Why, we were asking several months ago, is there an Avanti at the Corvette Museum? Well, we recently found out firsthand when the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., was one stop on our 7500-mile 75-day summer road trip.
The museum’s opening in late March was, as you might expect, a Corvette-powered exhibit, aptly titled “Corvette Powered”. Except that this exhibition does not include a Corvette. Instead, it displays vehicles powered by Corvette engines, including the aforementioned 1977 Avanti II. The exhibition continues throughout the year.
“This exhibit shares a piece of Corvette history and explores the stories of unique vehicles and their use of Corvette engines,” says Derek Moore, curator and director of collections at the museum.
The word “vehicles” is important here because not all are automobiles. One is a 1997 Malibu boat that shares some design cues from the Corvette C4 as well as a Callaway Supernatural LT1 V8.
Chip Foose’s 1965 Impala “Imposter,” the only DeTomaso Mangusta to feature a small-block Chevy V8 – and come at the behest of GM chief design officer Bill Mitchell – a 1958 Scarab sports racer , a 1967 Bizzarrini GT Strada 5300, a pair of Isos – a 1968 Grifo and a 1970 Lele – a 1966 Excalibur Series 1, a 2009 Mosler MT900 Photon and my favorite – a 1965 Bizzarrini Monoposto Prototipi single-seater.
By the way, if you haven’t visited the museum in a while, you will find that a lot has changed and more is to come.
There is a fascinating array of mid-engined prototypes leading up to the current C8. There is a Corvette KidZ Connection comprising one of the 1965 Disney Autopia Corvettes and a 1959 Lusse Auto Skooter bumper car.
But all has not changed, and the museum continues to share the incredible story of the sinkhole and subsequent restoration of the Skydome and its collection, and buyers of Corvettes C8s continue to take delivery of their vehicles to the interior of the museum.
However, changes continue: the cafe is being renovated, funds are being raised for a huge addition to the museum building, and there are electric vehicle charging units in the museum parking lot.
Automania finally opens at MoMA
the modern Art Museum in New York, has held major car art exhibitions on several occasions over the years. Its last such showcase, Automania, was planned but was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic and was finally unveiled on July 4. The exhibition is scheduled to run until January 2, 2022.
As the pandemic began, we quoted the museum’s press release noting that the exhibit “will investigate the conflicting feelings – compulsion, fixation, desire and rage – that have developed in response to cars and automotive culture in the world. 20th century “.
We added: “The exhibition considers the car as a modern industrial product, an innovative means of transport and a style icon, but also as a generator of deaths, traffic and for its environmental impact”, and that the title of the exhibition comes from the dystopian Oscar 1964. -nominated animation.
When the exhibition opened last weekend, The New York Times reported: “For many Americans, cars have become a lifeline and refuge during the pandemic, even as the newly sparkling air above the locked cities highlighted their darker side. Introspection on commuting and climate change was offset by the hope that cars could clean up their act via electricity and allow new generations to fall for their beauty and ingenuity.
“This unyielding tension is at the heart of Automania, an exhibition that opens at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan on Sunday, July 4, a holiday that has become the symbol of motorized freedom and parade convertibles. With this in mind, the public could be invited to visit MoMA via public transport; but in this case, pack the kids in the SUV and go.
Special events this weekend
It’s Hoods Up weekend July 10-11 to Newport Automobile Museum in Rhode Island.
the Owls Head Transport Museum in Maine hosts its All-American Show July 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Vintage cars and airplanes will be on display with airplane demonstration flights and rides in vintage cars.
the Seal Cove Automotive Museum in Maine has a cars and coffee event on July 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Among the vehicles on display is the museum’s Stanley Mountain steam car.
the Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., is planning another of their live concerts at 8pm on July 10 with The Spazmatics, billed as the “ultimate ’80s tribute band.” Unlike other events of this type at the museum, this will be a “walk-in” concert with visitors invited to bring folding chairs or blankets for the event.
