AACA Museum http://www.aacamuseum.org Sat, 23 May 2015 18:44:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Family Affair: Station Wagons http://www.aacamuseum.org/family-affair-station-wagons/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/family-affair-station-wagons/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 18:44:13 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=7175 May 23 – October 12, 2015

station_wagon_JimButler We're looking for some great vehicles to be part of this exhibit, do you have a station wagon in your collection? If so, check at the list of vehicles we're looking for if you would be interested in lending your vehicle for the exhibit!

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May 23 – October 12, 2015

station_wagon_JimButler We’re looking to borrow some great station wagons to display for this exhibit.     Do you have one of the vehicles listed below?   If so, give us a call if you would be interested in having it on display!

 

 

Family Affair: Station Wagons
Vehicle wish list

•    Volvo P1800ES/ PV544 or other
•    Citroen DS
•    Chevrolet Vega
•    Ford Pinto
•    AMC Pacer/Hornet/etc.
•    Ford County Squire
•    Chrysler Town & Country
•    1984 Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager
•    Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
•    Chevrolet Corvair
•    Mercedes 300TD
•    Rolls-Royce/Bentley/Aston Martin Shooting Brake
•    Fiat 128/131 etc.
•    Edsel
•    National Lampoon Family Vacation’s “Family Truckster”
•    Checker
•    Variety of Woodies
•    Volkswagen Squareback etc.
•    Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant
•    Custom Mustang/Corvette/Firebird/? conversion
•    Nash Rambler
•    Studebaker Wagonaire
•    SAAB 95

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Lotus: The Art of Lightness http://www.aacamuseum.org/lotus-art-lightness/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/lotus-art-lightness/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:40:03 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=7164 January 24 – April 26, 2015

Lotus_web For over 60 years Lotus has continued to produce class-leading sports cars and are a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers.

This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models throughout that 60 year history.

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January 24 – April 26, 2015

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Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948.  Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in  7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World Rally Championship.  Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world are finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the straights, but light weight makes you faster everywhere – and more fuel efficient to boot!

For over 60 years Lotus has continued to produce class-leading  sports cars and are a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers.

This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models throughout that 60 year history.

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Autos & Ales 2014 http://www.aacamuseum.org/events/autos-ales/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/events/autos-ales/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 02:00:51 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=8475 autos and ales logo web size

November 7, 2014

6:00 -10:00 PM

Craft brewed beers to sample from more than 28 brewers, two live bands, cooking demonstrations with Appalachian Brewing Company, brewing demonstrations, a return of the favorite wings contest and much more!

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November 7, 2014

6:00 -10:00 PM

Craft brewed beers to sample from more than 28 brewers, two live bands, cooking demonstrations with Appalachian Brewing Company, brewing demonstrations, a return of the favorite wings contest and much more!

Tickets are $40 in advance

$45 at the door (if space permits) – last year was a sellout so be sure to get your tickets early!     $15 for designated drivers.

Tickets on sale now – last year sold out so don’t wait!

Autos & Ales Tickets

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Trunk or Treat http://www.aacamuseum.org/trunk-treat/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/trunk-treat/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=5642 The post Trunk or Treat appeared first on AACA Museum.

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Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM

image032Gather up your miniature ghosts and goblins and head over to the AACA Museum in Hershey for a bit of Halloween fun!    All visitors 12 and under will be eligible to participate in the AACA Museum’s “Trunk or Treat” program included with Museum admission.    We will offer a special $5 admission price for everyone on October 25th.

The first stop will be craft tables to decorate their own Treat bags using various car and Halloween stamps, stickers, markers and more.  Once they’ve personalized their own treat bag, the hunt will begin to locate a variety of “trunk or treat” spots within the main and lower levels of the Museum.    Treats will be given to each child 12 and under at each of these treat locations throughout the Museum.

image033Halloween themed videos will be played in the indoor Drive-In theatre and a display of hearse vehicles will be available for viewing so everyone can get in the spirit.

Special note:  We are asking all miniature ghosts, goblins, pirates and more to leave any sharp or pointed costume accessories at home so as not to injure other guests or Museum vehicles.

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Night at the Museum – Grand Opening of the Cammack Tucker Gallery presented by RM Auctions http://www.aacamuseum.org/events/night-at-the-museum/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/events/night-at-the-museum/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:44:04 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=8667

NATM Gammack FLAT

 

 

 

Night at the Museum presented by RM Auctions - Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Cammack Tucker Gallery - October 8, 2014 6-10 PM

Advance tickets required.

