America On Wheels

America On Wheels The Museum will be following all CDC Guidelines and recommendations. All visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing while enjoying the Museum.
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Thank you in advance for your cooperation and note that the doors close at 3pm. The amazing educational museum that opened in Allentown PA in April of 2008. Features 23,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes cars, racing vehicles, trucks, alternate fuel vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. The museum also hosts the Allentown Visitor Center for Lehigh Valley visitors to pick up literature and ask questions. www.discoverlehighvalley.com

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and note that the doors close at 3pm. The amazing educational museum that opened in Allentown PA in April of 2008. Features 23,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes cars, racing vehicles, trucks, alternate fuel vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. The museum also hosts the Allentown Visitor Center for Lehigh Valley visitors to pick up literature and ask questions. www.discoverlehighvalley.com

Mission: A museum of over the road transportation, America On Wheels is dedicated to preserving the great history of American transportation through exhibits, education and community events.

Operating as usual

11/01/2020

This Day in Auto History
11.1.1895
One hundred twenty five years ago, the first automobile club in the United States, the American Motor League, held its first planning meeting in Chicago, Illinois. There were 60 members at that time. Dr. J. Allen Hornsby was named president of the new organization, and Charles Edgar Duryea, the car manufacturer, and Hiram P. Maxim, car designer and inventor, were named vice presidents. Charles King, who constructed one of the first four-cylinder automobiles in the following year, was named treasurer. The main goal of the new AML was to encourage experimenters and inventors to manufacture horseless carriages. They had two obstacles to overcome to accomplish this. The AML had members in over 600 towns, however only existed for a few years. One of the reasons was the diversity of interests of the members. The AML could not cater to all these interests. Those that wanted an association that represented just automobile manufacturers associated themselves with trade associations. Those that wanted representation for just the engineers of the mechanical aspects associated themselves with the Society of Automotive Engineers. Motorists were represented by the American Automobile Association ("AAA"), newly formed in 1902. In 1904, the AAA merged with the very first American automobile organization, the American Motor League, under the direction of the first chairman, Augustus Post.

10/31/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.31.1895
One hundred twenty five years ago, John Henry Knight, who built Britain’s first gas-powered motor vehicle, a three-wheeled, two-seater contraption with a top speed of 8 mph, was fined half a crown plus 10 shillings costs at Farnham Petty Sessions for using a locomotive with neither a license nor a man walking in front with a red flag. Knight was restricted to using the car only on farm roads until the Locomotive Act was replaced by the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896. He was also later responsible for the repeal of the notorious Red Flag legislation. Knight’s single-cylinder vehicle, known as ‘Trusty’, was said to be ‘almost silent’ when it was running and entered a limited production run in 1896. It was the only British car at the 1896 Horseless Carriage display at Crystal Palace, and is now on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

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10/30/2020

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Just a month away...our annual Holiday Trains. Plan to attend with your family.

Just a month away...our annual Holiday Trains. Plan to attend with your family.
10/30/2020

Just a month away...our annual Holiday Trains. Plan to attend with your family.

Come in out of the weather this weekend and do something fun with the family. Explore America On Wheels Transportation M...
10/30/2020

Come in out of the weather this weekend and do something fun with the family. Explore America On Wheels Transportation Museum, and see if you can spot this sign while you are here!!!

10/30/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.30.1900
The Remington Automobile was introduced for sale. Philo E. Remington, grandson of the founder of Remington Arms , and Peter A. Stubbebein founded the Remington Automobile & Motor Company in 1900 .They moved into a plant in Ilion NY, and bought the equipment of the dissolved Quick Manufacturing Company . William A. Schmidt was the engine designer. In the same year the production of automobiles began, which were sold from October 30, 1900. The brand name was Remington . James S. Holmes became general manager. By the spring of 1901, only seven vehicles had been made. Then the company moved to Utica, also in New York. In November 1902, financial problems became known that led to bankruptcy a few weeks later. The first vehicles had a small four-cylinder engine , while many competitors relied on single-cylinder engines . They were available in strengths of 4 hp and 6 hp. There was a choice of open bodies with two and four seats. The new prices were between $750 and $1500. In 1901, the vehicles received single-cylinder engines with the same engine power as before. Some of the bodies were made by the Willoughby Company. For 1902 a model was added with a two-cylinder engine that developed 10 hp. From 1903 there was only the two-cylinder model. Two different chassis lengths with different bodies are mentioned. The shorter wheelbase vehicle was a $ 850 runabout . There was also a $ 1,350 tonneau on the longer wheelbase chassis. In July 1904 everything was sold to the Black Diamond Automobile Company.

