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ACD and IMS aren’t the only car museums in Indiana

Our weekly roundup of car museum news and notes


Indiana has the Auburn Cord Duesenberg and Indianapolis Motor Speedway museums, but there’s another facility in the state’s capital with a car collection. It’s the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites collection. 

The state museum’s car collection was featured on Collector Car Day by television station WTHR.

According to the museum’s manager of communication, Renee Bruck, the collection includes not only vehicles, but related 3-dimensional objects and reference material. Those 3-D objects are the various auto parts produced in Indiana, including radiators, headlights, gas pumps and much more.

As for cars, they include such vehicles as Maxwells, Haynes, Lambert and even Sears autos from the 1920s, a Stutz AA, a mid-century Studebaker Champion, even a 21st century Th!nk City electric car. The museum’s emphasis is on vehicles and auto parts, achievements and inventions by Hoosiers.

A Stutz AA

AACA opens new facilities 

The new AACA National Headquarters, Library and Research Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opened September 7. On September 11, it hosts the Music & Motors event from noon until 6 p.m. and, of course, will be featured during the annual Eastern Fall Nationals event October 6-9.

007 cars on display at the Petersen

Not all Bond cars escape movie set undamaged | Petersen museum photos
Lotus as submarine

In conjunction with the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, the Petersen Automotive Museum plans what it terms “the largest official gathering of vehicles from James Bond films in the U.S.,” with the exhibition opening September 25. The exhibit is scheduled to run through October 30, 2022.

“Bond in Motion” will include more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and even scale-model aircraft, the museum said of the exhibit, which is being done with EON Productions and the Ian Fleming Foundation.

“James Bond is an international pop culture icon and the vehicles he drives are an integral part of his character,” Terry Karges, the museum’s executive director is quoted in the news release. “The Petersen is excited to showcase so many of the series’ most well-known vehicles. We are sure that there will be something to satisfy every generation of Bond fan.”

Corvette museum gets special visitors

Erik Jones and Richard Petty at the National Corvette Museum | Museum photo

A couple of special visitors were at the National Corvette Museum in the last few days. NASCAR were in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and stopped by. Jones owns four Corvettes, model years 1962, 1965, 1969 and a 2019 ZR1, though this was his first visit to the museum.

Motorcycles donated to the Crawford

In response to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum opening its “Year of the Motorcycle” exhibits, the Colosimo family and its Cleveland CycleWerks donated four motorcycles to the Western Reserve Historical Society museum’s collection, including Tha Heist record-setting machine, an Ace Scrambler, the Misfit, and a production version of the Werks’ Falcon. The bikes are being shown as part of the museum’s “A Century of the American Motorcycle” showcase.

As part of its exhibition, the museum and Sill’s Motor Sales Company will offer introductory BMW motorcycle rides September 11 and 12 at 10 a.m.

Italian museum celebrates Lancia centennial

A vintage Lancia and art by Caty Torta | MAUTO photo

In celebration of the centennial of Vincenzo Lancia’s car company, the MAUTO, the NationalAutomobile Museum in Torino, Italy, is showcasing 11 vintage Lancia vehicles through the end of September. 

The museum also has extended its exhibition celebrating 90 years of Pininfarina design until September 26. It also will continue its showcase of monographic art by Caty Torta and sports cars related to her work until November 7.

From October 6 until January 9, 2022, the museum will celebrate the centennial of car designer Giovanni Michelotti.

NASCAR resets Hall of Fame ceremony

The induction of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 has been reset for January 21, 2022. The event had been scheduled for February 5, 2021, but was put on hold because of the pandemic. The induction program in Charlotte, North Carolina, will span 3 days honoring Dale Earnhardt Jr., Red Farmer, Mike Stefanik and Landmark Award-winner Ralph Seagraves.

Special events this weekend

If you want to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum this weekend, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to the Porsche Streetcar Together Fest taking place at the track from September 10-12.

“Working for the Packard Family: A Century of Domestic Service (1860-1966)” is the subject to be presented at noon, September 11, at the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio.

Around 300 trucks are expected September 11 and 12 for the Retro Truck Show at the 11th British Motor Museum in Gaydon. 

Vintage trucks and red barns | Gilmore museum photo

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, hosts the Ultimate Truck Show on September 10-11 featuring not only pickups and 4x4s but wreckers and emergency-response vehicles. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. on September 10 and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on September 11.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, stages its annual Wheels & Heels gala on September 11.

It’s a Hoods-Up weekend September 11-12 at the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island.

On September 11-12, in addition to its motorcycling exhibition, the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will host a Heritage Throwback Weekend with pre-registered visitors invited to ride the newest BMW motorcycles. 

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will close its “The Vision Realized: 60 Years of Mid-Engine Corvette Design” exhibit on September 12. Replacing that exhibit will be “Generations of Innovations,” which opens October 1 and runs through December 31.

On September 12 starting at 12:30 p.m., the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, and the Wrecking Crew Mustang Club will stage a 9/11 Remembrance Ford car show to benefit the Concord Fire Department.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts a car show September 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring the NorCal Kit Car Club vehicles.

The Brooklands Museum in England plans a special celebration of the life of the late Stirling Moss on September 12 with more than 35 vehicles he raced on display.

Mark your calendar

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts the free “Gaydon Gathering” car show on September 14 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, has something special planned for September 16 and its Third Thursday lecture series, which features “an Evening with Malcolm Bricklin,” chief executive of Visionary Vehicles and the person who brought to North America Subaru, Yugo and the Bricklin. The event will be presented via Zoom and a $10 donation to the museum is suggested as part of the registration process.

“Stirling Moss, The Champion that Wasn’t” is the theme for the September 18 Demo Day at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Cars taking part in the parking lot exercise session include a 1953 Jaguar C-type and 1956 D-type, 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, 1956 Maserati 300S and 1958 Aston Martin DBR1.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeast Indiana stages its third “Duesies & Movies” drive-in theater event of the season September 18, showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts a car show September 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. featuring the East Bay Street Dreams car club.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine hosts a program at 6 p.m. on September 23 with Jeff Mahl “The NY to Paris Race 1908” with author Jeff Mahl presenting “The Great Auto Race – New York to Paris 1908.”

The annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York is scheduled for September 24-25.

CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, an annual event that benefits the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, is scheduled for October 2, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Special features of the cruise this year are Save Mart’s 12-foot tall, 454cid Chevy V8-powered “mega-motorized shopping cart,” and the 7th of 14 officially licensed replica Batmobiles, this one owned by Bob Goldsand of Meadow View, California.

AutoFest 2021 is scheduled for October 3 at the Newport Car Museum in Rhode Island.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, resumes its annual “Night at the Museum” fundraiser on October 6 with a theme of “Cars and Country Music.” Troy Engle and Southern Skies will perform at the event that serves as the kickoff to “Fall Hershey.”

Herzog Motorsports, the Missouri-based racing team that has won in a variety of events, from off-road racing in Baja to Jimmie Johnson’s transition to stock car racing, will be honored October 15-16 in a special event at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts its 30th anniversary All British Motor Show from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on October 17.

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon stages the Great British Model Railway Show on October 30 and 31 featuring 30 scale-model railroad layouts in various gauges.

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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