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Early Off-Roaders

Vintage SUVs Featuring 50 Years of the Ford Bronco May 21 – October 15, 2016 Sport Utility Vehicles today are often more Luxury than Sport or Utility. Plush heated leather seats, automatic four-wheel-drive and power everything are the norm and often outsell the bread-and-butter sedans offered. Most never go off the pavement.   “It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat.” – War correspondent Ernie Pyle describing the Jeep.   Years ago, it was a completely different mindset. Our world famous Jeep and the British Land Rover were borne from necessity. A military needed a rugged, capable vehicle to get from Point A to Point B when no roads connected the two. Farmers, ranchers, hunters and guides were desperate for something to reach places not on the map. Just ask Marlin Perkins from “Wild Kingdom”! Off-road traction and keen mechanical survival skills were more important than doors, heaters, carpeting or other ‘creature comforts’.   The AACA salutes these icons and the vehicles begat from them. The first generation Ford Bronco, introduced in 1966, had a twelve-year run with a huge cult following and later became infamous as O.J. led the LA police on the world’s slowest chase. Diminutive offerings from Asia such as the Suzuki Samurai emerged as the icons grew in size. All told, these early simplistic vehicles changed the way the world traveled to the far reaches of the globe.   We’re looking for some great SUV’s to be a part of this exhibit, maybe you have one or know of someone who does. Early Off-Roader Wish List • Ford GPW (Museum owned) • Early Jeeps/ Bantams • Jeepster • Early Land Rovers • Suzuki Samurai/ Brute • Isuzu VehiCross • Ford Broncos ( all generations) • Bronco II • Lada Niva • Mercedes-Benz Unimog • Pinzgauer • Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 • Lamborghini LM002 • Early Subaru wagon • VW Thing? Contact us at 717-566-7100 or at...

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Pioneers in African-American Auto History

February 1 – April 30, 2016 In salute of Black History Month, AACA Museum will present a history of the pioneering African-American community that contributed to the culture of the automobile industry. These men and women laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers and manufacturers.

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Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

November 21 – January 3, 2016 Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more!  Each year we partner with schools in the community to have students decorate a themed Christmas Tree with ornaments they create.   Guests vote on their favorites throughout the holiday season.   The top 3 schools will receive gift cards. We’ve got a few new surprises for 2015!   First, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – the US National Broadway Tour prop car!   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based upon a vintage racing car that was featured in many forms including the original novel by Ian Fleming, movie and stage productions. The inspiration for Chitty came from early racing cars and the sound that these cars made as they were started which sparked the idea for the name. This prop car has many interesting details and functioning stage tricks. It has 15 separate circuits which control the car’s own theatrical lighting, both interior and exterior. The tires tilt 45 degrees and rotate and of course she has her wings! There will be sessions planned where guests will be able to see the operation of some of these tricks during the time the car is on display – check back for specific dates/times of these demos.   Along with this prop car there will be additional memorabilia items on display including several toy versions of the famous Chitty flying car made by both the Corgi British toys 1968, 1:43 scale model and the beautiful Stevenson Toy company released in 2005 for the Broadway state theatrical production 1:18 scale model toy car along with photos of Tony Garaofalo with Dick Van Dyke and the famous movie Clown Costume to name a few.  Watch the videos at the end of this page for more details! Have you ever dreamed of a life-sized pedal car?  We’ve got one!  This is a one of a kind creation has a body made from fiberglass with a steel under structure.  The creator, Dan Hryhorcoff, decided to copy a recognizable toy car and make it full size.  This car is made with inspiration of the “Murray General” pedal car, also known as the “Murray Sad Face”.  Even more amazing is that this pedal car is  drivable!   A 1997 V6 3 litre Ford Ranger as the donor vehicle.   The necessary parts were stripped down to separate components, cleaned and reassembled in an arrangement suitable for the pedal car dimensions and structure.   The body was created in sections first sculpted in styrofoam and plaster ( in the positive).  Then fiberglass molds were made for (the negatives) from these sculptings.  From those molds came the fiberglass panels (the positives) that make up the car body. Also new this...

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It’s a Small World: Micro & Mini Cars

November 21 – April 22, 2016 “Awww…it’s so cute!” If you own a Corvette or a pickup truck, this is the last thing you want to hear someone say about your ride. But like puppies, kittens, bite-sized desserts and other diminutive obsessions, micro- and mini-cars often elicit this same response.   The AACA Museum’s newest exhibit, “It’s a Small World”, treasures and welcomes this tiniest sector of the car collecting world. By recognizing that not everything needs to be BIG, the Museum has carefully selected a variety of these microscopic machines that are sure to make visitors crack a smile, point and giggle, and snap a selfie or two.   They say that the best things come in small packages – this exhibit will feature a variety of micro and mini cars that are sure to delight! Featured Vehicles: 1937 Fiat Topolino 1947 Crosley 1963 VW Beetle 1967 NSU Sport Prinz Owner: Walter Miller 1976 Chevette ‘woody’ Owners: Joseph & Kim Krajnak 1976 Citicar Owner: Ron Green BMW Isetta Owner: Tom Ferrier Subaru 360 Young Sport Owner: Walter Miller DAF Owner: John DeBruin Vehicles are subject to change without notice.  Updated...

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AACA Museum Cuba Trip

The AACA Museum is going to explore Cuba! Our spring trip was a HUGE SUCCESS and SOLD OUT so we’re going again! October 29 – November 6, 2015 Explore Cuba – The people, the culture and the classic cars! The AACA Museum is excited to announce a trip to Cuba October 29 – November 6, 2015! The weather in Cuba during the time of the trip should be just perfect with temperatures in the mid-upper 70’s. A daily slate of engaging activities affords you an immersive opportunity to connect directly with the Cuban people learning more about each other through direct contact and cultural exchange. Highlights: • Visit a car museum and attend a meeting with Havana’s Classic Car Club • Visit Hemingway’s former home, Finca Vigia • In-Studio discussions with a variety of Cuban artists • Sampling of local fare at privately owned paladars • 20 meals • Tour galleries & museums under the guidance of experts in local art & history The AACA Museum will again work with International Expeditions for all tour arrangements.  International Expeditions is licensed to operate people to people tours by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Initial Deposit:  $600 per person Registration News Alert: Only a few spaces remain available on the Cuba tour. We will continue to register participants as long as we are able to obtain hotel rooms and charter flights seats for them. Contact Toni Rothman directly for up-to-date details. 610-361-7882 or 610-246-3525 tonirothman@msn.com Please click these links to view or print the full agenda and the enrollment form: AACA Museum Cuba Trip October 2015 agenda and pricing AACA Museum Oct 2015 Cuba Trip Participation Form Travel Insurance is available for all participants the links below provide you with the documents to register and information on the insurance. All Seasons Travel Plan Enrollment Form for Softrip All Seasons Travel Plan Send your Cuba Trip Participation form with your deposit and (optional) All Seasons Travel Plan Enrollment form to Sherry Boyd, International Expeditions or contact Sherry or Toni with any questions. Sherry Boyd | Director of Group & Charter Sales International Expeditions One Environs Park Helena, AL  35080 Toll-free: 800-633-4734 ext. 122# Direct: 803-396-2151 sherry.boyd@ietravel.com or Toni Rothman | AACA Museum Board of Directors at 610-361-7882 or 610-246-3525 via email: tonirothman@msn.com.   AACA Museum Spring Trip Photos: All photos available on our Facebook...

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