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      by Published on 03-19-2010 05:03 PM
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      Museum Acquires “Star Car”

      Betty White’s custom-ordered 1977 Cadillac Seville on display now.

      The AACA Museum is pleased to announce the exhibition of the personal car of actress and television icon, Betty White. This car, acquired by the Museum last year, was owned by the actress for 25 years and appeared on-air in a two-part episode of TV series, “Mama’s Family.”
      by Published on 03-15-2010 04:27 PM
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      Antique Auto Museum at Hershey presents:
      Muscle Car Mania – Factory Performance Cars 1960-1973
      April 23rd through September 6th

      Hershey, PA (March 15, 2010) We have repeatedly asked our visitors, “what would you like to see in our changing exhibitions here at the Antique Auto Museum at Hershey?” Without fail, the top answer is always “Muscle Cars!” Indeed, muscle cars are one of the hottest commodities in the car world. They dominate the auctions and the car shows, just as they did the streets 40 years ago.

      We have gathered together a collection of 20 of the most desirable models of the muscle car era, which began in the 1960s and ended rather abruptly in the early 1970s, a victim of a combination of changing pollution, safety and insurance regulations coupled with the first gas crisis. Visitors will see th
      e legendary Chevy “409,” which was immortalized by the Beach Boys in
      by Published on 03-04-2010 08:25 AM
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      Boyd Coddington's Aluma Coupe
      Recently Donated to Petersen Automotive Museum
      Iconic Hot Rod Builder's Vision Finds a Permanent Home

      Aluma Coupe by Hot Rods by Boyd

      (Los Angeles, CA March 3, 2010) The 1925/34 "Round Door" Rolls Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe. Steve McQueen's 1956 Jaguar XKSS. The Batmobile. Ed Roth's Outlaw. What do these iconic cars have in common? They are all part of the Petersen Automotive Museum Collection. The Petersen Automotive Museum houses a collection of over 300 vehicles that rotate through the many themed galleries to give people a new experience every time they visit. A recent donation has added yet another iconic car, "Aluma Coupe", to the Museum's impressively eclectic collection.

      by Published on 03-03-2010 07:50 AM
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      For Immediate Release
      Contact: Chris Brown
      Information and Marketing Manager
      (323) 964-6320 cbrown@petersen.org

      The petersen automotive museum March through june 2010


      Open through October 3, 2010

      Gordon R. Howard Gallery

      Invented in the 1930s, fiberglass was first used as heat insulation before automobile enthusiasts came to recognize its potential as a material for car bodies and other components. From Corvettes to dune buggies, many of the most iconic fiberglass customs and production cars of the past half-century will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum beginning in the spring of 2010. Together, they offer an interesting contrast to both the mainstream cars that populate our motoring landscape and those made of carbon fiber, the newest wonder material to be embraced by today’s innovators.

      by Published on 03-02-2010 02:05 PM
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      HERSHEY, PA, March 2 2010 – The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey (AACA), dedicated to the celebration, preservation, education, and display of motor vehicle history, today announced Alycia Cicale, a senior at Franklin Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA, as the winner of its "Dog House Garage Store New Logo Contest.” The contest offered aspiring student artists from Pennsylvania high schools the opportunity to create a new logo for the museum’s retail store, win prizes and a promising start at a graphic design career. The selection of Ms. Cicale’s design marks the culmination of a six-month long competition that drew numerous entries from high school students across the state.

      by Published on 03-01-2010 01:10 PM
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      Simulators are the first of their kind in the United States
      Created by some of the same engineers that developed the flight simulators for the aeronautics industry, Virage Simulation Inc. has taken the danger out of learning to drive with two new, state-of-the-art driving simulators located in the National Corvette Museum. The simulators are designed to present a limitless number of scenarios that drivers can face… challenging situations on city streets and freeways and in all kinds of weather conditions.
      by Published on 02-16-2010 10:10 AM
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      Celebrate Black History Month with "For Gold and Glory"

      Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
      2nd Floor Grand Salon

      Petersen Automotive Museum
      In observation of Black History Month the PetersenAutomotiveMuseum proudly presents the documentary "For Gold & Glory."

      During the 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan and other segregationist groups cast a dark shadow across the social and political landscape of the Midwestern United States, a group of dedicated black sportsmen created the single largest sporting event ever held for African Americans - a 100-mile auto racing event held each year from 1924-1936 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and other national venues. The event celebrated speed, talent, and the best of black culture in an era of new cultural identity and the birth of jazz.


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