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Night at the Museum presented by RM Auctions – Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Cammack Tucker Gallery – October 8, 2014   6-10 PM

Advance tickets required

$125 per ticket

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Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Collection http://www.aacamuseum.org/tucker-automobiles-cammack-collection/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/tucker-automobiles-cammack-collection/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20:05:45 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=6166 Opening October 2014!

Breaking002The AACA Museum is embarking on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery to create an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit will involve vistors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically display their unique and advanced features.

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GRAND OPENING October 8, 2014

as part of our Night at The Museum Event!

Tickets are $125 per person

Time:  6-10 PM

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“A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .”

Preston Tucker
American History Illustrated

The AACA Museum has embarked on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery to create an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit will involve vistors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically display their unique and advanced features. Beyond the cars, we will chronicle Preston Tucker’s vision, determination and struggles that are so much a part of the marque’s history.

The AACA Museum envisions the Tucker exhibit becoming a “must see” attraction for hobbyists, historians and the general public from all over the world. The Cammack Tucker Gallery design has been fully endorsed by descendants of Preston Tucker, acting as historic advisors during the build process. “The effort being put forth by the AACA team in the presentation of the Cammack Tucker collection is not only an honor to the Tucker family but also the man who had an amazing passion to preserve the history of the Tucker story” exclaimed Sean Tucker, Preston’s great-grandson. To do this we need your help and financial support. Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation to make this world-class exhibit a reality.

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Overall Exhibit Concept and Floor Plan

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Tucker Kitchen and Barn

Through interactive and ever-changing displays, this section chronicles Preston Tucker’s creativity and engineering work to design the Tucker Torpedo and Tucker 48.

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Wheel Interactive

Utilizing both low- and high-tech kiosks and installations, guests will be educated about what Preston Tucker envisioned he would be able to offer the public with the Car of Tomorrow.

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Engine and Chassis Platform

This 32’diameter, 5’ high raised centerpiece of the Cammack Gallery entices guests to marvel at the Tucker’s engine and chassis development. Featuring floors of architectural glass, visitors will stroll above and appreciate the huge differences between the Tucker 48 and a Cadillac chassis of the same era. The Cammack Collection’s Tucker engines narrate the evolution of the unique powerplant.

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Tucker Dealership

Created using factory literature, this representation of a functional Tucker dealership invites guests to become part of the vehicle ordering experience. View the promotional films, and secure your place in line to purchase a Tucker 48!

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Reveal Carousel

Relive Preston Tucker’s excitement with the grand unveiling of the Tucker 48!

Celebrating the Legacy of Preston Tucker & “The Car of Tomorrow-Today!”

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Within the 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery, the AACA Museum will chronicle Preston Tucker’s love affair with the automobile. Known best for the “Car of Tomorrow”- the Tucker 48- Mr. Tucker had a remarkable, sometimes controversial impact on the automotive industry.

Help make this historic exhibit a reality.

 

Donate Now!

 

Learn more ways to support this exhibit and “Open Your Tucker Dealership” Today!
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Open Your Tucker Dealership!

 

Put your or a loved one’s name on a special Tucker 8″ x 8″ commemorative brick

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Download the Tucker Campaign Brochure

The construction of the Tucker Gallery to house the Cammack Collection has begun.    These images show the building progress as things start to take shape!

Tucker Cammack Collection

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Mr. David Cammack, an avid Tucker collector, had amassed a rare and extensive collection of Tucker Automobiles.  The Museum is in the process of designing a dedicated gallery space to house the Tuckers that he collected on a permanent basis. Taking a lead from Preston Tucker’s philosophy, the Tucker vehicles and other collection pieces will NOT be on display (or available for viewing) until the time of the Grand Opening. Updates on progress will be ongoing through the Museum’s website, e-newsletter, Facebook and Twitter communications and we hope that you will follow the progress and join us for a spectacular exhibit opening in late 2014.

Enjoy these images from moving day.

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The Tuckers were moved via rollback from the storage unit to an awaiting enclosed transport trailer for their journey from Virginia to Pennsylvania

’48 Tucker Automobile

The enthusiasm and creativity that propelled Preston Tucker and his vision for the Tucker automobile is something that has captured the hearts of many. The world’s largest collection of Tucker vehicles (3) and many other Tucker memorabilia will be finding a new home at the AACA Museum.

