Learn about the influence of WWII on postwar sports car design and production. Discover the thread that connects the MG-TC, Jaguar XK120, Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911, and Shelby Cobra. This is an excerpt from a tour given by John Nikas, award-winning automotive historian, after his recent presentation on The Theory of Automotive Evolution.
Automotive writer and historian John Nikas gives a brief history of the iconic Jaguar D-Type racer. Designed specifically to win the Le Mans 24-hour race, Jaguar produced the iconic D-Type between 1954 and 1957. Innovative monocoque construction and aerodynamic efficiency integrated aviation technology into sports car racing.
Western history enthusiast and museum staff, Margaret, discusses the Native American cone-shaped tent known as the Tipi.
Blackhawk Museum docent Michael Hayward gives us a brief history on the first generation Mustang.
James Wagner, President of the Northern California Kit Car Club, talks about the club’s history and it’s members at the 2018 NCKCC Annual Show.
Blackhawk Museum Docent, Tim Dermody, talks about his 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS. This vehicle in particular is the last 308 produced for the US market according to the Ferrari Registry. The car has been featured in the Mercury News and Motor Trend among others. Tim has owned this Italian Classic for over thirty years and enjoys taking it on spirited drives such as the Highway 1 Dream Drive.
The Blackhawk Museum joined Danville Hot Summer Sundays and brought out the full custom 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Hotrod.
Christel Zeilinger introduces the BMW Isetta 300 and how the iconic bubble car came to be.
Blackhawk Museum member Alan Warren talks about his custom 1933 Ford Pickup. The truck was acquired in a trade when he was 18 years old, sold two years later, and found while on a road trip ten years after originally being sold. After purchasing the car a second time he completed a full frame-off restoration/customization where he installed a more modern drivetrain and powder coated the entire vehicle, body included.
Peter Brock talks about his experience as a 19-year-old automotive designer at GM Design working with Chuck Jordan. Specifically discussing the 1:3 scale concept model of the mid-engine 1986 Corvette Indy. In an official statement, Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design said “Most people associate Chuck Jordan with very tailored and crisp designs of Cadillac and Corvette automobiles, but Chuck also had a passion for truck design and created some of GM’s most significant concept and production trucks of