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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum 2018

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum 2018

I have visited the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum more than once and still walk away amazed at the cars that were manufactured by these companies. I can’t even imagine what their respective product lines would look like today if they had survived. If you are ever in the vicinity of Auburn Indiana please take a […]

Private Car Collection

Private Car Collection

Without a doubt, Tennessee is a State with lots of car enthusiasts. I am sure every State in the Union has some outstanding private collections. Tennessee and especially Middle Tennessee seems to have more than usual. We had an opportunity to again visit one of the very best. Unlike most which feature authentic restorations this […]

National Car and Truck Museum Auburn, Indiana

National Car and Truck Museum Auburn, Indiana

When my wife and I travel if we are anywhere near a quality car museum we try to make time for a detour to visit it. We have been to Auburn Indiana several times but never seemed to have the extra time to visit the National Car and Truck Museum which is located directly behind […]

Richard Petty Museum

Richard Petty Museum

I recently took a trip to visit the Richard Petty Museum in Level Cross NC just a short drive south of Greensboro. Richard, The King, Petty has to be one of the most identifiable people in NASCAR. Even though he retired from racing 25 years ago, in 1992, everyone still know who The King is. […]

Lane Motor Museum, Nashville TN

Lane Motor Museum, Nashville TN

Not if, but when you visit Nashville TN put the Lane Motor Museum on your list of things to do if you like cars. It will give you a break from all the music venues and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you don’t see multiple cars you not only haven’t seen […]

FEATURE CAR: Buckminster Fuller's 1933 Dymaxion Replica

FEATURE CAR: Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion Replica

When I was in college studying architecture many years ago, Buckminster Fuller was a guest lecturer one year. At that time the Geodesic Dome was his most famous contribution to the world of architecture. I and a handful of other students (not more than 10 in total) were fortunate enough to spend an hour outside […]

Technology & Maritime Museum Malmo Sweden

Technology & Maritime Museum Malmo Sweden

My wife and I can both be considered diehard gearheads. Where ever we go, eventually we will discover a car related attraction which we have to investigate. Many of our trips are even built around car related activities or attractions. Recently we traveled to Sweden and I immediately began a search for a near by […]

1967 Ford GT40 Mirage in Gulf Oil Livery

1967 Ford GT40 Mirage in Gulf Oil Livery

    We recently visited the Blackhawk Automotive Museum which has to be on any car enthusiasts list of things to do. One of my all time favorite race cars is the Ford GT40 Mirage in the Gulf Oil livery. This is #10001 the first of the Gulf Oil cars. The description that follows is […]

Blackhawk Automobile Museum

Blackhawk Automobile Museum

My wife and I recently traveled to the Central California Bay area and could not pass up the opportunity to visit the Blackhawk Automobile Museum. Although it is much more than a car museum the Blackhawk Museum’s automotive exhibition of International Automotive Treasures™ presents and displays magnificent and historically significant automobiles as if they were fine […]

2015 Aero Car Reunion - Wellborn Museum & Talladega

2015 Aero Car Reunion – Wellborn Museum & Talladega

The 2015 Talladega Aero Car Reunion was based at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum but actually held in three different locations over a four day period. This is Part 2 of a recap of the event’s activities. The Reunion has traditionally been held on the five year anniversary increments from the 1969 debut of the Talladega […]

Talladega and Wellborn Museum Aero Car Reunion 2015

Talladega and Wellborn Museum Aero Car Reunion 2015

Wow, what a weekend. My wife and I just returned from the 2015 Aero Car Reunion held at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum and Talladega Speedway. This event included hot laps at Atlanta Speedway, a day at the historic Russwood estate home of Tim and Pam Wellborn, a day at the Wellborn Museum plus the parade laps […]

Another Private Collection

Another Private Collection

Back in my younger days I liked to autocross our Corvette on as many weekends as I could. Then, as the kids started to show up it seemed that was no longer realistic and my personal car hobby had to slow considerably. Still, I always managed to have a fun car in the garage but […]

Part 2: Buddy Baker 200+ mph Dodge Daytona

Part 2: Buddy Baker 200+ mph Dodge Daytona

Much has been said and written about the historic 200 mph record setting drive of NASCAR legend, Buddy Baker, at the Daytona Speedway back in March of 1970 in a 1969 Dodge Daytona race car. A terrific article in Hot Rod by Jerry Heasley in March of 2015 provides some terrific insight into the mystery […]

