National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located only minutes from Downtown Savannah, where the Eighth Air Force was activated in 1942, the Museum features over 90,000 square feet of exhibits, interactive displays, and historical artifacts, and a magnificent collection of aviation art. See a visually realistic mission experience, a world-renowned research Center, and a beautiful Memorial Garden.

The World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, “City of Savannah,” is undergoing a complete restoration inside the Museum’s Combat Gallery. Come be a part of history in the making! 

175 Bourne Ave
Pooler, GA 31322
P: 
912-748-8888
Email: marketing@mightyeighth.org

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Admission:

Adults $10
Children $5

Plan: 2hr

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Hours: 

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

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The Shelby Built for Ken Miles – That He Never Got to drive

The Shelby Built for Ken Miles – That He Never Got to drive

ONE OF THE RAREST SHELBY MUSTANGS EVER BUILT!

See it at Owls Head Transportation Museum

This iconic 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang #12 is one of the rarest Shelby Mustangs ever built and is fully documented in the SAAC Shelby Registry which includes its historic SCCA and Trans-Am racing pedigree. It was one of only sixteen 1966 Shelby Group II Mustangs built to R-model specifications to compete in the SCCA and Trans-Am A/Sedan class. It was one of only seven that actually competed. As documented it was originally built for the famous Shelby American driver Ken Miles, who was killed testing A J-car at Riverside before he could drive it.

After the tragic death of Ken Miles, it was offered to John McComb by automotive design engineer Chuck Cantwell of Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing shop. Chuck was the Shelby project engineer for the GT350. It was invoiced on August 24th, 1966 to Turner Ford located in Hutchinson, KS, and purchased by John McComb who lived in Hutchinson, KS. John McComb and this Shelby Mustang helped Ford claim The Trans-American Sedan Championship for 1966. This Shelby Mustang participated in over 30 documented races including SCCA, Trans-Am, ARRC, and 24 Hours of Daytona.

Some notable races in 1966 included 1st Place at Pan-American Trans-Am in Green Valley, TX, and 1st Place at Continental Divide SCCA National. It was featured on the cover and in Sports Car Graphic December 1966 magazine.

It was also featured in Sports Car Graphic June 1967 magazine and Motor Trend World Automotive Yearbook for 1967. It was purchased in 1967 by Keith Thomas. It won 1st Place at SCCA National in Wichita, KS in 1968 where it set a A/Sedan lap record and tied A/Production Corvette of Don Yenko for the 2nd fastest lap ever run at Lake Afton. It was raced consistently in 1969 but had a limited race schedule between 1971 and 1973.

 

Shelby Built for Ken Miles

 

The car has been signed by Carroll Shelby, John McComb, Chuck Cantwell, and Terry Doty. Since the completion of its restoration, the car has been handled with white gloves and stored in a climate-controlled facility.

John McComb and his wife Vici McComb were reunited with the car in June of 2022. Many items will be included with the car such as restoration photos, SAAC Shelby 1965-1966-1967 4th Edition book signed by John McComb, interview transcript with John McComb which he signed, photos of reunion with John and Vici McComb, miscellaneous books signed by John McComb, and miscellaneous articles. John McComb donated many items surrounding his career and this car to the Owls Head Transportation Museum which can be viewed in person but isn’t included with the sale.

You can see all the memorabilia and this beautiful 1966 Shelby Mustang on display at Owls Head Transportation Museum until the car is auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the museum.

To see more details visit the full listing HERE.

 

See all the vehicles available for auction HERE August 24-27, 2022

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AACA Library & Research Center

AACA Library & Research Center

The interior of the AACA Library & Research Center building is split into 3 levels. The main entry level features rotating exhibits, art displays, and antique cars.  

The lower level contains our huge assortment of Periodicals and Magazines, The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Historical Society Collection, and The Ralph Dunwoodie Archives.

