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Automobile history comes alive at Savoy | Lakeside News

Most likely you keep in mind driving in your family’s Woodie station wagon in the 1950s or viewed with terrific anticipation when Richard Petty and his No. 43 raced to nationwide fame. Whatsoever your drive, a working day trip to Cartersville’s latest environment-class museum requires to be in your future.

The 65,000-square-foot Savoy Automobile Museum opened in early December to showcase the heritage and culture of the automobile. The museum’s selection involves extra than 100 restored antique and traditional vehicles showcased in large-tech galleries that also showcase initial auto artwork. Exhibitions will comprise not only vehicles from the Savoy’s selection but also motor vehicles on mortgage from collectors.

“Savoy is not just a collection of automobiles,” explained Tom Shinall, director of progress for Savoy. “Through our exhibitions, we are connecting folks with the stories of these vehicles and bringing back reminiscences that they develop.”

Just about every vehicle on display is accompanied by a storyboard that highlights the make and product. Opening exhibitions aim on The Great American Classics, American Racing, Woodies and Orphans.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty's blue car, number 43 PlymouthKing Richard’s auto

The Wonderful Hall’s American Racing Assortment displays cars and trucks pushed by Richard Petty, Dick Landy, Courtney Hizer and Bobby Rahal. Numerous race cars on financial loan include the 1969 Dodge Daytona from the Wellborne Musclecar Museum, Petty’s 1970 Plymouth Superbird and Dick Landy’s ’71 Dodge Challenger Drag Auto, both on financial loan from the Todd Werner Selection.

Yellow, three-wheeled David DivanVisitors will master about the a few-wheel Davis Divan, one particular of only 13 created by the Davis Motorcar Company in 1947 and 48. The Savoy’s mild-yellow product is at this time on display in the “Orphans” exhibition, as effectively as the 1948 Tucker on personal loan from Howard Kroplich’s non-public assortment. These automobiles pay back homage to those cars that have been brief-lived and pushed out by what inevitably grew to become the Massive A few automakers.

They will also see the museum’s oldest motor vehicle, a 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout and a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow on loan from the Richard H. Driehaus Selection in Chicago. It is a single of only five produced.

Rusted out 1954 Plymouth Savoy carWhy Savoy?

The name Savoy came from a surprise obtain on the 37-acre campus. As it was getting cleared for development, employees uncovered a rusty abandoned 1954 Plymouth Savoy. The automobile is at this time on show in between the museum and the parking good deal.

The campus attributes a landscaped showgrounds that will be the web-site of motor vehicle reveals, cruise-ins, live shows, swap fulfills and vehicle rallies. A significant Car or truck Storage Creating, not open to the public, homes the museum’s upkeep and detailing facility and vehicles in the selection that are not presently on exhibit.

The Savoy Café delivers a probability to have a meal whilst at the museum.

Savoy Vehicle Museum is the fourth in the lineup of museums in Cartersville from Ga Museums Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit firm that operates Bartow Heritage Museum, Booth Western Artwork Museum and Tellus Science Museum.

Savoy Auto Museum is open up Tuesday via Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For far more information visit savoymuseum.org or connect with (770) 416-1500.

Photographs: by Pamela A. Keene