The Tucker from 1948 that was recently sold at the buyout of the Tupelo Automobile Museum in Mississippi, the star of a new collector's car museum is planned for Arundel, Maine. The sale of the Tucker, a historic vehicle that was covered nearly 3,000 miles during testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, generated $ 1,985 million from the $ 10 million raised by the auction.
The buyer of the Tucker was Tim Stetiford, who was the the Portland, Maine Press Herald that he plans to open a new museum for classic cars & sales shows under the flag of the Maine Classic Car Museum Collection.
Stetiford said he hopes to open the museum in mid-June next to his classic car dealer Motorland.
"Unlike most museums, the most important items on display, including the Tucker, will be for sale," the newspaper reported. "That will allow Stentiford to make a profit, he hopes, but also to keep the collection fresh by cycling in new vehicles to show.
"Everyone is interested in seeing the old cars," Stentiford told the newspaper, adding that his dealer draws a constant stream of visitors during the summer season.
"We have been constantly asking ourselves whether we were a showroom or a museum," said Stentiford about Motorland, which opened in 2011. "We have listened to that question long enough to give us the idea of doing both.
"It's practically impossible to start a museum all over again and then try to make it self-sustaining," he told the newspaper. "That is why this will be both a showroom and a museum."
"He plans a series of displays within the museum, such as one built around woodies – carved trimwagons, popular in the & # 39; 40 and & # 39; 50 – that families used for their annual summer vacations in Maine," reported the newspaper.
Challenger I and II went to Motorsports Hall of Fame display
Micons Thompson & # 39; s Challenger I and his son Danny Thompson & # 39; s Challenger II land-speed-record vehicles will be on display at the Motorsports Hall of Honor of America at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, where Danny Thompson will talk about his family's speed records at 7 p.m. the museum announced on 13 May.
Drag racer Mickey Thompson has set nearly 300 speed records in various vehicles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1960s. He also built cars for the Indianapolis 500 and established stadium off-road racing.
Danny Thompson rebuilt one of his father's speed records like the Challenger II and raised the record with piston power to 448,757 mph in 2018 in Bonneville.
The museum said that the cars will be shown "for a limited time".
Saratoga lands Gulf Mirage for its auction
One of the 1969 Gulf Mirage M2 / 300/03 sports prototype racing cars built by John Wyer was sent to the Saratoga Automobile MuseumThe annual auction scheduled for September 20-21 in northern New York.
The museum said the car is the only one of the three that has been restored to its original state. Powered by a BMW V12 engine, the car was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood. The museum said the auction is the first time this Mirage M2 is being offered for public sale, although it has been shown on Amelia Island and other competitions.
Another look at that candid Corvette
Last week we reported that Chevrolet Corvette from 1953 (VIN 003) was converted into a fully functional openwork display vehicle and was donated to the National Corvette Museum, where it is part of the new Gateway exhibition of the museum that focuses on the background story of the creation of the Corvette.
This week the museum supplied a photo of the car that we hope you will find as fascinating as we are.
Lion Drag Strip Museum slates opens on June 22
With a mission "to honor and preserve the legacy of dragons from the Souther California auto culture for future generations," the Lions Drag Strip Museum is planning a grand opening event on June 22 in Rancho Dominguez, California.
The museum is founded by Rick Lorenzen, who grew up near the historic racetrack and who built headers and chassis for Mickey Thompson, who once managed the Lions strip in Long Beach. The number ran from 1955-1972.
Lorenzen owns one of the largest groups of Willys vehicles from his collection of more than 100 muscle cars, hot rods and classics.
LeMay opening Cadillac exhibition
May 11th LeMay – America & # 39; s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, opens its new exhibition, "Cadillac – The Standard of the World," to tell the story of the car brand founded by Henry Leland, who learned precision manufacturing techniques as a student of gunsmith Samuel Colt.
The 16 vehicles on the display range from a 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Car to a 2019 XT4, including the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept car, a modern tribute to Cadillac & # 39; s famous pre-war 16-cylinder car & # 39; s on loan from Cadillac.
Cycling evenings in the Harley museum
We are a day late, but weekly Bike Nights at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee started on 9 May and continues every Thursday of the summer season from 5 pm. until 9 p.m. with a cruise-in and live music.
Special events this weekend
"The Sports Car Comtes to America" is the theme of Demo Day on 11 May in the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Cars that are exercised are a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, 1952 Jaguar C-type and 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spider.
"Tucker: The 50 Production Cars" is the subject of a special program on 11 May in the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where one of the grandsons of Preston Tucker will be one of the speakers.
The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, is organizing a Crawford Coffee & Cars cruise – on May 11 from 8 am to 11 am & # 39;
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will organize a special Speedway Cars & Coffee event on 11 May, limited to the first 100 registered cars. The auto show runs from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., but those registered can take part in a full day of on-track activities, where the Indycar Grand Prix starts at 3:30 p.m.
