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Preston Tucker and his cars will be featured in special programs at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia and at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“The Tucker: Inside from the Tucker Family, Owners, and Preservationists” is the title of the Simeone program scheduled for March 30, when Preston Tucker’s great grandsons, Mike and Sean Tucker, will be among the speakers. Also making presentations are Tucker historians Mark Lieberman and Howard Kroplick. 

The program will feature 1948 Tucker 48 No. 1044.

On May 11, “Tucker: The 50 Production Cars” is the subject of the second in a series of programs at the AACA Museum, which claims the world’ largest permanent Tucker exhibit, featuring Tuckers 1001, 1022 and 1026.

Lieberman will be joined at the podium by another Tucker grandson, John Tucker Jr., in a program from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

ACD completes Beatty donation

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1931 Packard 840 completes the 10-car donation from the late Guy Beatty | Museum photo

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeast Indiana has received the last of the 10 full classics donated by the late Guy E. Beatty, a real estate developer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and car collector. 

The 10th and final car donated to the ACD Museum is a 1931 Packard 840 dual-cowl phaeton, which is on display in the museum’s special-interest vehicle gallery.

In accepting the cars, the museum noted that the Beatty donation is the largest private donation in the museum’s 45-year history. 

Mercedes museum extends exhibit

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Mercedes-Benz Museum extends special exhibit of VfB Stuttgart soccer history and associated cars | Museum photo

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany will extend “On the move since 1893,” an exhibit celebrating the history of the VfB Stuttgart soccer team, and its use of Mercedes vehicles, by seven weeks through May 19.

The museum notes that since the exhibit opened, it has drawn 170,000 visitors to see the more than 100 objects, including five Mercedes vehicles.

Summer camp at Corvette museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is joining with the local Aviation Heritage Park and Historic Railpark and Train Museum to offer a “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” summer camp from June 17-21 for youngsters entering 2nd through 5th grades when the new school year starts in the fall.

The program will include two days at the Corvette museum, two at the RailPark and one at the Aviation facility. For details, see the special webpage.

Special events this weekend

It’s Demo Day on Saturday, March 23, at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, where the theme is “The Winner’s Circle: Becoming a Champion” and the vehicles to be exercised are a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM Spider, 1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type Sportwagen, 1936 Bugatti Type 57G “tank,” 1952 Cunningham C-4R roadster and 1958 Aston Martin DBR1.

The Miles Through Time Automotive Museum in Toccoa, Georgia, stages a car club cruise-in on March 23 and opens for the season on April 10.

The AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, continues its “Saturday Matinee” program at 1 p.m. March 23 with viewing of film footage featuring the Glidden Tour History. The series ends April 13 with A History of Motor Racing.

The Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, hosts a special Carroll Shelby car show March 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with special displays of Shelby Legendary Cars and of Dan Gurney’s “Sebring Edition” continuation Cobra. 

The World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, Oregon, March 23 of 11 cars in a special Mario Andretti exhibition that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Andretti’s Indianapolis 500 race victory. Included in the display are the 1949 Hudson that Mario and his twin, Aldo, built and raced and the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that Mario drove to victory at Sebring.

“RADwood: Cleveland Goes Rad” is the title for an exhibit/experience running through March 24 at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland. Staged in partnership with RADwood car shows, the exhibit will celebrate 1980s and ‘90s car culture and will showcase vehicles, clothing, music “and everything in between.”

Mark your calendar

The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy, opens a new exhibit on the interaction of passion, graphics and design on March 28.

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland hosts a cars and coffee cruise-in from 8 until 11 a.m. on March 30.

LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, hosts the LeMay Tea Party on March 30.

The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild will stage a reunion and model car exposition April 4-7 at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where more than 100 of the cars will remain on exhibit through October.

Mitch Bishop, co-author of IMSA 1969-1989: The Inside Story of How John Bishop Built the World’s Greatest Sports Car Racing Series, will autography copies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 6 at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California.

April 5 is the registration deadline for the teen driving day being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Safe Driver Program at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green on April 13.

“USAC Stars: From Dirt Tracks to the Brickyard” is the theme of a panel discussion at 6 p.m. April 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum featuring U.S. Auto Club racing champions Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Justin Grant and Kody Swanson.

The Miles Through Time museum in Toccoa, Georgia, opens for its 2019 season on April 10. The museum will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  

The 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500 will be celebrated April 10 with a dinner at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, where the evening program includes a “fireside chat” with Andretti. 

