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North East museum honors midget racing heroes

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The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, stages its Legends Day on November 7, this year featuring stars of New England midget open-wheel racing.

Among those stars are 6-time NEMA champion Russ Stoehr; 9-time champion and winner of a record 85 races Drew Fornoro; 1987 champion Bobby Seymour, who also fielded cars for other drivers and will represent a family of racers including his father “Boston” Louie and his brother Mike; car-builder Rollie Lindblad; long-time announcer Pete Falconi; and Dick Monahan, author of the History of Auto Racing in New England.

Special events this weekend

“Michelotti World,” and exhibit of the cars designed by Giovanni Michelotti, opens at the MAUTO, the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York hosts a private screening of No Time To Die at the Bow Tie Cinema theater at 7 p.m. on October 7. 

The Newport Car Museum stages its German Car Weekend on October 9-10 with five marque car clubs present and with people showing a German car key gaining free admission.

It’s the final cars and coffee of the season October 9 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine. The museum closes for the winter after October 31, but will open by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays as needed until the 2022 season begins May 1.

Mark your calendar

The Saratoga Automobile Museum in upstate New York is the site October 9 for the 10th Vintage at Saratoga gathering of BMWs produced in the 20th Century. The museum hosts a Corvette car show from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on October 13.

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.

‘Mille Miglia” is the theme for Demo Day activities October 16 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, where the museum’s Mille Miglia podium-finishing cars will be exercised. Those cars include a trio of 1930s-era Alfa Romeo 8C models and a 1956 Maserati 300 S.

Hemi Under Glass by Bob Riggle and Rich Truesdell will be featured from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 16 at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California.

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 early years of the Canadian Grand Prix is the subject of the Third Thursday Zoom talk scheduled for October 21 and presented by the Canadian Automotive Museum. The speaker will be George Webster, who has worked an a steward at Formula 1 events and also has been a motorsports writer and photographer.

School half term in the UK means special youth-oriented programs October 23-31 at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin will share the science of lights and mirrors. 

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, hosts Angels Savage and Ted Woperner and their book, Savage Angel, a biography of racer Swede Savage, on October 23.

Opening October 26 at MAUTO, the National Museum of Automobiles in Torino, Italy, is an exhibition titled “Those daredevils on the white roads.” The exhibit features 40 photographs by Adriano Scoffone of the 40-mile hillclimb race held in the Italian Alps in 1930 and won by Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa-Romeo Grand Prix car. The exhibit was developed with help from Angelo Sala, former director of staging at the Theater alla Scala.

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.

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit will be at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, November 3-9.

The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, stages its Legends Day on November 7, this year honoring New England midget racing.

The new Savoy Automobile Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, midway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, has announced December 8 as its opening day for visitors. The museum is on a 35-acre site and includes three buildings with 65,000-square-feet of display space and a cafe. It is part of the Georgia Museums Inc., which includes the Booth Western Art Museum, Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science Museum.

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

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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