As I write this week’s roundup of museum information and notes, I’m carrying a long-sleeve T-shirt I bought a few years in the past within the reward store on the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
I’ve related shirts, some short-sleeved, some lengthy, bought on the Owls Head and Seal Cove museums in Maine, the Pierce-Arrow museum in Buffalo, The Henry Ford in Michigan, the Auburn Wire Duesenberg museum in Indiana, and the Martin in Phoenix. The now-fading orange baseball cap I put on most incessantly is from the Northeast Basic Automotive Museum in Norwich, New York.
I even have automotive fashions, toys and books bought at museum reward outlets right here — together with the Petersen and the ACD — and in Europe.
My level? Automotive museum reward outlets are a terrific place to buy, and that features any last-minute vacation purchasing for the automotive man or gal in your model of Santa’s naughty/good record.
Whereas the newest wave of the coronavirus pandemic has compelled a number of automotive museums to shut but once more, most are nonetheless working their reward outlets on-line. Simply go to the museum web site and begin procuring.
Oh, and don’t overlook, a museum annual membership is a good reward to offer or to obtain.
Talking of items, the museum shall be delighted in the event you make a year-end financial donation to assist its operations.
Packard museum briefly closed
Due to a resurgence of the coronavirus, the Nationwide Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, shall be closed via December 31. Though briefly closed, planning continues for the museum’s twenty first annual classic bike exhibit, and the museum’s reward store is open on-line.
The theme for the 2021 showcase is “Bikes — Roll Your Personal” and can function hand-built bikes together with basket-case restorations, modified machines and bikes “merely for the enjoyment of driving.”
Bikes scheduled for the exhibit embody a 1902 Sylvester & Jones, 1905 Crouch, 1912 Indiana belt drive, 1971 BSA/Diesel 2-cylinder and a one-off 2021 Triumph Scrambler James Bond version.
AACA affords prolonged vacation hours
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has prolonged hours on Saturdays via January 2. The museum is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day, however on Saturdays via January 2 will keep open till 8 p.m. so guests cannot solely see the assorted automotive shows however the greater than 100 adorned bushes, poinsettias and wreaths.
The AACA additionally has a “Grinchy” scavenger hunt for youngsters and a “Roads to Rails” mannequin practice show.
Indy trophy sculptor Zoom go to
From 8 a.m. till 9 a.m. (Japanese) on December 11, William Behrends, the sculptor accountable for creating the Borg-Warner Trophy photos of the drivers who’ve received the Indianapolis 500, will participate in a particular “Gas Up Friday” version Zoom solid offered by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
The Friday occasions often are restricted to museum members, however this one is open to anybody who indicators up on the particular web site.
The Borg-Warner Trophy is among the many most well-known of American sports activities trophies and has been used since 1936. Behrends has been the sculptor including the winner’s picture in sterling silver yearly since 1990.
Through the Zoom solid, he’s anticipated to debate his ardour for the race, his work as a sculptor, and the method for creating and including a brand new face every year to the Indy trophy. Along with the Indy trophy, Behrends has completed statues of baseball star Willie Mays, automotive pioneer Henry Ford II, golfer Bobby Jones and Supreme Courtroom Justice John Marshall, amongst others.
LeMay advantages from raffle
America’s Automotive Belief is staging a sweepstakes to offer somebody a 2019 Saleen 302 Black Label nicknamed “Blazing Fury.” Notice, nevertheless, that the automotive shouldn’t be a classic Plymouth Fury however an 800-horsepower modern Ford Mustang tweaked by Saleen Automotive. Proceeds will profit the AAT’s LeMay – America’s Automotive Museum in Tacoma, Washington, in addition to the RPM Basis and different AAT packages.
Go to the AAT web site for particulars.
Particular occasions this weekend
It’s “Hoods Up” weekend on the Newport Automotive Museum in Rhode Island, the place greater than 75 autos could have their engines uncovered for viewing. Featured automobile this month on the museum is the 2005 Romero Britto Corvette, the work of Brazilian-born Miami-based artists Romero Britto.
The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, hosts a driving cruise December 12 from its facility to Innovation Efficiency Applied sciences in Pinehurst. The cruise begins at 10 a.m. and consists of lunch and a tour of the Modern Efficiency facility and its autos. See the museum web site for registration info.
The museum has switched to its winter-hours schedule (10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Wedneday via Saturday, midday till 5 p.m. on Sunday), and can resume 7-day operations in early April 2021.
The Vehicle Driving Museum in El Segundo, California, phases a cruise-in and toy drive December 12 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.
Palace Home, historic residence of the Montagu household, shall be open December 12-13 and once more December 19 to January 3 for a classic Christmas celebration. The occasion extends into the British Nationwide Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the place the featured exhibit showcases greater than 800 toy and pedal vehicles.
Mark your calendar
The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, continues its Third Thursday lecture sequence on December 17 at 7 p.m. when restoration specialist Justin Sookraj presents “The Delorean Dream” on Zoom. To take part, go to the museum’s Third Thursday lecture web site.
The San Diego Automotive Museum will function an electrical automobile exhibit from January 22 to Might 22, 2021. Among the many autos on show shall be a 1914 Galt gas-electric roadster that has been on mortgage and on show on the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Galt’s common house is the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, the place the automotive is scheduled to return after its San Diego pit cease.
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