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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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May 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Cadillac – The Standard of the World: A Preview

May 14 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us as ACM’s Curator of Exhibitry, Scot Keller, previews ACM’s newest exhibition Cadillac – The Standard of the World. Then, head up to the Showcase Gallery to explore the vehicles and learn more about the Cadillac story!

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June 2019

If Cars Could Talk – 100th Anniversary of Bentley Motor Cars: 1919 to 1931, The Cricklewood Years

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

100 years ago, Walter Owen Bentley established Bentley Motors Limited. It took him two licks of founding the company to manufacture the first Bentley, but once produced, people quickly learned that if you wanted to own the fastest, best handling street car, you got a Bentley. Every model Bentley made won Le Mans at least once. Costing between 5 to 17 Cadillacs each, even the folks at Downton Abby would have had to settle for a 3 Liter not a…

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July 2019

If Cars Could Talk – 50th Anniversary of Porsche 917: 1969 – 2019

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

In 1969, the first Porsche 917 rolled out in Geneva and the rest is history. Join Jay Gillotti, author of Gulf 917, as he shares the history of one of the most successful and iconic racing cars of all time. Mr. Gillotti, a Pacific Northwest Racing Historian, will also have copies of his book available for purchase and signing following the presentation. This event is FREE for ACM Members and included with Museum admission. Bring a lunch, or enjoy a meal from Classics…

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August 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Iconic Automotive Advertising Campaigns

August 13 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

From VW’s “Think Small” ad in the late 50’s to “See the USA in your Chevrolet” to BMW’s “The Ultimate Driving Machine”, some automotive advertisements have defined car brands and stood the test of time. Join ACM’s Curator of Exhibitry, Scot Keller, as he shares the history behind some of these iconic campaigns. This event is FREE for ACM Members and included with Museum admission. Bring a lunch, or enjoy a meal from Classics by Pacific Grill.

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September 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Car Radios: Making Cars Talk

September 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Who doesn’t love a good mix tape on a long ride or to stay up to date on the traffic ahead? Join us as ACM Collections volunteer, Daniel J. Reeb, shares the history of the car radio and the technological advances that allowed for the personal entertainment we’ve all come to enjoy while cruising down the road. This event is FREE for ACM Members and also included with Museum admission. Bring a lunch, or enjoy a meal from Classics by Pacific…

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