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September 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Car Radios: Making Cars Talk

September 10, 2019 @ 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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October 2019

If Cars Could Talk – The Art and Architecture of LeMay – America’s Car Museum: Building the Museum

October 8, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Jeff Gordner, former ACM Facilities Manager, as he discusses the construction of our iconic building. Mr. Gordner will share information about both the interior and exterior of the structure, focusing especially on the wooden beams that create its unique shape. 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 or automotive topic and offer a fascinating peek into…

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November 2019

If Cars Could Talk – Saving History: The 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet Project

November 12, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join ACM Curator of Collections, Renée Crist, as well as members of the Ford Model A club, as they update us on the Museum’s Ford Model A Cabriolet restoration project. The team is currently performing a frame-off restoration of the 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet, which is part of the ACM Collection and has never been on display in the museum due to it needing extensive repairs. Hear first-hand how the project is progressing and see more pictures of the…

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January 2020

If Cars Could Talk – “If Cars Could Talk in 1939”

January 14, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join ACM Volunteer, Dr. Vic Varkonyi, to learn more about cars during this historic period. If cars could talk in 1939, they would have revved their engines in pride as to how far they had already traveled down the road of automotive technology. Amazingly, most all of the components in the vehicles that got us to ACM today were in development and use by 1939! There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they…

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February 2020

If Cars Could Talk: Greg Stacy from Saleen Automotive

February 11, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Greg Stacy, Marketing Director at Saleen Automotive and consummate auto enthusiast with over 20 years experience will be here for a very special edition of our monthly speaker series “If Cars Could Talk.” Join us on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:30 am for a chat on all things Saleen! After the talk, Greg will head upstairs to our newest exhibit “Saleen – From the Heart of a Racer to America’s Supercar” to further discuss the incredible vehicles on display. This…

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March 2020

If Cars Could Talk – The Maxwell Story: Women who Drove Across the Nation and Across the Centuries

March 10, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

In 1909, Alice Ramsey left New York City in a 1909 Maxwell DA and became the first woman to make the transcontinental journey from New York to California. She and her all-female team accomplished this impressive feat just six years after the first successful male cross-country drive, making headlines and cementing their place in history.

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October 2020

If Cars Could Talk (Virtual)- Tacoma Speedway, America’s Grand Board Track

October 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Each day Pierce County drivers pass along part of a once-grand racetrack and don’t even know it. The Tacoma Speedway operated between 1912 and 1922 on a track that looped through what is now Lakewood’s commercial core. It rivaled the best tracks in the country and offered the largest purses in hopes of drawing racers to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. America’s top drivers, including Barney Oldfield, Eddie Rickenbacker, Ralph DePalma, Gaston Chevrolet and Jimmy Murphy, raced at Tacoma, and their…

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November 2020

If Cars Could Talk (Virtual)- Washington on Wheels: Odd and Innovative Transportation Ideas from the Pacific Northwest

November 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Harriet Baskas, Humanities WA speaker, and Renée Crist, ACM Curator of Collections, for a special If Cars Could Talk about the unusual history of transportation in the Pacific Northwest. This event will be presented via Zoom and pre-registration is required. Please use the link below to RSVP for this event. Registration will close at 12pm the day before the event. RSVP NOW There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just…

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December 2020

If Cars Could Talk – Racing in South Puget Sound: Shelton and Bremerton

December 8, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ken Miles, Carrol Shelby, Phil Hill, Parnelli Jones. All iconic, internationally known 1950s sports car racers, and each of them raced here on south Puget Sound courses in the 1950s. Shelton and Bremerton hosted these famous drivers and their equally famous cars: Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benz and all the rest, over a seven-year stretch that saw thousands of fans from all over the northwest gather at these two locations. They saw world-class competition from famous cars and drivers, as well…

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January 2021

POSTPONED: If Cars Could Talk – Every Second Tuesday!

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

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 or automotive topic and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff or local personalities over lunch.

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