The National Corvette Museum’s NCM Motorsports Park will stage a special “Drive Toward a Curve Day” program on April 12 to fight Parkinson’s Disease. The track in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will off an all-day, lead-follow lapping program with $50 of the $125 entry going toward the charity. The track stages its teen driving day being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Safe Driver Program at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green on April 13.

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The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia hosts the Kimber Festival 2019 on April 12-13. Though termed a “festival,” the two-day program is an academic conference about MG and its history, including design, production, technology and participation in motorsports.

April 17th is Mustang Day at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs. The program starts at 9 a.m. at the AACA and after lunch moves to the racing museum.

SEMA’s CuS.T.E.M. Car Experience visits the LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on April 19. The program introduces middle school students to the automotive customization hobby through STEM education experiences. 

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu hosts its annual “Simply Audi” car show on April 21.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is organizing a bus trip to the New York International Auto Show on April 27.

The Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton, Michigan, hosts its annual Charity Spring Open House event April 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ken Lingenfelter’s collection of more than 180 vehicles will be open to the public to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Mario Andretti: ICON” is a special exhibit that opens May 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The exhibit is designed as a comprehensive 50th anniversary celebration of Andretti’s victory in the 1969 Indianapolis 500 race.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, opens a special “RCR 50: Only in America” exhibit featuring 50 years of Richard Childress Racing in May. 

“My dream is longer than the night,” a radio play about Bertha Benz and her influence on the early motorcar, will be performed May 3-5 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany. 

The Simply Ford gathering May 5 at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu will feature the 60th anniversary of the Ford Anglia 105E and the 50th birthday celebration for the Ford Capri.

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Land Rovers at Gaydon

The British Motor Museum stages its fifth annual “Gaydon Land Rover Show” on May 11-12 with a special appearance on May 12 by the Ferguson 4 Wheel Drive Club and its vehicles. 

The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California opens its new Fireball Gallery of automotive art with a special event from 6 until 10 p.m. on May 11. 

“Colors of Speed — 50 Years of the 917,” a special exhibition of 10 of the famed Porsche racing cars, opens May 14 and runs through September 15 at the Porsche Museum in Germany.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens two new summer exhibits on May 18 — Studebaker Cool: 114 Years of Innovation, and Harley-Davidson: History, Mythology and Perceptions of America’s Motorcycle. Both exhibits run through October 20.

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu hosts both its silver-anniversary spring autojumble (swap meet) May 18-19 and a 60th anniversary celebration of the Mini. 

LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, offers Model T drivers education classes May 18, June 8, July 7, August 4 and September 8.

The IMS Museum presents the 21st annual Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition on May 23-25 when around 70 Indianapolis 500 racing cars are expected to return to the track for exhibition laps and to be displayed in the museum parking lot inside Turn 2. The event is open to cars that raced at Indy between 1911 and 1994.

Britain’s National Motor Museum and the Montagu home at Beaulieu will host a major exhibition of sculpture from May 25 through July 14. “Sculpture at Beaulieu” will feature more than 350 works by more than 60 sculptors.

LeMay Collections stages LeMay Motorcycle Days from June 13-23 with 200 motorcycles on exhibit and with rounds of motorcycle soccer.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, will stage its annual Father’s Day car show on June 16.

The Miles Through Time museum in Toccoa, Georgia, hosts its second annual car show from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on June 22. 

The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California, hosts its seventh annual vintage trailer show from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 29, with more than 40 vintage trailers and campers on display.

“The Car. The Future. Me” is the title of an exhibit scheduled to open July 13 at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK, to explore “futuristic car design and (to) challenge your idea of how we will interact with the cars for the future,” the museum said. 

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, inducts new members Sergio Marchionne, the late chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify as a driver in the Indianapolis 500; Richard “Dick” Dauch, co-founder of American Axle Manufacturing; and Patrick Ryan, creator of the first auto dealership finance and insurance department, on July 18 in Detroit.

On August 3, the British Motor Museum will be the site of the Classic Mini Mosaic world-record attempt that is expected to draw more than 600 classic Minis. The following day the museum will be the site of the National Metro & Mini Show.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, inducts racer Briggs Cunningham, Corvette designer Tom Peters, and Dollie Cole, Corvette enthusiast and widow of former GM president Ed Cole, into its hall of fame on August 30.

“Legends of Speed,” a showcase of nearly two dozen historic racing cars, opens November 2 at the Phoenix Art Museum.

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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