10/29/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.29.1995
Ricky Rudd scored his first win of the season in the Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Rudd started 29th. It was the first time in NASCAR Winston Cup history that a driver has come from 29th to win a race. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

10/28/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.28.1955
Col. Elbert J. Hall died in Los Gatos, CA at age 73. His Hall-Scott aviation engines powered the super luxury Fageol car of 1917 and in 1930 was a cofounder with Norman DeVaux of the DeVaux-Hall Motors Corporation, manufacturers of the economy DeVaux of 1931-1932.

10/27/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.27.1945
Seventy five years ago, Ferdinand Porsche was arrested by U.S. military officials for his pro-Nazi activities, and was sent to France where he was held for two years before being released. After the Allied victory in World War II, Porsche, like other German industrialists who participated in the German war effort, was investigated on war-crime charges. Meanwhile, the Allies approved the continuation of the original Volkswagen program, and Volkswagen went on to become a highly successful automobile company. As his brainchild Volkswagen grew, Porsche himself returned to sports-car design and construction, completing the successful Porsche 356 in 1948 with his son Ferry Porsche. In 1951, Ferdinand Porsche suffered a stroke and died, but Ferry continued his father's impressive automotive legacy, achieving a sports car masterpiece with the introduction of the legendary Porsche 911 in 1963.

10/26/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.26.1970
Fifty years ago, California became the first US state to offer vanity license plates as Governor Ronald Reagan presented the special plate 'AMIGO' to Mr and Mrs Robert E Klees of Fullerton. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

10/25/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.25.1970
Fifty years ago, Australian Jack Brabham announced his retirement as a racing driver. Brabham was Formula One World Champion in 1959, 1960, and 1966. He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name. He was a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic and ran a small engineering workshop before he started racing midget cars in 1948. His successes with midgets in Australian and New Zealand road racing events led to his going to Britain to further his racing career. There he became part of the Cooper Car Company's racing team, building as well as racing cars. He contributed to the design of the mid-engined cars that Cooper introduced to Formula One and the Indianapolis 500, and won the Formula One world championship in 1959 and 1960. In 1962 he established his own Brabham marque with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, which in the 1960s became the largest manufacturer of customer racing cars in the world. In the 1966 Formula One season Brabham became the first (and still, the only) man to win the Formula One world championship driving one of his own cars. Brabham retired to Australia after the 1970 Formula One season, where he bought a farm and maintained business interests, which included the Engine Developments racing engine manufacturer and several garages.

Lots of time to still attend the second annual Halloween Model Car Show at America On Wheels. Enjoy the skill of the mod...
10/24/2020

Lots of time to still attend the second annual Halloween Model Car Show at America On Wheels. Enjoy the skill of the model car builders, and patronize the many vendors and the food truck on site. One admission for the museum and the show. The model cars are indoors, and the vendors on our gated lawn. The show is just today, not on Sunday as stated in some places. Masks are required...

10/24/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.24.1965
Richie Ginther scored his first and only win in the Formula One World championship at the Mexican Grand Prix. It was also Honda’s first win as Formula 1 constructor and engine builder. Born in 1930 in Hollywood, CA, his family moved to Ohio for his father's work before moving back to California and to Santa Monica, the same Californian town as future Formula One World Champion Phil Hill, and it was through Hill, a friend of Ginther's older brother, George, that he first began to race. After finishing school in 1948, Ginther followed in his father's footsteps and went to work for Douglas Aircraft, initially in the tool and die shop. In his spare time he helped Hill to repair, maintain and race his collection of old cars and hot rods, as Hill's racing career began to gather pace. Ginther made his race debut at Pebble Beach in 1951, driving a Ford-engined MG T-type sports car. He was drafted for two years of national service during the Korean War. During this time he received training and experience working in aircraft and engine mechanics, skills which he would later put to good use during his driving career. On emergence from the military, Hill requested that Ginther join him, principally as a riding mechanic, in driving a privately entered 4.1-liter Ferrari in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana. The pair ran high in the rankings until Hill lost control, crashed, and wrote off the car. Both Ginther and Hill were unharmed and returned in 1954 to take second place, beaten only by the works Ferrari of Umberto Maglioli.

