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  • Think You've Got A Lot Of Classic Cars?

    Just a fraction of the museum's displays.
    Unique exterior of the LeMay "America's Car Museum®".

    This is the mother of all car museums!

    The world's largest privately owned auto collection—more than 2,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts—was owned by Harold and Nancy LeMay, and is now displayed in their brand new Harold E. LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

    Opened in June 2012, The LeMay "America's Car Museum®" is a large, technologically advanced, interactive automotive museum and educational center that showcases the cultural impact of cars, motorcycles and trucks on our uniquely American way of life.

    “Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

    The ACM campus includes the 165,000-sq.-ft. museum and a 3.5-acre show field.

    If you can't make it to Tacoma yet, you can always click here to visit the museum's web site.

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  • Jay Leno talks classic cars and more

    You know Jay Leno as the very funny host of NBC's "Tonight" Show, but did you know he's a classic car buff too? Jay hosts a web site called "Jay Leno's Garage", and has even included Eastwood automotive restoration products in a few videos, one of which you can watch here, and another here.

    You'll really enjoy viewing his engaging videos, reading the articles, and seeing the photos you'll find at JayLenosGarage.com. The videos are a special treat, because Jay is quite knowledgeable about cars and restoration, having restored classics and purchased collectible cars for several years. Add in his humor and you can see why you'll be thoroughly entertained.

    To enjoy any of his short videos about a wide variety of classic collectible cars (10-20 minutes each), click here.

    It's a whole new side to Jay Leno that you may not have known about! So do yourself a favor and let Jay take you along for the ride.

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  • Guess Where They Found The "Back to the Future" Truck?

    The 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck being driven by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, in "Back to the Future". (Photo courtesy http://www.imcdb.org)

    If you saw the second and third "Back to the Future" movies, you likely remember the celebrated DeLorean car that was used in the pictures. But there were other vehicles in the films too. Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, drove a 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck in those movies, and it's that truck that will be undergoing a restoration soon.

    According to the Time Machine Restoration Company, the Toyota was stolen many years ago, and was recently recovered by the Mexican federal police. The car was auctioned off, and the company, already restoring the movie's iconic DeLorean, got the truck too.

    It's not clear what the vehicle was doing in Mexico, or why the Mexico federal police were involved, but there's no question that it's the actual car. There was a note written on the passenger-side sun visor that read, "Keith, Many thanks. See you on something else I'm sure—Michael J. Fox."

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  • Historic Auto Museum Considered for Monterey, California

    Monterey Car Museum
    Think your latest resto project is museum-worthy? If it is, we all might enjoy seeing it someday at the Monterey Museum of Automotive Arts!

    Except that the museum's not built yet.

    However, discussions continue about locating the museum on the campus of Monterey Peninsula College. The deal would include a proposal to work together on a Technical School of Automotive Restoration, to be located off campus, as a complement to MPC's existing auto tech program.

    Involved in the discussions is Morris Kindig, Automotive Heritage and Preservation Foundation's executive director, who raced sports cars at Laguna Seca in the 1960s and 1970s. He said the discussions are an important step toward "restoring and maintaining the treasures of the automobile's heritage" in an area known for auto racing and vintage car shows, such as the annual Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach.

    The 155,000-square-foot museum would house 100 cars and include Laguna Seca and Pebble Beach exhibits, a theater, restaurants, emporium, members club and children's area. The technical school, with a 75,000-square-foot restoration facility, would be located in Monterey, Marina or Seaside.

    Depending on progress, Kindig said groundbreaking on the museum could occur in 2013, for it to be open by August 2015, during the Concours event.

    Can't wait to see your newly restored ride enshrined there!

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  • "The Name's Bond. James Bond."

    Rolls-Royce Phantom III, from James Bond's "Goldfinger"

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    When Sean Connery would utter those words, he oozed a certain sophistication, self-assurance...and "cool". That style was reflected in the automobiles James Bond and others would drive, or should I say, deftly maneuver, at breakneck speeds on deserted mountain roads or through busy city intersections.

    Would you like to see 50 of those very special classic cars, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise? Well, you'll have to get on a plane and fly to England, to the "Bond In Motion" Exhibition at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in Hampshire, UK.

    But if you can't journey to the other side of the pond, you can still view the cars and read about their background. Click here for photos and specs.

    Alongside the most famous Bond vehicles (like the Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit S1), you'll also find other classics dating back to the elegant Fairey Huntress Speedboat in "From Russia With Love", the "Goldfinger" 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, the buzzing autogyro from "You Only Live Twice", and Octopussy’s screeching Acrostar Jet.

    If you'd like to see them all in person, click here for admission information.

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