar on July 8.

1982 Carmichael Commando six-wheeled Range Rover, still in its historic RAF Fire & Rescue livery
Vintage Shell advertisement

Shell sponsors poster contest at Beaulieu

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Shell Heritage Art Collection at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, an emerging-artist poster art competition is being staged. The theme is a 1930s Shell advertising tag line: “Everywhere You Go — You Can be Sure of Shell,” and the winning submission will be displayed at the museum. Entry deadline is July 2.

Special events this weekend

The France Family will receive the fifth annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for contributions to motorsports on June 28 from the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York. The program will be held at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Previous recipients were Chip Ganassi, Richard Petty, Roger Penske and Mario Andretti.

On June 30, the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island hosts the Factory Five Racing cruise-in, with more than 120 vehicles that were “Built, Not Bought” expected to be on display.

Mark your calendar

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, resumes its Cars & Coffee cruise-in July 1 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The British Motor Museum hosts its “BMC & Leyland Show” gathering on July 1. As part of the cruise-in, convoys of cars will leave from Cowley and Longbridge and arrive at the museum. 

“Silver Arrows 1934-1939” is the title of an exhibit to run from July 7 to September 2 at the Louwman Museum in the Netherlands. The exhibit will feature seven of the famed Mercedes-Benz racing cars.

1935 Austin 7 race car

The British Motor Museum will enter two unique Austin Sevens at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb scheduled for July 7-8. The museum plans to run its 1935 Austin Seven side-valve and 1936 Austin Seven twin-cam single-seat racing cars in the run up the historic hill.

National Corvette Museum curator Derek Moore will lead a special Museum in Motion tour from July 8-12 with a theme “Ford vs. Chevrolet.” The trip, says the museum, will be “a fascinating expedition through American automotive history. In this tour we will see for ourselves the way that innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs used the automobile as a vehicle to change our world forever.” Visits include The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, and the GM Global Propulsion Center. For details, visit the museum website.

On July 8, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, UK, stages its Simply Jaguar car show.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia offers its first Race Car Summer Camp for ages 10-16 from July 9 to 13, and has just added a second session for July 30-August 3. The camp will use motorsports to explore STEM subjects, and each camper will design and race a CO2-powered car. For information and registration, visit the museum website.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine has been involved in the Mount Desert Strawberry Festival for more than 40 years; the next one is July 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Somesville Fire Station.

On July 13, and again on the 27th and 29th, the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park offers a “Corvette Experience,” that includes driving instruction and laps at speed at the wheel of a 2017 Stingray Z51 at the NCM Motorsports Park and a VIP tour of the museum. On July 28, Corvette owners will have a special opportunity to exercise their own vehicles on the Motorsports Park circuit.

On July 14, the Saratoga Automobile Auction in upstate New York will host an “Instant Consignment Day” with the Saratoga Auto Auction appraising, photographing and consigning vehicles for its fund-raising auction scheduled for September 21-22.

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, stages Beer, Brats & Boogie! on July 14.

The British Motor Museum hosts its 10th Old Ford Rally on July 15. The event, which is expected to feature 400 classic vehicles, including commercial vehicles and tractors, is the largest of its kind in England.

England’s Beaulieu offers, for the first time, woodworking courses at the Shipwrights’ Workshop at Buckler’s Hard led by expert sawyer Barbara Czoch. Courses are offered July 15, August 11-12 and September 15-16.

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, will stage an “Under the Hood Day” on July 17 with Larry Crane talking about French engine design at 10:15 a.m.

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, offers a special tour of the Nissan Heritage Collection on July 20. For details, see the museum’s website.

America on Wheels in Allentown, Pennsylvania, stages Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton between 6th and 9th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 21. 

It’s “Supercar Saturday” on July 28 at the Brooklands Museum in England, where high-performance vehicles — vintage and modern — will take part in runs up the Brooklands Test Hill and on-track demonstrations. 

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, offers Model T driving experience classes July 18, 21 and 28 and August 4 and 11, September 8 and 9 and October 20. 

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, welcomes its Class of 2018 at a gala ceremony July 19. Those being enshrined are Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota; Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk radio fame; Frank Stronach, founder of automotive supplier Magna International; and Mike Jackson, chairman of AutoNation dealerships.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum’s annual The Great Car Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 29 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. As many as 450 vehicles can be accommodated. 

England’s Beaulieu Museum hosts its Simply Japanese car show on July 29.

The British Motor Museum offers its fifth annual Classic Van & Pick Up Show on August 5. 

August 9 is “It’s Not All About the Cars” day at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, where tours of the museum’s art collection will be featured.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia has scheduled its 10th annual Motorcycle Exhibition for August 18-September 8 and promises a display of more than 40 historic bikes spanning 90 years. Themes this year include Indian Motorcycles 1902-1953 and Italian Motorcycles 1938-1988.

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will stage its annual car show on August 25 with more than 1,500 vehicles available for viewing, along with antique dolls, pin cushions, radios and more.

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, 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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