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NAAM E-NEWS – February 2017, Volume 19, Issue 1

February 7, 2017 in Newsletter, Uncategorized

NAAM E-NEWS - February 2017, Volume 19, Issue 1

In This Issue

President's Message

By: MaryAnn Porinchak

Greetings NAAM Members.

It’s a new year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and ended the year with great expectations and new enthusiasm for the days ahead. I am happy to report that after meeting for a strategic planning session in Dearborn, Michigan in November, the NAAM board ended the year with renewed determination and excitement for the future. I would like to thank all of the board members who attended, especially Matt Anderson who made arrangements for the meeting and Jim VanBochove who was our facilitator and who challenged us to think outside the box.

After two days of brainstorming, goals and objectives were defined and a road map to achieve them was created. First and foremost, we plan to continue to enhance the NAAM Conference and to make it a signature experience for our members. This year’s conference will be held at the LeMay Family Collection in Tacoma, Washington. Registration is now open for this important event. If you haven’t already registered- now is the time. In addition, networking and resource opportunities will be improved through creation of a Resource Center for members and communication will be enhanced through utilization of an “on line community”—be watching for details on these in the coming months.

The strategic document the board created is designed to address and meet the distinct needs of our automobile museum membership and to support, educate and encourage all member organizations to operate according to the professional standards of the museum industry. It is also intended to cultivate and celebrate a culture of inclusiveness among members and organizations regardless of size or operating methodology through new mentoring and networking programs.

As this New Year begins, we reflect on the goals and objectives of the previous year; the progress made and the setbacks endured. Many of our members are seeing great change in their organizations in terms of operations, staffing and management. Even NAAM saw change this past year as we sadly accepted Administrative Assistant, Lisa Panko’s resignation. We miss Lisa and her cheerful voice but wish her well in her future endeavors. With Lisa’s decision came a challenge and an opportunity--both were immediately embraced by the board. The challenge was to find a suitable replacement and the opportunity was to enhance the position to meet the growing needs of our organization. Thankfully the board did not have to look too far to find Christine Bobco to fill Lisa’s position. Thanks to Lisa and Christine, the transition was flawless.

Many of you already know Christine, as a National Packard Museum staff member she was an important asset in the Museum’s hosting of the NAAM Conference a few years ago and she has managed the NAAMY Awards program for the past several years. We are extremely pleased Christine has accepted the position and look forward to working with her.

Speaking of the NAAMY’s, while reflecting on the previous year’s accomplishments-- now is the time to prepare for the NAAMY competition. One of our strategic goals is to inspire members through shared excellence with the NAAMY program. Please make time to share the great programs, exhibits and work you have done this past year-- then come and be inspired by what your colleagues are doing. We all benefit by participation in this great program and individually achieving recognition for excellence in your museums will enhance public awareness of automobile museums as valuable cultural institutions.

As the page is turned to a new year it is clean—a fresh start with new opportunities ahead. The content that will appear on those pages is up to each of us. We can create any outcome for the days ahead that we can envision. We can choose to embrace change and see the “new and different” as refreshing. We can choose to take action and be part of what is written on those pages. Whatever can be imagined can be accomplished-- if we are willing to embrace the challenges before us and participate in creating the content of our individual pages. However, we must be willing to seek and gain the knowledge necessary for success and to apply the required effort. Let’s face it, complacency never inspires or wins awards. Complacency is never found amidst progress or excellence.

Your NAAM friends and colleagues are here to assist you as a primary resource for the automobile museum community. We are here to help you gain the insight, knowledge and tools necessary to polish your collection management skills and reach audiences with the many wonderful stories of our automotive history represented by our membership.

That’s the choice all must make each year, each and every day. As a NAAM Board we have determined that being complacent is not an option. We have resolved that moving forward is critical to survival and that growth and change are vital to remaining relevant and maintaining our ability to fulfill our mission.

This is the challenge I offer all of our members: resolve to participate—to learn or try something new for your organization. For many you already know what that one thing is—it’s been there on the shelf for some time and you just haven’t addressed it. For others, it may be learning a new skill or developing expertise in an area you find daunting. Whatever the case-- go for it—your NAAM colleagues are here to support your efforts, to inspire you and to assist you along the way. We can all learn from each other and share our experiences with each other. The best way to get it started? Register for the NAAM Conference in Tacoma, Washington! See you there.


Mary Ann Porinchak

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The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry.

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On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes

Welcome to the NAAM 2017 Annual Conference! The theme for the conference is “On the Road: Telling History Via Many Different Routes” hosted by the LeMay Family Collection in the Seattle/Tacoma area. The conference schedule is packed with informative sessions and networking as well as two days of fantastic tours. You will not want to miss it!

