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Tuners@ACM exhibit showcases next-gen hot rods


“Tuners@ACM” is the theme of a new exhibit at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, where 17 vehicles “that define the category of lightweight, technologically advanced passenger vehicles” are featured.

“Tuner cars – just like the hot rods that preceded them in the ’40s and ’50s – have a history steeped in customization of engines, chassis modification, suspension and structure, interiors, paint and body,” the museum said in its news release. “Changes range from mild to wild depending on their owners, who used their vehicles to express their own creativity and uniqueness.”

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Youngster checks out the cars in the parking lot during the Tuners@ACM exhibit preview party

“History has a way of repeating itself,” added curator of exhibitry Scot Keller. “Just like early hot-rodders, the tuner subculture was primarily driven by young enthusiasts who looked to convey their individuality through their automobiles.

“The automobile has ingrained itself as part of our society’s culture for more than 100 years,” Keller said. “Regardless of the canvas, the one thing that transcends time is that a car can truly be a work of art limited only by owner creativity. We are thrilled to be able to put such a display together for our visitors.” 

In age, the cars on display range from a 1971 Datsun 240Z to a 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. 

Smart cars conclude Beaulieu’s ‘Simply’ schedule for 2018

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Smart cars in many colors gather at Beaulieu | Museum photos

More than 130 Smart cars turned out recently for Simply Smart, the final “Simply” car show of the season at the National Motor Museum of England at Beaulieu. 

Zany graphics and wild colors and unusual accessories were the order of the day for the show. A 2005 Smart roadster won the People’s Choice award. Runners-up were a pair of 2004 roadsters, one in a unique satin-green paint finish and the other with blue and purple spotted fur on its panels in tribute to one of the characters in Monsters Inc.

The museum launches its 2019 “Simply” show schedule on April 7 with Simply Aston Martin. The remainder of the 2019 “Simply” schedule includes:

April 21, Simply Audi

May 5, Simply Ford

June 2, Simply Porsche

June 15, Simply VW

June 23, Simply Land Rover

July 14, Simply Jaguar

July 28, Simply Japanese

August 18, Simply Mercedes

November 10, Simply Smart

But those aren’t the only marque-specific shows at Beaulieu in 2019. There also are the Alfa Romeo Owners Club Spring Alfa Day on April 14, the Mini Cooper Register Rally on June 9, Rod Rod and Custom Drive-in Day on June 16, the 750 Motor Club’s National Austin Seven Rally on July 7, a Triumph Stag Rally on July 7, Vanity’s BMW show on July 21, Supercar Weekend on August 3-4, the VW T Chill for Volkswagen Transporters from August 9-11, and the Mazda MX-5 show and shine on September 15.

Simeone sets 2019 Demo Day schedule

Also setting a schedule for 2019 as the Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum in Philadelphia, which has announced its Demo Day calendar:

January 26, The Car Detective

February 9, The Country Club Crowd

February 23, Great Britain

March 9, So Cal

March 23, The Winners Circle

April 13, Monza 1000 km

April 27, Saturday In the Park

May 11, The Sports Car Comes to America

May 25, Le Mans Part 1

June 8, Le Mans, Part 2

June 22, Le Mans, Part 3

July 13, Bastille Day

July 27, The Stevens Trophy

August 10, Nurburgring

August 24, Aerodynamics – Speed!

September 28, Nuvolari

October 12, Ciao Philadelphia

October 26, Corvette

November 9, English Gentleman Racers

November 23, The Spirit of Competition

On Demo Days, the museum exercises several of the cars from its collection in one of the museum’s parking lots.

Owls Head also shares 2019 calendar of events

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine has released its upcoming schedule of events and exhibitions, including a new exhibit opening December 1, “The Great War,” which will provide “a dramatic journey to understand the mechanization of warfare from 1914-1918.”

Starting January 19, the museum will host “Reels & Wheels” featuring “the twists and turns of transportation triumphs on the big screen.” Other dates are February 16, March 16, April 20 and May 18.

The Spring Auto Tour is scheduled for Jun 1, the All-American Cruise-In for July 6-7, the Truck & Tractor Show for July 20-21 and the Wings & Wheels Spectacular for August 3-4.  The New England Auto Auction is August 16-17, the Vintage Motorcycle Festival is August 31-September 1 and the Foreign Auto Festival is September 14-15.

California museum plans trip to Goodwood

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento has made plans for a trip to the Goodwood Revival in 2019 that includes visits to several British museums and other places of automotive interest.

Travelers will arrive in London on September 8, 2019. The Goodwood Revival takes place September 13-15. The itinerary before and after that part of the trip includes visits to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the Haynes Motor Museum, Tangmere Aviation Museum, Brooklands Museum, Mercedes World (at Brooklands), and the British Motor Museum, as well as visits to the Aston Martin Works, McLaren Technology Center and Red Bull F1 team.

For details, or to make a deposit, see the museum’s special website.

Micro cars sought for museum exhibit

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento also is looking for vehicles to be part of an exhibit it plans to open in March: “Small Cars, Big Impact” will feature micro cars. The museum lists everything from a Peel Trident to a Morgan F-4 3-wheeler and from a Crosley to a Honda Super Cub C100 as vehicles it would love to showcase from March 15-August 5, 2019.

If you have a car and can make it available, please contact the museum’s curator at cstarr@calautomuseum.org.

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Icons of Speed is one of the silk scarf/square designs | Museum photos

Holiday shopping: Speed on silk at Beaulieu

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Golden Arrow design

Featured on the scarves and pocket squares are Henry Segrave’s 1929 Golden Arrow (by artist Mariska Parent), Donald Campbell’s 1961 Bluebird CN7 (by artist Liz Lippiatt) and the 1920 and 1927 Sunbeams (art by Marmalade on Toast studio). 

The products can be purchased at the museum or through the David Watson website. 

Special events this weekend

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, stages its Polar Express pajama party from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 30.

America On Wheels’ 11th annual Moonlight Memories gala in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is scheduled for December 1 from 6 until 10 p.m.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in northeastern Indiana hosts its final “If These Cars Could Talk” program Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m., this time featuring a 1937 Cord convertible coupe.

On December 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Autobooks Aerobooks in Burbank hosts John Paul Jr. and author Sylvia Wilkinson for the signing of 50/50: The Story of Race Car Driver John Paul Jr. and HIs Battle with Huntington’s Disease.

Engines roar when the Antique Caterpillar Club visits the California Ag Museum in Woodland, California, from noon until 3 p.m. on December 1.

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VW-based buggy is ready to roll | Museum photo

More than 100 vintage Volkswagens are scheduled to travel from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, to the Piam Brown unit at Southampton General Hospital to deliver presents to children and teenagers undergoing treatment for cancer and haematological disorders, and to their doctors and nurses.  

Mark your calendar

From December 3-9, the British Motor Museum will offer reduced admission fees as part of a promotion by the National Lottery. 

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has opened registration of its Museum In Motion trip to the 24 hours of Le Mans race in 2019. The dates are June 6-17, 2019, and the trip includes four nights in London and three nights in Paris.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email larrye@classiccars.com.

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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