December 31, 2009
America On Wheels Exhibit Puts Focus On Automotive Imagination
Concept and Custom Cars From Years Past Highlighted in Winter
Allentown, Pa. - The imagination and futuristic views of
our automotive past are featured in the winter exhibit at
America On Wheels (AOW) entitled "Imagineering At Its Best
- Cool, Crazy and Creative," which includes 11 vehicles
built between 1940 and 1961.
In addition, the museum of over-the-road transportation
also presents three vehicles from the John W. Rich Automobile
Museum, including a 1912 Rauch and Lang originally owned
by Thomas Edison, a 1922 Bignan Type VAL Sport Torpedo and
a 1939 Bentley Mark V. The exhibits open Jan 9 and will
remain on display through early spring.
"Concept cars represent the true inventiveness of the American
automobile industry through the decades," said AOW Executive
Director Linda Merkel. "Even those that never made it to
full production served to inspire and many of the features
included in those concepts were later integrated into production
models for the car-buying public."
Merkel also thanked the Jack Rich family of Pottsville
for its participation and support for America On Wheels.
The "Imagineering At Its Best" Collection includes the
Romango, a 1940 Mercury Convertible from 3 Dog Garage, a
1949 Hudson and an orange 1961 Thunderbird built by Rick
Dore, and 1950 lemon twist Mercury and a 1955 Hudson Italia.
AOW also kicks off a new program in January called "Barn
Find," and the first exhibit is a pink Barris Barn Find
called the Grecian. The Barn Find program area was created
to spark curiosity among automobile fans of all ages and
draw patrons in "to see what we found in the barn," Merkel
Easily accessible to a half-dozen other renowned cultural
institutions in Allentown, AOW celebrates our nation's love
affair with motorized and non-motorized over-the-road transportation
and its permanent exhibits range from the Nadig - one of
America's first automobiles, produced in Allentown - to
the massive Mack Trucks that helped America become the most
powerful nation in the world.
AOW also offers hands-on playtime exhibits and learning
centers for the children and a souvenir shop for race fans
and anyone with an affinity for our automotive legacy.
For More Information:
Linda Merkel - Executive Director
America On Wheels Museum
5 N. Front St. Allentown, PA