Muscle Car Chronicles is dedicated to the days when muscle cars ruled the street and race tracks across America. I hope that the new generation of muscle car enthusiasts will keep alive the "old school days."
Gary L. Naumczik Producer
THE SHELBY MUSEUM & CORNER CAFE We all know that the city that REALLY doesn't sleep is Las Vegas, but while you're there partying, save some daytime for The Shelby Museum & Corner Cafe. The museum features a physical history of Shelby racing, which includes the Shelby cars that made history, Shelby racing memorbilia, a tour of the factory which builds the GT500KR, Super Snake, and a cafe to get a coffee or cold beer.
This very modern museum is located very near the famed Las Vegas Speedway, where Shelby’s test drivers put performance cars through their paces. It's a one-of-a-kind showcase for the man and machines that revolutionized racing in America. The Shelby Museum attracts fans from around the world who share a passion for performance cars and the Shelby legend. The famed collection, known as The Shelby American Collection, represents the rich race heritage of Shelby American and has on display some of the most famous Shelby American cars ever built. This is made possible through the generosity of many Shelby owners and collectors. The museum is also host to displays of period correct automobilia, tools, and tributes to the greats.
Watch for our coverage of the museum next year when we return to Vegas to cover the annual SEMA show.
Next time you get out cruising, plan on putting a little muscle car history into your road trip and stop by one of the many muscle car museums along our country's great highways and biways. The following is a list of great museums dedicated to preserving the history of the muscle car and it's place in our culture. This list will be continually updated, so check back soon if you have requested an addition to this list.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing & Classic Autos 13700 SW 16th Avenue Ocala, FL 34473 phone: (352) 245-8661 or (877) 271-3278 website: www.Garlits.com
Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum 320 Winfield Dunn Parkway (Hwy. 66) Sevierville, TN 37876 phone: (865) 908-0882 website: www.MuscleCarMuseum.com
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Speedway Boulevard P.O. Box 1018 Tallagega, AL 35161 phone: (256) 362-5002 website: www.MotorSportsHallofFame.com
Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax,) Los Angeles, CA 90036 phone: (323) 930-2277 website: www.Petersen.org
Volo Auto Museum 27582 Volo Village Road Volo, IL 60073 phone: (815) 385-3644 website: www.VoloCars.com
Nikey Chevrolet is Back When I was growing up in the Southside of Chi-Town, I would always make a trip to the Northside to drop by Nickey Chevrolet to check out the new Chevy Novas that had just arrived. Also, the Speedshop there was great. Be sure to visit the
Mr. Norm's all new sports club will take you back and introduce you to the fun and excitement of Grand Spaulding Dodge of the 60s. A dealer that was dedicated to selling high performance cars, parts, and service. 'WHERE KIDS WERE KINGS'
Back in the sizzling '60's, when a new high performance Dodge was sold at Grand Spaulding, each vehicle was power tuned, the carburetor was rejetted, the distributor was recurved and light weight springs were installed with full advance at only 800 rpm. The Dodge was then run on the Clayton Dynamometer to simulate track conditions at 5000 rpm and the distributor was locked for peak performance.
In addition, each high performance Dodge purchaser received a membership in the Mr. Norm's Sport Club, including the famous window decals, a Grand Spaulding emblem on the trunk lid and a license plate frame, letting everyone know that you were a member of the Sport Club. In the 1960's when you were a member of the club, every member received a monthly news letter that kept them posted on all service and parts specials, sales contests, and special events which always gave the race car schedule, plus a subscription to Drag News.
Classic Muscle Car Advertisements You remember them... in your favorite magazine. Those glossy photos of the latest, greatest stock muscle being built by America's auto manufacturers. But the ads really meant something when you witnessed one of these bad boys tear off the line in your hometown U.S.A. Relive that feeling and check out our collection of vintage muscle ads. The collection is forever growing, so check back soon for new content. If you would like to contribute to the collection, we would love to hear from you.
Get ready to start planning your 2010 vactaion! The NASCAR Hall of Fame has settled on a location: Charlotte, N.C. Design work should be finished about this time next year, with groundbreaking in Spring 2007. The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is expected to open no later than March 31, 2010. Make sure to be there for the opening week, as many special events are scheduled in celebration. Better book your rooms as soon as the opening day is announced... if you are a true NASCAR fan, you don't want to miss this!
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum ... presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, after years of planning and months of hard work cataloging and arranging the exhibit. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development.
Muscle Cars Live is proud to be a member of the Walter P. Crysler Museum. For more info about the museum, all 1-888-456-1924 or visit the website at ChryslerHeritage.com.
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