Thursday, November 11, 2010
Texas Museum of Automotive History in Fair Park hosts party November 20; officially opens November 23
The museum will initially be located in the Grand Place building in Fair Park. It will relocate to the Science Museum building as its permanent home sometime during 2012-2013.
During the previous 12 months, TMAH management has worked with the City of Dallas and Fair Park to establish a world-class automotive museum that celebrates both Fair Park’s Art Deco architecture and its automobile racing heritage.
Automobile racing began in Fair Park in 1901 with an open wheel event that was the first major auto race in Texas. In 1984, international auto racing came to Fair Park in the form of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, known as the Dallas Grand Prix.
TMAH will showcase the inter-development between race cars and commercial cars from 1901 to 1984. The museum will be highly interactive and will showcase unique videos depicting the historic and classic cars as they were raced and admired in their prime.
The museum will also house The Restoration Factory, a four year program designed to teach 20 x life and work skills to at risk student ages 15 to 18. The life skills education component of the program is modeled on the highly successful First Tee program, which teaches 9 x life skills through the metaphor of golf. In addition to learning life and work skills, Restoration Factory program graduates will receive college tuition and job placement assistance.
TMAH is working with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and W. H. Adamson High School (the oldest in the DISD) to recruit 188+ students for the inaugural 2011 Restoration Factory program class.
Highlighting the Fair Park location, Stephen Page, TMAH Chairman and CEO explains: “Dallas is the fourth largest metroplex in the country with 29 million visitors annually. DFW International is the 3rd busiest airport in North America. Fair Park comprises the largest collection of Art Deco façade buildings in the world. There is no better place to locate a world- class automotive museum in America.”
The museum will initially be located in the Grand Place building in Fair Park. The city’s and the museum’s intent is that the TMAH will relocate to the Science Museum building as its permanent home sometime during 2012-2013, when the Science Museum expects to relocate to its new building near downtown Dallas. The permanent home for the museum, the Art Deco inspired Science Museum Building was constructed in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Expo.
Event Speakers include: BILL EMERSON, noted authority on Healeys, will speak on Nash and Austin Healeys, highlighting the most famous of the Healy line, “Goldie,” an Earls Court “Best of Show” winner. Emerson will also surprise guests with the first public viewing of the 1950 Nash Healey serial #2 barn find, which predates the Corvette and is considered to be the first true American sports car.
JOHNNY RUTHERFORD, also known as “Lone Star JR” is a former U.S. auto racer, celebrated for being one of only nine drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 three times – in 1974, 1976, and 1980. Rutherford began racing modified stock cars in 1959, and went on to stock car racing, making 35 NASCAR Winston Cup starts from 1963 to 1988. Rutherford won in his first start at Daytona International Speedway driving for Smokey Yunick. This made him one of the youngest drivers ever to win a full points-paying NASCAR race.
Source: Texas Museum of Automotive History
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