Indy Speedway museum re-opens July 7, but offers at-home activities in the meantime

Miles Through Time museum welcomes visitors and car show on May 30

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Video shows how to build your own Marmon Wasp Indy racer | Larry Edsall photo

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has set July 7 as its re-opening date under the Indiana governor’s guidelines and will extend its “From the Vault” exhibition of vehicles through mid-July. A new exhibit will be introduced August 1 and will run through June 20, 2021, the museum said. 

But the Vault display isn’t going away. It only will be reduced in size as some of the cars return to storage while others emerge to join what likely will be a display of nearly a dozen vehicles through the rest of the year.

The museum’s executive director, Betsy Smith, also announced she will be leaving her position on July 3. 

In the meantime, the museum offers three craft activities for families to do at home. The activities — building a Marmon Wasp, the Rubber Band Experiment, and Vrroom-noculars — are presented in how-to videos.

Mercedes offers special children’s activities

Mercedes museum offers special activities for children as part of its re-opening | Museum photo

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, launches a new series of activities designed for children age 3 and older starting May 29. 

“The long weeks of restrictions have meant that children and young people have also been particularly affected by the lack of shared experiences,” said museum head Monja Budke. “We are therefore delighted to be able to offer them a colorful and attractive program as of the coming Whit weekend.”

The new program is being done in line with new hygiene suggestions. For example, the children will keep the colored pencils they use for some activities and surfaces and other materials will be disinfected on a regular basis. 

Children age 5 and older can make their own jewelry pendants or personalized steering wheels. Those age 7 and older can create a G-Class off-road vehicle from paper. Another activity is building a model 4-stroke engine from a kit.

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Miles Through Time re-opens May 30

Museum opening in its new location | Museum photo

After a “soft” re-opening this past weekend, the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum in Clarkesville, Georgia, plans its grand re-opening from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. May 30. 

Plans call for a cruise-in car show at the museum’s new location, the Old Clarkesville Mill. For details, including the new social-distance parking plan for the car show, visit the museum’s website.

Italian museum re-opens May 30

The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino re-opens to visitors on May 30.

Mustang scavenger hunt goes global

While closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, staged an online scavenger hunt and has awarded prizes to Mustang owners in the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and New Zealand.

Corvette track sets its schedule

With plans to re-open June 1, the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced a schedule of upcoming events for June, including track days, racing schools, Corvette Experiences and SCCA Regional points events. 

In addition, each Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. through September will feature “Trek at the Track,” a free program open to walkers, joggers, bicyclists and inline skaters. 

For details, visit the park website.

While the motorsports facility opens June 1, the National Corvette Museum, located just across the interstate highway from the track, doesn’t re-open until June 8. 

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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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