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Ferrari Museum offers doubleheader of special exhibits

Ferrari Museum offers doubleheader of special exhibits

Corvette museum gets new CEO and its sleep-over night at BMW museum

“90 Years” and “Hypercars” are concurrent exhibits at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, where the showcase of the company’s motorsports history and of its cars “that signaled landmark advances in the marque’s technological evolution” run through April 2020.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the launch of Scuderia Ferrari, founded in Modena on November 16, 1929 by Enzo Ferrari.

“The team which began using Alfa Romeo cars was first known as Società Anonima Scuderia Ferrari. It quickly sped to prominence on both the Italian and world stages, rapidly entrusting its cars to the leading drivers of the day in categories of all kinds,” the museum said recently as it opened the special exhibits. 

“These included the Mille Miglia, the very first event for Scuderia Ferrari in 1930, followed by the Targa Florio, the Trieste-Opicina hillclimb where Tazio Nuvolari gave the marque its first ever win and classic endurance races like the 24 Hour races at Le Mans, Daytona, Spa and the Sebring 12 Hours, and, of course, Formula 1.”

An array of racing cars, and another of ‘hypercars’

Alfa 8C from the early days of Enzo’s racing efforts

Meanwhile, regarding the “Hypercars” showcase, “Many Prancing Horse models have been the catalyst for constant innovation and accelerated technological progress that have set new benchmarks in the sector,” the museum noted. 

“This is the Maranello signature when it comes to its Hypercars, a term that refers to milestones in motoring history. These cars are all limited series and the product of Enzo Ferrari’s personal philosophy of aiming to make every new model the best car of its day. The result is that each new, more advanced addition is the embodiment of genuinely leading-edge research, setting the benchmark in the automobile world. This exhibition now offers visitors the opportunity to view just such examples of Ferrari technological excellence.”

New CEO at Corvette museum

Sean Preston, owner of 1954 and 1972 models, is the new president and chief executive of the National Corvette Museum | Museum photo

Sean Preston has been hired as the new president and chief executive at the National Corvette Museum. He replaces Wendell Strode, who retires in early 2020 after 23 years at the museum’s helm. Preston, who has a Ph.D., had been president of a non-profit independent school in Portland, Oregon. But he’s also a car guy who owns 1954 and 1972 Corvettes.

“When Wendell announced his retirement, we knew it was a huge drivers’ seat to fill,” museum board chair Lon Helton was quoted in the museum’s news release. A nationwide search was conducted with Chicago-based Kittleman & Associates.

“The National Corvette Museum is a one-of-a-kind organization. There are thousands of museums across the globe, but none other dedicated to Corvette,” Preston said. “I’m head over heels in love with all things car-related, and specifically Corvette.

“I’m excited to look at the Museum and the exhibits from an outsider’s lens and partner with the team to create new and exciting exhibits. I also think it’s important that we focus on preservation of the collection. We want to expand the membership base, welcome a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts and become one of the most attended and supported car museums in the world.”

Preston’s has worked at schools in Oregon, North Carolina, Louisiana and China.

BMW Museum sets sleep-over night

BMW Museum invites those aged 10-13 to an overnight at the facility | Museum photo

Starting at 5:45 p.m. on July 27 and running until 8 a.m. the following morning, youngsters ages 10-13 can spend the night at the BMW Museum in Germany. Among the activities scheduled will be moviemaking, with the young visitors shooting their own short films with the help of a stop-motion app, and then they’ll watch their flicks on a big screen while enjoying popcorn and beverages.

‘Ventures in Space’ T-Bucket at Saratoga museum

Album-cover car on display before going to auction | Museum photo

Remember the Ventures in Space 1964 album cover? That’s 1920 Ford T-Bucket roadster featured on the album cover is on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York and will offered up for bidding at the museum’s annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September.

The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Ventures in Space was the group’s 14th album and featured the car overlooking Los Angeles. The car retains its original 1956 255cid Chevrolet V8 engine.

Special events this weekend

Back to the Future 2 will be presented at Drive-In Movie Night on June 28 at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento.

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, hosts a cars and coffee event on June 29. Similar events are planned for July 20, August 17 and September 14.