Fresh from the cover of the January 1974 issue of "Hi Performance Cars" magazine, we now have the Rollin' Stoned 'cuda f...
10/23/2020

Fresh from the cover of the January 1974 issue of "Hi Performance Cars" magazine, we now have the Rollin' Stoned 'cuda funny car in our North Gallery. Well known at tracks in the East and Mid West, be sure to come in and see this piece of racing history.

10/23/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.23.1970
Fifty years ago, Gary Gabelich, driving the Blue Flame, raised the land speed record to 622.407 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, UT.

One Day Only - This Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the 2nd Annual Halloween Bash Model Car Show will...
10/22/2020

One Day Only - This Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the 2nd Annual Halloween Bash Model Car Show will be held at America On Wheels Museum, 5 North Front Street Allentown. The THEME is: Cars that ran the Dirt at Nazareth Speedway with a Sub-theme of “Specialty Cars (NicKey, Baldwin, Yenko, COPO, Hurst, etc). This year, the event will be held OUTSIDE along the Waterfront directly behind America On Wheels Museum. Bull & Bear of Allentown will be on-site as the outdoor food vendor for breakfast and lunch including burgers, hot dogs, gyros, beverages and more. $10 admission includes the Model Car Show (outdoors) as well as a tour in the Museum. To enter a Model Car entry the fee is $1.00 per Model the day of the event. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $6 for students (6-16) and FREE for children 12 and under. Credit card admission payments must be made inside the museum at the admissions counter. Cash admissions can be made at the gate to the lawn behind the museum. Masks are required at the event due to COVID-19.
For more information about the exhibit, ticket sales or special events, visit www.americaonwheels.org or call 610.432.4200 x 11.

10/22/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.22.1965
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Highway Beautification Act. This was an attempt to limit billboards and other forms of outdoor advertising, as well as with junkyards and other unsightly roadside messes, along America's interstate highways. The Highway Beautification Act was actually the pet project of the first lady, Lady Bird Johnson. The act also encouraged "scenic enhancement" by funding local efforts to clean up and landscape the green spaces on either side of the roadways.

10/21/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.21.1955
The 1956 Pontiacs were introduced. For 1956, the engines were bumped to 316 cubic inches and the horsepower up to as high as 227. The Chieftain Special received two more models with two- and four-door Catalina hardtops, while the Custom line dropped the two-door sedan and gained a four-door Catalina hardtop sedan. The front bumper became a one-piece bar with round bumper guards and reverse slash body moldings appeared.

This Day in Auto History10.20.1965The last 544 drove off the Volvo assembly line at its Lundy plant in Sweden by longtim...
10/20/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.20.1965
The last 544 drove off the Volvo assembly line at its Lundy plant in Sweden by longtime Volvo test driver Nils Wickstrom. Gustaf Larson, the engineer who had co-founded Volvo with businessman Assar Gabrielsson in 1927, was present at the ceremony. An impressive total of 440,000 Volvo PV544s had been produced during its eight-year run, over half of which had been exported. The Volvo PV544 was first introduced in 1958 as an updated version of its popular predecessor, the PV444. Like the PV444 with its laminated windscreen, the PV544 featured an important safety innovation; it was the first car to be equipped with safety belts as standard equipment. But the PV544 was also a powerful automobile, boasting a 4-speed manual transmission option and power up to 95bhp. Shortly after its introduction, the 544 became one of the most successful rally cars, dominating rally racing into the 1960s. Yet, the PV544 was also affordably priced. By the end of its run, the PV was looked old-fashioned due to the very few cosmetic changes made in the two decades the car had been on the market. "Above all," Road & Track magazine said in 1963, "the Volvo PV544 is such a practical car. Volvo's most attractive appeal lies in its solidity and its quality in every single respect. There is nothing slapdash or under-dimensioned about any part of the car and that is more than enough to compensate for any perceived lack of glamour." This 1965 Volvo PV544 is currently on display at the Volvo Museum in Gothenberg, Sweden.

10/19/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.19.1945
Seventy five years ago, Packard introduced its first post-World War II cars, the Clipper Eight Standard and Clipper Eight Deluxe.

10/18/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.18.1970
Fifty years ago, Denny Hulme drove a McLaren M8D to victory in the Laguna Seca Can-Am race. It was the eighth victory of the season for the team in a season that began only a few days after the death of defending champion Bruce McLaren. McLaren had been testing the new M8D for his Can-Am team when he was killed. Denny Hulme was joined by friend Dan Gurney in the second McLaren who won two of the three races in which he competed, but he was replaced by Peter Gethin following sponsorship conflicts starting with the fourth race of the season. The team overcame the loss of their leader to win nine of ten races during the 1970 season. Only Tony Dean's victory at Road Atlanta earlier in the season prevented the team from sweeping the series. Hulme also won the final race two weeks later. In the season's drivers championship, Lothar Motschenbacher was able to finish second, between champion Hulme and third-place Gethen.

