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Reflections Art Exhibit by Mark Watts

The AACA Museum is excited to continue our tradition of sharing great automotive art pieces with our guests with “Reflections” by Mark Watts.  Mark captures the essence of reflective surfaces such as cars and water in his artwork.  This exhibit runs from September 12 – October 30, 2014. This exhibit has been extended through October 30th by popular demand. Mark Watts Artist Bio: Mark attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Temple University, Tyler Campus in Philadelphia. He has been creating great works of art for the past 30 years. Now with two studios, one in the rolling hills of Bucks County Pennsylvania and one in Sunny South Florida. Mark has worked for clients such as Walt Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Tyco Toys, Crayola, William Morrow Publishing, and Avon Books – to name a few! Mark has produced many illustrations for popular toys such as the Hasbro Transformers kids toy boxes and the Tyco Toys Crash Dummies boxes. Some of his most recognizable book covers were made into movies: The Odessa File, Day of the Jackel, and The Dogs of War. He created the logo Illustration for the Clint Eastwood movie Pink Cadillac. Mark also has done many paintings for Budweiser that were produced on their Limited Edition Collector Car Steins. His work has been displayed in many shows around the country and also at the prestigious Society of Illustrators Club in New York City. Mark was a featured artist on the QVC Home Shopping television channel. He was invited to display his work for the past few years at the Antique Auto Museum Hershey Pa. – The event is Night At The Museum. Another exhibit, of his work “Reflections” at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel, California in 2013, the Week of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Painting in oils, acrylics, and digital airbrush, Mark captures the essence of reflective surfaces such as cars and water. Some of his favorite subjects are classic cars, nostalgic scenes and surreal Images. Mark Watts Studios is now offering Fine Art Limited Edition Giclee prints on Canvas and new Fine Art Aluminum prints. These Aluminum high gloss prints are brighter and more luminous that an LCD display from a HD display screen. Mark also does commissioned original artwork, including classic car portraits. To Purchase Art Work by Mark Watts or to Commission your Classic Car Portrait. Mark can be contacted at: MARK WATTS STUDIOS 267-784-6611 mail@wattsart.com...

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Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America

March 28 – October 24, 2014 A display of approximately 25 Indian motorcycles will explore the Indian brand from inception to their current re-introduction, what they mean to us, and what they may be able to tell us about America. Download the Vehicle Display List Indian and American Timeline 1901 Indian formed; first prototypes built 1903 Large-scale production begins 1908 Over 400 American dealerships; also overseas 1916 Industry pressured: small American makers (Merkel, Pope, Thor) in trouble Indian’s Board of Directors opposes President Hendee; pursues quick profits with Government. Indian makes 60,000 motorcycles for the war effort, but at the expense of the future civilian market and the dealers 1917-1918 American involvement in World War I 1921 Indian’s Dick Richards attempts scientific market analysis: What do buyers want? 1922 Motorcycling’s image hurt by board track’s injuries: Dangerous—not for ‘regular folks’ Sales down; Indian has trouble meeting payroll 1923 Growing automobile sales in America pressure the motorcycle 1927 Better times; “The Golden Age” of American motorcycle clubs Board of Directors resists President Weschler’s plan to re-tool; Weschler resigns Charles Lindberg’s trans-Atlantic flight 1930 Stock market collapse 1931 Walter Davidson (Harley-Davidson) attempts to undercut other manufacturers; intense Indian-Harley rivalry begins 1932 Great Depression 1940s Motorcycling seen in progressively negative light by the American public 1941-1945 American involvement in World War II (7-5) 1940-1944 Wartime production of motorcycles; dealer network again suffers 1946 British and European motorcycle imports increase; President Rogers creates prototypes of 149  & 249 vertical singles/twins 1947 Hollister (California) motorcycle riots cause national sensation (7-6) Indian dealers demand return to pre-war Scouts; invade Board meeting 1949 Problems with 149 & 249 models British currency devaluation makes British bikes in America 20% cheaper; Indian no longer competitive in small or big-bike markets Indian divided by creditors into Indian Sales Corporation and Indian Division of Titeflex 1952 The Wild One, with Marlon Brando, based on Hollister riots, released—provides model for motorcycle fashion and “rebel” attitude (7-7) 1953 Indian production at Springfield ceases 1953-1960s Re-badged British Indians imported by British-owned Indian Sales Corporation 1963-1977 Clymer Indians (Minarelli, Italjet, Moto Morini engines) imported 1999-2003 “Gilroy” Indians 2006-2011 “Stellican” Indians 2013- Polaris-Victory Indians (6-3) Special Note: Famed Motorcycle artist David Uhl has provided some of his legendary artwork for display as part of this special...

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Chocolate Covered February

February 1 – 28th 2014 Hershey is known year-round as The Sweetest Place on Earth but February is a special month with a town-wide celebration of all things chocolate.   The AACA Museum has a 1920s gallery that depicts downtown Hershey in the 1920s.   The Museum is also home to one of the rare Hershey’s Kissmobile Cruisers that on display for guests to enjoy. To kick off this year’s celebration kids can create their own white wall tire out of a chocolate donut and vanilla frosting on February 1st from 1-3 PM. Throughout the month, visitors can participate in a Hershey’s Kisses Scavenger Hunt throughout the Museum – how many Hershey’s Kisses can you find? Guests can build their own Kissmobile out of Hershey’s chocolate products on President’s Day, February 17, 2014 from 1-3...

