Our weekly roundup of car museum news and notes
You can buy a car from Ford v Ferrari at auction, or order up a duplicate, or win one simply by making a donation of at least $25 to the Cobra Experience Museum, which is hosting a fundraising sweepstakes to give away a 427 Superformance Cobra used in the movie.
The car is done in Indigo Blue with Wimbledon White Le Mans stripes, a Roush 427cid V8, Tremec TKO-600 transmission and certificate of authenticity.
“Everyone is excited about the film Ford v Ferrari…” Emily Lambert, museum managing director, is quoted in the sweepstakes announcement. “Like the Cobra Experience museum, the film honors the achievements of Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles and the intrepid Shelby American team.
“Those who participate in the drawing have the opportunity to own an amazing piece of movie and automotive history, as well as help educate the public about the legacy of Carroll Shelby and these great cars.”
The Cobra Experience museum was founded in 2014 by Drew and Janet Serb and their daughters, Emily and Kate, and is located in Martinez, California, in the East Bay area. It showcases Cobras, Shelby Mustangs and Sunbeam Tigers as well as the Daytona Coupe, GT40, King Cobra and Lotus vehicles. It spans 25,000 square feet and includes a 40-seat theater.
The museum, located in Martinez, California, is open on the third Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It also is open to group visits at other times. In March 2020, it resumes its Hagerty-sponsored Cars, Kids & Coffee cruise-ins from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. before its third-Sunday openings.
The winning ticket will be chosen on June 6, 2020, at the museum’s sixth annual Cobra Day Car Show. To enter, visit the special website.
Ford v Ferrari exhibits at Simeone
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia opens a special exhibition, “Ford v Ferrari,” that runs from November 15 through December 8.
“After you see the film, discover the true history behind the legendary rivalry, Ford v Ferrari, the Official Exhibition will expand on the story told in the soon-to-be blockbuster film,” the museum reports.
“Developed in cooperation with 20th Century Fox, this exhibition will feature props from the film and some of our favorite stars from the film, the cars behind the story. Featured exhibition cars will include a 1958 Aston Martin DBR1, 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta, 1963 Ferrari 250P, 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II and 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV.
The museum also will stage a Ford v Ferrari Demo Day on November 23 from 11:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with the cars from the exhibition being exercised in the museum parking lot.
Brunch with Baime at California museum
The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento offers a brunch at 10:30 a.m. November 24 with A.J. Baime, author of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, a book that “tells the true story now the subject of the major motion picture, Ford v Ferrari,” the museum says.
Baime will talk about his book and will share documentary film footage about the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari.
For details, visit the museum’s website.
Donald Osborne becomes CEO at Audrain
Well-known collector car expert (and former Metropolitan Opera performer) Donald Osborne has been appointed chief executive officer for Audrain LLC and will manage the Audrian Automobile Museum in Newport, Rhode Island and Audrain’s Newport Concours d’Elegance & Motor Week, and is tasked with the relaunch of Audrian Motorsport, an events-oriented automotive lifestyle club. Museum chairman Nicholas Schorsch made the announcement.
The new duties are in addition to Osborne’s present work on Jay Leno’s Garage, his Automotive Valuation Services company, and his writing.
“I am very excited about this new challenge and opportunity to combine so much of my background and various passions into this inspired vision of creating incredible automotive experiences for other people who enjoy cars as much as I do,” Osborne is quoted in the museum’s announcement.
Corvette museum v the Dragon
The National Corvette Museum’s Museum in Motion road trip calendar includes the Bash Dragon Run from April 26-29, 2020.
“Once again we hit the road, leaving Bowling Green and heading East to run the famous TN-129, aka Tail of the Dragon,” the museum said in opening registration for the trip.
“This year again, we will be staying at the beautiful Biltmore Inn on the Biltmore Estate grounds. The Monday Biltmore visit includes a specially arranged early morning photo op of the cars in front of the manor house followed by breakfast in the Biltmore Stable Café adjacent to the house.”
Museum gets next-to-last C7
Rights to the last C7 Corvette off the assembly line at Bowling Green, Kentucky, a Z06 version, were sold earlier this year at a Barrett-Jackson charity auction for $2.7 million. The buyer was digital-media company head and racer Dan Snyder, and the charity was the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that benefits the families of fallen first responders and injured military personnel.
