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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen Start your Memberships!

We were thrilled when we learned Northern Nevada would soon be home to the Wild West Motorsports Park and even more excited to be able to offer you the chance to experience it firsthand.
We are excited to announce that if you become a member of the National Automobile Museum before August 24th you will receive two free tickets to the Grand Opening of the Wild West Motorsports Park! While the cars in our museum are pristine, at the Silver State Showdown (11th or 12th round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series) you will get to see the top names in off-road racing in action! Tickets are for either Saturday August 25th or Sunday August 26th!
Your National Automobile Museum Membership is $70 and includes
  • Admission for two adults
  • Admission for children and grandchildren under age 19
  • 50 % off guest admission tickets 
  • 10% discount in Museum store 
  • Subscription to the Museum’s award winning magazine Precious Metal 
  • Advance notice and invitations to new exhibits and special events
  • Attendance priority to activities with limited access
  • Complimentary pair of Lucas Oil Race tickets

Another fantastic event is the Reno-Tahoe Open. Our area is fortunate enough to be one of 47 cities nationwide to host a PGA Tour Event. The National Automobile Museum has partnered with The RTO to display a range of fantastic vehicles during the tournament. 
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Monday, July 9, 2012

National Car Collector Appreciation Day

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In honor of National Collector Car Appreciation Day on July 13 - anyone who drives to the National Automobile Museum in a collector car on Friday receives half off admission. Celebrate cars!! 

It all started back in 1893 when Charles and Frank Duryea constructed the first horseless-carriage. The boys were quite proud of their new creation and set out to replace the bicycle and the horse as the principle means of personal transportation in the United States. Naturally, the first thing they did was race it! The initial win led to an automotive industry, social changes to American lifestyle and eventually the hobby of collecting and restoring keepsake vehicles to honor the role of the car in our lives. 

Ever stop to think about the impact of your hobby on your daily life, of your family and friends and the industry it created? For many of us the collector car becomes more than an expression of an interest. Some of us are defined by our choices -brass era, hot rod, custom, muscle, classic, sand rail. Match the man to the machine. Remember the folklore of matching the dog owner to the breed of their pet? Impact beyond the household – how about the events we attend, the parts and repairs we commission; the trips, car shows and tours we drive. It all adds up to a lifestyle and an industry we enjoy today.

A couple of years ago the Senate passed a SEMA sponsored resolution recognizing the significance of the automobile collecting hobby in America. 

Get out the sponge and bucket, fill up the tank and drive your collector car this Friday, July 13 to the National Automobile Museum.

See you out there on National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

Guest Blogger - Flat Tire Jack

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrating Art Cars

We have enjoyed the last year of hosting burning man art cars with the Mutant Rides exhibit. We will say goodbye to the eclectic collection on July 25, but before, we do we invite you to stop in and experience a piece of Burning Man before it leaves us. (Below is a taste of “Boss Hog.”)

On July 20th, we will be hosting the first ArtCar Fest in Reno. Art Cars from around the country and Canada will gather in our parking lot alongside Harrod Blank and other artists from the fest.  It will be an evening of art, cars, and costumes. Still up in the air whether to attend…maybe this will convince you:
  • Melting Pot World Emporium will be providing a Burning Man costume show
  • Free refreshments compliments of Grand Sierra Resort and a cash bar with Silver Peak microbrews
  • Say goodbye to the “Mutant Rides” and meet the artists behind them
  • Celebrate among Art Car artists, including Harrod Bank 
  •  Mingle with the Burning Man creative team, including Michael Mikel
We hope to see you there! July 20, from 7-10 p.m.
$10 admission and while RSVP are not required, we encourage them.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The 1910 White Roars to Life

It was a special Flag Day at the National Automobile Museum. Hootin' and hollerin' galore. Flags were waving but it was the Starting Flag that created a stir this day as opposed to Old Glory.

After multiple years of hibernation the 1910 White Touring car roared back to life again. Jay Hubbard, Automotive Collections Manager, Al Abrahamson and a select group of volunteers rebuilt the large displacement four cylinder engine to re-commission the open touring car.

After several pulls on the crank and a few adjustments, the '10 White lit off in a billow of smoke and then settled in a loping idle. Vital signs were checked and the car was driven out of the garage and into the light of day. Hooray!

Radical Racer – National Automobile Museum Guest Blogger

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Family Night Out

We are teaming up with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada this month! When we teamed up with them last December we asked visitors to donate one food item and receive $1 entry into the museum. The turnout was so amazing, we wanted to do it again!
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada dispersed food to over 210,000 people in need last year. If you plan on coming, here is a link to their most needed food items.

BoDawgs will be onsite, selling and serving their food to those who are visiting the museum. Silver Peak will also be there selling and serving beer. Make it a family night out. We hope to see you there, with food in hand!

What: $1 Night Out
Who: Everyone is invited
When: Wednesday, June 13. 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Where: The Museum (10 S. Lake St. Reno)
Why: To raise food for the community and have a good time.

For any more questions, feel free to call us at 775.333.9300