Visit to a Private Car Collection

Visit to a Private Car Collection

One of our favorite activities is to jump in one of the old cars and take a Saturday cruise to visit a different private car collection. It always amazes me how many large private collections are out there. Not only large but some have the most unbelievable cars. Take for instance the most recent visit. […]

Racing on Daytona Beach

Racing on Daytona Beach

In an attempt to escape some of the cold and ice of the winter we made a short but warm and fun trip to Central Florida recently. It was the week before the Daytona 500 and the area was a buzz with racing activities. We took in some terrific dirt track Outlaw racing a Volusia […]

NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour

NASCAR Hall of Fame Tour

Many of today’s NASCAR fans are too young to appreciate the origins of the sport. Us older guys love the nostalgic stuff from back in the day. Which every you are you must go to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and see some of the sports historical routes in person. The NASCAR Hall of Fame […]

Visiting the Wood Brothers Museum

Visiting the Wood Brothers Museum

Wood Brothers Racing Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last […]

Corvette Museum Sink Hole

Corvette Museum Sink Hole

I have been into Corvettes since I was very little. I remember my favorite toy as a child was a 1953 white plastic Corvette. I have owned over 25 Corvettes and have visited the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green KY on many occasions. My wife and I followed all the photos and stories on the […]

Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

It has been 50 years since the 1964 Ford Thunderbolt tore up the drag strips in America. Today it is one of the most recognized drag cars from the glory days of drag racing. However, in 1940 there was another Thunderbolt that was shocking the American automotive community. It was the Chrysler Thunderbolt! This Chrysler […]

2014 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

2014 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance

Katrina and I just returned home with great big smiles on our faces. We had a terrific time at the Talladega Family Reunion held in conjunction with the 2014 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. We want to thank each and everyone of the volunteers that helped put on such a terrific event. Unfortunately, there was some moisture […]

1947 Norman Timbs Special

1947 Norman Timbs Special

This is one of those cars you just can’t stop looking at because it is just so darn strange, unusual and beautiful. We think of two seat sports cars as being small and usually having a short deck and long front end. We also think a mid-engine car should be exotic and made for high […]

Concept Cars at the Atlanta  Museum of  Art

Concept Cars at the Atlanta Museum of Art

Although we present this to you as a museum display it is really a temporary display that was housed at the Atlanta GA High Museum of  Art in early 2014. It was a memorable display of 17 concept cars ranging from personal “one offs” to GM Motorama Cars. (You can see more of our Museum Tours on […]

Saint Louis Museum of Transportaion

Saint Louis Museum of Transportaion

We have had a number of people tell us the Saint Louis Museum of Transportation is not to be missed and is wonderful. We have seen a couple of the cars in the Museum previously and were very impressed. The first was the Chrysler Turbine car and the other was the Bobby Darin car. Katrina and […]

Sensuous Steel Art Deco Automobiles at the Nashville Frist Museum

Sensuous Steel Art Deco Automobiles at the Nashville Frist Museum

We have traveled to many locations in the US to visit collector car museums. We have seen some extremely rare and beautiful cars. It is a rare circumstance when those rare cars come to visit us, but that is exactly what The Frist Museum in downtown Nashville did. They brought together some of the most beautiful cars […]

Knoxville Speedway National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

Knoxville Speedway National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

In our last post we told you a little about the 2013 Knoxville Nationals and the informal race garages that sprout up outside the race track. Today we want to share with you the Knoxville Speedway National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. It is not terribly large but it is packed with high […]

Peterson Automotive Museum

Peterson Automotive Museum

The Peterson Automotive Museum has been in the news a great deal over the past month or so. The decision of the Board to sell off approximately one third of its collection along with a drastic remake of the exterior of the museum building has left many fans of the museum in shock. The Peterson […]

1951 Ford X-51 by Ron Courtney

1951 Ford X-51 by Ron Courtney

Ron Courtney, an auto shop employee in McMinnville, Oregon, built the X-51 during the mid-50s. Preferring to call his work “restyling” rather than “customizing”, he sectioned the body five inches, shaved the door handles and exterior trim, and modified the front fenders to accept 1956 Oldsmobile headlights. The most prominent modification was the vehicle’s extremely […]

Iowa I-80 Trucking Museum

Iowa I-80 Trucking Museum

Generally this site stays pretty close to the muscle car topic but we stray off into other collector car corners of the world. With the acquisition of our most recent 1954 GMC fuel deliver tanker truck we have developed an even more eclectic taste for motor vehicles. On a recent trip we had time to […]

Change at Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum

Change at Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum

  Our Dan Gurney Spoiler II has spent the last 3 years on display at the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville TN. Since it is one of our favorite cars it has been a real struggle to leave the car there for that long. While it was there it was spotted by one […]

1939 Delahay Type 365 Cabriolet

1939 Delahay Type 365 Cabriolet

There is a point when a car is so wonderful it is no longer just a car. Its beauty may transform it into sculpture. Its power may make it a racing icon or its ownership may make it a historical artifact. This car is arguably one of the most beautiful in the World. We found […]

Not a Barn Find...It's a Lake Find!

