DFW Elite Toy Museum

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DFW Elite Toy Museum

The DFW Elite Toy Museum is the brainchild of businessman Ron Sturgeon who first started collecting automobile memorabilia over 40 years ago. Ron initially focused on Mercedes toys and then moved on to rare and vintage automobile-themed items such as race cars and scale models. As the years progressed, Ron’s interests expanded to include vintage toys, unique signs, and other rare and historic collectibles. Eventually, the personal collection was so expansive that the idea for the DFW Elite Toy Museum was born.

Today, the DFW Elite Toy Museum has more than 3,000 unique pieces in its collection. Automobile enthusiasts will appreciate the impressive collection of Tippco die cast toys along with a wide array of early tin, wind-up, pressed steel, and other collectibles — including the very rare Eva Braun Mercedes toy. Dog lovers might be interested to hear that the museum is a “dog-friendly” space and currently features an exhibition entitled “Dogs in Art, Toys and Antique” which includes iconic dog-themed paintings and other dog-related memorabilia from around the globe.

5940 Eden Dr
Haltom City, TX 76117
P: 817-834-3625

Email: rodney2@rdsinvestments.com

DFW Elite Toy Museum Admission:

Free
Plan: 1hr

DFW Elite Toy Museum Hours:

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm and most Saturdays or by appointment

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Vernons Antique Car Museum

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Vernons Antique Car Museum

Vernon’s Antique Car Museum has a passion for rare, low-production automobiles you will find some of the rarest antiques in North America. All autos adhere to the strictest standard of authenticity, in some cases being restored to “better than new” condition. To test the quality of restoration the cars are shown at some of the most prominent cars shows in North America including Meadow brook Concours, Amelia Island Concours, and Pebble Beach, all leaving with high marks and various awards including the Buick Corporate award in 2010 for our 1958 Buick Limited.

The collection includes a wide variety of cars between 1908 and 1970 with something for every collector varying from Muscle to Luxury and sports cars alike. All cars feature all of their original options including rarities such as a 325 hemi, to a first-year factory fuel injection with air conditioning. This collection now totals 56 automobiles and boasts production numbers like 1 of 8.

Swift Current
NL A0E 2W0, Canada
P:
709-549-2266
Email: vernon.smith@nf.aibn.com

Vernons Antique Car Museum Admission:

Adults $12.50
7 -12 $7
Plan: 1hr

Vernons Antique Car Museum Hours:

April 1st – November 30th
Daily 10 am – 6 pm

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Days Gone By Museum

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Days Gone By Museum

Days Gone By started over 30 years ago when Joey started collecting and restoring tractors. His wife Kathleen Collins, an astute collector of antiques soon joined him in adding to the Museum. Together they have amassed an astounding collection of Americana.

Joey and Kathleen dreamed of creating a place where people of all ages could learn about our Great Country while seeing, and in many instances touching, the inventions spanning from the early beginnings of our Country and through the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and into the early 1900s.

Unfortunately, this museum will be closing and all of the items are being auctioned from 9/27/22 – 9/30/22. See listings HERE.

122 Davis St
Portland, TN 37148
P:
615-325-2555
Email: info@daysgonebyportland.org

Days Gone By Museum Admission:

Adults $5
10 and under free
Plan: 1hr

Days Gone By Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 9 am –  4 pm
Saturday 9 am – 2 pm

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Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Award-Winning & Unique 1904 Knox

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Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Award-Winning & Unique 1904 Knox

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1904 Knox is an exceptional automobile with fantastic provenance.

It was originally custom-built for E. H. Cutler, the President of the Knox Automobile Company. Its ownership would then pass on to a stair builder by trade, who lived in Winthrop. Massachusetts. He needed a truck for his business and removed the car’s custom body.

Luckily, he saved it in his barn, and many years later, it was found and reunited with the chassis. The Knox eventually made its way to the Long Island Automotive Museum and the care of Henry Austin Clark Jr. before finally finding its way to the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

The July 27, 1904, issue of The Horseless Age described the car as built for Elisha Cutler. These features included side entrance doors, a brown folding top extending over both seats, and ample carrying space underneath the rear seat’s back. All of which can be seen on the car today. The article said that Mr. Cutler took a two-week tour in the vehicle through New Hampshire, Maine, and along the Massachusetts coast with his family. Quite an adventure in 1904!

The Knox’s ownership by a gent from Winthrop, Mass, is detailed in the book Knox Automobile Company by John Y. Hess.

The auto’s connection to the Long Island Automotive Museum was more coincidental. I had my suspicions, having seen a postcard produced by the Long Island Automotive Museum, of a car that looked just like the Knox in the Museum. Still, it was not until 2010 that I finally verified that provenance.

When going through the car, one of the Museum’s volunteers found the car’s registration hidden under the front seat; it read Waleta H. Clark, Henry Austin Clark’s wife. Clark’s son further verified his mother’s ownership when he visited the Museum. The Knox had been registered in his mother’s name to be issued a vanity license plate spelling out PICKLE.

Knox is a fine product of the early automobile industry in New England. Built in Springfield, Massachusetts, the car is of relatively conventional design except in one regard: its unique air-cooling system. Instead of being water-cooled like most of its gasoline-powered contemporaries, the Knox was air-cooled and used thousands of iron studs screwed into the cylinders to dissipate heat. To be exact, one thousand seven hundred fifty studs in each cylinder give the car the nickname “Porcupine Knox.” Ads also referred to the Knox as “the car that never drinks.”

The car steers via a side lever and a hydraulic damper that reduces road shocks and advanced technology for 1904. The two-cylinder, 16-horsepower opposed engine lays lengthwise in the car. The rest of the layout is not unusual for the period, a planetary transmission and the final drive are via a single large chain.

The Seal Cove’s Knox is a multiple show winner receiving awards at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance.

You can see the Knox and many other unique vintage automobiles at the Seal Cove Auto Museum located on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

The Museum is open from May 1 to October 31 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. SealCoveAutoMuseum.org

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Winston Cup Museum

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Winston Cup Museum

Located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, the museum is just a few blocks away from 6th Street and the Trade Street Arts District. Winston-Salem has a rich racing history and is the home of Bowman Gray Stadium, the longest continuously operated NASCAR-sanctioned track in the country. In fact, at one time, Winston-Salem had a couple of other tracks in addition to Bowman Gray Stadium: Peacehaven Speedway and Dixie Classic Fairgrounds Track.

The Winston Cup Museum is the only place where you can experience the fabulous Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR. As you walk through, you will see exhibits and photos that capture the 33 years that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company sponsored NASCAR’s premier series. Cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Jimmy Spencer, and Wendell Scott are on display and you can relive Michael Waltrip’s victory in The Winston in 1996 and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s thrilling Winston No Bull 5 win at Talladega Superspeedway.

1355 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
P:
3367244557
Email: wcminfo@winstoncupmuseum.com

Winston Cup Museum Admission:

Adults $12
7-12 $8
Military ID and Under 6 FREE
Plan: 1hr

Winston Cup Museum Hours:

Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

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