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Museum of American Speed opens Herzog exhibit


The Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, has opened a new exhibit honoring Herzog Motorsports. The opening was part of a weekend that included groundbreaking for the museum’s expansion and a cars and coffee cruise-in.

On hand for the event was 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who raced for the Herzog team early in his career.

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Multi-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson emerged through Herzog Motorsports racing

Among other vehicles included in the exhibit are a 1989 Ford Bronco II Baja truck, the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer that won the Baja 500 and was third in the Baja 1000, the GMC Jimmy that won the Pikes Peak hill climb in 2000, stock cars driven by Johnson in the ASA and NASCAR Busch series, and a Herzog 1957 Chevy Gasser formerly owned by baseball star Reggie Jackson.

Petersen panel examines ‘Future of Motorsports’

“The Future of Motorsports” will be the subject of a special presentation November 12 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in a partnership between the Petersen Automotive Museum and Velocity International.

Panelists discussing the future of all forms of motorsports are scheduled to be Ford chief executive Jim Farley; McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown; MotoAmerica chief financial officer and Petersen board chairman Richard Varner; Indycar president Jay Frye; and Hypercraft chief executive Jacob Hawksworth.

The program is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. t0 9 p.m. in the Turn 1 hospitality suite and will include a live motorsports-oriented auction and viewing of the featured “Mini vs. Mustang” race. 

The Velocity Invitational is a vintage racing event running November 11-14 at the track.

Petersen displays youngsters’ designs

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Jery Chen’s ‘Fly Higher’ drawing and the museum’s 3D model | Museum photo

As Toyota announced its next Dream Car USA art contest, the Petersen Museum prepared to unveil the winning designs from previous contests in a special exhibition that runs October 30 through March 27, 2022.

The Toyota Dream Car contest is open to children ages 4-15 with three age-group categories accepting entries beginning November 1.

Children are asked to create an original dream vehicle drawing using digital tools, crayons, color pencils, ink pens, markers or paint (acrylic or watercolor). For contest details, visit the www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com website.

First Mustang gets museum display

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First Mustang sold day before the car was to go on sale | Museum photo

The first Ford Mustang sold by a dealership will be on display at the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, until April 18, 2022.

Gail Wise was a 22-year-old school teacher in Illinois when she purchased the pale-blue convertible on April 15, 1964, which has since been determined to have been the first customer-bought Mustang.

The car was sold to Wise by the dealership the day before Mustangs were go on sale so she could drive to her new job.

LeMay launches book club

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has launched a book club and its first selection is The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s Drive to Integrate Auto Racing by Bill Poehler.

The club will meet November 16 at 6 p.m. (Pacific) via Zoom with Poehler taking part in the discussion.

The book shares the story of Dewey Gatson, who also was known as Jack de Soto and Rajo Jack, an African-American auto racer who won stock car events on the West Coast in the 1920s and ‘30s. 

Autos & Ales at AACA

Inspired by the trio of Tuckers at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, local brewer Snitz Creek Brewery will debut a sour ale called Tucker Pucker Torpedo at the museum’s 11th annual Auto & Ales event November 5.

More than 40 breweries will participate in the event, which will include “country-style” food and live music from Smooth Like Clyde. 

RAC stages another auto art show

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Paul Howse | Museum photo

The Royal Automobile Club stages its annual Art of Motoring exhibition of automotive artwork from November 1-6 at its Pall Mall Clubhouse in London. The work of 16 artists will be featured, among them former F1 and Le Mans racer Stefan Johansson. Another artist featured this year is Paul Howse, who until recently was a designer at McLaren. 

British museum gears up for the holidays

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon plans a variety of special events for the upcoming holiday season, including Christmas lunches December 12, 16 and 17. 

Special family-oriented activities will be offered December 17-23 including a jigsaw trail with visitors finding pieces of Santa’s sleigh as they tour the museum. 

Special events this weekend

The Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, stages Foxtoberfest October 28-30, and a Fords on Sunday event October 31, with a chili and cornbread cookoff as part of the Fords on Sunday event.

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.

LeMay – Americas Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will host a Happy Halloween scavenger hunt on October 31 beginning at 11 a.m.

Mark your calendar

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 exhibit is an 83-foot tractor-trailer that transforms into a 1,100-square-foot memorial exhibit with 9/11 artifacts and videos.

“The Car Detective” is the theme for Demo Day at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia on November 6. At the event, Dr. Simeone will talk about the research involved in finding special vehicles and will demonstrate by exercising the 1933 Squire roadster, 1948 Talbot-Lago T25 Grand Sport coupe and 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. That program runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., the museum welcomes former racer Willy T. Ribbs to share the story of an American history maker.

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

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma,Washington, stages a Pinewood Derby intensive workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 11. The program is designed for those in grades 3 to 6 to build a derby racer from scratch. The registration fee includes all materials, lunch and a snack.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and Main Line Cars and Coffee will host a cruise-in with concours-style judging from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. November 14 at the museum in Philadelphia. In addition to hosting the event, the museum will be open without admission fees to all participants.

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Father Belcourt’s car | Museum drawing

The Canadian Automobile Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, will feature Canada’s first automobile at its Third Thursday presentation November 18 at 7 p.m. The subject is “Father Belcourt’s Automobile Untangled,” with historian Rudy Croken sharing facts and legends behind the automobile imported to Prince Edward Island in 1866.

Brian Redman will be presented the 2021 Spirit of Competition award December 1 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. The annual award goes to someone who has made significant contributions to motorsports. Redman is a nine-time sports car racing champion and continues to be an ambassador for the sport and for vintage racing.

Former General Motors design director Ed Welburn will present “The Golden Age of American Automotive Design” from noon until 3 p.m. December 4 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. 

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.

The Montagu family Palace House, which shares its grounds with the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England, offers a trip back to 1889 with its Victorian Christmas event from December 18 to January 2. 

The grand opening of the Segerstrom Shelby museum and event center has been rescheduled for January 20, 2022, in Irvine, California.

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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