Not a Barn Find…It’s a Lake Find!

Today, it seems everyone wants to discover a Barn Find. The desire to find that rare hidden away vehicle that no one has seen for decades. Most of us dream of a forgotten Cobra, Corvette or Hemi. I challenge you to dream a little bigger. How about finding a multi-million dollar car at the bottom […]

Peterson Automotive Museum

Peterson Automotive Museum

If you are ever in the Los Angeles area do not leave without visiting the Peterson Automotive Museum. I don’t care how many times you have been there, go again. It is always changing and always thrilling. We will give you a much more in depth coverage with video at another time but here is […]

Mullin Automotive Museum

Mullin Automotive Museum

Southern California has no shortage of great car places. Hot rod shops, cruise-in places, historic custom car builders, collectors and of course the best of car museums. It is all but impossible to pick the best one. On a recent trip to the Golden State we had the very rare opportunity to visit the Mullin […]

Building a VW in a "glass house"

Building a VW in a “glass house”

This is a Collector Car site and we mostly focus on Muscle Cars. To some, even a VW is a collector car and for most of us anything car related is of interest. This video is neither about classic cars or even American cars but it will be of interest to any gearhead. If you […]

History of Ford

History of Ford

I recently found this graphic which although it never mentions many historical events I find important it does provide an interesting brief history of the Ford Motor Company. It was prepared by www.carinsurance.org.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum; Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 5

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum; Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 5

Although we focus on Muscle Cars and Hot Rods most of the time we still love the old classics and like to share some of our favorites with you from time to time. This Episode of Legendary Collector Cars TV takes you on a quick tour of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn IN. […]

Episode 4: Walter P. Chrysler Museum; Legendary Collector Cars TV

Episode 4: Walter P. Chrysler Museum; Legendary Collector Cars TV

This Episode of Legendary Collector Cars TV takes us to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum outside Detroit, MI. When we visited the Museum it was quiet and beautiful. Although smaller than you would first think it does contain a wide variety of cars. I was hoping for more cars but the quality of what was […]

 New Feature: Legendary Collector Cars TV, Episode 1: GM Heritage Collection

New Feature: Legendary Collector Cars TV, Episode 1: GM Heritage Collection

We are always trying a new way to bring our stories to you in the best way we can. Today marks the beginning of Legendary Collector Cars TV. These will not be every day or even every Post but they will provide you with more video and audio of the cars and activities that we […]

GM Heritage Collection

GM Heritage Collection

We all have “Bucket Lists” of all those things we want to do or accomplish before we die. Some are momentous and will likely never be achieved while others are much less so but still very important to us. One such item on my Bucket List was to visit the GM Heritage collection. It is […]

Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum

Katrina and I have been on the road recently and visited some of the most impressive car museums in the Country. Over the next few weeks we will be taking you inside the private, not open to the public, GM Heritage Collection, the Chrysler Museum and the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Museum. In addition we will be […]

Chevy Convertible Collection Video

Chevy Convertible Collection Video

This is a follow up video from our visit a few weeks ago to the Dennis Albaugh Private Collection in Ankeny, Iowa. At least one of every Chevy Convertible from 1913 up to 1975 is included in the collection. Unfortunately, the collection is only open to the public one day a year. Our private tour provided […]

Indy 500 Museum, 100th Anniversary Winning Cars

Indy 500 Museum, 100th Anniversary Winning Cars

On Memorial Day 2011 the Indy 500 celebrated the 100th year since the first Indy 500 Race was run. There were special events everywhere but in the Museum every winning car was on display! It was a spectacle that could humble any true race fan. Katrina and I were fortunate enough to be able to […]

Dennis Albaugh Collection of Chevrolet Convertibles

Dennis Albaugh Collection of Chevrolet Convertibles

I was a happy camper trying to decide which Yenko was best! Private car collections are often the most fascinating and the most difficult to visit. Friend Andy Snetselaar arranged for me to visit him at his “best job” in the car world. He is the curator of the Albaugh Collection in Ankeny, Iowa. I […]

