America On Wheels

America On Wheels Now on display...Nicola Bulgari: A Lifetime Devotion to the American Automobile
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

06/05/2019

This Day in Auto History
6.5.1909
The first competitive event took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a gas-filled balloon race. In the handicap division, Charles Walsh’s “Hoosier” was declared winner as his balloon floated to Westmoreland, Tennesse. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

06/04/2019

This Day in Auto History
6.4.1899
Franklin Hall Marmon, son of Walter C. Marmon, was born in Indianapolis, IN. While serving as the chief test engineer for the Marmon Motor Car Company he died from a broken neck when testing new brake he had designed. Although the rollover of the two-seater roadster proved fatal for Marmon, his friend and passenger, Carl Fisher, survived the accident. He was 25 years old at the time of his demise.

06/03/2019

This Day in Auto History
6.3.1974
The Mercedes-Benz ESF24, the last of five experimental cars built to test safety features, was introduced to the public. Based on the S-Class, the car was entirely conventional in appearance, yet could withstand a frontal barrier impact crash at 40.3 mph.

06/02/2019

This Day in Auto History
6.2.1944
GMC received the Army-Navy ‘E’ award for production efficiency and achievement in supplying war equipment.

Thanks to our racers, our vendors, and our patrons for making yesterday's Eddie Sachs Memorial Slot Car Day a success.  ...
06/02/2019

Thanks to our racers, our vendors, and our patrons for making yesterday's Eddie Sachs Memorial Slot Car Day a success. And congratulations to Randy Jay Haydt on winning the Eddie Sachs Memorial Award in the featured race. And thanks to WFMX for covering the event on last night's 6:30 news. We hope to see you there next year.

06/01/2019

This Day in Auto History
6.1.1959
Martin John Brundle was born in King's Lynn, UK. Ayrton Senna's fiercest opposition in British Formula 3, Martin Brundle spend his first three seasons in Formula 1 under the tutelage of Ken Tyrrell from 1984 on, followed by a difficult season at the German Zakspeed team in 1987. But as the same time he was TWR-Jaguar's top driver in World Sportscar Championship and decided to leave Formula 1 to win the 1988 World Sportscar Group C Championship. A test schedule for the Williams GP team and standing in for an unwell Mansell at the Spa GP completed an exhausting year. Two years with the Brabham Grand Prix team in 1989 and 1991 had limited success, divided by a further season with Jaguar, the highlight of which was winning the Le Mans 24 hours in 1990. Martin also made history by finishing 1st and 2nd in the same race at Monza in 1991, driving both of the stunning Jaguar XJR 14s during the race. 1992 was Martin's most successful Formula One season alongside Michael Schumacher in the Benetton Ford team, scoring points in 11 of the final 12 races, including five podiums. Two season with Ligier in 1993 and 1995 were divided by a stint with McLaren in 1994, scoring a second place in Monaco equalling his career best result from the 1992 Italian GP. After a final season with Jordan in 1996 he became a TV commentator alongside the legendary Murray Walker only occasionally participating at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Aside his car dealerships he also partners Mark Blundell at the MB2 driver management firm.

05/31/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.31.1929
The Ford Motor Company signed a "Technical Assistance" contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union. Ford supplied many of the production parts for car manufacturers in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. Soviet factories also used Ford plants as their construction models. The agreement between Ford and the Soviet government also meant that Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labor force in the use of its parts. Many laborers, including Walter Reuther, returned form the Soviet Union with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial laborer. Reuther, the UAW's president for many years, claimed to have been galvanized by the spirit of the Soviet workforce. It was over a decade, however, before labor unions won major victories in the U.S. Although the labor activists were for the most part not Communist, nor even Communist sympathizers, Ford officials nevertheless used this threat to keep them at bay for years. During McCarthyism, many of the labor officials who had been in the Soviet Union were cited as perpetrators of "un-American activities."

05/30/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.30.1964
Edward Sachs of Center Valley PA died at age 37 in a fiery crash on the 2nd lap of the 1964 Indianapolis 500, which also claimed the life of Dave MacDonald. A multiple Sprint Car Champion, Eddie Sachs took part in 8 Indianapolis 500s. Known as the "Clown Prince of Racing, Eddie took pole position in 1960 and in 1961. America On Wheels will be remembering Eddie Sachs when the winner of the America On Wheels Grand Prix HO slot car race is awarded the Eddie Sachs Memorial Award at Saturday's event in the museum's Long Haul. The doors open at 10am and we will also have an HO drag strip and vendors selling slot car items.

05/29/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.29.1994
Moravian College graduate John Andretti became the first driver in history to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He finished tenth at Indy and thirty-sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 after suffering mechanical failures.

05/28/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.28.1919
One hundred years ago, the first Citroen car, the Model A went into production, prior to its launch in April. A massive advertising campaign had preceded it with full page advertisements in newspapers and magazines announcing the launch of 'Europe's first mass production' car. Orders for 16,000 cars were reported as having been received within the first two weeks and the break-even target of 30,000 was reported as having been reached before any car left the plant. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

05/27/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.27.1969
Fifty years ago, American stock car racer Jeremy Mayfield was born in Owensboro, KY. He drove cars for the Sadler brothers, T.W. Taylor, Cale Yarborough, Michael Kranefuss, Roger Penske, Ray Evernham, Bill Davis, and Gene Haas. In 2009, he drove for his own team, Mayfield Motorsports.

