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Shifting gears: Beaulieu has 4 cars for London-to-Brighton as it sets 2020 calendar


Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu will enter four of its vehicles in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in early November. The cars making the 60-mile drive on November 3 will be a 1899 Fiat 3.5hp, a 1903 De Dietrich 24hp, a 1903 Daimler 22hp and a 1904 De Dion Bouton Model Q.

Driving the ’04 De Dion will be Fuzz Townshend, bus mechanic, former technical editor of Practical Classics magazine, professional drummer and television presenter who has restored more than 70 classic vehicles for the National Geographic channel.

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Townshend is introduced to the De Dion engine in case he needs to make a repair on the rally route

The museum also has announced its 2020 events calendar. Highlights include the Spring (May 16-17) and International (September 8-9) Autojumbles (swap meets), the 10th annual Supercar Weekend (August 8-9). 

Many anniversaries will be celebrated at the museum, including 60 years of the Saab 96 at the Spring Autojumble and, at the museum’s “Simply” shows, the 50th anniversary of the Range Rover, 45th of the Jaguar XJ-S, 35th of the Ford Sierra Cosworth, and 15th of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

“Simply” one-marque car shows scheduled for 2020 are Aston Martin (April 5), Audi (April 19), Ford (May 3), Porsche (June 7), Volkswagen (June 20), Jaguar (July 28, Land Rover (July 12), Japanese (July 26), VW Transporters (August 14-16), Mercedes-Benz (August 23) and Smart cars (November 8).

In addition, there will be a hot rod and custom car drive-in (June 21) and the museum will host the Land Rover rummage sale (May 17), the 34th National Mini Cooper Register Rally (June 14) and the 58th annual gathering of Austin 7s (July 4-5).

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Volkswagen Transporters get their day at the museum

Special events this weekend

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

A special exhibit featuring 11 vehicles and additional items opens October 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany as part of the 40th anniversary of the G-Class. The exhibit runs through April 19, 2020.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia opens a new exhibit, “Peugeot, Renault, Citroen” on October 19. The exhibit runs through November 3.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts author Patrick Kelley and his Imagine! Automobile Concept Art from the 1930s to the 1980s from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on October 19.

The Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island will welcome more than 150 vehicles for Euro Car Day & New England Wrapup on October 20 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Ford Mustang “hero” car from the movie Bullitt will visit the Mustang Owner’s Museum in North Carolina on October 20. At 1 p.m., car owner Sean Kieman will offer a talk about the car. For ticket information, visit the museum website. The museum will host a dinner honoring the Kiernan family and its preservation of the car on October 19 at 7 p.m.

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

Mark your calendar

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts a Spooktacular trick-or-treat event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 22.

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.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is co-hosting “Spirits on Main, the “ultimate Halloween 2019 bash” to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the nearby Dallara IndyCar Factory.

Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee at 8 a.m. on October 26 and you can take part in a free 90-minute “Spartan Workout” and then gain free admission to the museum for the rest of the day. 

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.

The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, New York, hosts a Lego Car Show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 27 for children aged 4-18 and invites those in that age group to bring their Lego creations for display.

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. 

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine stages a “Haunted History Happy Hour” on October 30 with the Mount Desert Island Historical Society at Peter Trout’s Tavern and then closes for the winter season on October 31. The museum reports a nearly 25 percent increase in attendance during 2019.

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

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts former Wheeler Dealers star Edd China and his book, Edd China: Grease Junkie, A Book of Moving Parts, as well as his 50 mph sofa from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on November 2.

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 National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, hosts its annual Vets ’n Vettes event November 7-9 offering rides around the NCM Motorsports Park, a showboat cruise, road tours and the Bowling Green Veteran’s Day parade. Visit the museum website for details.

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

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Stahl’s Auto Collection features vintage vehicles and music machines | Larry Edsall photo

Ice hockey and Veterans Day are very important to the founders of the Stahl’s Auto Collection museum in Chesterfield, Michigan. The annual Team Stahls vs. the Detroit Red Wings Alumni hockey game is set for noon November 9 at the Garden Rink in St. Clair Shores with proceeds going to Guardian Angels, provider of medical service dogs for veterans. And the 6th annual Veterans Day open house at the car collection runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 11.

The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, presents “President Abraham Lincoln: Live at the Studebaker,” a presentation November 14 at 1:30 p.m. by Lincoln portrayer Kevin Wood about the years 1985-1965. The event will include a visit to the Lincoln carriage which part of the museum’s collection.

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.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, opens its exhibit, “Saleen: A Journey from the Heard of a Racer to America’s Supercar” on November 16 with a “Saleen & Caffeine: Coffee & Donuts” event featuring Steve Saleen from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 

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New exhibit at Indy | Museum photo

A special exhibit, “From the Vault,” opens November 20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum featuring “treasured vehicles and artifacts” moved to the display area from the museum’s storage vault.

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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