Segerstrom Shelby

Segerstrom Shelby

The Segerstrom Shelby Event Center opened in Late Oct 2021. There are antique gas pumps, antique neon signs, Memorabilia of Carroll Shelby, Mustangs, and Shelby’s on display. They have approximately 62 cars in the museum right now, but there are 94 in the collection.

The facility is also used for events like weddings, corporate events, training, Christmas parties, etc. There is a 7,000 sq ft grand salon that can seat 250 for a sit-down dinner or 350 for a cocktail party. There is also an outdoor patio which is 1,059 sq ft and can seat 50 or standing 100. Plus, the Thunderbird Suite is for brides and the Cobra Suite for grooms. There is also a Conference Room which seats 14-16 with state-of-the-art AV.

The museum is open Thursday through Sunday unless there is a special event so it’s best to check their event calendar on their website.

5 Whatney
Irvine, CA 92618
P:
949-969-4368
Email: info@ssecoc.com

Admission:
General $15
Senior/Military $10
Children $5
Five and Under Free

Plan: 1hr
Open: Thursday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

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Price Museum of Speed

Price Museum of Speed

Price Museum of Speed features a rare display of the greatest representations of early racing history. Many of these rare vintage race cars either won or placed well in numerous renowned events such as the Grand Prix, Le Mans, Morris Park, Briarcliff Cup, Daytona Beach, Gordon Bennett Cup, Empire Track at Yonkers, Sheepshead Bay, Indianapolis, Mille Miglia among others. Also in the collection are other marquee automobiles representing different periods of history.

The great representatives of racing history include a 1904 four-cylinder 60 hp Peerless Green Dragon, made famous by Barney Oldfield. The 1907 four-cylinder 35/45 hp Renault Vanderbilt Racer, was made famous by William Vanderbilt Jr. and referred to by some as the Ferrari Enzo of its day. The 1915 four-cylinder 100 hp Weightman Stutz was one of the fastest racers of the period, having a famous Harry Stutz-designed engine modeled after the Indianapolis winning Delage Type Y power plant. The 1929 Bugatti 35B Racer, made famous by the French driver Louis Chiron adds to the rarity of the collection. Many of the early racers in the Price Museum of Speed collection were capable of speeds exceeding 100 mph, for extended endurance periods.​

165 E 600 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
P:
801-906-0157

Admission: Free
Plan: 1hr
Open: Daily 10am – 5pm (call ahead)

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Soviet Car Museum

Soviet Car Museum

First American Soviet Car Museum is located in Sammamish, Washington USA. At this time the museum is doing 2-3 day long expositions only and looking forward to finding a place where they can maintain their permanent operation.

10932 Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast
Issaquah, WA 98027
Email: SovietCarClub@gmail.com

Plan: 1hr
Open: Contact the museum

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A Visit To Stahls Automotive Foundation

A Visit To Stahls Automotive Foundation

Stahls Automotive Foundation has always been one of the car museums I really wanted to visit ever since I first learned about the museum. I finally got the opportunity to visit and it was only a 12-hour drive from Georgia. 😉 but well worth it.

There is one thing that really sets this museum apart from any other car museum I’m aware of and that is the collection of vintage music players. I’m not talking about little music boxes and these beasts way predate what you would think of as a jukebox.

The engineering and art form that went into building these massive pieces of equipment is just as astonishing as the cars themselves.

When you first enter Stahls Automotive Foundation the first thing you see is what looks to be like super neat gigantic furniture. Now you may think “ah that’s neat” and want to rush to the cars, but it is worth slowing down and even getting to listen and watch these machines play over 3 different instruments in some cases that were built a hundred years ago.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of vintage music, you’ll pass through another door and the sight of the cars and signs on display will be music to your eyeballs.

Some of the cars on display I had never seen before, which is exactly what I want to see when I visit a car museum. Plus there is a Tucker on display which is always awesome to see.