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About Spanaway & Seattle-Tacoma: The LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is in Spanaway, Washington, which is five miles south of downtown Tacoma, Washington, on the main tourist road to Mount Rainier National Park. Culturally, because of the military and Boeing industrial/machinist influences, the area is one of the richest “car cultures” in the United States. (Maybe it’s that we’ve never used salt in winter, too.) Pierce County, where we’re located, has one of the highest registrations per capita of anywhere in the United States for classic and vintage cars. It’s also in close proximity to Seattle (approximately 20 miles from SeaTac airport), where some of the best history, technology, art and cultural attractions in the country are located. Tacoma, itself, has built an entire industry around a nearly quarter billion dollars in private investment in cultural tourism through its museum attractions (Highlights include the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, LeMay – America’s Car Museum, and the Washington State History Museum, etc.). There’s lots of green and “The Mountain” (Mount Rainier) is always lurking over it all. The main industries are technology, industrial, retail, universities, tourism, and agriculture.

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Information About LeMay Family Collection: The LeMay Family Collection Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization with most of its operations at Marymount. Marymount is a historic 87-acre property – a former boys’ military academy run by the Sisters of Saint Dominic. On this property, we are open as a car museum where we have three buildings with over 500 vintage vehicles on display year-round. We also have displays of other Americana and memorabilia (vintage motorcycles, radios, dolls, gas pumps, etc.). We run the museum as a hybrid of a self-guided tour of one building and a docent tour of other buildings. Not just a car museum, the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount is also a place for collections of things that were important to the industrialization of America in the 20th century. If we can figure out how to tell the story, in terms of why it mattered to the automobile, we’re open to creating space for it. It’s still a young museum on a tight budget, but it’s getting its groove rather nicely.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 17, 2017

The early bird conference registration fee for NAAM members is $325. The conference takes place from March 21-24, 2017. The conference starts on Tuesday, the 21th, with optional tours during the day and a Welcome Reception at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and concludes on Friday night, the 24th, with the closing banquet and NAAMY Awards Ceremony. The conference features excellent sessions and tours. It will be a great professional development and networking opportunity. Please see the attached conference schedule and registration form.

Host Hotel & Accommodations: A hotel room block is reserved for the conference at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. Please make reservations early. Call (253) 848-1500 and say you are with the “National Association of Automobile Museums” group to make your reservations.

Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
620 S Hill Park Dr, Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 848-1500

Room Rate: $109.00/night (Including tax, the nightly total is $124.72). Also, the hotel is extending the conference room rate for several days before and after the block for anyone who would like to visit the area outside the conference dates.

This conference hotel is nine miles from the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. Rooms come with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and Keurig coffeemakers. They also have microwaves and minifridges. A hot breakfast buffet is complimentary, as are all-day cookies and hot drinks. Other amenities include a fitness room and an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub and terrace, as well as 3 conference rooms. Happy Hour at the Fireside Bar & Bistro is Monday-Friday from 8pm-Close.

Additional Transportation Information: The closest international airport is the Sea-Tac International Airport (35 miles north of Marymount, 29 miles from the host hotel). Sea-Tac is the North American Hub for Alaska Airlines and the West Coast International Hub for Delta Airlines.

Getting a rental car or using a taxi or Uber driver may be your best way of reaching the host hotel or Marymount after arriving at the airport.

NOTE: Transportation from host hotel to destinations will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday of the Conference. Conference attendees will need to coordinate their own transportation on Tuesday and Friday of the Conference. We strongly suggest a rental car, Uber, or some other taxi service.

Rental Cars & Shuttle Info:

Regional Bus Routes: Check out Pierce Transit for more specific instructions from your location (take Pierce Transit Bus Route #1 to Spanaway from downtown Tacoma).

Weather: Washington is not known as the “Evergreen State” for nothing! The Seattle-Tacoma area has a reputation for being rainy and green - we always say it’s best to dress in layers.

Conference Dress: Attire for the conference is business casual, and business or cocktail attire for the concluding banquet and awards ceremony.

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NAAM is dedicated to helping its members grow professionally through informative annual conferences and networking opportunities. To fulfill this goal, NAAM offers up to 5 conference scholarships each year. The scholarship program is designed for museums with limited financial resources to pay for their staff to attend (annual budgets under $500,000). Awards included $1,000 for travel expenses, plus complimentary conference registration. These valuable scholarships are made possible thanks to our generous sponsorships.

Apply Now: The application process is easy, completed online, and if you have any questions feel free to contact Christine Bobco at The deadline is February 17, 2017.

How: Please visit the NAAM website for scholarship criteria, guidelines and the online application Conference Scholarships.

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DEM PHOTODonor Relations
By Derek E. Moore
Crawford Curator of Transportation
Cleveland History Center

Donor relations can mean many things to staff in the museum field. The two biggest areas where donor relations are key is in development (the donors of money) and in collections (the donors of artifacts) although these two can also be combined, (donors of money and artifacts). As this is the curatorial spotlight corner of the NAAM News, I will be focusing on collections donors and the importance of maintaining a good relationship with them. Donors of artifacts give our museums all those wonderful objects that we display in our exhibits that enable us to tell fascinating…yes, fascinating, stories.