“Disruptors,” an exhibit featuring minimalist vehicles and complementary works opens Saturday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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

The Mustang Owner’s Museum near Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced monthly “Fords at the Museum” car shows to be held the last Saturday of each month from 7 until 10 a.m. starting June 29.

The California Agriculture Museum in Woodland, California, stages its “Scrap Sale” starting at 9 a.m. June 29 offering “all kinds of antique tools, fencing, tires” and other antique equipment, including engines.

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, hosts its monthly auto flea market June 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will be the finish line for the 2019 Great Race and plans to celebrate with a “Shine Time” car show on June 30.

Mark your calendar

Pre-registration closes July 1 for the National Corvette Caravan and National Corvette Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration, scheduled for August 28-31.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine hosts a display of Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild concept-car models on July 6-7. 

The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California, hosts “Muscles & Mojo,” a morning car show from 7 to 9 a.m. on July 7. Similar shows will be held the first Sunday of each month. Also that day, the museum offers a free educational clinic for youngsters (including new teen-age drivers) with a dive under the hood, the hows and whys of preventive maintenance and instruction on how to change a flat tire.

Along those lines, the museum’s website, the museum’s website features a series of “Kids & Cars” educational videos on such subjects as “Socket to Me.” and “Bolts to Drive You Nuts.”

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany hosts its children and families day July 7 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with 25 special attractions, both inside and outside the building. The event drew 12,000 people in 2018.

The British Motor Museum hosts its seventh annual “BMC & Leyland Show” on July 7, featuring vehicles produced by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and The Rover Group. Featured will be the 90th anniversary of the BSA front-drive car, the 60th of the Morris Oxford Farina, the 50th of the Austin Maxi, the 30th of the Rover R8 and the 25th of the Rover SK3. The show also celebrates Triumph National Weekend.

“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.

Aerial view of Buckler’s Hard | Beaulieu photos

‘HMS Pickle’ re-created in full-size scale

Buckler’s Hard, the maritime museum affiliated with Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, welcomes the arrival of a tall ship, a full-scale replica of the HMS Pickle, famed from the Battle of Trafalgar, as well as a model boat display on July 13-14. The Pickle will be open for tours.

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.

The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, will honor NASCAR champion and New England native Joey Logano at a special event July 19.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia will feature “Mini Matchup,” an exhibit of classic and contemporary Mini Coopers from July 20 through August 4.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento hosts a special Amphicar event on July 21 with owners of the aquatic vehicles offering rides on the Sacramento River.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia opens its Mini Matchup exhibition on July 20. The showcase runs through August 4.

From the 1960s into the 1990s, the Hale Farm & Village in Cleveland hosted a car show. On July 21, the tradition returns with a car show that will include vehicles from the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection and those from private collections and other entrants parked among the farm and village’s historic buildings.

The British Motor Museum hosts “the biggest rally of classic Fords in the UK” on July 21. More than 400 classic Ford vehicles, all between 50 and 100 years old, are expected for the 11th annual “Old Ford Rally,” which this year includes the Capri’s 50th anniversary and the Sunbeam Alpine’s 60th birthday celebrations.

Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township, Michigan, hosts its annual “Autos for Autism” fundraiser and cruise-in for the Ted Lindsay Foundation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 25. Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars and Detroit Red Wings player Dylan Larkin are scheduled to be special guests at the event.

The Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-4 and the 30th birthday of the Mazda MX-5 at its Simply Japanese cars how on July 28.

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.

VW Transport vehicles gather for camping weekend | Museum photo

August 9-11 is VW T Chill Weekend at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, where VW Transporter owners will be camping out in their vehicles. The weekend includes a cruise to Buckler’s Head and other family-oriented activities.

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, hosts its inaugural “Simply Mercedes” on August 18.

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.

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  • Kevin Pauza
    June 30, 2019, 9:15 AM

    I’m amazed that Sean Preston, the new president and chief executive of the National Corvette Museum does not own s 1953 corvette but owns many Corvette’s.
    Sean… let me help fill your corvette stable. Thanks for all you do for Corvettes…. find a1953 because of what it represents to Corvette’s history.

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