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The other museum in Bowling Green *

* That's Bowling Green, Ohio, in the case of the National Construction Equipment Museum

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The National Corvette Museum isn’t the only museum of motorized machines located in Bowling Green. 

OK, so the Corvette museum is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, while the National Construction Equipment Museum is in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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The Historical Construction Equipment Association reports that even with equipment displayed out of doors on the 80-acre property, the 7,000-square-foot facility no longer is adequate — and notes that sitting out in the Midwestern weather doesn’t help the equipment. 

Thus “The Big Push,” an effort to raise money for a 20,000-square-foot building that can handle machines of all sizes. As part of push, the owner of Ohio CAT has pledged to match the next $500,000 in donations so ground breaking can be scheduled during 2022.

The museum hosts the International convention and Old Equipment Exposition from September 16-18, 2022, and hopes to use that event to unveil its reassembled 150-ton 1974 Terex Titan 33-15 mining dump truck.

LA fire museum postpones TV show celebration

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‘Emergency!’ stars Kevin Tight and Randy Mantooth visit the museum in 2020

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is home to apparatus used in the Emergency! television series, which it calls “the most influential television show dedicated to firefighters.”

The museum says the show was responsible for recruiting “countless” men and women into the fire services.

The museum, which has restored the ambulance used in the TV series, planned a 50th anniversary of the show’s debut for January 14-16, 2022, but that celebration has been postponed and is being rescheduled.

British museum celebrates West Midlands industry

“Factor Us In” is the title for a special evening January 18 at the British Motor Museum, which is celebrating the West Midlands auto industry with an exhibit which opened in July and runs until the summer of 2022. 

The special evening event at Gaydon, UK, not only includes the exhibit, but a presentation of “The Evolution of the British Motor Industry” by Robert Venn and Cameron Slater, museum volunteers who will discuss issues that have made their mark on the British motor industry including new technologies, production methods, engineering advancements, globalization, fossil fuels and long-term pollution. 

Visitors also can hear from museum curator Catherine Griffin and others who put the exhibit together.

“If you have an interest inmotoring history or you have ever wondered how exhibitions are brought to lifeat the British Motor Museum, we’re giving you an exclusive opportunity like never before to find out,” Griffin is quoted in the announcement.

The evening also includes a “works canteen” style meal of stew and dumplings. Visit the event website for tickets.

But wait, there’s more…

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Gaydon Land Rover show

The British Motor Museum also has released its calendar of events for 2022. After “Factor Us In,” the museum will stage another of its Quiz Night programs on February 8. Also back are the “Gaydon Gatherings,” to be held the second Tuesday of each month starting April 12.

New is a “Museum on the Move” event April 29 for members only that includes rides in cars from the museum’s collection.

Also new is the Austin Seven Centenary exhibition, which opens in June after “Factor Us In” closes, and the Whitehall Buses Fest on July 3.

Other events include the Ultimate BMW car meet, April 10; the UK Slot Car Festival, May 28-29; Gaydon Land Rover Show, May 7-8; the National Metro & Mini show, June 5; the Classic & Vintage Commercial show, June 11-12; the Electric Vehicles Festival, July 3; the BMC & Leyland show, July 10; the Old Ford Rally, celebrating 35 years of the Capri 280, July 17, which is the same day as the new Rootes Heritage Day.

The Big Mini Show is set for July 24, the 999 Emergency Services show is August 13-14, Jaguars at Gaydon is September 3 and celebrates Swallow Sidecars centenary, the Retro Tuck Show is September 11-12, and the MGB’s 60th anniversary event is September 25. 

Mark your calendar

The LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will offer tours of its private garage on January 8, and again on February 12.

The Canadian Automobile Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, has announced its Third Thursday lecture topics for January and February. “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights” will be presented January 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom by Gretchen Sorin of the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and “The Death and Legacy of Sam McLaughlin – Looking Back After 50 Years” will be offered by Samantha George of the Parkwood National Historic Site on February 17.

“The Tucker Movie: What’s Real, What’s Not” is the subject of a program to be presented via Zoom by the AACA Museum on January 21, 2021. The presentation will include Preston Tucker’s grandchildren.

The LeMay Collection at Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, will offer Driver’s Ed: Model T Experience events May 14, June 11, July 9, August 14 and September 11.

A second wave of vehicles arrives September 22, 2022, and run through May 14, 2023, in “The Allure of the Extreme” supercar showcase at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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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