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Springfield Museums Host Car Show

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

September 2, 2010

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with the History on the Move car show on Saturday, September 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including some vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited.

Among the vehicles on display will be an 1897 Haynes-Apperson and an original copy of a Springfield-built 1893 Duryea, the first successful gasoline-powered car. Both automobiles will be driven in demonstrations during the day. 

Other cars to be exhibited include a 1941 Buick Super Coupe, a 1939 Studebaker Commander, a 1951 Mercury, a 1965 Corvair Corsa, and many other makes and models.

Car show visitors can also purchase a museum admission ticket to see the transportation exhibits in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.  Cars on display in the new museum include an experimental roadster made by the Indian company, an 1899 three-wheeled Knox made in Springfield, two Springfield-built Rolls-Royces, an Atlas, and a Stevens-Duryea. Also on view in the museum is the famous Indian Motocycle collection donated by Esta Manthos, owner of the former Indian Motocycle Museum.

Ongoing activities include:

  • Children’s craft workshop to make Crazy Car Puppets, noon-3:45 pm
  • Scavenger hunt in the Wood Museum of Springfield History, 10 am-4 pm
  • Music provided by DJ Gary Francis throughout the day
  • Lunch concession, 11 am-2 pm
  • View a new exhibit in the Wood Museum of Springfield History about the rivalry between the Duryea Company of Springfield and the Haynes-Apperson Company of Kokomo, Indiana, for the title of the first gasoline powered automobile
  • See the rival antique cars being driven: Duryea at 11 a. and 1 pm; Haynes-Apperson at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Award ceremony for Best Pre-1950 vehicle, Best Post-1950 vehicle, and best Springfield-built car; 3 pm

History on the Move is part of the Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series which is sponsored by TD Bank.   

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