Lyn St. James is professional race car drive and one of seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. She became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. Lyn also has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
In 1985, Lyn St. James became the first woman to break the 200-mph barrier on an oval, when she drove a Ford Mustang Probe (GT Prototype race car) to an average lap speed of 204.223 mph at Alabama International Motor Speedway.
St. James and the Ford Thunderbird that she set national and international speed records at Talladega in 1988 will be on hand as part of the Museum’s Speaker Series. Lyn will be available to answer questions after her presentation.
The presentation will be held immediately following Blackhawk Cars and Coffee and is free with admission to the Museum. Museum Members are free.
Bring your imagination, dreams, doubts and speculations for a lively discussion with Designer, Educator and Automotive Historian Raffi Minasian as he explores the fusion of transportation, mobile devices and nanotechnology in automobiles from the past and into the distant future.
An award winning artist and published illustrator, Raffi has taught illustration and design at several noted universities. In 2003 he returned to his roots as a "hands on" designer working on freelance projects. Today, in addition to his ongoing product design work, Raffi manufactures specialty parts for the classic and muscle car aftermarket as well as custom parts for hot rods and customs.
This presentation is free with admission and Museum Members are free.
Between 1952 and 1954, during a time before racing settled into purpose built tracks, there were a series of races that ran through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Fast cars, tight turns, and spectators lining the road—an era of racing that has gone forever.
The idea was simple: "Put a bunch of high-powered sports cars in the middle of Golden Gate Park, and have an all-out road race, with 100,000 spectators standing inches from the speeding Ferraris and Jaguars." (Michael Taylor, SFGate)
An ardent automobile enthusiast and historian, Robert Devlin is a very active member of the Ferrari Club of America, having held several national positions with that organization and serving regularly as a judge at both regional and national events. Robert will be giving a presentation on the Golden Gate Road Races and will be on hand for a question and answer session immediately following.
There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. The speaker series is Free with admission to the restaurant and is Free to Museum Member.
The Danville Community Band is comprised of volunteers from Danville and surrounding areas. Members have varied musical backgrounds, represent many professions and range in age from 13 to 80 years. They are dedicated musicians who have a common interest in playing music and improving their skills while having fun.
In addition to the musical 'standards' written for concert band, their repertoire includes contemporary, classical, patriotic, pop, marches and Broadway show tunes. The Danville Band will be putting on a concert at the Blackhawk Museum and the show is free with your admission to the Museum. This Concert is Free for Museum Members.
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