It seems that Lowell Lister built a Chrysler powered "Crossfire" long before Chrysler came out with their own car by tha...
10/17/2020

It seems that Lowell Lister built a Chrysler powered "Crossfire" long before Chrysler came out with their own car by that name (sold from 2004-2008) when he raced this sidewinder dragster in 1957. Lister's gas-powered sidewinder ran a best of 9.7 at 156mph. And now it is on display in our Lehigh Valley Timing Association display in the hallway at America On Wheels. It is a most interesting looking machine

10/17/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.17.1910
Powel Crosley Jr., builder of the Crosley radios and automobiles and owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, married Gwendolyn Bakewell Aiken.

10/15/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.15.1920
One hundred years ago, Chris Economaki, noted motor sports television announcer and publisher of "National Speed Sports News”, was born in Brooklyn, NY. Economaki was given the title "The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism." He was an inductee of several halls of fame, including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, but many casual fans knew him mostly for for his time on ABC's Wide World of Sports. He saw his first race at age 9 at the board track in Atlantic City. He was immediately hooked on the sport. He once attempted driving a midget car at a cinder track in Pennsylvania. "It wasn't for me," says Economaki. "It was a really frightening experience. That was the first and last time I drove in competition." He died on September 28, 2012.

This Day in Auto History10.14.1965 The 1966 Oldmobiles were introduced, featuring the new front-wheel-drive Toronado. Th...
10/14/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.14.1965
The 1966 Oldmobiles were introduced, featuring the new front-wheel-drive Toronado. This example of the Oldsmoblile Toronado was in our lobby in 2019.

10/13/2020

This Day in Auto History
10.13.1915
James Couzens resigned as Vice President and Treasurer of the Ford Motor Company, but retained his 11% ownership and seat on the Board of Directors. In 1902, Henry Ford was organizing the Ford Motor Company with Alexander Malcomson as a major stakeholder. The two were seeking additional stockholders so Couzens borrowed heavily and invested $2500 in the new firm. Ford Motor Company was founded in 1903 with John S. Gray as president, Ford as vice-president, Malcomson as treasurer, and Couzens as secretary. Couzens took over the business management of the new firm for a salary of $2400. In 1906, Gray died and Malcomson was eased out of the business, making Couzens vice president and general manager of the company. The company made both Ford and Couzens wealthy, due in no small part to Couzens's business acumen. However, the two men gradually grew apart, and Couzens resigned his position as general manager, although he retained a seat on the board. In 1919, Ford purchased Couzens's shares in the company for $30,000,000.

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5 N Front St
Allentown, PA
18102

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Last ticket sale is 1 hour before closing. Free parking is available on site in our parking lot. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Students (6-16) $6 & Children 5 & under FREE ** Seniors are FREE the first Thursday of EVERY MONTH & Children/ Students 16 & under are FREE EVERY Sunday.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

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I'm so thankful you have that beautiful mural of the Ritz BBQ after today's news they are closing permanently. Visitors will enjoy seeing the Ritz as a back drop to the car displays. Along with the newly acquired Charcoal Drive-In sign; AOW will always be there to save the memories for us.
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/simeone-foundation-philadelphia-antique-auto-club-hershey-pa-free-library-archive-20191209.html Huge collection of auto manuals and materials being transferred to Hershey and S. Phila.
4th Annual Harrison Career Center FFA Tractor, Truck, Engine, and Car Show May 5, 2019 Cadiz, Ohio www.facebook.com/HCCFFA/photos/a.1555722377998841/2092869487617458/?type=3&theater
You guys are on the map for museums to visit in the USA!
We love what your doing with the city we want to be apart of it I think it's really going to turn that side of town around in a few years! Keep up the good work ;-)
My 1967 Divco Milk Truck
I have to include this picture of my 1956 Chrysler wagon currently on display at America on Wheels. This is what it looks like with the tailgate up
The Firebird III Has Landed...
The Firebird III Concept Car Has Landed!!!
Caty enjoyed visiting America On Wheels this morning to help us measure the slot car table for a new table skirt...
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