Blackhawk Museum

Past Exhibitions

European Train Enthusiasts: All Aboard 2013

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Sunday, January 6, 2013

The ETE has been coming to Blackhawk with their unique, modular display and model trains for more than a decade. One of their most recent layouts won third place at the Nation Model Railroad Association National Convention.

Past Programs/Lectures

Saturday Morning Lecture Series
Jim Wangers
The Anatomy of a Musclecar

Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 10:30am-Noon

To legions of fans, Jim Wangers redefined the art and science of automotive marketing and back in the 1960s, Wangers was a driving force in Pontiac's dramatic turnaround from near-extinction to 3rd place in sales during the great "Wide-Track". The architect of Pontiac's high-performance parts program and its association with Royal Pontiac, Mr. Wangers oversaw the planning, marketing, and high-profile placement of some of the era’s greatest performance cars including the Bonneville, Grand Prix, Catalina 2 + 2, Firebird/Trans Am and of course, the GTO during his long and storied career.

The legendary "ad man" for Pontiac and the marketer behind the Pontiac GTO and several other Pontiac specialty cars, Wangers helped establish the "musclecar" to its rightful niche in the history of American car marketing. No, he did not invent the GTO, that credit goes to John DeLorean, Russ Gee and Bill Collins but Wangers was certainly the man who created the mystique that today surrounds America’s original musclecar—the Pontiac GTO.

Marking the 50th Birthday of the GTO, Jim Wangers is traveling the country recounting the behind the scenes stories on the development, advertising and release of the car that launched the Musclecar Era. After all, Jim Wangers was there when the GTO was born—Happy Birthday GTO! Furthermore, Jim Wangers presentation, "The Anatomy of the Musclecar" which addresses the growth and history of the American performance car, including today's modern performance car, continues to appreciated by enthusiasts around the country.

Saturday Morning Lecture Series:
Andrew Frankl

Saturday February 8, 2014 | 10:30 am to Noon

Our February guest speaker will be FORZA magazine's Grand Prix editor Andrew Frankl. Andrew will be talking about his new book titled Frankly Frankl, a memoir that reads like a work of fantasy but is all true. Communists, Formula One, the Cannonball Run, the Olympics and even a rare love lost and found again 40 years later. The book's title says it all: Frankly Frankl, with a foreword by three time Formula One Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart. Andrew has been covering Formula One for over 50 years and, as European Bureau Chief of the Autochannel, has also had the chance to drive just about every new car since 1996. Andrew will be doing a book signing following the presentation.

Robert Devlin:
Pebble Beach Road Races: British Domination in the Early Years

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Robert Devlin is an automotive historian with a particular passion for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He rst attended the event as a teenager in 1952, just two years after it started, and he has been amongst its most faithful participants in the ensuing ve decades. He has been a Class Judge at Pebble Beach, written books about the Concours and published many articles in numerous magazines and other publications.

We invite you to this Saturday Morning Lecture on the early years of the Pebble Beach Road Races, when British Cars ruled the course. A presentation of vintage images will help paint the picture of the early years when the Consours was adjunct to the racing. The Gift Shop will have Pebble Beach related articles for purchase, including Devlin’s own book: The Art of the Poster.

Classic Car Detailing with Diamond Car Care Systems

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Diamond Car Care Systems has over twenty years of detailing experience and are always looking for a new challenge. Keith Thompson and Cullen Wetmore have detailed some of the world’s more precious cars in preparation for many of the most important occasions. They have always maintained that their 'Detail System' is available to the discriminating owner and evaluated by the demands of the vehicle, where budget and expenses are a primary focus.

This program gave everyone the chance to witness their technique and learn about the 'System' that keeps some of the world's rarest automobiles in top form. Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to get the most out of the appearance of their car should attend this demonstration.

Barney Oldfield Lecture
with Great, Great, Great Nephew Wayne Petersen

Saturday, October 6, 2012

In the early days of American racing Barney Oldfield was a legend in his own time. He began his career as a bicycle racer and later became an automotive racer. He was the first man to be clocked at 60 miles per hour on an oval track, helping put himself and then little known automaker, Henry Ford, on the map.

Oldfield raced in many races and exhibitions, some sanctioned and some not. For a large part of his career he was suspended by the AAA from competitive racing, but that just added to his outlaw image. A bona fide cultural icon, Barney starred in a Broadway show, made a movie about driving his car to save a damsel in distress, and all the while he could seemingly beat opponents at will in his "Blitzen Benz".

This lecture was presented by the Wayne Petersen who in addition to being a collector and enthusiast of Barney Oldfield's, is also the great-great-nephew of Bess Gooby—who was married to Barney twice.

West Coast Auto Racing
Lou Brero Jr.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Both Lou Brero Jr. and his father were known for their driving skills and highly competitive spirits. It wasn't just a sport for the pair, it was a lifestyle. It didn’t matter what machinery they drove, from the price of the racing machine to the size of the engine, because they easily made up for their lack there of 'whatever', in every smooth turn and move on the track.

Lou Jr. has always said that 'wealthy lumbermen do not drive $1200 dollar Kurtis cars with a 17 year old mechanic, wealthy lumbermen buy $37,000 dollar Ferraris with factory mechanics.' Nonetheless, both Breros were legends that managed 'Superior performances with hard to drive machinery.'

The Breros raced everything from their Kurtis-Cadillac to C-Type Jaguars, as well as the 1953 Ferrari 375 Spider–the same car that had been driven by Phil Hill, Ken Miles and Carrol Shelby.

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