Museums use web to show their cars, and yours

Our weekly roundup of car museum news and notes

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Among the cars entered in the Indy museum’s first Virtual Cars & Coffee was this Bonneville streamliner, built in the early 1950s by George Hill and Bill Davis, and based on a design by Dean Batchelor. It was the first car by hot-rodders from Southern California to set an FIA-sanctioned land speed record (226.898 mph in the flying kilometer). The car was sponsored at first by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Burbank, California

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s inaugural Virtual Cars & Coffee car show attracted 121 participants via Instagram and Facebook, the museum reports. 

“Although we were not able to have the meet in person, the spirit of the car community was on full display through social media,” the museum said as it shared a video that showed all the entries in a 2-minute video.

The museum plans another such event in May, date to be announced.

The National Corvette Museum will stage its next Online Car Show on April 20.

Simeone goes digital

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is responding to be closed by the coronavirus pandemic by offering two web-based programs.

On Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. (Eastern time), the museum will offer “S.T.E.A..-IN” programming featuring Rick Adams, the museum’s director of education. The programs are designed for students ages 5-12 and will be offered on the museum website, on its YouTube channel and on zoom.us.

In addition, the museum offers “The American Sports Car” web series featuring posts by museum founder Fred Simeone.

Revs/Collier offers online jigsaw puzzles

We started moving pieces to the middle on this 1969 Porsche 917 puzzle, which you can finish online

Here’s something different: The Revs Institute/Collier Collection in Naples, Florida, offers online jigsaw puzzles for you to solve. The puzzles are disassembled photographs of cars that you can put back together.

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They range from 48 to 88 pieces.

To select and solve, see the collection website.

Mullin turns to Instagram

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, will open its collection via Instagram on April 21 and again on April 28, both days at 10 a.m. (Pacific time). 

Petersen plans global cars & coffee

Petersen taking breakfast car show from the roof to the web

For the past 8 years, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has hosted monthly breakfast club cruise-ins. But with the coronavirus pandemic keeping people at home, the museum plans an alternative, which it is calling “the world’s first global cars and coffee.”

Here’s how it works: record a 20- to 30-second video of your car on your smartphone — interior, exterior, engine and start-up — upload the video to Dropbox, Google Drive or You Tube, fill out a form on the Petersen website.

The museum plans to produce a 90-minute video of the event for display on its YouTube channel on April 26. The museum will select Best in Show and Petersen Perfection award winners and will host voting for a People’s Choice award.

“Our Breakfast Club Cruise-Ins have become an integral part of the Los Angeles car community over the past eight years,” Terry Karges, the museum’s executive director, is quoted in the announcement. “We didn’t want to stop the tradition this month because of the pandemic, so we had to get creative to keep it going and also make it more inclusive than ever before. 

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“We look forward to seeing the stories from enthusiasts all over the globe and sharing their passion in a way that unites us all in spirit even while we are standing apart.”

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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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