Not too long ago, two automotive museums put vehicles from their collections in danger, and with blended outcomes.

With the Petersen Automotive Museum closed till not too long ago by the coronavirus pandemic, workers apparently had a while on its arms, so it took eight vehicles from its assortment out to the historic Santa Margarita Ranch for some on-camera train. 

First up within the museum’s new YouTube collection is a drag race matching the museum’s multi-million-dollar 1967 Ford GT40 Mk III in opposition to a privately owned 2005 Ford GT. 

Which automobile wins? Look ahead to your self:

In the meantime, Hagerty Media is doing a collection on the “real-world conduct of legendary vehicles with notorious dealing with,” beginning with the Lane Motor Museum’s Tatra T87, a automobile that reportedly killed extra Nazi officers than did Allied gunfire. 

“Let’s make one factor clear,” Sam Smith wrote in his story for Hagerty. “We didn’t got down to roll the Tatra.”

You may learn on and see the leads to the story.

Mustang museum has busy Could schedule

Though occasions on the Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, stay restricted to 25 autos on account of pandemic considerations, the museum has a full schedule of auto showcases deliberate for its car parking zone in Could.

They embrace Nationwide California Mustang Day on Could 1, a Mustang Membership of American showcase Could 7-8, a Mustang first-generation present Could 15, a Spring Ford-garage sale Could 22, a Mustang tempo automobile day Could 29 and a Memorial Day cruise hosted by Wrecking Crew Mustangs Could 31.

For particulars, go to the museum web site.

Air fresheners displayed at Mercedes museum

Little Trees air freshener
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  • Plug-in Air-Steadiness fragrances
  • Fragrance atomizer in 2009 Maybach Zeppelin
Air-Steadiness system operates in S-Class autos

SEMA isn’t the one huge automotive aftermarket present held in Las Vegas. Whereas SEMA is on the conference middle, AAPEX is staging its present over on the Sands. Whereas there may be some overlap, AAPEX is aimed extra at patrons from shops.

Just a few years in the past, I broke away from the SEMA Present to spend a day at AAPEX, the place one of many huge shows was hosted by the Automobile-Freshner Company, maker of the Little Bushes model of automotive air fresheners that hold, apparently, from rear-view mirrors around the globe, as a result of one of many “33 Extras” reveals on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany options Little Bushes and different air fresheners designed for vehicles.

It was again in 1952 that milkman Julius Sämann obtained bored with the odor of spilt milk in his truck and created the primary automotive air freshener, utilizing blotter materials and pine-needle oil. 

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“Julius Sämann was a really assiduous entrepreneur,” the Mercedes museum notes. “He not solely based his personal firm to supply and distribute his Little Bushes, but in addition supplied a variety of various fragrances from an early stage. 

“Along with ‘Royal Pine,’ there have been additionally ‘Spice’ and ‘Bouquet’ scents. Quickly ‘Caribbean Colada’ introduced a waft of South Seas air, but in addition ‘Vanillaroma’ and particularly the ‘New Automobile Scent’ grew to become bestsellers.

“The Little Bushes with their many scent variations are nonetheless profitable immediately as a result of they provide a straightforward approach to clean up the air in enclosed areas.”

Nonetheless, for individuals who want a extra elegant-appearing odor answer, Mercedes notes that it provides its personal Air-Steadiness system, which was launched in 2009 within the Maybach Zeppelin mannequin. The system featured a fragrance atomizer mounted on the rear middle console that launched the automobile proprietor’s selection of fragrance. 

The Air-Steadiness system has been tailored as a plug-in on quite a lot of present Mercedes fashions.

BMW membership museum reopening

The BMW Automobile Membership of America Basis Museum will stage a grand reopening occasion Could 21 in Greer, South Carolina, when it launches below a brand new identify, The Final Automobile Museum. 

The date additionally marks the top of the “Genesis: BMW From the Starting” exhibition.

David Donohue

David Donohue joins the Audrain workforce

Second-generation race driver David Donohue has joined the workers of the Audrain Group as senior vp of member experiences and gross sales.

The Audrain Group oversees a concours d’magnificence and automotive pageant in addition to an automotive museum in Newport, Rhode Island.

The son of the late championship racer and Indy 500-winner Mark Donohue, David Donohue has a protracted historical past with Porsche motorsports and has carried out 24-hour races at Le Mans and Daytona in addition to racing up Pikes Peak and in quite a few different occasions right here and overseas.

Play space open at Lane

Youngsters’s play space on the Lane

A youngsters’s play space is open on the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, and in compliance with present pandemic tips. The indoor play space options numerous actions for younger guests.

Particular occasions this weekend

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, reopens April 9 on a Friday by way of Sunday foundation.