As a curator, donor relations can be tricky. The first step in maintaining good donor relations is in the honesty exhibited in saying yes or no to the object that is offered. Sometimes donors reach out to me and ask politely whether the museum would want to receive an item they have, or if it is something that the museum just wouldn’t use. These are a curator’s favorite donors. They get it! They understand that museums can’t collect everything; we have a mission and we develop our collections according to that mission.

Another type of donor is the one who does not understand the collecting process. This is the donor that must be dealt with delicately and diplomatically. They assume as curators we will automatically have the same love and appreciation for their item and that as caretakers of historic artifacts we will automatically share their opinion regarding its value and significance. They don’t understand missions and collection plans. These donors can be complicated and challenging. They don’t always understand that museums don’t have the room, or the budget, to keep every item offered to them. Explaining that the museum cannot accept the item they are offering can offend them if not done properly. Honestly and delicately suggesting the item may be a better fit in another collection or have a better home elsewhere while explaining what may happen if museums collected everything offered is the first step to addressing the situation. Keep in mind this same donor may be one that is able to leave a legacy gift or may own something that does fit the collection. It can be difficult but at times museums must be able to say no to an offer.

This is where a well articulated mission and your collection plan and policy comes into play. These documents are the essence of your museum. They define the parameters of your collection and often provide the process by which a donation is considered. Within its policy the Western Reserve Historical Society has a great support system for handling offers of items that are not immediately recognizable as a fit-- it is our Curatorial Council. This is a group of curators and archivists at WRHS who get together and review offers of donations. In the review process to determine relevancy, the item is evaluated in terms of the collection plan. The council then takes a vote on the items presented. If the item does not get approved, the curator is able to go back to the donor and explain that the council determined the item was not a good fit for the permanent collection. This second level decision separates the curator from the process so it is not perceived as a personal decision by the curator. It also illustrates to the donor that the museum collects responsibly.

But, what if you’ve already had the phone call or visit from a possible donor and you said yes to accept their object as a donation and add it to the collection. Now the true donor relationship begins. We have to make sure all of the paperwork is properly done, make sure that the Deed of Gift is signed and the object is legally the museum’s property, make sure the proper tax forms for the donation are sent out, then catalog the object, give it an accession number, and either place it in storage or on exhibit…

SCREEEEECCCCHHHHH!!!!!! The non-existent, yet clearly audible slamming of the brakes is heard.

“Storage OR Exhibit, you mean it won’t ALWAYS be on exhibit?!” says the donor.

The art of explaining to a donor that the item will not always be on display in an exhibit is very important in the donor relationship. The donor has to understand that, as a museum, we cannot display all of our artifacts all the time; we just don’t have the space. We use artifacts to tell stories in our exhibits and the donated object might not always be relevant to exhibits in our galleries. It’s important to make sure the donor understands the object will be cared for even while it is not on display. Caring for the donated object is the institutions lifelong commitment to the donor relationship. We must do our best, as stewards of history, to preserve the items donated to us for as long as possible. This keeps the donor, and the donor’s family, pleased with your institution which may lead them to become financial donors and ambassadors of your museum and its mission.

Poor stewardship of objects in your collection can be detrimental to your institution, as we have seen play out in the news in recent months at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Famed land speed racer Craig Breedlove was allowed to sue the Museum of Science and Industry over damages to the Spirit of America Land Speed Car while it was on loan to the museum for 50 years.

I am not here to pass judgment on the Museum of Science and Industry, nor Craig Breedlove, but this is a fascinating case that illustrates what can happen to donor (or in the case, lender) relations when communication breaks down. Clearly, Mr. Breedlove was not made aware of the multiple times the vehicle was cut apart to be moved in and out of museum galleries and the numerous cases of vandalism by visitors carving their names into the vehicle. So consequently, he was unaware of the condition it would be in when it was returned to him.

Mr. Breedlove, obviously upset with the situation, having thought that the museum would care for his vehicle, took legal action and was allowed to file suit against the Museum of Science and Industry. Why? Because the judge felt that the Museum of Science and Industry had not lived up to the standards and best practices of the American Alliance of Museums, by which the museum is accredited.

Now, there is a lot more to this lawsuit than just these brief comments, but it is an example of living up to the standards and best practices that the AAM has set for us in the museum field, standards by which we must operate even if our institutions are not accredited by the AAM. We have an obligation to our donors and the objects they donate to us to preserve pieces of history. If we fail at that duty, then we do incredible damage to donor relations for our museum, we fail at our institutions purpose and this reflects poorly on the greater museum community.

