My 11-year-old granddaughter hates it once I seek advice from it as Harry Potterville, however early throughout my 75 Days of Summer season fund-raising highway journey, certainly one of our stops — my granddaughter’s using shotgun for the journey — was in Orlando, Florida, at Common Studios.

We had been in Orlando to look at one other granddaughter and her teenage teammates play within the AAU Nationwide Junior Volleyball championships. Since each granddaughters are large followers of the Harry Potter e-book and film collection, I used to be knowledgeable that we needed to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

Really, there are two such worlds — Hogsmeade and Diagon Allen — in separate components of the studio grounds. Luckily, you possibly can journey the Hogswart’s Categorical practice between them.

Whereas I do know just about nothing about Potter or his tales, I used to stay in Michigan, the place there’s a city referred to as Potterville, and thus my distasteful (to my granddaughter) reference to visiting Harry Potterville. (Bob Golfen additionally notes that Potterville was the evil different city of George Bailey’s nightmare in It’s a Great Life.)
1941 Chevrolet Grasp Deluxe
    1959 Edsel
    1955 Ford Crown Victoria
1952 Pontiac Chieftain
    Sizzling rod has see-through hood

Two factors I must make: I actually loved the go to, marveled on the element and structure of the Potter locations, and I used to be stunned that one of many first issues I noticed upon arrival at Common was a 1940 Chevrolet Grasp Deluxe parked in entrance of a Christmas store on a New York set avenue. 

I used to be much more stunned a number of paces later to come across extra collector autos parked round Mel’s Drive-In as a part of the Hollywood part.

These automobiles appeared to have been pushed off the display screen of American Graffiti and included a 1932 Deuce Coupe and couple of ‘50s Chevys, a ‘50s Thunderbird and a ’59 Edsel, with a ’55 Crown Vic and a flamed ’52 Pontiac Chieftain simply down the block.

Hey, seems this place isn’t only for youngsters or TV and film followers. 

Certainly, there’s a ‘Quick ‘n Livid’ part with automobiles, some form of futuristic automobile within the Marvel space, extra autos being chased by dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and, in Potterville, a triple-decker London bus in addition to a motorbike and sidecar — seems it was ridden within the film by Rubeus Hagrid, a bushy half-giant wizard and professor, and you may sit in it for images or, for the daring, you possibly can journey the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorcycle Journey rollercoaster.

I’m knowledgeable there was one other automobile featured within the Potter motion pictures, a flying Ford Anglia, modified to carry 8 individuals, 6 trunks, 2 owls and a rat. I hoped to see it in the course of the go to, but when it was there, I didn’t discover it.

Seems, my granddaughter tells me, that the automotive may disappear. So maybe it was there in Potterville the entire time, however with its invisibility booster engaged.

Corvette museum anniversary set

Registration has opened for the twenty seventh anniversary celebration of the Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky. The celebration is scheduled for September 2-4 and can embody highway excursions, video shows, and actions but to be introduced. For particulars, go to the museum web site.

Corvettes at Nashville science museum

The Nationwide Corvette Museum has collaborated with the Journey Science Heart in Nashville, Tennessee, the place the middle’s seventy fifth anniversary celebration will embody seven Corvettes displaying the evolution of the sports activities automotive. The Automotive Tradition showcase runs August 28 via November 28 and can embody different car-centered occasions.

Mustang museum doing highway journey

The Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, is organizing a highway journey to the Woodward Dream Cruise within the northern Detroit suburbs. Vehicles will collect in Dayton, Ohio, on August 17, go to the Gale Halderman Museum, after which head to Dearborn, Michigan. 

Along with the Dream Cruise, the group will go to the Mannequin T Piquette museum, Henry Ford’s Fairlane property, the Roush museum, The Henry Ford Museum, and be a part of the Mustang Proprietor’s Membership of Southeastern Michigan on a highway tour. 

AACA units ‘Night time on the Museum’

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, resumes its annual “Night time on the Museum” fundraiser on October 6 with a theme of “Vehicles and Nation Music.” Troy Engle and Southern Skies will carry out at an occasion that additionally would be the kickoff to “Fall Hershey.”

