It’s Daytona 500 weekend, however there’s greater than inventory automobile racing to have a good time on the Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America, which is situated on the observe.

The museum is open to guests day by day from 9 a.m. to five p.m. via February 13, however is closed February 14 for the five hundred NASCAR race. A particular $12 Speedweeks admission charge might be provided for adults with a $7 ticket for kids 5-12 in age. Individuals displaying tickets to the race pays solely $7. 

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Lincoln ‘Batmobile’ dirt-track racer was outlawed after profitable its first and solely race

The museum at present options Gary Balough’s “Batmobile.” The automobile, constructed by Kenny Weld, put a Lincoln physique on a dirt-track racing automobile. It gained its solely race, the 1980 Schaefer 125, however officers shortly outlawed its radical options, although its design impressed future automobiles that competed on the Northeast dust modified circuit for years.  

The museum additionally introduced not too long ago that Linda Vaughn, fabled “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” from a bygone period of American auto racing, and New York muscle automobile collector Bruce Smith had donated Vaughn’s private 1979 Hurst-Olds W30 to the museum.

“I’ve liked all my Hurst/Olds,” stated Vaughn, who was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2019. “And I really like that Mr. Bruce Smith and I have been in a position to ensure considered one of them has a everlasting residence on the Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America. Bruce is an actual collector of true muscle automobiles with glamour, and I really like glamour in my automobiles.”

And though it’s Daytona 500 weekend, the museum will host a particular “Heroes of Horsepower” Fb Stay occasion with Toyota on February 13 that includes Ivan “Ironman” Stewart and different off-road racers together with Robby Gordon, Cal Wells III, Roger Norman, Frank Arciero Jr. and Walker Evans. The occasion begins at 3 p.m. (Japanese).

Stewart, winner of 85 desert races and 10 championships, was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2020.

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Wheels Via Time museum founder dies

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It was in 1967, on the age of 15, that Dale Walksler constructed his first motorbike.

At 22, he had a Harley-Davidson dealership in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He not solely offered bikes however collected them.

In 2002 — and on July 4 at that — he opened Dale’s Wheels Via Time museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Walksler died earlier this month after a prolonged sickness. 

Seal Cove’s 1916 Saxon runs once more

In 1916, a Saxon Mannequin 14 made a historic journey, touring greater than 10,000 miles throughout the nation carrying Alice Burke and Nell Richardson and others selling girls’s suffrage. Final yr, the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine opened a significant exhibition, “Engines of Change – A Suffrage Centennial,” that includes a 1916 Saxon Mannequin 14 within the show.

They purchased the automobile and went to work placing it again collectively and in January, the automobile’s 4-cylinder Continental engine ran for the primary time in maybe half a century.

The museum plans to take the automobile on the street, doing pop-up girls’s suffrage displays at native faculties. 

The museum additionally introduced its 2021 Automobiles and Espresso calendar, beginning Could 1 with Large Displacement automobiles (greater than 350cid). Others are the Drop Prime Showcase, June 12; Steam Day, July 10; and Import Showcase, July 24. 

Bernie’s go to to Canada

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Gotta love the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, for no different motive than its current information launch.

“Will there be automobile reveals this yr? When can we now have guests within the museum? Why are we photoshopping Bernie Sanders into the gallery?

Whereas there’s so much we don’t know, we do know that the Canadian Automotive Museum has some nice digital and out of doors occasions deliberate all through 2021…”

Like everybody else, the museum has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Amongst different issues, it has moved its Third Thursday lectures to Zoom, which not solely expanded the potential viewers however meant that it may recruit historian Dale Johnston of Regina, Saskatchewan, to speak February 18 about Basic Motors transferring west to determine an meeting plant the place it employed 850 individuals constructing Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs.

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So far as the photograph of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the museum, something that brings a smile today is appreciated.

Alfa museum shares themes on-line

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On a Sunday every month of 2021, the Alfa Romeo Museum, which is closed due to the pandemic, is staging a “Backstage” convention on the museum’s Fb web page to deal with a selected theme or occasion from the automaker’s historical past. The packages start at 7 p.m. (GMT/BST).

This system truly started in January, specializing in the 1971 Alfa 33 victory on the Targa Florio. Subsequent up, February 21, is “Beginning of Juan Manuel Fangio.”

On March 28, the convention focuses on Vittorio Jano. On April 18, it’s the corporate’s Balocco Proving Floor. The entire schedule (in English) could be downloaded from the museum’s web site.

Particular occasions this weekend

The Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, hosts a “Sweetheart Soiree” on February 13. Three seating occasions can be found. On February 14, the museum hosts a “Toast to Love” brunch, once more with three seating occasions obtainable.

The California Car Museum in Sacramento will provide a particular out of doors exhibit from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on February 13 that includes automobiles owned by the museum’s docents. Additionally showcased might be a number of automobiles the museum is promoting from its assortment.

Mark your calendar

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, gives its Third Thursday Speak at 7 p.m. on February 18 with Dale Johnson presenting “When GM headed West.” The subject is the opening of the GM meeting plant in Regina, Saskatchewan within the Nineteen Twenties to construct Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac autos.

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The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, presents “Hemi Highlights: The Ardun Hemispherical Head Design Flat Head Ford Conversion” at 10 a.m. February 20 that includes Lynn Paxton, Japanese Museum of Motor Racing curator. Subjects to be lined embody how the Ardun design pertains to the Chrysler Hemi, connections to Allard, and analysis and design in dust observe racing.

The Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, levels its first Winter Motoring Meet on February 20. The museum will provide rides across the possible snow-covered campus in classic autos, an exhibit of classic snowmobiles, an ice-carving exhibition, out of doors video games, and meals and drinks. 

The Car Driving Museum in El Segundo, California, hosts a muscle automobile present from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on February 20.

The Revs Institute (Collier Assortment) in Naples, Florida, re-opens to guests on February 25.

The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, hosts its month-to-month Fords on Sunday automobile present February 28.

The 2021 season opens March 5 on the Nationwide Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, with a driving membership day. The Kartplex opens the next day, and a King of the Heap occasion is also scheduled for March 6.

The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum has moved its Spring Carolina Cruise to April 24 and its California Particular Mustang Day to Could 1.

Does your native automobile museum have particular occasions or exhibitions deliberate? Tell us. E-mail larrye@classiccars.com

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Larry Edsall

A former day by day newspaper sports activities editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek journal earlier than making the transition to writing for the online and turning into the writer of greater than 15 automotive books. Along with being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Instances and The Detroit Information and was an adjunct honors professor on the Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.