In the end, remember how significant donor relations are to our institutions and that clear communication with donors is vital to a successful museum. Without our donors, we would not exist. When you say “yes” to a donation, make sure the donor is clear on the museum’s intentions regarding the object, and if you say “no”, try to make the declined donor understand why and that you appreciate their kindness in thinking of your institution. Once the object is in your museum’s care, be good stewards of the object and show the donor that they made the right decision in donating that amazing piece of history to your museum.

And finally, if we learn anything from the Spirit of America case, keep up communications with donors (and lenders!) even if something bad has happened. It shows that our institutions truly care about the people who support what we do.

Good luck out there working with your donors. Build strong donor relationships so that we can build a community of pleased donors around our awesome museums.

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JB PHOTO- AACAAACA Museum - Hershey, Pennsylvania New Leader Takes the Wheel at The AACA Museum in Hershey

Jeffrey E. Bliemeister has been named the new Executive Director of The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, PA. He was selected for this position by the AACA Museum Board Search Committee following an extensive search. Congratulations Jeff!

Jeff is no stranger to the AACA Museum as he was part of the staff here who opened the Museum as its Curator. Jeff was the Curator here at the AACA Museum from February 2003 through November 2011. Jeff has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program co-sponsored by the State University of New York and the New York State Historical Association. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Political Science and concentration in Anthropology from the State University of New York.

Jeff will be returning to the AACA Museum from his current role as the Site Administrator for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania located in Strasburg, PA.   Jeff has a strong background of prior work experience in a variety of other Museum settings including: Site Administrator for the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County, PA; Curator for the Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, PA and Director of Hyde Hall in Springfield, NY, and a Curatorial Consultant for the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, NY.

"On behalf of the AACA Museum Board of Directors, we're extremely happy to welcome Jeff back to the AACA Museum" stated Henry W. "Hank" Hallowell, III,President of the AACA Museum Board of Directors. "Jeff's prior affiliation with theAACA Museum, his relationships in the automotive hobby, along with his years of experience in the Museum field make him the perfect candidate to step into this role."

Jeff currently resides in Palmyra, Pennsylvania with his wife Jennifer who is a nurse at the Penn Station Milton S. Hershey Medical Center along with his two children Max and Emily who are currently pursuing college studies. Jeff officially began as Executive Director at the AACA Museum on December 12, 2016.

- Nancy Gates, Director of Marketing & Communications, AACA Museum

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CS PHOTO - GilmoreGilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan
Gilmore Car Museum Appoints New Executive Director

The Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, MI is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Shires to the position of Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. He replaces long-time Director Michael Spezia who will retire on February 15, 2017.

“Chris (Shires) has a strong background in museums and community relations” said Bill Parfet, Chairman of the foundation that operates the Gilmore Car Museum and grandson of its founder, Donald Gilmore. “He will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Holland (MI) Historical Trust and brings a wealth of museum operating experience to our organization.”

Retiring Director Michael Spezia joined the Gilmore Car Museum in 2001 and led the Museum through the largest expansion in the organization’s 50 year history. This involved the addition of several historic buildings and on-site partner museums including Cadillac, Lincoln, and Model A Ford. Today the Gilmore Car Museum is recognized as North America’s largest auto museum with over 189,000 square feet of exhibit space, the size and breadth of its collection, the 90-acre historic campus, and its seven individual partner museums.

Parfet pointed out that the Gilmore Car Museum has seen “phenomenal growth over the past 15 years, with 2016—our 50th anniversary—marking the museum’s most successful year to date,” and acknowledges the significant role Michael has played in our success.

Earlier in 2016 when Spezia announced his pending retirement, the Gilmore Car Museum Board of Trustees undertook a nationwide search to find his replacement. Shires is a native of Maryland and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Shires joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH a year before it opened to the public in 2004. He went on to serve six years there, first as Interpretive Services Manager and later as Director of Exhibits, Education, and Programs. In 2009 he became Director of Interpretation and Programs for the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. He was appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Holland Historic Trust three years ago.

“I’m very confident in turning the Gilmore Car Museum over to Chris,” stated outgoing Director Michael Spezia. “His strong museum qualifications, experience, and desire to share history with the community will serve the future of the Museum well.” Michael also wished to thank all of the supporters of the Museum during his stewardship.

“The Holland Museum is a wonderful museum and community resource,” Shires stated recently when he announced his acceptance of his new position with the Gilmore Car Museum. “I am most proud of the plan we put together and our ability to continue to deliver on our mission despite limited resources.”

Shires expressed that he’s had a passion for history for as long as he could remember and grew to love the stories behind artifacts as much as the objects themselves. He is genuinely thrilled by the chance to continue to pursue something that he enjoys so immensely—“sharing the stories from history and becoming a part of the Gilmore Car Museum team.”

- Jay Follis, Director of Marketing, Gilmore Car Museum

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DEM2 PHOTONational Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky
National Corvette Museum Names Curator

Derek E. Moore of Garrettsville, OH has been named Curator for the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, previously serving as the Crawford Curator of Transportation History at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, OH.

