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GEORGIA

Georgia is a southeastern U.S. state whose terrain spans coastal beaches, farmland and mountains. Capital city Atlanta is home of the Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. The city of Savannah is famed for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture and leafy public squares. Augusta hosts the Masters golf tournament.

AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

The Good Roads Movement (1880s-1920s) spurred changes in Georgia. In 1904 only 4 percent of public roadways were classified as improved. Dirt roads had long plagued farmers in their attempts to move crops to markets. By 1908, when northern motorists began to trickle to the South, a movement for better roads evolved into a campaign to create interstate tourist highways. Construction of the National and Capital highways finally connected Georgia with major northeastern cities and the Dixie Highway connected Georgia to the Midwest.

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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.

 

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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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