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Stahl’s reopens its collection of machines automotive and musical

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The largest of the mechanical music machines in the collection is this circa 1920 Gaudin 125-key dance organ, which towers over the 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat ‘Yellow Peril’ racing car parked next to it

Seemingly every car museum in the country has its special feature, be it the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station inside the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in upstate New York, the historic red barns at the Gilmore Car Museum in western Michigan, or the red ribbon-wrapped exterior design of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

But among the most special of such special features are the music machines that share the real estate at Stahl’s Auto Collection in Chesterfield, Michigan, just northeast of Detroit.

Ted Stahl has assembled a stunning car collection, but he also became fascinated by other mechanical machines, those that play music, and the cars are ringed by organs and other music machines, some massive and some of which play by themselves at the touch of a switch.

After being closed since March 17, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Stahl’s reopened March 11, 2021, albeit on a limited Thursday-only basis through the month of April, after which there are expectations of returning to regular admission hours. Tickets for the re-opening period are free, but donations toward the upkeep of the cars and music machines are welcome. 

For details, visit the Stahl’s newsletter sign-up page.

KC museum plans April 10 car show

The Kansas City Automotive Museum in Olathe, Kansas, will host a car show April 10 at Meadowbrook Park, an 80-acre facility in Prairie Village, Kansas. The event will raise money for the museum and for the Johnson County parks and recreation foundation and its public art project.

“The park itself allows us to host this entertainment in a safe and outdoor setting,” Jan Huckleberry, the museum’s development director, told the Shawnee Mission Post said. “We are very aware and respectful of the fact that health and safety is the number one priority when planning an event of this nature. We are going to take all the necessary steps that are required to provide a healthy and safe environment for participants and visitors to the park.”

In addition to 100 collector cars, the “masks required” event will feature food trucks, a scavenger hunt and live music.

At the museum’s location, car shows are planned for Mother’s Day May 9) and Father’s Day (June 20) with an “Oddballs & Obscurities” show June 12. The annual “Great Car Show” for 2021 is scheduled for July 18 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kanas City.

Minibike Mania exhibit extended

Minibike Mania
AACA Museum extends Minibike Mania through April 23 | Museum photo

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has extended its Minibike Mania exhibit through April 23. The exhibit features more than two dozen examples of the mini-motorcycles that emerged in the 1940s and ‘50s and flourished in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

The exhibit also is featured in a “Cars of Carlisle” podcast.

British museum shares photo archive

King & McGay
King & McGay prepares prints for museums and galleries, including Britain’s National Gallery and the V&A Museum | British museum photo

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon has announced a partnership with King & McGay to make the museum’s extensive photographic archive available for purchase for use in homes or offices. 

Nearly 80 images already are available as prints, framed or on canvas. Prices range from £25 to £200 ($28 to $280).

For details, visit the museum’s website.

Special events this weekend

“Gianni Agnelli and Ferrari: The Elegance of the Legend” opens March 12 at the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy and runs until April 1. Featured in the exhibition, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Fiat chairman, are the one-off cars created for him.

Mark your calendar

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, reopens March 16.

“Oshawa’s Automotive Community, 1867-1937” is the topic for the Canadian Automotive Museums Third Thursday event scheduled for 7 p.m. (Eastern) on March 18 in Ontario. Presenting the topic will be Alexander Gates and Dumaresq de Pencier. Future topics include “The GM Oshawa Strike of 1937,” on April 15 and “The Oshawa Worker at War,” on May 20.

The “Driven to Win” exhibition opens March 26 at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

Author and Barn Find series host Tom Cotter shares the story of his Cunningham, one of only four C3 models produced with a manual transmission, in an AACA Museum Live presentation via a Zoom webcast at 10 a.m. on March 27.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, features Dave Wolin and his IMSA RS and Showroom Stock racing books from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 27.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum in Olathe, Kansas, resumes its cars and coffee events on the first and third Saturdays of the month starting April 3 at 8 a.m.

The Mustang Owners Museum has moved its Spring Carolina Cruise to April 24 and its California Special Mustang Day to May 1.

Beginning in May and running into September, the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, Washington, hosts a second Thursday “Cars and Comedy” evening starting at 6 p.m. The museum says to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening featuring local comedians.

Michael Schumacher and Paul Page will be inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame on May 27.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host a “Sizzlin’ Summer Cruise In” from 8 a.m .until 2 p.m. on June 19.

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email larrye@classiccars.com

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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