Classics & Espresso at Mercedes museum

“Classics & Espresso” automotive reveals have resumed on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Thursdays after work and Sunday showcases every week. As well as, “A Star among the many Stars” occasions are held Friday evenings however are for Mercedes autos solely; the opposite occasions are open to all manufacturers.

Particular occasions this weekend

Night time to Keep in mind performs June 24 on the Auburn Wire Duesenberg Vehicle Museums free summer season live performance collection in northeastern Indiana.  Subsequent performances are scheduled July 29 by the Hubie Ashcraft Band, August 26 by Massive Caddy Daddy and September 23 by Whoa! Man.

Van Halen 2, a tribute band, will carry out at 8 p.m. on June 25 on the Gilmore Automotive Museum campus in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Funds from the $20 admission cost go towards Ok-12 instructional excursions of the museum and the Gilmore Storage Works highschool coaching program.

The North East Motor Sports activities Museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, hosts the Nor-Jap Pontiac Membership for an outside automotive present on June 26.

The Miles via Time museum in Clarkesville, Georgia, hosts its fifth annual automotive present on the Outdated Clarkesville Mill from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on June 26. 

June 26 is Household Day on the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, with free rides in classic autos, $1 scorching canine and different household pleasant occasions. 

The California Vehicle Museum in Sacramento hosts a modified Honda Accord present from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. on June 26, with greater than 50 automobiles anticipated.

Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, options creator John Zimmermann and Misplaced in Time: Components 5000 in North America, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. on June 26.

LeMay – America’s Automotive Museum in Tacoma, Washington, launches a brand new exhibition, “Alfa Romeo: Born from Ardour” with a brunch with Italian Aptitude from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. on June 26. 

Mark your calendar

As a consequence of building, the exhibit area on the Nationwide Corvette Museum in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky, might be closed for the day June 29. Nonetheless, the museum mentioned automobiles might be on show within the convention middle and the Corvette Retailer will stay open.

July 3 is Nationwide Fox Physique Day on the Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina, with a particular automotive present that includes the Fox body-generation of Ford’s pony automotive.

It’s Muscle tissue & Mojo from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. July 4 on the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California. These cruise-ins are staged the primary and third Sunday month-to-month.

The Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, plans one other of its stay concert events for 8 p.m. on July 10 that includes The Spazmatics, billed because the “final ‘80s tribute band.” Not like different such occasions on the museum, this might be a “walk-in” live performance with guests requested to deliver folding chairs or blankets for the occasion.

Mach I and Boss 302, 351 and 429 Ford Mustangs might be featured July 10 in a automotive present on the Mustang Proprietor’s Museum in Harmony, North Carolina.

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon hosts the BMC & Leyland Present on July 11, a gathering of British Motor Company, British Leyland and Rover Group autos. Celebrated this yr are the Fiftieth anniversary of the Morris Marina, a Historic Rally Show by the Historic Marathon Rally Group and the Mini Cooper Register, and a show of emergency service autos.

It’s “Merely Vauxhall” on July 17 on the Nationwide Motor Museum in Beaulieu, UK, the place Vauxhall autos will collect for a present. The next day, the museum hosts its “Merely Ford” showcase.

The inaugural North East Motor Sports activities Museum rally-tour Across the Lake is scheduled for July 31. The occasion begins on the museum in Loudon, New Hampshire, and can take scenic roads to the Classic Racing Stables automotive assortment in Sanbornton. The occasion is restricted to 1972 or earlier autos.

With so many occasions canceled in 2020, the British Motor Museum at Gaydon will flip the Gaydon Land Rover Present scheduled for July 31-August 1 into the Fiftieth-plus-one anniversary for the off-road automaker. “We’re wanting ahead to having a belated birthday celebration,” mentioned present supervisor Tom Caren.

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Larry Edsall

A former each 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 changing into the creator of greater than 15 automotive books. Along with being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Occasions and The Detroit Information and was an adjunct honors professor on the Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.