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The Art of the Build: Rods and Kustoms

January 24 – April 27, 2014 Whether it be Europe, Asia, here in America or anywhere in between, the world depends on mass-produced vehicles to make life convenient and comfortable. These vehicles and the factories that assemble them are what keeps economies growing, businesses flourishing, and families in motion. For most of the general population, a ‘showroom stock’ car is more than adequate. In fact, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) prides itself on promoting the preservation and restoration of cars and other vehicles to the exact way a car left the factory for historical documentation.   But as typical human beings, we are all individuals, and some are not content to possess an object that thousands of others could easily own. Be it a house, car, or even a fashion statement, many of these free-thinkers prefer to create a custom tailored vision of their unique persona. We are all (thankfully) guilty of this trait in some degree. Most manufactures now offer ‘boutiques’ within their dealerships catering to customers wishing to personalize their rides. Some owners take this to the limit, completely altering a vehicle in every form to create a true “one of a kind”. The AACA Museum’s “Art of the Build” exhibit focuses on these individuals, and the rolling art they have created. By treating each custom vehicle as a piece of sculpture, the Museum has planned this display as an art installation, celebrating each item for what it has become, not lamenting of what it once was. Each of these vehicles has been carefully planned, and painstakingly transformed by hand to its current configuration. Metal has been shaped, worked and smoothed, leather has been dyed, stretched and sewn, paint has been sprayed, sanded and polished, and power trains have been extensively upgraded by world-class craftsmen. It was feared that many of these skills would be lost to history, but thanks to both restoration and custom shops they have been resurrected.   Some of these vehicles started life as a production vehicle; some are completely built from scratch. We invite our guests to examine the minute details, ponder the thought and build processes, and marvel at the end result of each vehicle on display. Join us to celebrate the cars and their creators that dared to be different! Lady Luck - 1923 Ford T Bucket Owned by John Robertson Built by Jessica and John Robertson Triple T - Tom's Torched T-Bucket - 1923 Ford T-Bucket Owned by: Tom & Ann Reigle   In 1923 the Ford Pickup was the work horse of the day for the family as well as the small business man to carry his tools and some supplies.  Finding a real all steel 1923 ford pickup today is hard to find.  Thanks to a few companies like Speedway Motors and Wintec Fabrication the 1923 ford pickup has survived time to be known as...

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Stainless Steel, 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

  In 1935, officials at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division and the Ford Motor Company collaborated on an experiment that resulted in the creation of stainless steel cars that would be a tribute to stainless steel, one of the most dynamic metals ever developed. Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer producer of stainless steel, proposed the idea of creating a stainless steel car to Ford, leading to the development of a 1936 Deluxe Sedan, that later became the centerpiece of a campaign to expose the public to the new metal and its many uses. Later, Allegheny Ludlum and Ford collaborated on two more stainless models, a 1960 Thunderbird and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible. Both of these amazing vehicles will be on display at the AACA...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Spectacular Holiday Celebration at the AACA Museum November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014 We’re transforming the galleries of the Antique Automobile club of America Museum into a spectacular winter wonderland featuring more than 25 Christmas trees adorned with themed and period decorations. Toy displays for big and small girls and boys will include a variety pieces including: exotic cars, fire truck, Hess Trucks, Antique Dolls, Pedal Cars and much more! All Aboard as trains, trains and more trains will abound throughout all levels of the Museum! Our classic Roads to Rails model train display will again feature multiple trains, including Thomas the Tank Engine – a family favorite. Sammy the Snow Plow will be back for the holidays this year! Sammy is our 1967 four wheel-drive Walter snowplow weighing in at more than 21 tons and 29 ½ ft. in length. Sammy loves the cold weather so you’ll find him outside on the Museum grounds. New for this year, we’ll be featuring a vintage snowmobile display. The display will introduce one of our most recent donations – a 2003 Mini Cooper that was transformed into a snowmobile for the television show on Monster Garage along with many other vintage snowmobiles! We’re also looking forward to a display of custom created car models made out of Lego building blocks. Good Day PA Segment http://www.aacamuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/11_21AACAMuseum.mp4 Car-Toon Truck & Art Display Area See the 1928 Ford Roadster pick-up decorated with 30,000 cartoon characters, every comic book character from 1896 through the present day! This special gallery will also include a variety of other art pieces that tell the story of “Saving our History with Art”.   The artist, Robert Luczun has a resolve to recycle and save antique auto parts and other items of interest and paint them with a variety of historical themes for you to enjoy the journey.   Many pieces will be on display with a variety of themes including:  Money Car, Carousel, Concept Cars, Games, NASCAR, Star Wars and Super Heroes. LEGO Cars Lego Technic is a specialized line of Legos, which incorporates interconnecting pieces into the already adaptable Lego brick design.  Lego builders can use these gears, motors, movable arms, wheels, pneumatics, and axels to design and build Lego objects that are truly eye-catching and mobile.  These versatile components create a platform for endless creativity and enable any Lego builder to construct anything within their imagination and give you the power to make the model a functioning and interactive work of art.   Our display cases will include a variety of custom created Lego Supercars.   Like what you see?  Many of these models are available for download and purchase on the creators website  www.crowkillers.com. Vintage Snowmobiles Made in Pennsylvania! (Archibald, Pa.) This sled is not restored, but an original 1969 Ski Jet 292 single cylinder sach engine, 15 inch track. This is a pre-production sled with no serial or model...

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