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Owls Head benefits from annual auction


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Bidding was done eagerly when the 1966 Shelby GT350 was on the block
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This 1966 Shelby GT350 was the top seller

The Owls Head Transportation Museum annually stages the New England Auto Auction and this year more than 230 collector vehicles and more than 250 items of automobila were offered. The sell-through rate was 80 percent and sales totaled $3.6 million, the museum reported.

A two-owner 1966 Shelby GT350 sold for $291,500, a 1961 Jaguar XK150S brought $137,500 and a 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury went to a new owner for $104,500 to top a diverse docket that included vehicles from 1920 to 2015. 

LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, stages its annual Lucky Collector Car Auction August 31-September 1 and the Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York will stage its annual Saratoga Auto Auction on September 20-21.

Exhibit honors Corvette Hall of Fame inductees

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Corvette concepts and future production vehicles by Tom Peters on display | National Corvette Museum photos
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Briggs Cunningham’s own 1952 Cunningham C3

With more than 10,000 owners of Chevrolet Corvettes gathering for the National Corvette Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration August 29-31, the museum has assembled a special display to celebrate the three people who will be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame during the weekend.

The special display includes:

•  Briggs Cunningham’s personal 1952 Cunningham C3 and the 1960 No. 3 Corvette that Cunningham’s team raced at Le Mans.

•  Corvettes designed by Tom Peters, including the styling bucks for the mid-engine 1986 Corvette Indy concept car and the for the C5 Corvette, as well as the 2009 Corvette Stingray concept car that became the character Sideswipe in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

•  Clothing designed and worn by Dollie Cole, the wife of GM president Ed Cole and being inducted into the hall of fame as a Corvette enthusiast known for being outspoken and for working to raise money for various charities.

Beaulieu sets autumn series presentations

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Pat and Ness Garrod putting medical careers on hold and set off on Bearback: The World Overland motorcycle adventure | Museum photo

Britain’s National Motor Museum has a theme of aviators, racing drivers and globetrotters for its autumn series at Beaulieu, including David Bremner following in his grandfather’s flight path in a re-creation of his grandfather’s World War I aircraft.

“After discovering old aircraft parts in his grandfather’s shed, relics from a 1915 Bristol Scout flown by his grandfather during World War I, David was inspired to build a replica of this early aeroplane,” the museum reports.

“With no airworthy examples in existence, it took six years of painstaking research before the ambitious build could begin. The completed Bristol Scout triumphantly took to the air in 2015 and was an exact replica of his grandfather’s plane from a century before.”

The Bristol Scout will roar at the museum early on the evening of September 21 as part of a presentation by Bremner.   

On October 19, Ivan Dutton will talk about his on- and off-track career and the 1972 Saloon Car championship racing season at the wheel of a 1963 Jaguar Mk 1, and a decade later the launch of his Bugatti restoration business.

On November 16, Paul Catanach will talk about flying across the Australian Outback.  On December 6, Pat and Ness Garrod talk about putting their medical careers on hold and setting off on a 100,000-mile round-the-world motorcycle adventure.

Simeone museum wants your French car

The Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum in Philadelphia plans a showcase of Peugeot, Renault and Citroen vehicles to run from October 19 through November 3 and is looking for vehicles to display. Owners of those cars willing to loan their vehicles can visit a special website for more information.

Special events this weekend

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine hosts its Vintage Motorcycle Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. August 31 and September 1. Indian is the featured marque.

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 featured exhibit will be “Was the future in the past?” and will include a 1914 Detroit Electric and 1912 Standard Electric. 

Mark your calendar

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 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.

Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine stages its Foreign Auto Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on September 14-15.

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.

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.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, stages its Night at the Museum gala on October 13. The theme is “Diamonds in Danville.”

An All-British Motor Show will be staged October 20 at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

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Ollie Silva

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 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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