The upper level contains a collection of automotive literature including sales brochures, service manuals,  reference books, owners manuals, special collections, shop manuals, marque-specific books, and much more. The main collection is housed in space-saving movable stacks. This is reference material that has been donated as well as bought by the library for its value and use. Along with these files, there are flat files, card catalogs, and work centers for the staff as well as tables and chairs for those who have come in to do research.  Alongside the AACA Collection sits the literature collections for several marque clubs that pay the library for storing their material and having it available to their membership.

800 Hersheypark Dr
Hershey, PA 17033
P:
717-534-2082
Email: critter@aaca.org

AACA Library & Research Center Admission:

Free
Plan: 1hr

AACA Library & Research Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm

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La Porte County Historical Society – Kesling Auto Collection

La Porte County Historical Society – Kesling Auto Collection

The La Porte County Historical Society Museum has on display the Kesling Automobile Collection, which consists of more than 30 vintage automobiles collected by Dr. Peter C. Kesling and his wife Charlene. They range in age from a 1903 Winton to a 1982 DeLorean, the car made famous in the movie “Back to the Future.” The 1903 Winton was driven from California to New York City by Dr. and Mrs. Kesling in 2003, retracing the path of the first coast-to-coast auto journey by Dr. Horatio Jackson, one hundred years earlier.

The collection includes an important grouping of Indiana-built automobiles. A 1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster with T-tops recreates an original destroyed in a disastrous fire at the 1929 Los Angeles Auto Show. A classic Auburn Boattail Speedster of 1935 joins two Cords, a 1930 L-29 and a 1937 Model 812 “coffin-nose” model on display. Rounding out the Indiana triumvirate is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J.

 

Another highlight of the Kesling Automobile Collection is the 1948 Tucker “Torpedo,” number 12 of 50 produced by the innovative Tucker Corporation in Chicago. This car appeared in the 1988 movie “Tucker: The Man And His Dream” starring Jeff Bridges.

Brass Era enthusiasts will be pleased with the display of early automobiles. Besides the 1903 Winton, there is a 1910 Velie, a 1912 Baker Electric Coupe, and a 1914 Mitchell, among others. The Kesling Automobile Collection is on view with the La Porte County Historical Society’s museum displays. It is therefore included as part of the admission price and on view during Museum hours.

 

2405 Indiana Ave # 1
La Porte, IN 46350

P:
219-324-6767
Email: info@laportecountyhistory.org

La Porte County Historical Society Admission:

Adults $5
Seniors $4
Plan: 1hr

La Porte County Historical Society Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4:30pm

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Beetle: The Iconic Model Of Volkswagen

Beetle: The Iconic Model Of Volkswagen

The Beetle holds the record for the longest-running and most-produced car ever in history. This vehicle was born to meet the need for a people’s car, the cheap and simple one for normal people to own.

Despite having been manufactured in 1938, this iconic model wasn’t called the Beetle until 1968.

Stay tuned as we walk you through the history and development of the Beetle as well as the scandal related to it.

The Beetle History

Volkswagen is a German word that translates to “The People’s Car.” The origin of this car dates back to the time of the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler. He wanted an affordable yet practical automobile to be produced in large quantities for the new road network in Germany.

In 1938, Ferdinand Porsche, a lead engineer, and his team finalized the design. The result was the Volkswagen Type 1, one of the first rear-engined vehicles.

Fast forward to 1968, the name “the Beetle” was given to this car. Before adopting the name, it was marketed in Europe as VW 1200/1300/1500. Similarly, in France, it was sold as the Coccinelle, which translates to ladybug in French.

Due to the popularity of the Beetle, it went down in history as the most produced car ever. “The People’s Car” was mainly favored by economically conscious customers, gaining more popularity for its durability, price, fuel economy, and quality.

For German citizens, “The People’s Car” was available and affordable to them for 990 Reichsmark, about the cost of a small motorcycle.

It would interest you to know that in the 1999 car of the century competition, the Volkswagen Type 1 came in fourth place after Ford model T, the Citroën DS, and the Mini. This competition aimed to determine the world’s most influential car of the 20th century.

