If Cars Could Talk Series
The If Cars Could Talk lecture series is FREE for ACM Members and is included with Museum admission. These Saturday talks will take place at 11:30 am at the Museum and on Zoom to provide access to all interested! Specific information can be found on our events page on our website.
Car Club Spotlight
In partnership with local car clubs, ACM is excited to present Car Club Spotlight Workshops & Talks! These events, held in the Banquet Room, have the capacity for 200 attendees and include both car club members and museum visitors interested in the topic. Audiovisual tools including speaker, microphone, projector, and Zoom access to provide hybrid access to the talk. Discounted block tickets are available and car club members are encouraged to bring their cars and park on the plaza!
Topic Categories for Car Club Workshops & Talks:
- Heritage of automobiles, driving, road trips
- Car restoration tips and tricks
- Marque-specific racing, manufacturing, or design history
- Technical knowledge or skills related to car restoration, maintenance, driving
Please complete this short application with your club’s proposed talk and contact information.
A member of our education team will reach out to schedule within two weeks. We try to schedule Car Club Spotlight Workshops & Talks 3-6 months in advance. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
ACM Book Club
Each quarter, we will select a book to read and discuss related to cars, driving, racing, and other related topics.
ACM Book Club – The Dealer | Saturday, February 24 | 11 am – 12 pm
Author and Ferrari enthusiast Jim Ciardella joins the Museum to discuss his fascinating book, The Dealer, and to share the true story of how Ferrari of Los Gatos helped shape the classic car market. Hear the story of how one dealership fueled the rise of the iconic Italian sports car in the U.S. market on its way to becoming the number one Ferrari dealer in North America.
We are especially excited to announce that the author, Jim Ciardella, will be joining us for our discussion and will be signing hardcover versions of his book.
Proceeds from Jim’s book go to charity! for every book you purchase, $1 will be donated to the Driven Project, a non-profit organization that provides ‘Supercar Therapy’ for kids battling heavy life challenges. The organization’s mission is to give kids a once in a lifetime moment that they will cherish forever.
ACM Virtual Book Club – The Fastest Woman on Wheels: The Life of Paula Murphy | Tuesday, May 14 | 6 pm – 7 pm
A fearless pioneer and a versatile and gifted driver, Paula Murphy was the first woman to pilot a jet car to a Bonneville Salt Flats speed record, the first woman to make laps at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the first woman to secure an NHRA Funny Car License. Throw in driving a Pontiac Sunbird literally around the world, nearly dying at the helm of a rocket car, and scoring closed-course speed records at NASCAR’s Talledega Superspeedway, and you might be starting to scratch the surface of her incredible life.
Join LeMay- America’s Car Museum for a lively and thoughtful conversation with author, Eik Arneson, as we dive deeper into Paula’s pioneering feats, and hear more about the remarkable woman who left an indelible legacy in the world of racing. The discussion and Q & A will take place on Zoom, May 14th at 6pm.
This book is available on Kindle and print.
ACM Virtual Book Club – Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities | Tuesday, August 13 | 6 pm – 7 pm
Join the ACM Education Team and author Veronic Davis as we discuss why centering people in transportation decisions requires a great shift in how transit planners and engineers are trained, how they communicate, the types of data they collect, and how they work as professional teams. Davis will define what “equity” means for a transportation project and how it can create something safer, better, and more useful for all people.
Veronica O. Davis is the Director for transportation and Drainage Operations for Houston, TX, leading the team responsible for maintaining and improving the infrastructure that spans Houston’s 671 square miles. Veronica has nearly 20 years of experience in engineering and transportation planning!
The discussion and Q & A will take place on Zoom, August 13th at 6pm.
This book is available on Kindle and print.
Do you have an idea for engaging programming at ACM? Please–let us know! Reach out to [email protected] and we can discuss scheduling.