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Petersen will rock out with custom cars and Metallica artifacts


During its annual press conference at Pebble Beach, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced two upcoming exhibitions and another educational initiative being undertaken by the 25-year-old facility on Museum Row in Los Angeles.

In February 2020, the museum will open an exhibit of 10 custom cars collected by Metallica front-man James Hetfield. The cars, including the 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl” and the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “Voodoo Priest,” will share the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery with a showcase of Metallica artifacts and memorabilia.

In June, 30 contemporary hyper- and supercars will be displayed in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, said Terry Karges, the museum’s executive director.

Karges also announced an expansion of free programs for students, including the online “Hammertime Global Educational Program,” and a new after-school program, DRAGG — Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti — that will “mentor at-risk youths by providing viable car repair and customization skills.”

Karges also said the museum will launch an online “carwiki,” is doing a virtual in-car experience with Volkswagen, and will stage an exhibition in China. He also said the museum’s annual gala this fall will celebrate the Ford family and its contribution to automotive history.

Murphy moving update

The Murphy Auto Museum has moved into its new location in Oxnard, California. The museum moved two miles from its previous spot. The new address is 1930 Eastman Avenue. A grand opening date for the new location will be announced soon, the museum said.

Corvette museum adds space

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has repurchased a 7.5-acre parcel that includes the former Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 13 building. The property is adjacent to the museum, and is on land the museum used to own. The building becomes the museum’s Collection Building and will be used for offices and vehicle storage.

‘Everyday’ car joins museum collection

Metallica, Petersen will rock out with custom cars and Metallica artifacts, ClassicCars.com Journal
The British Motor Museum’s newest acquisition is a seemingly mundane 1972 Morris Marina | Museum photo

The British Motor Museum has accepted the donation of a 1971 Morris Marina 1.3 Deluxe from the Gooding family of Essex. The family bought the car in 1973 and it served as a daily driver for more than 40 years.

With 130,000 miles on its odometer, the car “has been cherished and meticulously maintained,” the museum said. “Mr. Gooding, who is now in his 80s, wanted his car to be looked after and cared for by the British Motor Museum.”

Indeed, the museum’s workshop spent two weeks preparing and polishing the car, which is on display in the museum’s Collections Center.

“The Marina is perhaps not the most glamorous of models, but it is one that holds memories for many of our visitors.,” said museum curator Stephen Laing. “The Gooding’s Marina is a splendid example of a car that has given faithful service for one family, each day for so many years.”

Special events this weekend

Demo Day from 11:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia on August 24 will feature “Aerodynamics – Speed!… It’s more than just power” and a 1964 Shelby Daytona coupe, 1967 Ford MK IV, 1970 Porsche 917 LH and 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo.

Author John Nikas will talk about the theory of automotive evolution at 10:30 a.m. on August 24 at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

On August 24 at 11 a.m., the California Automobile Museum will stage a private screening of Racing in the Rain at the Century DOCO theater in Sacramento, California, which proceeds from the showing benefiting the museum. 

The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, is the site of a cars and coffee gathering on August 24.

Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida, stages its monthly auto flea market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on August 25.

The Bandon History Museum in Oregon will host its first collector and vintage car show, the Car Klatch, on the morning of August 25. If the show is successful, it could become a regular feature on the museum’s calendar.

Mark your calendar

More than 10,000 owners of Chevrolet sports cars are expected to convene August 29-31 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Silver Anniversary festivities include the 2019 Hall of Fame induction of Dollie Cole, Briggs Cunningham and Tom Peters, an in-depth dive into the mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette, seminars, a variety of road tours, a concert featuring Jefferson Starship, a “Dinner & Dancing Downtown,” a USO-style show at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum, and more, including activities at the NCM Motorsports Park.

“Cheers to 45” is the theme of a special celebration at 6 p.m. on August 29 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in northeast Indiana to celebrate the museum’s 45th anniversary. The museum opened July 6, 1974 with an exhibit of 24 cars on loan.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in northeast Indiana hosts its “Gatsby Gala Ball” on August 31 beginning at 7 p.m.

LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, hosts its 42nd annual car show on August 31.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum hosts the second act of its “From Dirt Tracks to the Brickyard” interactive panel discussion on September 3. From 4 to 6 p.m., Mel and Don Kenyon, Chad Boat, Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and historian Pat Sullivan will discuss U.S. Auto Club racing history and current storylines.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts its annual Wheels & Heels Gala on September 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts author John Nikas, Petersen historian Leslie Kendall and Art Center College of Design head Stewart Reed for a discussion of The Face of Change: Portraits of Automotive Evolution from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on September 7.

“Golden Oldies” will be featured September 7-8 at the International Autojumble at the National Motor Museum of England at Beaulieu. The category is open to pre-1970 classic and vintage vehicles. This is the first time such cars will be featured at the jumble. 

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts the ninth annual Retro Truck Show on September 7-8 and expects around 400 classic and modern trucks produced between 1970 and 2000 to be displayed.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts its 25th annual Muscle Cars Plus show and swap meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 8. The show is co-hosted by the CATS Classic Cougar Club.

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum hosts a special Crawford, Coffee & Cars event from 8 until 11 a.m. on September 11 at the Western Reserve Historical Society Preservation & Restoration Facility in Macedonia, Ohio.

LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, offers a Model T driving experience on September 8.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, is participating in the Concours d’Mariners, a car show at 5:10 p.m. before the Seattle Mariners game on September 13 at T-Mobile Park. People showing their cars get discounted game tickets and a special Mariners license plate.

The Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, hosts a 1969 Mustang Reunion on September 20-21 featuring a special display of ’69 Mustangs, a cruise to Petty’s Garage, a ’69 Mustang car show and a presentation by Don Eichstaedt, who worked at Kar Kraft as an engineer developing the Boss 302, Boss 429 and Trans Am race cars.

Metallica, Petersen will rock out with custom cars and Metallica artifacts, ClassicCars.com Journal
David Bremner had re-created his grandfather’s World War I aircraft because no airworthy examples remained | Museum photo

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, has set the schedule for its Autumn Series, which begins September 21 with David Bremner firing up the re-creation of the 1915 Bristol Scout flown by his grandfather during World War I. Bremner will start the plane at 6:15 p.m. and then will show a documentary movie about the build. Other Autumn Series events are racer and Bugatti restoration specialist Ivan Dutton talking about his career and his work on October 19, pilot Paul Catanach and his Gone Bush adventure in Australia on November 16, and Pat and Ness Garrod and their around-the-world motorcycle trip on December 6.

Italy’s Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino opens its new permanent exhibition area on September 24.

The Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, will be host to the inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week from October 3-6 with car collector and new Newport resident Jay Leno as chairman and with his sidekick and vehicle valuation expert Donald Osborne heading the concours.

The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California, resumes its “Muscles & Mojo” morning car shows on October 6. 

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will present its Automotive Heritage Award to Carlisle Events founders Bill Miller Jr. and the late Elliot “Chip” Miller at the Night at the Museum gala October 9.

Metallica, Petersen will rock out with custom cars and Metallica artifacts, ClassicCars.com Journal
Eddie West | Museum photo

October 27 is the third annual Legends Day at the North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, where Ollie Silva, Bentley Warren and Ed West will be honored in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.

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

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento joins with the Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association to offer “An Evening with Tom Matano, The Father of the Miata” from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email [email protected].

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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