1954 Oldsmobile F88 GM Motorama Concept Car

1954 Oldsmobile F88 GM Motorama Concept Car

Before there was a Corvette in 1953 there was the GM Motorama show that toured the Country. It was full of the most beautiful Dream Cars ever collected. In 1954 it included concept sports cars from each of the GM brands, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, and this one from Oldsmobile. Each was similar in format […]

Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II go to Muscle Car Museum

Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II go to Muscle Car Museum

With a great deal of excitement and regret we delivered our 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II to the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville Tennessee. One of our favorite cars will be on loan to the Muscle Car Museum for a year. Although it will give a lot more muscle car enthusiasts an opportunity […]

Collector Car Tires-1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II

Collector Car Tires-1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II

Here are the new reproduction Good Year F 70 x 14 belted Polyglas Collector Car tires. We are getting ready to take our 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Dan Gurney Special over to the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum for a year’s rest in his museum. The car is all original/unrestored and we drive it […]

Smokey Yunick Hot Vapor Engine in Hot Rod Magazine

Smokey Yunick Hot Vapor Engine in Hot Rod Magazine

If you have been with us since the beginning you know that one of the first Feature Cars we introduced you to was the Smokey Yunick Hot Vapor Fiero and now it is back in Hot Rod Magazine. (You can even see our site listed as one of the “Sources” at the end of the […]

Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City Alabama

Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City Alabama

Since Muscle Car TV did the feature on the Tim and Pam Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City Alabama we have been bombarded with requests for more information on the museum. First, the museum is even better than it looked on TV and you can get a preview of the entire facility on our […]

Don Garlits Antique Car Museum

Don Garlits Antique Car Museum

Don long ago we brought you photos from the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum, today we are adding the Don Garlits Antique Car Museum. Either one of these museums is worth the visit but put the two on one site for one admission price and you have a Legendary Deal! I know a lot of […]

Muscle Car TV goes to Wellborn Museum

Muscle Car TV goes to Wellborn Museum

By: Richard Fleener Mark your Calenders! Muscle Car TV will be broadcasting their visit to the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City, Alabama on May 22, 2010. We don’t make it a habit of telling you what is on TV but this is an exception. Tim and Pam Wellborn are friends and they have […]

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing; Ocala Florida

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing; Ocala Florida

We recently visited the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and its sister Antique Car Museum located on the same property. Both are fine museums but the real attraction are the Swap Rat dragsters in the Drag Racing Museum. Big Daddy Don Garlits is the Big Grand Daddy of Drag Racing. He has done a […]

Muscle Car TV visits the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

Muscle Car TV visits the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

My friends over on Muscle Car TV tell me they just completed filming a great feature on the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum. It is scheduled to air on Spike TV May 22 and 23, 2010. This should be a great show you will not want to miss. You can see more on this museum by […]

Another Great Private Car Collection

Another Great Private Car Collection

There has been an email going to car buffs for sometime now about a private collection of Chevrolet Convertibles in Ankeny, Iowa. Well, now you have an opportunity to see for yourself. This collector has one of every Chevrolet Convertible ever built up to 1975. If you want to see more, CLICK HERE.

Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

Wellborn Muscle Car Museum

By: Richard Fleener We try to check out car museums when ever and where ever we find them. The smaller ones are often little more than a few poorly restored oddball cars displayed in a dusty environment. When we visit the bigger and better venues it is a real treat. A new museum will be […]

Tim and Pam Wellborn's Russwood Estate Aero Car Show!

Tim and Pam Wellborn’s Russwood Estate Aero Car Show!

By: Richard Fleener When Tim and Pam Wellborn invite car folks over for a visit they know how to do it right! During the 2009 Aero Car Reunion these Mopar collectors made even us humble Ford collectors feel special. The Wellborn Estate, known as Russwood, is a treasure in its own right but when you […]

Floyd Garrett Museum Video

Floyd Garrett Museum Video

You may have missed our coverage of the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum from a few days ago so we have added a video you might like. This serves as a good overview of the Museum but you should go to our web page on the Museum to see all the great photos of the […]

Muscle Car Museum Tour; Floyd Garrett's in Sevierville Tennessee

Muscle Car Museum Tour; Floyd Garrett’s in Sevierville Tennessee

After going through the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee I am all charged up to get back working on a project car. There are at least 90 excellent examples in the museum of why we all love muscle cars. Floyd Garrett is a well known and respected muscle car expert with a […]

