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Gilmore museum says ‘let it snow’

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The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will take advantage of its large campus and the Midwest’s cold winter weather to host its second Winter Motoring Meet, a vintage snowmobile exhibition on February 5. The snowmobiles will include those used in racing. 

The day will feature rides, an exhibition of professional ice carving, outdoor games (and a warming fire and homemade soup, gourmet hot chocolate and other beverages) and, weather permitting, snowmobile parades around the campus’ oval race track. The campus also will be open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for guests who bring that equipment.

The museum will offer free “glorified sleigh rides” in its Ford Model AA pickup truck and other open-air vehicles.

The day is being staged in cooperation with Vintage Snowmobile Michigan.

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“The Gilmore Car Museum’s Winter Motoring Meet is for folks who appreciate Michigan’s Winter Motoring season, whether in their cars, 4×4 trucks, Jeeps, or snowmobiles,” Josh Russell, the Gilmore’s executive director, is quoted. 

“It’s a fun way for us to get outside and enjoy the winter season, in an outdoor environment with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy our 90-acre campus.”

Beaulieu preparing for 50th anniversary

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Museum under construction | Museum photo

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022 and has announced a special exhibit, “The Story of Motoring in 50 Objects” with opening date and other information yet to be revealed.

British museum features F1

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Resident racer Jackie Demon checks out F1 cars | Museum photo

Fun with Formula 1 is the theme for the “half-term” program the British Motor Museum at Gaydon is putting together for the mid-winter break from school. Family activities with an F1 theme are planned from February 19-27.

Among the activities are building and racing a Lego F1 car and, on weekends, helping resident racer Jackie Demon explore some of the museum’s racing cars.

In addition, Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin will offer science shows on selected days, a team from MOD Kineton will launch rocket cars on February 23, and other events are planned.

‘Shed Sale’ in Sacramento

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento is staging a “Shed Sale” through January with “everything from hubcaps to engines” available. Appointments are needed.

Audrain adds film company

Audrain Motorsport, part of the enterprise that includes the Audrian Automobile Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, has acquired Empire Films and appointed that company’s founder, Matt Albano, as director of video media production.

“With the acquisition of Empire Films, Audrain Motorsport will now be able to allow collectors, institutions and businesses to bring the story of their special vehicles to brilliant life in compelling video productions,” according to the announcement. “Not only will Audrain Motorsport be able to take on clients to help bring their visions to life, this new endeavor enables Audrain to continue to push the envelope with its own creative and digital content.”

Sustainability featured at BMW Welt

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BMW Welt opens new sustainability exhibit | Museum photo

A new exhibit the BMW Welt in Munich focuses on sustainability. It also  has introduced a new by-appointment virtual vehicle consulting service featuring the iX and i4 models on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Special events this weekend

The National Corvette Museum hosts a food distribution January 15 in conjunction with Feed America First to help those affected by tornados in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, area. Plans call for each family to receive 60 to 80 pounds of food during the morning distribution.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will have a special “Betty White Day at the Museum” on January 16 with free admission provided by the Potomac Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club and by Nick Ferrantino, the owner of Betty White’s beloved “Parakeet,” a 1977 Cadillac Seville that is on display at the museum.

John Clor of Ford Performance will present “The Rise & Fall of Mercury” as part of the Gilmore Car Museum winter lecture series at 3 p.m. January 16 in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

The Blackhawk Collection museum in Danville, California, has closed temporarily because of the ongoing pandemic.

Mark your calendar

Docent training classes begin January 19 at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento.

The grand opening celebration for the new Segerstrom Shelby event center and museum in Irvine, California, is scheduled for January 20.

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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 Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, stages its inaugural Winter Motoring Meet featuring vintage snowmobiles on February 5.

The British Motor Museum stages its Quiz Night on February 8 at Gaydon, UK, and during the British schools’ “half-term” break, the museum will host a series of family-oriented programs about Formula 1 racing.

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 [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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