My advice is to make a trip and visit Stahls Automotive Museum which is less than an hour from Dearborn, Michigan if you’re in town to visit the Henry Ford Museum or the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

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Visit Laughlin’s Car Museum

Visit Laughlin’s Car Museum

“big enough for a solid two hours’ of entertainment”

1954 Kurtis 500M roadster

Detroit may have long been the center of the automotive industry in this country, but until carmaking was reduced largely to the Big Three, a lot of the industry was centered in the Capital of the car culture, southern California. Don Laughlin’s Car Museum, in Laughlin, at the southern tip of Nevada, is just close enough to that cultural hub to benefit from a number of examples of what went on there in the years before we were reduced, however briefly, to just Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.

The first car on display as I entered the museum in October 2021 was a Kurtis 500M roadster. Frank Kurtis, originally a designer of “midget cars” and later of Indy cars (including five winners) started his manufacturing in Glendale in the late 1940s; when he realized he couldn’t make the numbers work, he sold the business, but later gave things another try with the 500M. The car on display here is one of fewer than 20 that were built before that venture, too, ended.

The Muntz Jet convertible

The buyer of his first manufacturing foray was “Mad Man” Muntz, who turned the two-seat Kurtis sports car design into the four-seat Muntz Jet, produced from 1951 to 1954. A smooth red convertible example is the next car on display. He also swapped the Ford engine Kurtis had used for a Cadillac power plant.

After selling 400 cars and losing about $400,000, “Mad Man” Muntz called it quits. His Muntz Jet, though, influenced the lines of later American sports cars, including the one survivor of that group, the Corvette. (A friend of mine, who spent his earliest years in Glendale, remembered “Mad Man” Muntz from his weird, wacky television commercials. I spent my childhood in North Texas, so my memories are of a used car dealer named Art Grindel — “I want to sell you a car!” — who, for some reason, advertised heavily during Saturday morning kiddie shows.)

Laughlin’s Car Museum is billed as having between 80 and 100 vehicles, but there’s room in this space on the third floor of the Riverside Hotel for only about 30 cars (plus a handful of motorcycles and one horse-drawn cart with a Hollywood history). Not the biggest collection I’ve seen out west, but big enough for a solid two hours’ entertainment, and also one of the best bargains around. I don’t know what the rest of the collection consists of, but one thing I liked very much about this exhibition is that, in addition to the unusual Southern California cars, almost everything on display is geared to the Everyman market.

Not a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes or Deusenburg insight here (and sadly for me, no Jaguars), only one last-of-the-line Cord and a couple of Cadillacs (oh, and one custom-made ’77 Lincoln convertible). These are all cars that, had I been around between the ‘20s and the ‘50s, and had I been of average means, I could have driven myself. Maybe a 1933 Buick would have been kind of a stretch, but I could see myself shelling out $995 to get the optional rumble seat and dual side-mounted spare tires.

1957 Plymouth Golden Fury outshines the '57 Bel Air

These cars, despite each being beautifully restored, are exemplary daily drivers of the middle class in America. Here and there an aspirational vehicle, like the 1950 Cadillac; or a working vehicle, like the ‘30s-vintage tow truck; or a specialty vehicle like the 1915 Ford racer. But mostly, you see Fords, and Chrysler products, and GM cars, plus other brands still widely known despite their demise in the market: Studebaker, Packard, Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Pontiac. (And, I should mention, some of them are for sale. So if you’re in the market for a Model A or a Franklin …)

One other unusual car caught my attention here: a 1904 Holsman, manufactured in Chicago. It’s a “high-wheeler”, really a horse-cart with a small engine mounted underneath. It’s unusual in that it uses two hemp ropes to drive the rear wheels. This seemed, on first thought, a good idea for the time; after all, rope was cheap and readily available in every farmhouse and shop in early-20th-Century America. It could easily be replaced. But then I thought, how would you join the two ends together on the new rope? You surely wouldn’t want a big ol’ knot going around the pulleys that moved your car. Alas, the exhibit didn’t elaborate on this point.

1904 Holsman. How's that rope workin' for ya?

It’s a mystery.

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