Nethercutt Collection and San Sylmar

Nethercutt Collection and San Sylmar

The late J. B. and Dorothy Nethercutt assembled a World-class collection of cars, mechanical musical instruments and rare collectibles. Thanks to their foresight and generosity their collections are available to all of us to see for absolutely no cost. The Merle Norman fortune allowed for the Collection to be funded forever. It will grow and […]

Top Ten Collector Cars; Fantasy Car Collecting

Top Ten Collector Cars; Fantasy Car Collecting

Fantasy Car Collecting I have recently visited a number of museums and private car collections and the thought crossed my mind; “If I had the money what would I buy?” It is a very difficult answer because so much depends on how much money you have and what you want to do with the cars. […]

Alan Jackson's Private Car Collection, Take a Tour

Alan Jackson’s Private Car Collection, Take a Tour

Have you ever wished you could visit some of the private collections of the rich and famous? I know it is a dream for many of us to see Jay Leno’s fabulous collection of cars but there are many more collections that are also worth seeing. Often these are tucked away in far distant locations […]

1969 Yenko Camaro Dragster, Cliff Ernst Collection

1969 Yenko Camaro Dragster, Cliff Ernst Collection

We all know how special the 1969 Camaro is. Seems like it is the stand out favorite of most collectors and car geeks of all kinds. On top of the regular Camaro stands the ultra rare COPO cars. You know the ones. The ones, you go into the dealer and give him the magic hand […]

Yenko Camaro Collection

There are collections of cars all over this Country that contain outstanding examples of what we car junkies lust over. One such collection is by invitation only and is located outside of Nashville, TN. It is the private collection of Clifford Ernst. At onetime it cantained the largest number of Yenko Camaros in the World. […]

Riverside International Raceway Museum

Riverside International Raceway Museum

In the mid 80s when I moved to Southern California the first thing I did was get season tickets to Riverside. It was a shrine for me. I grew up seeing it in movies and reading about it in magazines and watching races on TV. Within a few years I had my perfect season tickets […]

Packard Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Packard Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is about only one kind of car, the Packard. It has the biggest collection of Packards and Packard memorabilia in the World according to staff at the museum. When we walked in we were impressed but once we started walking around and discovered there were multiple rooms of cars […]

Trophy Girls make you smile! NHRA Museum

Trophy Girls make you smile! NHRA Museum

Trophy girls make you smile. In the 50s and 60s is was all about fast cars and beautiful women. (Or was it beautiful cars and fast women?) The photo above is the most famous of them all; Linda Vaughan. She was Hurst Golden Girl/Miss Hurst. She is still around today and has held up well. […]

Talladega International Motor Sports Hall of Fame Tour

Talladega International Motor Sports Hall of Fame Tour

Last winter Katrina and I decided to go On Tour for a day in the ZO6. It is an easy 4 hour cruise from our home to the Talladega Speedway . We jumped on the interstate, set the cruise control and a way we went. It was a warm Southern December day but overcast. We […]

Corvette Museum, Quick Tour and Video

If you are any where near Bowling Green and you are a car guy or gal you have to visit the holly ground of the Corvette Museum. We are outside Nashville and it is a short hour and a half away. I recently jumped into the ZO6 and buzzed up the Interstate for another visit. […]

So-Cal Speed Shop’s Historical Belly Tanker Stripped Naked!

WE HAVE THE PHOTOS When we go on tour it is usually to a museum or an event. This time it was quite different but very exciting. We went to the So-Cal Speed Shop headquarters and took a tour of the shop. It is wonderful to see old cars and see history in a museum […]

Lane Motor Museum; Need a Smaller Car for Great Gas Mileage? Check these out!

Lane Motor Museum; Need a Smaller Car for Great Gas Mileage? Check these out!

So you have had enough and you are going to trade the SUV in for a new small car? Had enough of the 10 mph on your Muscle Car? Think going to the river with your boat requires a second or third mortgage on the house? Want to give the gas station attendant the finger? […]

NHRA Wally Parks Museum, Pomono CA

NHRA Wally Parks Museum, Pomono CA

I just returned from a trip to Southern CA and a visit to the Wally Parks NHRA Museum. It reminds me that the best museum I ever saw is always the last one I visited! There are so many great ones out there and this is one of the must sees. It is small but […]