It is not car related, but we cannot ignore the word that The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan, opens a special exhibition "Star Trek" Exploring New Worlds on 11 May. The exhibition contains more than 100 objects and props, including the original U.S.S. Company navigation console, runs until 2 September.
The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California, opens its new Fireball gallery of automotive art with a special event starting at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 11 May.
The British Motor Museum is organizing its fifth annual "Gaydon Land Rover Show" on 11 and 12 May with a special appearance on 12 May by the Ferguson 4 Wheel Drive Club and its vehicles.
"Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy," a special exhibition in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles runs until March 15, 2020.
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the mother offers free entry on May 12. The same offer is made by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Northeast Indiana offers a presentation, "Exporting: Auburn & # 39; s Global Impact," at two o'clock in the morning. May 12th. Museum curator Sam Grate will talk about how Auburn has built a system of 110 distributors in 93 countries under export manager Robert Wiley. At its peak, exports accounted for 18 percent of Auburn's sales.
Mark your agenda
"Colors of Speed - 50 Years of the 917", a special exhibition of 10 of the famous Porsche racing cars, opens on May 14 and runs until September 15 on the Porsche Museum in Germany.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the C4 is organizing Gathering from May 16-18.
LeMay – America & # 39; s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, offers attractions in some of its 1950s antique, pre-war classics and cars at 11:00 am on May 16.
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens two new summer exhibitions on May 17 – Studebaker Cool: 114 Years of Innovation, and Harley-Davidson: History, Mythology and Perceptions of America & # 39; s Motorcycle. Both exhibitions run until October 20.
"Time Travel" is the theme of the Preshow Showcase auto show and swap meeting scheduled for May 18 in the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where the vintage vehicles will parade around the highways on the msuem campus. Highlighted will be 1909-1925 Cole Motor Cars, holding their biggest reunion.
Britain National Motor Museum Beaulieu houses both the silver twinning (exchange competition) of 18-19 May and a 60-year anniversary of the Mini.
LeMay Collections on Marymount in Tacoma, Washington, offers the class lessons of Model T drivers May 18, June 8, July 7, August 4 and September 8.
The IMS Museum presents the 21st annual Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition on May 23-25 when about 70 Indianapolis 500 racing cars are expected to return to the circuit for exhibition laps and are shown in the parking lot of the museum within turn 2. The event is open to cars & # 39; s who raced on Indy between 1911 and 1994.
Quick response, a documentary about the safety of motor sports, makes its world premiere on May 24 in the Indiana State Museum& # 39; S IMAX theater in Indianapolis.
The California Automobile Museum a Memorial Day Car Show will be held in Sacramento on 27 May.
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut, will take second place "Barracuda & # 39; s, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea" auto show on 8 June.
Britain National Motor Museum and the Montagu house in Beaulieu is organizing a major exhibition of sculpture from 25 May to 14 July. "Sculpture at Beaulieu" contains more than 350 works by more than 60 sculptors.
LeMay Collections in Tacoma, Washington, LeMay organizes Motorcycle Days from June 13-23 with 200 motorcycles on exhibition and with rounds of motorcycle football.
"Daredevils: a century of Spine-tingling glasses," a special summer exhibition, opens June 15 at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.
The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, is organizing his annual auto show on Father's Day on June 16.
The Miles Through Time Museum in Toccoa, Georgia, is organizing its second annual auto show from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. on June 22.
The Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California, organizes its seventh annual vintage trailer show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29, with more than 40 vintage trailers and campers on display.
LeMay – America & # 39; s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will be the finish for the 2019 Great Race and plans to celebrate with a "Shine Time" auto show on June 30.
"The car. The future. Me" is the title of an exhibition scheduled to open on July 13 in the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, UK, to "explore futuristic car design and (still) challenge your idea of how we will use the cars for the future," the museum said.
The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, introduces new members Sergio Marchionne, the deceased chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify as a driver in the Indianapolis 500; Richard "Dick" Dauch, co-founder of American Axle Manufacturing; and Patrick Ryan, the creator of the first auto insurance and insurance department, on July 18 in Detroit.
Half Farm & Village in Cleveland will host a car meeting on July 21 with cars from the Crawford Auto-Aviation collection.
On August 3, the British Motor Museum becomes the site of the Classic Mini Mosaic world record attempt that is expected to attract more than 600 classic Mini & # 39; s. The next day the museum is the site of the National Metro & Mini Show.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, racer Briggs Cunningham, Corvette designer Tom Peters and Dollie Cole, Corvette enthusiast and widow of former GM president Ed Cole, participates in the gallery of honor on August 30
"Legends of Speed," a showcase of nearly two dozen historic racing cars, opens November 2 in the Phoenix Art Museum.
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