As Curator of Transportation History, Moore was responsible for researching the history of automobiles and aviation of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, developing exhibits and programming on the history of automobiles, aircraft and related transportation technologies. In addition, Moore created and maintained records on the collection, developed lectures, essays and summaries for use in exhibits and publications and was responsible for the conservation and preservation of the 150+ collection of historic vehicles and aircraft.

Prior to his employment at the Western Reserve Historical Society, he served in several roles including Conservation Specialist of the Transportation Collection at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI and interned at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, MI.

As Curator for the National Corvette Museum, Moore will be responsible for researching, developing and producing exhibits as well as the planning, acquisition and/or loan, safekeeping and cataloging of collection objects and vehicles related to Corvette history.

“The National Corvette Museum is one of the most welcoming environments I’ve experienced. It is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community – and it has that community feeling about it,” said Moore. “One of the biggest challenges currently facing museums is the decreasing number of visitors. Younger generations are losing interest in museums as they turn to more and more handheld technology. To bring them back to the museums, we need to work with that technology and I look forward to helping the NCM add cutting edge technology that will help freshen up the exhibits and get younger generations excited about visiting the museum.”

Moore grew up in St. Charles, MI and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University of Ypsilanti, MI with a Bachelor of Science in History. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, serves as Treasurer of the National Association of Automobile Museums, and is a past board member of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.

He and fiancée, Christine Bobco, are auto enthusiasts and currently own several antique vehicles including a 1917 Overland, 1923 Peerless, and a 1961 Ford Falcon, and hope to be adding a Corvette to their collection soon. The couple will relocate to South Central Kentucky in March and his first day at the Museum will be the 6th.

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CCCA Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan
Announcing Clive Cussler as Grand Marshal at this years’ CCCAM Experience!
June 2 – 4, 2017

We are honored and privileged to host Clive Cussler, best-selling American adventure novelist, underwater explorer, and noted collector of 115 of the finest examples of custom coachwork and 50’s convertibles to be found anywhere.

After working in the advertising industry as copywriter, creative director, and producer of radio and television commercials, Cussler began writing books in 1965. He is the author of more than 70 books including two coffee-table books; one titled Built for Adventure The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt reveals the history and acquisition of his outstanding collection of rare, classic, and antique automobiles. His thriller novels have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list at least 20 times. Additionally, two of his novels, Raise the Titanic! and Sahara were adapted to screenplay and released as movies. Aside from his novels, Cussler has also written two children’s books.

Clive is also the founder and chairman of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, (NUMA) a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to American maritime and naval history. Cussler and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered over 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites. After verifying their finds, NUMA turns the rights to the artifacts over to non-profits, universities, or government entities all over the world. Some of these finds include the C.S.S. Hunley, best known as the first submarine to sink a ship in battle and the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania. In addition to being Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Clive’s extraordinary car collection, several with famous and historic value, is garaged in the Cussler Museum in Arvada, CO. Many of the fabulous vehicles have been a large part of his best-selling novel series. His impressive list of classics includes:

  • 1918 Cadillac V8 Touring
  • 1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
  • 1925 Isotta Fraschini
  • 1925 Minerva Town Car
  • 1926 Hispano Suiza
  • 1928 Cadillac Town Car
  • 1929 Bentley Blower
  • 1929 Duesenberg Boattail
  • 1929 Packard Roadster 640
  • 1930 Cadillac V-16 Town Car
  • 1930 Lincoln V8 Town Car
  • 1930 Packard Boat-tail
  • 1932 Auburn Boat-tail
  • 1932 Stutz DV32 Town Car
  • 1933 American Austin Bantim
  • 1936 Avions Voisin
  • 1936 Packard V12 Town Car
  • 1936 Pierce Arrow V12 Berlin
  • 1937 Cord V12 Berlin
  • 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Town Car
  • 1938 Bugatti 59C
  • 1939 Mercedes Benz 540K Saloon
  • 1940 Cadillac V16 Limousine
  • 1948 Delahaye Cabriolet
  • 1948 Packard Custom 8
  • 1948 Talbot Lago Grand Sport Coupe

Be sure to join us June 2nd - 4th at the CCCA Museum Experience in Hickory Corners, MI. You’ll be able to visit with Clive throughout the week-end beginning Friday evening at the BBQ. He’ll come along Saturday morning for our beautiful country driving tour which includes a visit to OFF Brothers’ private collection and a lakeside lunch at the Gull Lake Country Club. The Saturday evening banquet will kick off with a reception where artists will display their automobile fine art to be auctioned. Classic-era fashions are encouraged during Sunday’s Concours and ladies, be sure to attend the Chocolates Making Demonstration & Tasting in the early afternoon. This is a week-end you won’t want to miss! Register online at or call 269-352-9947.