But the next-to-last C7, a white Stingray, was purchased by Ivan Schrodt, a lifetime member and former board member of the National Corvette Museum, who on November 19 took delivery of his car and immediately handed over the keys as a donation to the museum for its permanent collection.
The car was spec’d out in white with red interior to mirror the first Corvette back in 1953.
Electric vehicles at the Petersen
“Alternating Currents: The Fall and Rise of Electric Vehicles” is the title of a new exhibition that opened this week at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit includes 13 EVs for road, trail and track and explores the history, development and resurgence of electric-powered vehicles. The exhibit is scheduled to run through October 2020
The vehicles on display include a 1915 Detroit Electric, 1960 Electric Shopper urban vehicle, 2017 Bolinger Motors B1 off-road prototype and 2020 ElectraMeccanica Solo designed for single-person transportation.
“Electric-powered vehicles represent the future of the automotive industry,” museum executive director Terry Karges is quoted in a news release. “This exhibit calls attention for museums and other cultural institutions to document the history of alternative power technologies and preserve examples of this rapidly changing aspect of transportation culture.”
Special events this weekend
The Mercedes-Benz Museum has opened its Cannstatter Hutte on Museum Hill in Stuttgart for the holiday season, welcoming guests through January 19, 2020, and offering a menu of “hearty regional dishes” as well as unveiling a new outdoor curling rink.
November 22 is the “Night of the White Gloves” at the BMW Museum in Germany, where, beginning at 7 p.m., visitors have a once-a-year opportunity to put on white gloves and “get up close and personal” with the museum’s collection.
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will stage a new-exhibits preview party on November 22 in anticipation of several exhibit openings — Age of Aquarius: Cars of the Counter Culture & Beyond, the DeSoto Display, and Cars & Christmas. The museum also offers a Polar Express pajama party on December 7 and Breakfast with Santa on December 14.
The “Age of Aquarius” exhibit includes the restored Light Bus, the re-creation of the 1962 Volkswagen bus made famous at Woodstock.
A special exhibition, “Cars: Accelerating The Modern World,” opens November 23 at the Victoria and Albert museum in England. The exhibition runs to April 19, 2020.
The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee hosts its eighth annual Black Friday Beerfest on November 23.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts Jason Torchinsky and his book, Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on November 23.
The BMW Museum in Germany welcomes Olympic champions Laura Dahlmeier and fellow biathlete Fritz Fischer for a special Family Sunday Biathlon event on November 24.
Mark your calendar
The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, will offer free vault tours on November 29. Also, on the day after Thanksgiving, museum director Jeff Lane and curator Robert Jones will do vehicle demonstrations at various times throughout the day.
The California Agriculture Museum at Woodland will light up its array of tractors for the holidays beginning on November 29.
From November 29 through January 1, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, turns its NCM Motorsports Park into a 2-mile Christmas Lights Show featuring 25 scenes, more than 350 displays and more than 1 million holiday lights.
The Mustang Owner’s Museum near Charlotte, North Carolina, hosts “Mustangs for Makenzie,” a car show and cruise-in on November 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts author John Baechtel and his book, Goldenrod — America’s Iconic Land Speed Record Holder, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on November 30.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeastern Indiana and the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee are among the facilities across four continents participating in Museum Store Sunday on December 1. To find a participating museum in your area, visit the Museum Store Sunday website.
The King of the Heap racing series resumes December 7 and continues for the first Saturday of January, February and March, 2020, at the National Corvette Museum’s NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The events are open to cars work $1,000 or less, each with a team of drivers participating in Auto-X, Auto-X relay and track events. For information, visit the King of the Heap website.
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia will honor Emerson Fittipaldi with its 12th annual Spirit of Competition award to be presented December 2.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opens a special exhibit, “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success / 30th Anniversary Tribute” on December 14. Running through April 15, 2020, the exhibit will include 10 vehicles, trophies and other items.
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host “Mustang Jim” Aberts for a presentation, “Ford: The Motor Company & The Family,” from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on December 7.
Stahl’s Automotive Foundation Collection in Chesterfield, Michigan, stages its annual Christmas Party, “Back to the Basics,” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on December 11, when holiday music from the automated musical instruments will be featured.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reopens its Performance Gallery on April 22, 2020. The gallery closed on November 20 for “a much-needed refresh.”
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