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Petersen remembers Jessi Combs with special temporary exhibit


Beginning September 22 and running through the 25th, the Petersen Automotive Museum and the family of the late Jessi Combs will honor her memory with a special temporary exhibit, “Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed,” highlighting her work as a fabricator, racer and television presenter. 

The exhibit will be located in the museum’s penthouse, and donations will be accepted to benefit the work of the newly established Jessi Combs Foundation, which has a mission “of educating, inspiring and empowering the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers.”

The exhibit will include several of Combs’ motorcycles, original drawings by Chip Foose from her time on Overhaulin’, welding jackets, racing helmets and more.

Combs died on August 27 while attempting to establish a land speed record.

Petersen offers photo sessions in the Vault

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Petersen museum making its photo studio available to car owners | Museum photo

Through September 30, and for the first time, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers opportunities to photograph the cars in its underground storage facility, The Vault. In conjunction with Samy’s Camera, the museum will also offer guests the opportunity to have their own vehicles professional photographed in the museum’s photo studio.

For details, visit the museum’s special photography website.

The Henry Ford expands its Diner collection

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Larmy’s Diner, parked behind the Studebaker, serves meals inside The Henry Ford museum | Larry Edsall photo

Already offering meals in Lamy’s Diner and the Owl Night lunch wagon, The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan, has acquired the collection of Richard J.S. Gutman, considered the largest resource on roadside architecture and design, including historic photographs, menus, tableware and much more from the diners that once dotted the American landscape.

Gutman is the author of four books, organized three major exhibitions and has been involved in many diner restoration projects, including that of Larry’s Diner, now serving meals inside the Museum of American Innovation at The Henry Ford, and of the Owl Night lunch wagon serving at the adjacent Greenfield Village.

Beaulieu opens Little Beaulieu adventure play area

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Little Beaulieu is the new children’s play area at Britain’s National Motor Museum | Museum photo

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, has opened a new adventure play area for children that includes a palace for storming and exploration, a treetop boardwalk and observation tower, a zip line, a wooden car for driving and other activities.

Museum Day is September 21

The 15th annual “Museum Day, A Celebration of Boundless Curiosity” is scheduled for September 21 with many museums across the country offering a free downloadable admission ticket. The effort is done to spread the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s facilities in Washington, D.C., where admission is free every day.

Car museums participating include the Auburn Cord Duesenberg in Auburn, Indiana.

Visit the Smithsonian website to see the full list of museums and to download your free admission ticket.

Special events this weekend

The Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, stages its annual Saratoga Auto Auction on September 20-21. On the eve of the auction, the museum will stage “A Special Evening with David Hobbs & Friends” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will be the site of the Road Map Collectors Association convention and show on September 20-21. On September 21, it hosts a Matchbox car show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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1969 Ford Mustang anniversary celebration is this weekend | Museum photo

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.

RM Auctions presents a Cars & Coffee cruise-in from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on September 21 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in northeast Indiana. Not only will museum curator Sam Grate be on hand to talk about museum cars displayed at the event but tours of the museum’s conservation center where it’s cars are maintained will be available.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum joins Tacoma Power in hosting an electric vehicle ride and drive event from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on September 21.

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.

Mark your calendar

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum opens its Distinguished Speaker Series for Fall 2019 on September 24 when Tony Kanaan will be featured. Additional events are October 9 with Bobby Rahal and November 6 with Michael Andretti.

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

“Nuvolari — The Flying Mantuan” will be the theme of Demo Day on September 28 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, where a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 23000 Monza, 1926 Bugatti Type 35, 1934 MG K3 Magnette and 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS will be exercised in the museum parking lot.

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, has added one more Model T Experience event to its schedule for September 29. The program includes driving a Model T on the Marymount grounds. For details, visit the Lane Collections website.

The Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, will host the inaugural Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week from October 3-6 with car collector and new Newport resident Jay Leno as chairman of the inaugural motor week and with his TV show partner and well-known vehicle valuation expert Donald Osborne as chairman for the concours. Also during “motor week,” the Newport Car Museum will have extended hours, open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily from October 2-6.

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

Bonhams will stage its eighth annual collector motorcars and automobilia auction on October 7 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. For details, visit the auction website.

The AACA Library in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is holding a yard sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 8 in conjunction with its move to a new building. All book prices will be reduced 20 percent during the sale, and several special bundles focusing on a particular make or model year have been created for the sale.

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.”

It’s the “Tractors & Brews” party night at 6 p.m. on October 18 at the California Agriculture Museum in Woodland.

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

The Revs Institute and Collier Collection in Naples, Florida, will host its inaugural Cars & Coffee at Revs from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on October 26. 

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.

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Remote-Controlled aircraft won’t be flying but will be on display at the British Motor Museum | Museum photo

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts the 11th “Large Model Aircraft Show” on October 27 with more than 100 large radio-controlled model aircraft on display in the annual indoor showcase. Modeling workshops also will be offered. 

“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” at 7 p.m. on November 2.

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, will offer free admission to veterans from November 7-11. 

The LeMay Collections at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, stages its annual benefit dinner and sock hop dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 16.

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

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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