The Beetle Development

The VW Type 1 or the Beetle was a two-door, rear-engine economy vehicle and could accommodate up to five people. It was in production from 1938 through 2003. After the success of the Beetle, the manufacturer saw more development, leading to the Volkswagen Type 2.

The Volkswagen Type 2 received nicknames such as minibus, macro bus, and hippie van. However, it was officially known as the transporter, microbus, or kombi. People could purchase this vehicle in four body styles; the 4/5-door panel van, 4/5-door minibus, 2-door pickup, and 4-door pickup. However, the production of this model was discontinued on December 31, 2013.

In 1961, Type 3, the successor to Type 2, was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA). It was on the market from 1961 to 1973. Furthermore, it was sold as the Volkswagen 1500, later the Volkswagen 1600. Like the VW Type 2, you could buy the Type 3 in different body styles: Fastback, Variant, and two-door Notchback.

In 1968, Volkswagen introduced the first onboard computer system in their fuel-injected Type 3 models. Thus, the Volkswagen Type 3 is the first car to use the onboard diagnostic system.

Unlike Type 3, a compact car, Type 4 was a large family car sold from 1968-to 1974 by Volkswagen. It came in three body styles and evolved through two generations (411 and 412 series). The body styles included a 2-door coupé, a 4-door fastback sedan, and a 3-door station wagon.

The Scandal Related To The 1968 Beetle

The name Ted Bundy can’t be forgotten when discussing the history of the 1968 Beetle. He was a serial killer who preyed on women. His killing spree started in 1974 when he assaulted an 18-year-old University of Washington freshman named Joni Lenz. His kill count skyrocketed as he continued kidnapping and killing women at an alarming rate of one woman per month.

Subsequently, stories started spreading about a man in crutches or arms bound with a plaster cast named Ted. He would plead with unsuspecting young women to help him carry ski boots, books, or any other item into his 1968 Beetle. This car was missing its passenger seat. But it was removed intentionally to lay his victims flat after luring them in.

The police pulled over Bundy on August 15, 1975. In his Volkswagen Beetle, the police found rather suspicious items. He was arrested for fleeing the police. However, Ted was later released despite his behavior and the strange items found.

Fast forward to six days after his release. Ted was arrested again for possession of burglary tools. The police took photos of his Volkswagen Beetle. But he was still granted bail. A day later, Bundy sold the car to a teenager.

In October 1975, several witnesses pointed out Ted from a police lineup which led to charges of murder and kidnapping. While thoroughly inspecting his vehicle for further evidence, hairs that matched the victims were found inside, leading to his incarceration.

Sadly, it didn’t end here. After doing some time in jail, Ted Bundy escaped and kept on killing. Fortunately, he met his Waterloo in 1978 in Florida after he was caught in a stolen orange Volkswagen Beetle. He was sentenced to death by the electric chair and was executed on January 24, 1989. Before his death, he confessed to thirty murders but alluded to several others.

Despite the scandal related to the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle, it has remained a classic till today. There’s some good news; you have the opportunity to see the iconic VW Beetle by visiting a museum. Think of it as taking a dive into the past

You can visit one of the following museums if you’d like to see the Beetle in person.

Lemay – Americans Car Museum

Address: 2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421

Open Hour: 10 AM – 5 PM Thursday – Monday

Ticket:

  • Adults: $18
  • Seniors (Age 65+): $16
  • Active Duty Military: $16*
  • Young Adult (Ages 13-18): $14
  • Youth (Ages 6-12): $10
  • Child (5 and under): Free

Auto World Museum

Address: 200 Peacock Dr, Fulton, MO 65251

Open Hour: 9 AM – 4 PM Friday – Sunday

Ticket:

  • Adults $10
  • Children ages 4 – 12 $6
  • Senior (60+) / Military $9
  • AAA $9
  • ​Children with AAA / military $5
  • Group of 6 or more $8 each
  • Any group home $6 each
  • ​Bus drivers & chaperones FREE
  • ​One-year memberships available

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