Mach I and Boss 302, 351 and 429 Ford Mustangs will be shown on July 10 at an auto show in Mustang owner‘s Museum in Concord, North Carolina.
It’s “Fun Museum Day!” »July 10 to Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN, with vault tours and demonstrations from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will also participate in the Fun Day on the Farm which runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 17 at the Ellington Agriculture Center in Agricultural Museum of Tennessee in Nashville.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, Calif., hosts author David Boule and his Hot Rod Dreams: Auto Shows & Culture book from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 10.
the Canadian automobile museum in Oshawa, Ont., is hosting a 90-minute downtown walking tour at 11 a.m. on July 11 with visits to sites where cars and cars have been made.
the British Automobile Museum in Gaydon hosts the BMC & Leyland Show on July 11, a gathering of vehicles from British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and Rover Group. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Morris Marina, a historic rally exhibit by the Historic Marathon Rally Group and the Mini Cooper Registry, as well as an exhibition of emergency service vehicles.
Mark your calendar
the Canadian automobile museum in Oshawa, Ont., is hosting its third Zoom Conference Thursday at 7 pm July 15 and will feature Sando Piszar, vice president of GM Canada, on “The Future of GM Oshawa.”
the Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum hosts the 4th Annual Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance on July 17th.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, Calif., hosts Harold Osmer and his book Where They Raced: Turn 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 17.
It’s “Simply Vauxhall” on July 17th at National Automobile Museum in Beaulieu, UK, where Vauxhall vehicles will come together for a show. The next day, the museum welcomes its “Simply Ford” showcase.
Barn hunter Tom Cotter and his 1952 Cunningham C3 will be the star guests on July 18 for a special car and coffee party at the Seal Cove Automotive Museum in Maine.
Stahl’s car collection in Michigan, is hosting its Autos for Autism event on July 22 with Wayne Carini among the featured guests and with a visit to Jay Leno’s garage as the prize.
On July 23, it’s Princesses On Parade and a fairytale brunch at the Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. the event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It’s “Simply Japanese” on July 25th at National Automobile Museum in Beaulieu, UK, where cars from Japanese manufacturers will come together for a show. Inside the museum, a Datsun Type 14 sedan from the very beginning of 1935 will be on display.
The inauguration North East Motorsport Museum Around the Lake rally-tour is scheduled for July 31st. The event begins at the Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, and will take scenic drives to the Vintage Racing Stables car collection in Sanbornton. The event is limited to vehicles from 1972 or earlier.
the Mustang owner‘s Museum in Concord, North Carolina, is hosting a Woodward Dream Cruise road trip in the northern suburbs of Detroit. The cars will assemble in Dayton, Ohio on August 17, visit the Gale Halderman Museum, and then head to Dearborn, Michigan.
With so many events canceled in 2020, the British Automobile Museum in Gaydon will turn the Gaydon Land Rover Show scheduled from July 31 to August 1 into the off-road automaker’s 50th and more anniversary. “We are looking forward to having a late birthday celebration,” said show director Tom Caren.
It’s the Supercar weekend from August 7 to 8 at National Automobile Museum in Beaulieu, England, where more than 900 of the world’s most efficient vehicles are presented for shows, demonstration races and “poll” competitions.
Opening on August 19 at Crawford Motor Aviation Museum in Cleveland: “Year of the Motorcycle”, a traveling exhibit at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama. The showcase will be the first for 2-wheelers at the Ohio Museum. At the start of the traveling exhibition, the Crawford will unveil its own exhibition “Open Road: the Lure of Motorcycling in Ohio”.
It’s AutoFest 2021 on August 22 at Newport Automobile Museum in Rhode Island, where the Mass Cruisers Auto Club (it’s Mass for short for Massachusetts) features more than 500 vehicles.
the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa., resumes its annual “Night at the Museum” fundraiser on October 6 with the theme “Cars and Country Music.” Troy Engle and Southern Skies will be performing at an event that will also kick off “Fall Hershey”.
Does your local auto museum have any special events or exhibits planned? Let us know. E-mail [email protected].