April 14, 2018: Muscle Car Show –
American Street Machines Then and Now
Our Muscle Car Show hopes to represent all of the opinions and makes and models of Muscle Cars for a spectacular showcase of power, strength and beauty.
Bring your MUSCLE CAR to the museum for an exceptional display of this American classic!
According to Muscle Cars, a book written by Peter Henshaw, a “muscle car” is “exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder’s philosophy of taking a small car and putting a large-displacement engine in it. Henshaw further asserts that the muscle car was designed for straight-line speed, and did not have the “sophisticated chassis”, “engineering integrity”, or “lithe appearance” of European high-performance cars.
In the United States, lightweight cars featuring high-performance engines were termed “supercar” before the classification of muscle car became popular. From the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, what we now think of as muscle cars were more commonly called ‘Supercars.
Opinions on the origin of the muscle car vary, but the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, created in response to public interest in speed and power, is often cited as the first muscle car.
Other manufacturers showcased performance hardware in limited-edition models. Chrysler led the way with its 1955 C-300, an inspired blend of Hemi power and luxury-car trappings that became the new star of NASCAR.
Studebaker entered the muscle car scene in 1956 with the Golden Hawk powered by a 352 cu in (5.8 L) Packard V8 with 275 bhp (205 kW; 279 PS).
The popularity and performance of muscle cars grew in the early 1960s, as Mopar (Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler) and Ford battled for supremacy in drag racing. By 1964, General Motors’ lineup boasted Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, and Pontiac muscle cars, and Buick fielded a muscle car entry a year later. The Pontiac GTO was an option package that included Pontiac’s 389 cu in (6.4 L) V8 engine, floor-shifted transmission with Hurst shift linkage, and special trim. In 1966 the GTO became a model in its own right.
American Motors, though late entering the 1960s muscle car market, produced “an impressive array of performance cars in a relatively short time,” said Motor Trend. “The first stirrings of AMC performance came in 1965, when the dramatic, if ungainly, Rambler Marlin fastback was introduced to battle the Ford Mustang and Plymouth Barracuda.”
Automobile Driving Museum
ABOUT THE AUTOMOBILE DRIVING MUSEUM:
Our Mission: The Automobile Driving Museum exists to preserve automotive history, interpret the historical significance, educate our guests and provide them with the opportunity to take a ride in one of the museum’s historic collector vehicles.
Welcome to the Automobile Driving Museum, one of Southern California’s premier destinations for car enthusiasts! With a museum filled with a changing selection of its 130 vintage, antique, and vintage automobiles on display, museum visitors experience a wide range of vehicles from years gone by. The Museum is committed to the preservation and maintenance of these vehicles. We offer:
- Rides in Museum cars on Sundays
- Research Library
- Museum Store
- Events at the Museum
The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a unique venue for auto enthusiasts. Not only is the museum filled with over 130 vintage, antique, and muscle cars; but is also the only museum that takes you for a ride in them.
The ADM is host to many events for families as well as auto enthusiasts and is a great spot for special occasions, birthday parties, and meetings. The museum has a large ballroom and small cafe for rent. Click here for more information.
Come take a ride you’ll never forget.
MUSEUM ADMISSION, HOURS AND DIRECTIONS:
Open 6 Days a Week Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation. Fee includes admission to the Main Building and our Car Ride Program on Sundays. (Rides available to guests 10 years of age and older.)
Seniors (62 and older) $8
Children 10-17 $5
Children under 10 Free
Family of Four $25
Sponsors (Join Now) Free
To help cover the costs of exhibitions, we ask that you pay the full recommended amount.
The ADM is conveniently located ½ mile south of LAX in beautiful El Segundo,CA. The museum offers guests the opportunity to see the cars up close. In addition, the museum offers guided tours on the weekends and rides in their cars on Sundays.
Muscle Car Show –
American Street Machines
Then and Now
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm
Child (11-17): $5.00
Child (under 10): FREE!
Pre-Registration: $20 (March 18 – April 13, 2018)
Day-of Registration: $25
FOR MORE INFO & TICKETS:
AUTOMOBILE DRIVING MUSEUM:
610 Lairport Street El Segundo, CA 90245
Tel: (310) 909-0950
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