It’s a “Hoods Up” weekend April 10-11 on the Newport Automobile Museum in Rhode Island, the place engines can be uncovered on greater than 75 autos in 6 galleries. As well as, the Corvette Membership of Western Massachusetts will collect within the museum car parking zone at 10 a.m. on April 10.

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Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, options Denny Miller and his e book, Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Eddie Rickenbacker Period, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on April 10.

Mark your calendar

“The GM Oshawa Strike of 1937” is the topic of the Third Thursday Zoomcast presentation April 15 at 7 p.m. on the Canadian Automotive Museum. Earlier within the day, at midday, the museum provides a Tradition Chats at Lunch Zoom program on “Oshawa’s Automotive Neighborhood, 1867-1937.”

On April 16, the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee opens a brand new show that includes the 1957 Mannequin FL ridden by Mexican stunt rider and racer Alfonso Sotomayor Canales. The show can be previewed in a digital gallery speak at 7 p.m. on April 15.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will supply free admission to everybody who arrives on the facility in a Ford Mustang on Nationwide Mustang Day, April 17, and with a bonus perk for the primary 100 Mustangs to reach.

Additionally celebrating Nationwide Mustang Day is the Mustang Proprietor’s Museum, which can do a cruise from its facility in Harmony, North Carolina, to go to the Holman Moody store, amongst different areas.

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, hosts a vehicles and low occasion from 7 a.m. till 9 a.m. on April 17. Solely 50 vehicles might be accommodated so pre-registration is required.

Automobiles & Espresso returns to the Auburn Twine Duesenberg Vehicle Museum in northeast Indiana from 9 a.m till 11 a.m. on April 17. Automobiles & Espresso cruise-ins are deliberate for the third Saturday of the month from April by way of September.

The California Vehicle Museum in Sacramento provides the subsequent episode in its “outside museum collection” on April 17 with a showcase that includes the Capitol “A’s” from the Sacramento area of the Mannequin A Ford Membership of America.

DeLoreans from the Northern California DeLorean Motor Membership can be featured April 17 from 10 a.m. till midday outdoors the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

The Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, opens its automobile present season Could 1 with a brand new Mustang and Ford gathering that includes Eighties and ’80s Fox physique autos.

The Mustang Proprietors Museum has moved its Spring Carolina Cruise to April 24 and its California Particular Mustang Day to Could 1. It additionally has delayed its annual Nationwide Mustang Day occasion till July 29-31. 

The California Vehicle Museum in Sacramento levels the Cap Metropolis Motor Tour on Could 1 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, will stage a members-only occasion Could 9 from 9 a.m. till midday, providing rides in a 1964 Amphicar at Percy Priest Lake. 

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Starting in Could and operating into September, the LeMay Household 

Assortment in Tacoma, Washington, hosts a second Thursday “Automobiles and Comedy” night beginning at 6 p.m. The museum says to convey a picnic and revel in a night that includes native comedians.

On Could 13, the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, will supply Women Evening @ Lane from 5: 30 p.m. to eight p.m., a cheerful hour occasion that may supply primary abilities instruction for altering a tire, checking oil ranges, and so forth. 

The Canadian Vehicle Museum’s Third Thursday Zoom presentation on Could 20 at 7 p.m. covers “The Oshawa Employee at Warfare,” with Jeremy Blowers of the Ontario Regiment Museum speaking in regards to the Oshawa auto employees’ contribution to the warfare efforts for WWI and WWII.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens a brand new exhibit, “Carry on Truckin’” to showcase the century-long evolution of the pickup truck. 

Michael Schumacher and Paul Web page can be inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corridor of Fame on Could 27.

The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, opens a particular exhibit, “RADwood on Show,” staring Could 27, that includes vehicles and bikes and fashions from the Eighties and ‘90s.

The Museum of Bus Transportation at Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosts its Spring Fling on June 5 to have a good time the “golden age” of bus and motorcoach transportation. Awards can be given for better of present Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, oldest and traveled farthest to attend. For particulars, go to the museum web site.

Britain’s Nationwide Motor Museum at Beaulieu hosts its Merely Porsche automobile present on June 6.

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, will host a “Sizzlin’ Summer time Cruise In” from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. on June 19.

The Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, unveils a brand new exhibition, “Corvette Powered,” throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The exhibit will showcase non-GM autos (vehicles, boats and bikes) powered by the Corvette’s small-block V8 engine, together with a 1958 Scarab, 1966 Excalibur, 1967 Bizzarrini Strada, 1977 Avanti II and others.

There’s greater than vehicles to see in Beaulieu, England, residence to the Nationwide Motor Museum. From June 19 to August 30, the Beaulieu Palace Home will showcase greater than 250 sculptures in its gardens and contained in the Montagu household residence.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts a Father’s Day automobile present on June 20.

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