- Carol Vogt, CCCA Museum Executive Director

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Henry Ford Museum – Dearborn, Michigan
Henry Ford Museum Pops the Hoods of Some of the Most Iconic Vehicles in the World during Engines Exposed
More than 60 vehicles exposed Jan. 14 – Feb. 28, 2017

Beginning January 14 through February 28, auto enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to look under the hoods of some of the most iconic vehicles ever made during Engines Exposed at Henry Ford Museum. More than 60 vehicles inside the Driving America exhibit will have their hoods popped, including a look at the 1926 Rolls-Royce New Phantom Limousine and the iconic 1967 Mark IV engine that powered Ford to victory at LeMans fifty years ago.

Engines Exposed provides guests the unique look at the engines that changed the automotive world forever including the 1909 Ford Model T, 1943 Willys-Overland Jeep, 1949 Volkswagen, 1997 General Motors EV1. During this limited engagement, guests are invited to Driving America’s Car Court to discuss The Henry Ford’s world-class car collection and explore automotive innovations every day with our presenters. Topics change daily and may include everything from the basics to a deeper dive on one of the iconic vehicles in the collection. Auto fans will also have the rare opportunity to gain expert insight and take a closer look at our engines through the help of our digitized collection from Matt Anderson, curator of transportation inside the Drive-in Theater on Saturday, January 21 at 3:30 pm and Saturday, February 18 at 3:30 pm. Along with special presentations, guests can explore our engine collection on their own on one of our 18 digital kiosks throughout Driving America.

In honor of National Engineers Week, February 18-25, The Henry Ford will celebrate these transformative dreamers and doers with daily hands-on learning opportunities and the new film Dream Big: Engineering Our World opening February 18 inside the Giant Screen Experience. During the week, special guest experts will also be onsite including Robert Scott, director of diversity initiatives for the University of Michigan College of Engineering on Friday, February 24 at 10 am in the Museum Gallery Plaza.

For the young auto enthusiast there are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on during Make Something Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm in the Museum Gallery Plaza throughout the run of Engines Exposed. In January, young makers can learn to solder, create their own tinkering journal or build a bot and in February they will have the chance to explore the evolution of vehicle power sources to create their own battery-powered model cars.

- Melissa Foster, Media and Film Relations Manager, The Henry Ford

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Hudson PHOTO 1Seal Cove Auto Museum – Seal Cove, Maine
1910 Hudson with Historical Connection to Mount Desert Island on Loan at Seal Cove Auto Museum

An antique auto with some some fascinating connections to Mount Desert Island arrived to the Seal Cove Auto Museum in December. The car, built in 1910 by the Hudson Motor Car Company, will be on loan from Jan Kendrick, of Bryant Pond, Maine, through the 2017 season. According to Ms. Kendrick, the Hudson is one of only seven Touring Cars that are known to exist of the 2,099 manufactured in 1910.

The car is powered by a four-cylinder, 22.5 horsepower engine coupled to a three-speed, sliding gear transmission, making it in Ms. Kendrick’s words, “probably the easiest car I’ve ever driven and there have been a lot. It drives like butter and I think that kind of says it all.”

The Hudson Motor Car Company began operations in 1909 with Roscoe B. Jackson at the helm as its General Manager, one of the five men at the core of its early leadership, and who would later become President of the Company. During his time as Hudson’s President, Jackson began taking respites on Mount Desert Island. Both he and Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford and also a summer resident of Mount Desert Island, befriended Clarence C. Little, a Harvard-trained geneticist who had served as President at the University of Maine, as well as the University of Michigan (Jackson’s Alma Mater.)

Hudson PHOTO 2In 1929, it was with Jackson’s and Ford’s financial support that Clarence Little was able to found a genetics research facility in Bar Harbor. When Jackson died suddenly on a trip to Europe in March of that year, Little and his board decided to name the research unit in Jackson’s honor, the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory.

The Seal Cove Auto Museum is so pleased and thankful for Ms. Kendrick’s loan of this wonderful car that has such an interesting local connection. Visitors can see the Hudson at the Museum when it opens May 1, or over the winter by appointment.

-Hope Rowan, Marketing & Development Director, Seal Cove Auto Museum

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TAM PHOTOTupelo Automobile Museum – Tupelo, Mississippi
Tupelo Automobile Museum To Raffle Fully-Restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache Pickup
Truck- 10,000 tickets now available for sale with proceeds benefiting historic museum

The Tupelo Automobile Museum promises to start engines and excitement during 2017 with plans to raffle a canary yellow 1959 Chevrolet Apache ½ Ton Stepside Pickup Truck.

Vintage automobile enthusiasts now have a chance to own a piece of auto history for only $25, while supporting one of Mississippi’s most important museums.

The Apache half-ton stepside pickup truck boasts many features including off-frame restoration, custom interior, a 350/5.7 liter crate engine, TH 350 automatic transmission, air conditioning, bed cover, ground effect lights and complete build sheets records.

