Blackhawk Museum

"Racing Through the Forest:
The History of the 1950-1956 Pebble Beach Road Races"

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 7:30 pm (Reception at 6:00 pm)


A documentary film produced by renowned racecar driver Rick Knoop and filmmaker Dean Kirkland entitled, "Racing Through the Forest – The History of the 1950-56 Pebble Beach Road Races".

The documentary was filmed over approximately three years and includes 50 interviews of legendary names in road racing such as Fred Knoop, Mick Marston, Bill Pollack, Jim Hall and Phil Remington. It chronicles the events from the first through the last Pebble Beach Road Races, which included legends like Carroll Shelby, Phil Hill and Bill Pollock in 1956.

"What began as a tribute to my father, Fred Knoop, has evolved into a celebration of one of the world’s greatest road races," said Knoop. "We're thrilled to share this incredible story with audiences at the Pebble Beach Concours. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to explore this incredible history, especially just feet from the road where the men and machines did battle. I'm honored that some of those featured in the film have committed to attend."

Inspired by the memoirs of the Del Monte Forest Road Race history, the Pebble Beach Concours and Pebble Beach Company teamed up with K&K Productions to show the documentary for a select audience. Blending interviews with racers and incredible footage of the events, the film recalls the glories of this oft forgotten race with a video archive of its history.

Tickets to this Special Screening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. ($5 for Museum Members). There are a limited number of seats available. Use the button below to purchase advance tickets. All tickets will be available at Will Call the night of the event starting at 6:00pm.


Saturday Morning Speaker Series:
Larry Crane
The History of Car Design

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 10:30am-Noon

Larry Crane is a Magazine Editor/Creative Director with extensive experience working on premier publications of the automotive industry, often challenged to re-energizing an icon. A talented writer and photographer, with much travel experience, an adventurous spirit and the courage to launch a successful, new, state-of-the-art magazine. Recognized in the field of publication feature writing and design.

As described by Robert Cumberford, Design Editor for Automobile, "Lawrence C. Crane is uniquely qualified as a representative of our hobby. There are many degrees of interest in cars. People whose concern goes beyond the casual often characterize themselves as "automobile enthusiasts." And there are "car guys," people who are really absorbed by the subject, who in one way or another are involved in the making, building, driving, repairing or selling cars, so their involvement includes their livelihood as well as their pleasure."

Please join us at the Museum on Saturday, September 20 for the first of our four fall Speaker Series engagements. Larry will be discussing the history of automotive design and there will be a question and answer session directly following. The Speaker Series is free with admission and Museum Members are free as usual.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 10am-5pm

To learn more about how to participate in Museum Day, Click Here.

Oktoberfest '14 at Blackhawk Museum

Saturday, October 4, 2014 | 7:00pm-12:00am

Oktoberfest is coming to the Blackhawk Museum and Tickets are onsale now. For more information and to purchase tickets to this one of a kind envent, click below.

Celebrate, Munich Style with us at the Blackhawk Museum for an Outdoor Oktoberfest in a Traditional Biergarten on the Museum Plaza.

Beer, Beer & more Beer along with Traditional German Food for Purchase

Dancing and Entertainment
Music by: Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco
Dance Entertainment by: Golden Gate Bavarian Club
Tap the keg ceremony
Jagermeister Promotion Girls for Photos

ATTIRE Tracht, of course! It is a traditional national costume in German-speaking countries.

It's Oktoberfest be festive and have fun with it, tastefully.

Complimentary Coat Check

$25.00 General Admission, no VIP or group discounts available sorry!

21years and up only event.

Blackhawk Cars & Coffee

Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 8 am to 10 am


Saturday Morning Speaker Series:
Peter Giddings
Europe's Finest Grand Prix Car: 1926 Delage 15-S-8

Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 10:30am-Noon

A life-long car enthusiast, Peter has over half a century of experience in the automotive and racing industry. Born in England, and now residing near San Francisco, California, Peter became interested in sports and competition cars in the late '50s. His first car was a 1932 BSA air-cooled three wheeler, which he managed to qualify as a "motorcycle combination," as he was not yet old enough to have a driver's license. Peter then owned and raced a succession of chain driven 1920s Frazer Nashes, one of which he restored in the living room of his home. Since then, he has rebuilt and supervised the restoration of a number of historic landmark racing cars.

As an active member of the vintage racing community, Peter has received numerous honors and awards, including the Italian Scuderia del Portello Trophy for winning more vintage and historic events in his Alfa Romeos than anyone else in the world. In 1985, Peter drove his Alfa Romeo Monza and Tipo B "P3" to such good effect that he won the coveted Phil Hill Trophy, which was personally presented to him by the great Juan Manuel Fangio. Subsequently, Peter reached the pinnacle of "Grand Master" when he became a repeat champion of the North American Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge. More recently, Peter was inducted into the Road Racing Drivers Club, and in 2010, he was presented with the Motorsportsman of the Year Award.

On this occasion, Peter plans to give a presentation about his 1926 Delage and the storied racing history of the four 15-S-8's that swept the 1927 World Championship. The car will be on hand for Peter's presentation and there will be a question and answer period immediately following. The Speaker Series is free with admission to the Museum and Museum Members are Free as always.

That Olde Blackhawk Magic 2014!
Halloween Party at the Blackhawk Museum

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 8:00pm-1:30am

Once again the greatest Halloween party in the East Bay is coming to the Blackhawk Museum. Information on tickets and pricing will be up soon, so check back often.

Saturday Morning Speaker Series:
Bob Devlin
Golden Gate Park Road Races 1952-1954

Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 10:30am-Noon

Robert T. Devlin is perhaps best know in connection with the Pebble Beach Road Races of the 1950s and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. His history of the Pebble Beach Road Races, Pebble Beach: Racing Through the Pines 1950-1956 is a comprehensive collection of interviews from key participants in the races and rare images of the action in the Del Monte Forest.

The Museum is thrilled to welcome Robert back to give a talk on the Golden Gate Parks Road Races that were being held around the same time as the Pebble Beach Road Races, from 1952-1954.

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.

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