(Phrases and Pictures by Scott Liggett) I used to be again in Northern California this previous month to go to household and mates over the vacations. As a part of my journey, I met up with a very good buddy, Malkeet Harrian. He and I’ve been mates since 1995 once we each labored at a limousine service in Sacramento. We have been out cruising round city reliving a few of our recollections of once I lived there from 1989 to 1999.
I had recognized of the museum even again when it was generally known as the Towe Ford Museum. As you possibly can anticipate from their former title, that they had loads of Fords. However, even 30 years in the past, the curators had interjected different manufacturers into the museum. Additionally they have been recognized for having a month-to-month class the place you can be taught to learn how to drive a Ford Mannequin T. Time strikes on and the museum developed into the California Auto Museum in the identical location in Sacramento simply south of Downtown and Outdated Sacramento, proper alongside the scenic Sacramento River stroll.
I had by no means been to the museum, so I made the suggestion and my buddy, Mal, was all for it. This journey was 30 years late in coming, however hey, higher late than by no means.
We began off simply wandering round on our personal. A pair of diehard automobile guys actually didn’t want a tour information in automobile museum. However, alongside the way in which, one of many volunteer tour guides heard us chatting and got here by to say ‘hello’. Ron Vogel was nice. He gave us some perception into among the vehicles there. He informed us that he realized as a lot from us, as we realized from him. They have been at the moment having an exhibit known as “Hitting the Street” a group of tenting and distinctive motorhomes, together with of the weirdest cool motorhomes we’ve got ever seen.
We found the museum has some very particular autos. For instance, they’ve AJ Foyt’s very first race automobile. A Duece 5 window coupe arrange for filth monitor racing. It was powered by Hilborn injected, Ardun headed flathead. Ron informed us it was discovered hanging within the rafters of an outdated racer’s store by a collector, whom had it absolutely restored. We have been informed that AJ had provided to purchase it again greater than as soon as. They’d John Forbe’s private 1987 Lamborghini Countach he wished painted the colour of cash, inexperienced… with gold wheels and leather-based inside. Um. Okay. We additionally discovered Clara Ford’s (Henry’s spouse) private 1942 Lincoln Limousine. Whereas the chassis by no means modified, the physique was up to date almost yearly.
In case you are ever within the Sacramento space, try this nice museum. https://www.calautomuseum.org/ Within the meantime, test our gallery of the cool vehicles we discovered there.
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