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Franschhoek Motor Museum: Western Cape – South Africa

November 27th, 2012 by Stu

Tucked away amid countless wine farms and sprawling green pastures in the quaint South African town of Franschhoek is a world class museum boasting some 220 vehicles that span more than a century of manufacture. The prized collection, started in the mid 70s by the late Dr Anton Rupert, is quite easy to miss but well worth searching for along the dusty country road to which it’s situated. Among the many jewels are some seriously rare breeds of road car, race car, and cycle [motorized and otherwise]. All of the major nations are represented, and all of the marquee brands are present and accounted for. From a pre-war Isotta Fraschini to a luscious Jaguar D-Type to an utterly exotic McLaren F1, this tribute to 2 and 4-wheeled enthusiasm will easily swallow 4 hours of your day. Even better, you can do it with a glass of fine South African vino in your hand. What could be better than that?

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Man on the Move Hits the Peterson Museum – Los Angeles, CA

August 17th, 2012 by Stu

Greetings from the world famous Peterson Museum! Above and below, Cadillac, Bugatti and Lancia sheet metal old and new.

Thanks for the great pics Jersey Jay!

1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren (Originally owned by the Prince of Persia)

The Bertone-designed 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero Concept Car

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Designing Women: The Intersection of Art, Culture and Car Design – Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St., NYC

June 30th, 2010 by Stu

The Museum of the City of New York, in conjunction with GM, hosted a tribute to the women of automotive design on Monday night. The event featured lots of documentary-style interview clips, politically incorrect GM promotional videos from the day and, the best part, live digital sketches done on the big screen by Cadillac’s Christine Park (see design progression after the jump). You might be familiar with Christine’s exploits on Cadillac XTS, the dashing concept that precedes the brand’s next generation flagship. Pictured here, GM’s famous “Damsels of Design” posed with none other than Harley Earl, GM’s first VP of Design. Earl created the need for an Art and Color Division at GM and brought us the industry’s first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. Wise beyond his years, Earl not only ushered in a sense of style and personalization to mass produced cars but hand picked a team of female designers to impress the papers and present a unique perspective to the design process Vintage GM video and more glorious archive pics after the jump…

Photo Credit: General Motors Design Archive

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Cars, Culture and the City – Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St., NYC

March 26th, 2010 by Stu

It seems we are not the only car-obsessed New Yorkers attempting to catalog big apple auto culture. A new exhibit, Cars, Culture and the City, opened yesterday (runs through August 1st) at the Museum of the City of New York and is said to be the first to document New York ’s role in the promotion, marketing, and proliferation of the automobile as well as its transformative effect on the city and, ultimately, the country. Not only did several early American automakers manufacture cars in NYC but the city also played home to the country’s first car show more than 100 years ago at Madison Square Garden. Add in The French Connection and a couple of world expositions and you’re looking at a seriously important player in automotive history. The Mustang was even unveiled here – it doesn’t get any more American than that folks. While there are no actual cars inside (do you know how much real estate cost here?), the exhibit is packed with rarely-seen drawings, models, historic photographs, films, advertisements, and architectural schemes to reveal the shockingly important role NYC played in jump-starting the auto industry. So jump on the 6 train and check it out.

Images courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York (used with permission)

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