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Lamborghini, Canadian museums re-open to visitors

Our weekly roundup of car museum news and notes


The Lamborghini Museum — officially the Lamborghini Museum of Technologies, or MUDETEC — in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, has re-opened, albeit with new safety regulations regarding social distancing.

The museum was renamed in April 2019 as MUDETEC in part because of the presentation inside of “innovations and examples of excellence that have revolutionized not only Lamborghini but the entire automotive panorama, creating new concepts and laying foundations for future technologies,” the museum notes in its re-opening announcement.

“Visitors will gain an insight into Lamborghini’s values and discover its most iconic and revolutionary masterpieces, the result of the major contribution and ongoing investment by Automobili Lamborghini in research and development. Pioneering and innovative by tradition, Lamborghini has always looked to the future, with an eye on the design and technology of tomorrow.”

Vehicles such as the 350 GT, Miura, Countach and LM002 are on display, as are more recent cars and concepts. Also featured at the re-opening is a display of work produced during the Young Architects Competitions. 

Meanwhile, several pieces from the MUDETEC collection will be on display at the Cite de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, Alsace, France, which is featuring Automobili Lamborghini through January 10, 2021.

Lamborghini, Lamborghini, Canadian museums re-open to visitors, ClassicCars.com Journal

Canadian Automotive Museum re-opens

Lamborghini, Lamborghini, Canadian museums re-open to visitors, ClassicCars.com Journal
1908 McLaughlin Buick | Museum photo

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, is scheduled to re-open July 17, though tickets must be purchased in advance and guests will be required to wear protective masks and practice social distancing.

While the museum was closed, staffers were busy with upgrades to the Glenn H. Baechler Canadian Automotive Research Library in an effort to turn it into “a world-class research facility.” 

As the museum re-opens, its featured exhibit is “McLaughlin and Buick 1905-1918 and how, after his failed attempt to produce his own vehicle, Sam McLaughlin did a deal to build Buicks in Oshawa, thus finally launching The McLaughlin Motor Car Company, which started producing Chevrolet vehicles for Canada and elsewhere in the British Empire in 1915.

Special events this weekend

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival joins with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum to present a live Facebook tour of the museum’s new Out of Quarantine exhibit via Facebook at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on July 17.

The ACD Museum alsohosts the first of three free Duesies & Movies nights on July 18. The drive-in format will take place in the museum’s Education and Events Plaza with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang showing at sunset.

Later in the summer, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will be shown on August 15 and Amelia on September 19. 

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts “Volvos at the Gilmore VIII” on July 18 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and an All-German Cruise-in from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. the same day. Then, on July 19, it’s the third annual “Corvette Envy” show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., featuring a display of more than 300 Chevrolet sports cars plus a Corvette swap meet.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, will host a book signing from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 18 with Chris Pook, founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Pook will autograph copies of the book, Chris Pook & the History of the Long Beach GP, written by Gordon Kirby.

The restored and correctly liveried tub of the Lotus 29/1 driven by Dan Gurney in the 1963 Indianapolis 500 remains on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum through July 19. The car then goes back to the restoration shop for the installation of its engine and other components.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum and the National WWI Museum and Memorial will co-host the fourth annual The Great Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19. More than 200 vehicles will be on display at the WW1 Museum in KC, Missouri.

Mark your calendar

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia plans to re-open July 23. 

The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection in Cleveland is scheduled to re-open to the public on July 25. 

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts a “Mopars Lite” car show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 25.

Featured book from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 25 at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, will be Developing a Champion: The Electramotive Nissan GTP Story by author Chris Willes.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts a “Red Barns Lite” car show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on August 1.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles launches its virtual version of Monterey Car Week on August 1. The event runs August 1-10 and 12-16. Visit the museum website for more information.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum opens a new exhibit, “Granatelli: Larger Than Life” on August 1 to celebrate the legacy of Andy Granatelli, one of motorsports most colorful characters and successful promoters.  

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts its Land Rover Show August 1-2.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host a cruise-in car show from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on August 2. Registered car owners will receive lunch, museum admission and a museum hat. To register, visit the museum website.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame (that’s RV/MH as in Recreation Vehicle/Motor Home) in Elkhart, Indiana, holds its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on August 3.

Youngsters ages 5-13 can take part in the Porsche Museum’s annual “Car Factory” summer program August 4-23 in Stuttgart, Germany. The program is offered in German and English and offered insight to automobile production.

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts an electric vehicles festival car show on August 8 and a classics and vintage commercial vehicle show on August 8-9.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts the “Air Cooled Gathering” car show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on August 8.

The Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, is organizing The Carolina Cruise on September 5, when sections of Highway 29 will become a rolling car show.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens two new exhibits on September 12 — “Yeah, It’s Got a Hemi!” and “Minibike Mania.”

The Miles Through Time museum in Clarkesville, Georgia, plans a “Cruise-In to the Museum” from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 12.

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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