The Cammack collection includes three (3) 1948 Tucker ‘48 vehicles, the factory Tucker test chassis #2, thousands of engineering drawings, original Tucker parts, several prototype engines as well as many other artifacts and displays. The vehicles include Tucker #1001 – the first ‘production’ prototype, Tucker #1022, and Tucker #1026 – the only Tucker built with an automatic transmission. A total of 51 Tuckers were built by hand in Chicago, of which 47 are known to still exist. The three Tuckers which will reside at the AACA Museum will be the largest collection of these vehicles on permanent display anywhere. Preston Tucker and his story was detailed in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and certainly helped bolster the public’s intense fascination with the “Car of Tomorrow”.

Smithsonian Magazine published a video on YouTube in the fall of 2009 that allows you to hear about this collection directly from David Cammack.

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100 Years of Dodge http://www.aacamuseum.org/100-years-dodge/ http://www.aacamuseum.org/100-years-dodge/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:14:54 +0000 http://www.aacamuseum.org/?p=6856 September 26 – October 12, 2014

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From the early not-so-humble beginnings to present day, Dodge has held remained a company to be reckoned with. Through the Chrysler years with fins and muscle cars into the Daimler-Chrysler era and now part of Fiat S.p.A., Dodge continues to deliver exciting products for the populations of car buyers.

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September 26 – October 12, 2014

It is difficult to imagine, but by the time John and Horace Dodge introduced their own car to the public in 1914, they were already among the largest and most experienced automakers in the world. The two brothers were inseparable and started at an early age working and learning skills in their father’s machine shop, and moved on to become expert machinists and steam boiler engineers. By 1897 they had designed and created a much-needed sealed ball bearing for bicycles and started their own bicycle plant, the “Evans & Dodge Bicycle Company”. After selling the company for a princely sum of $7500 (plus royalties for the bearing design), a new Dodge Brothers company opened its doors and began manufacturing automobile parts, including automobile engines for Ransom E. Olds, founder of Oldsmobile. After delivering a number of reliable engines to Olds, orders quickly switched to Oldsmobile transmissions as well. By 1903 Dodge Brothers were one of the largest suppliers to the automotive industry. Their empire continued to grow rapidly as well as their reputation for quality. That same year the Brothers took a chance on a newcomer trying for the third time to create a motorcar company- Henry Ford. Dodge Brothers agreed to manufacture 650 complete (less tires, wheels and bodies) automobile running assemblies to Ford.

The Brothers held up their end of the deal but cash-strapped Ford had difficulties making payments. Dodge had no choice but to become financial backers to keep Ford afloat. In less than a year the money started rolling in for the Brothers, especially thanks to the Ford Model T. Once Henry Ford started building his own manufacturing plant, the handwriting was on the wall and the Dodge Brothers started making plans to remove themselves from Ford before they were removed by Ford.

The new Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company was incorporated in June 1914, with the first Dodge car rolling off the production line November 14th that same year. From their days at Ford they knew all of the cost-cutting details Henry used to create an inexpensive car. They did not wish to compete in that market but instead offered a rugged, dependable upmarket car- the new Dodge sold for $785 compared to $450 for the Model T. By 1919 Dodge was the Number Three car manufacturer.

1920 was not a good year for the Dodge boys. During a New York City Dodge dealer’s meeting, Horace fell ill and could not attend. After the meeting, John rushed back to the hotel, and sat in a chair outside his brother’s room for days, not moving, eating or drinking. Horace started to rebound, but it was John who now was showing signs of illness. He went downhill fast, and on January 14, 1920 passed away. Horace never fully recovered and was obviously devastated by the death of his brother. By December 10th that same year Horace had too left this earth, ending the Dodge Brother’s living legacy. As a true testament to their reputation, by 1921 Dodge Brothers had become Number Two in sales.

John and Horace’s widows kept the Dodge Brothers Company going until 1925, when they were persuaded to sell to an investment banking firm for a cool $146 million. A mistake in marketing caused a major decline of Dodge sales, and in 1928 Dodge Brothers could not meet payroll. The banking firm was eager to sell, and found a buyer in Walter P. Chrysler. Chrysler noted that, “Buying the Dodge Brothers Company was one of the soundest acts of my life…” History would most likely agree.

From the early not-so-humble beginnings to present day, Dodge has held remained a company to be reckoned with. Through the Chrysler years with fins and muscle cars into the Daimler-Chrysler era and now part of Fiat S.p.A., Dodge continues to deliver exciting products for the populations of car buyers.

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