Car Culture Beaulieu Re-opens With Display of Toy and Pedal Cars

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu re-opened this past weekend, it also unveiled its newest exhibition, “Motoring in Miniature — the Toys of Your Childhood.” The display includes more than 800 toy and pedal cars.

“Most of us have early motoring memories from before we learned to drive,” the museum said, “and that’s the shiny toys we gazed at in the toy shop window and spent hours ‘driving’ across the living room carpet or in the garden outside. These were the toys you were told to clear up, the toys you were proud of, the ones that you loved.

“No matter if you are 5 or 95, these are the toys of your childhood.”

The exhibit includes toys dating to the 1920s, including those of tin plate, wood, die-cast and slot cars, as well as pull-alongs, radio-control cars, motoring board games, jigsaw puzzles and computer games.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has revised its schedule for “Simply” single-marque car shows.

While the Spring Autojumble, Hot Rod and Custom Show, Supercar Weekend and International Autojumble have been canceled, the single-marque car shows will launch July 19 with Simply Jaguar.

The revised schedule continues July 26 with Simply Japanese, followed by Simply Audi (August 2), Simply Land rover (August 9), Simply Volkswagen (August 15), Simply Mercedes (August 23), Simply Aston Martin (August 30), Simply Ford (September 13) and Simply British Classics (September 20), Simply Porsche (September 27), Simply BMW (October 4) and Simply Smart (November 8).

The new Simply Electric show has been postponed until 2021, but two other new shows — Simply American (August 16) and Simply Vauxhall (September 12) — have been added to the 2020 calendar.

Attendance will be limited to 500 participants per event and tickets must be pre-booked.

Volo will keep ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ paint scheme

Media outlets in northern Illinois report that the Volo Auto Museum northwest of Chicago will not change the paint scheme on its Dukes of Hazzard General Lee 1969 Dodge Charger, which means the Stars and Bars flag scheme will remain on the car’s roof.

“It’s a piece of history and it’s in a museum, museum director Brain Grams told the Arlington Height Daily Herald.

The car, acquired by the museum in 2005, is the last surviving ’69 Charger from the first season of the television series.

Grams said he museum also has kept Nazi insignia on vehicles and other objects displayed in its military area.

Auction will benefit museum

The 1982 March 82C Buick-powered Indy car that won the Road America 200 with Hector Rebaque in the cockpit will be offered up for bidding July 18 at Mecum Auctions’ sale in Indianapolis to benefit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America museum in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The car, campaigned by Forsythe Racing was the first March 82C produced. After the season, it was sold to McLaren Engines Inc., and served as the test bed for the development of the stock-block Buick V6 racing engine that debuted at the 1984 Indy 500.

The car currently wears the Mac Tools livery in which it last raced in the later 1980s.

Indy museum displays Gurney Lotus tub

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is in the process of restoring the Lotus 29/1 driven by Dan Gurney in 1963. The car’s tub has been returned to the white-and-blue Gurney race-day livery and will be on display at the museum from July 13-19 before the restoration process continues.

Special events this weekend

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, will host a “community comeback” July 10-11. On July 10, the Delton-Kellogg High School Class of 2020 will stage its graduation ceremony in an outdoor drive-in format on the Gilmore campus. On the 11th, the Grammy Award-winning group, The English Rain, a Beatles cover band, will perform in an outdoor concert on the Gilmore stage. For details, visit the museum website.



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