“We have been searching for two years for the perfect classic vehicle to raffle for a museum fundraiser. When this impeccably restored ’59 Chevrolet Apache became available we knew our search was over. It provides the perfect combination of classic culture and modern comfort features which will appeal to everyone,” said Jane Spain, Executive Director of the museum.

Ticket sales are open now and will continue throughout the year until 10,000 tickets are sold. The winning ticket will be selected at noon on December 16, 2017 at the museum. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets may be purchased for $25 or 5 for $100 at the Tupelo Automobile Office: 1 Otis Boulevard, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804. Across from BancorpSouth Arena or by calling 662-842-4242 for ticket purchase by mail information.

Contest rules and regulations are posted at the Tupelo Automobile Museum and online at

-Jane Spain, Executive Director, Tupelo Automobile Museum

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Motte Historical Museum – Sun City, California
5th Annual Big Barn Classic Car Show April 29, 2017

Car enthusiasts please register in advance, 11 classes of cars will be judged awarded trophies in each class including 1 best over all and club with the largest participation. Live band Bodie playing outlaw rock, and Jerome Robinson from the second generation platters sounds of the 50's - 60's. Vendor/exhibitors and festival foods available for purchase. The Motte Museum open Free general admission and parking in the north Field. Car show entrants can contact us for an application or download one on the website fee 25.00 includes a goodie bag and event shirt.

-Maria Mathey, Motte Historical Museum

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Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum – SAPULPA, Oklahoma
66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump nears completion at Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

A new 66-foot-tall vintage-inspired gas pump is about to be added to the long list of eye-catching attractions along Route 66 in Oklahoma. The gas pump will help draw visitors to the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, a 10,000-sqaure-foot facility featuring vintage cars and a variety of exhibits featuring cars, the military and Route 66.

The frame of the large structure has already been constructed and will now be wrapped and finished to look like a vintage gas pump.

“Getting the gas pump constructed is a dream come true,” said Richard Holmes, president of the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. “It is so exciting and our recent guests from England and Australia are amazed at how big the steel structure looks.”

The museum has seen a steady stream of visitors from Europe, Australia, South America, Asia and across the United States since it opened in June.

The museum is currently hosting the Chip Foose designed Dodge “HemisFear.” Part supercar, part custom and part hotrod, the Hemisfear is perhaps the most renowned Foose vehicle. The museum is also hosting a concept 1965 Chevrolet Impala, The Imposter, designed by Chip Foose, star of the reality television show “Overhaulin’”. The car, which took seven years to design and complete, has traveled around the country and won contests in Las Vegas and Denver, among other cities.

- Lina Holmes, Executive Director, Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

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The Automobile Driving Museum – El Segundo, CA
Announces New Exhibit: A Woman’s Touch on the Automobile Industry

A Woman’s Touch on the Automobile Industry began January 22nd and runs through May12th. We will portray the history of women in the automotive industry, the key players of yesteryear and today, the Sirens of Chrome and the role of the Automobile in the Suffrage Movement. The purpose of this exhibit is to recognize the impact that women have had on the automobile industry from the inception of the automobile to modern times. These women have been drivers, inventors, CEOs, writers, designers and models.

We will be showcasing 5 cars during the exhibit, and the most noted will be Shirley Muldowney’s restored 1977 World Champion Top Fuel Dragster. We will have a Meet & Greet with Shirley Muldowney at the museum (date TBD, March or summer) and an all women car show March 25th – Girls in the Garage Car Show & Fashion Exchange.

“Grease Girl” (A.K.A. Kristin Cline) will be offering “Ladies Car Care 101” classes at the museum for $5 each on Feb. 19th, March 18th and May 7th.

The museum will also be hosting at least one car show per month, beginning with our Tri Five Chevy Car show on January 14th.

The museum is looking forward to a very event filled year with education on the history of the automobile and participation in many car shows and events.

- Tara L. Hitzig, Executive Director, The Automobile Driving Museum

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Templar Motors Factory Display – Lakewood, Ohio
Announces TEMPLAR MOTORS CENTENNIAL 2017: The Superfine Small Car

Please check our Templar Website,, for future Events celebrating the Centennial at the Templar Motors Factory Display in 2017. The Templar Motors Factory Display is located in Lakewood, Ohio, in the Original Templar Motors Factory/Assembly Building on the 3rd Floor where all of the 6700+ Templar Cars were Assembled from 1917-to-1924!


-Dave Buehler, Templar Motor Factory Display

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World of Speed Motorsports Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon
World of Speed Launches New Exhibit Featuring Women in Drag Racing

World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces the newest edition of its Women in Racing exhibit, which was unveiled on Saturday, Dec 10. Women in Racing showcases women in motorsports and highlights how women’s participation has grown throughout the decades. The next iteration of the exhibit focuses specifically on female drag racers.

