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July 2018

If Cars Could Talk: Restoration vs. Preservation: A Case Study of the Studebaker Avanti #1001

July 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

As part of our celebration of National Collector Car Day and the long-awaited return of the Avanti #1001, we’ll discuss how to make the determination whether to either restore or preserve collector cars, the questions we must ask, and the information used to determine which path to take. The Studebaker Avanti #1001, ACM’s first historic automobile restoration project, will serve as a case study as we explore this process. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If…

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August 2018

If Cars Could Talk – Microcars

August 14, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The microcar was a product of necessity. In the wake of World War II, people needed to get around, but resources to build, buy and operate cars were scarce. As Europe and Japan rebuilt after the war, microcar manufacturers cranked out a diverse range of tiny, weird, utilitarian people-movers. The roster of microcar makers includes familiar marques like BMW and Subaru, but also the forgotten names of Zundapp, Berkeley, Teilhol and Heinkel. Join us and learn more about the tiny…

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September 2018

If Cars Could Talk – It’s Electric! : A Panel Discussion on the Future of Mobility

September 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate National Drive Electric Week! Panelists from Forth and Tacoma Power will highlight Electric Vehicles on the market today, how they are being adopted by both individuals and fleets, and where electrification plays a part in energy resource management for our city and state. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car and offer…

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October 2018

If Cars Could Talk – Art and the Automobile

October 9, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Since the rise of the horseless carriage, the elegance, speed and dynamism of the automobile have inspired both art and artists. From fine art to commercial prints, artists’ interpretations of the styling and details of these rolling sculptures both preserve history and celebrate the importance of automobiles in society. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car and…

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November 2018

If Cars Could Talk – Master Collector: Exploring Honda Motorcycles with Brown Maloney

November 13, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Today we have the honor of introducing ACM’s newest “Master Collector”, Brown Maloney, as he joins us to give visitors a walk-through of his impressive collection of Honda motorcycles on view at the Museum. We’ll have the chance to hear first-hand descriptions of many of the bikes and learn a bit more about his story and love of collecting. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined.…

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December 2018

If Cars Could Talk – Collecting Cars, Saving History

December 11, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

America’s Car Museum is founded on Harold LeMay’s belief in not just collecting cars, but saving history. Join ACM’s Curator of Collections, Renee Crist as she shares the historical significance of a few gems of the collection. Plus, celebrate the arrival of the original Bullitt Mustang from Peter Yates’ 1968 Blockbuster smash hit Bullitt and the preservation this one-of-a-kind, iconic car. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we…

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January 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Racing in Tacoma

January 8 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

When you think about auto racing in America, what city comes to mind? Indianapolis? Daytona? What about Tacoma? In 1912, America’s fastest drivers competed for a national championship at a five-mile long dirt track known as the Tacoma Speedway. The speedway was rebuilt as America’s “grand board track” in 1915 and speed records fell. In 1920 there were two great racetracks in the country: Tacoma Speedway and Indianapolis. Tacoma Speedway was the fastest. Tacoma’s racing heritage was reborn in 1986…

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February 2019

If Cars Could Talk – CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

February 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This event has been cancelled due to the severe weather forecasted for our area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will join us at next month’s If Cars Could Talk, Women Influencers in Automotive History. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join…

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March 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Women Influencers in Automotive History: Art to Motorsports and Everything in Between

March 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to join us as ACM Museum Educator, Francesca Steele, presents a brief survey of women’s involvement in the automotive industry from the late 1800s to today. Through sports, invention, politics, and media we’ll explore how women have established a collective influence on modern culture and the automobile of the future. There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never…

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April 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Powering the Automobile – Past, Present & Future

April 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

How has the way we’ve powered our vehicles changed since the rise of the automobile? Join us as ACM Museum Educator and Facilitator and retired automotive instructor, Wayne Bridges, discusses the evolution of powering our personal transportation. From the very first “horseless carriages” to the amazing research going on today that aims to provide more efficient and renewable sources of power in the future, this is sure to be a fun and informational discussion of where we started, where we…

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