Each racer will be portrayed through personal memorabilia, photos and video. The racers include:

  • Angelle Sampey: Three-time champion, Sampey is the winningest female driver in NHRA history with 43 win, and the third-most for a Pro Stock Motorcycle driver.
  • Kacee Pitts: Having raced since she was 10 years old, the now 18 year old Pitts won 5 Wally awards by age 15 and two Woodburn Dragstrip track championships at age 16.
  • Peggy Llewellyn: In 2007, Llewellyn won the NHRA POWERade event in Dallas, becoming the first woman of color to win a professional motorsports event.
  • Sue Mitchell: Local Super Pro Mitchell has been racing her modified 1963 Chevy II Nova Suzie II since 1976, setting an AHRA world record in 1981.

Sue Mitchell and Kacee Pitts will be at World of Speed for the exhibit’s unveiling, and invite museum guests to join them for the following events:

  • 11:00 a.m.: Exhibit unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 12:00 p.m.: Talk and Q&A with Kacee Pitts about Jr. Drag Racing in the main gallery
  • 1:00 p.m.: Meet and greet with racers and fan card signing

Women featured in the exhibit are both local and national, two-wheel and four-wheel racers, professional and amateur, a teenager alongside a woman with 40 years of racing under her belt; yet all of them have made their mark in drag racing.

World of Speed initially launched its Women in Racing exhibit in fall 2015, featuring racers Cindi Lux, Lyn St. James, Courtney Force, Betty Burkland and Michelle Mille. The museum’s new iteration of this exhibit will run through December 2017.

World of Speed is located at 27490 SW 95th Ave. in Wilsonville, Ore.

- Angie Galimanis, World of Speed

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World of Speed Motorsports Museum – Wilsonville, Oregon
World of Speed Launches New Exhibit Featuring the First American-Made Formula One Race Car, The Scarab

World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces its newest exhibit featuring the Scarab, which was unveiled on Tuesday, January 10 and runs through Tuesday, April 2. The Scarab was the first American-made Formula One race car, and the exhibit showcases what is considered, to this day, to be one of the most beautiful race cars ever created. The Scarab was dreamed up by a handsome young playboy heir, Lance Reventlow, who wanted something that money alone couldn’t buy and designed by a team of anti-establishment hot-rodders from California.

“We are thrilled to be the first museum to showcase the Scarab,” said David Schaeffer, World of Speed executive director. “This is an incredible car with an amazing backstory, as told through our interactive exhibit. We look forward to sharing its unique history with our guests.”

After World War II, factories that had formerly churned out warplanes were making automobiles, and many military airstrips were becoming raceway circuits. From the Nürburgring to Indianapolis, racing was back. The new Formula One race series was dominated by European car makers, like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Maserati. The designers of the Scarab dreamed it would compete amongst the European giants that dominated the racing world.

“The Scarab’s story is one of trial and tribulation, of scrappy drivers who challenged rivals — and themselves — on race courses from Riverside, Calif. to Silverstone, England,” said Ron Huegli, World of Speed’s curator. “Our Scarab exhibit is about an incredible year of racing. Visitors will love it!”

- Angie Galimanis, World of Speed

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New Book Announcement:
Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions
Available in bulk purchases (10 or more) at $12/copy, shipping included

Motoring from coast to coast, the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions features over 250 auto-themed sights. Ranging from the Stanley Museum in Maine to the California Automobile Museum, the book helps car buffs plan exciting adventures, or discover a fun car museum close to home.

Whether it’s Model Ts, the “tail fin” era, muscle cars, early racecars, and so much more, fans of classic cars will find all their favorites in one place in this extensive 340-page book filled with more than 60 photos.

The destinations vary from full-throttle car collections, like the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia and the Henry Ford Museum, to hidden treasures like Delaware’s Marshall Steam Museum and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Iowa.

This unique travel guide also includes intriguing automotive sights like:

  • The Dale Earnhardt Trail in “The Intimidator’s” North Carolina hometown,
  • Cadillac Ranch in Texas,
  • Carhenge in Nebraska, and many, many more.

Bring the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions along on your next road trip to discover fascinating car museums and vintage car attractions across America.

Author Michael Milne writes about classic car museums and road trips for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hemmings Motor News, AAA, and other publications. He may be contacted by email at

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New Book Announcement: More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio

The National Packard Museum proudly announces a new book for Packard enthusiasts, More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio by A.J. Balfour. The book is available through the museum gift store online at for $34.95. All proceeds benefit the museum!

Stories about the Packards have been told many times throughout the years. Almost all of them have been related to the fine automobile that bears the Packard name. But the Packard family story is about much more than automobiles. It is of a close family of accomplishment, tragedy, business success, affluence and much more. More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio focuses on the lives of Warren Packard and his five adult children, two generations from Warren, Ohio that contributed so much to their hometown and to America.

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