05/26/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.26.1944
Samuel Posey was born in New York, to a well-to-do family that split its time between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and old money, Brahman northern Connecticut. Sam Posey earned himself a fine reputation racing successfully in many categories, like Can-Am, Trans-Am, ICM, Formula A, IMSA and Formula 5000 as well as taking part in the 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indy 500 and the Bathurst 1000. He took part in the 1971 and 1972 US Grands Prix, each time driving a Surtees. He finished fifth in his only start in the Indianapolis 500. Later he won the 12 Hours of Sebring sharing a BMW CSL with Brian Redman, Alan Moffat and Hans Stuck. After retiring from racing, Sam became a renowned TV commentator and the author of several books including the revered autobiography, "The Mudge Pond Express". A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, he is known for his painting, and his model railroading. Suffering from Parkinson's disease, he was honored by Lime Rock Park when they named the front straightaway Sam Posey Straight.

05/25/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.25.1994
The ashes of 71-year-old George Swanson were buried (according to Swanson's request) in the driver's seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Brush Creek Cemetery near Irwin, PA. To make burial possible for a car the size of an ’84 ‘Vette, George had bought up multiple adjoining plots at Brush Creek. And keeping the health and safety of his future neighbors in mind, he and Caroline made sure that all the fluids would be drained from the car before interment. On the simple Swanson family headstone, the engraving of a Corvette is the only sign that there is the ultimate car lover buried underneath.

Currently on display are the lovely cars from the collection of Nicola Bulgari...including this 1951 Nash-Healey LeMans ...
05/24/2019

Currently on display are the lovely cars from the collection of Nicola Bulgari...including this 1951 Nash-Healey LeMans Roadster.

05/24/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.24.1899
The first public parking garage in the United States was established in Boston, Massachusetts by W. T. McCullough as the Back Bay Cycle and Motor Company. McCullough advertised the garage's opening as a "stable for renting, sale, storage, and repair of motor vehicles."

05/23/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.23.1909
The grounds of Palace House, Beaulieu UK, where the National Motor Museum(formerly the Montagu Motor Museum) is situated was used for a quarter-of-a-mile hillclimb by the Royal Auto Club.

05/22/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.22.1959
Lee Petty won the 100-mile race at Charlotte, NC in an Oldsmobile, the last victory for the brand until 1978.

05/21/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.21.1929
The Ford Model A Fordor sedan (five-window standard, three-window deluxe) was introduced.

05/20/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.20.1899
Jacob German, operator of a taxicab for the Electric Vehicle Company, became the first U. S. driver to be arrested for speeding when he was stopped by Bicycle Roundsman Schueller for driving at the "breakneck" speed of 12 mph on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. German was booked and held in jail at the East Twenty-second Street station house. He was, of course, not made to hand over his license and registration, as neither item was required until two years later in the State of New York.

05/19/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.19.2009
Tesla, the San Carlos, California electric car maker, sold a 10% stake to German auto giant Daimler. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

05/18/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.18.1969
Fifty years ago, for the first time in history, no car qualified for the Indy 500 on the first weekend of qualifying, because of rain. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring)

05/17/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.17.1904
Clement Smith and Terry Stafford are issued a United State patent for their clutch and planetary transmission design.

This week's arrival in the Lobby...
05/16/2019

This week's arrival in the Lobby...

05/16/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.16.1999
The Monaco Grand Prix, contested over 78 laps, was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher after starting from second position. It was Schumacher's 16th win with Ferrari, breaking the record held by Niki Lauda. His team-mate Eddie Irvine finished second with Mika Häkkinen third for the McLaren team. The race was Schumacher's second win of the season, his fourth at Monaco, and the result meant that he extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship, to eight points over Irvine and twelve over Häkkinen. Ferrari extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship, twenty-four points ahead of McLaren and twenty-eight ahead of Jordan with 12 races of the season remaining. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

05/15/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.15.1969
Fifty years ago, there was a dramatic finish to Le Mans 24 Hours in which Jacky Ickx in a Ford GT mark 1 and Hans Herrmann in a Porsche repeatedly dogged each other for the victory. On the last lap, Ickx let Herrmann pass him early on the Mulsanne Straight, faking he had not enough fuel anymore. Ickx used the slipstream of Herrmann to pass him again just before the end of the 5km straight thinking he could pass him back once again near the end of the lap. Ickx managed to hold on and beat Herrmann by a few seconds, or about 120 meters (394 feet). Ickx and Oliver won with the GT40 chassis 1075, the same car that had won the previous year. This was second time the same car had won two years in a row; a Bentley Speed Six had done it in 1929 and 1930. Joest Racing would later repeat this feat twice.

05/14/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.14.1969
Fifty years ago, racer Stephan Gregoire was born in Neufchateau, France. Gregoire is a former driver in the Rolex Grand-Am series and the Indy Racing League including Indianapolis 500. He made 44 IRL starts between 1996 and 2001 with a second place at Pikes Peak International Raceway as his best finish in 1997. In that season he also recorded his best ever points finish of 11th. In his 6 Indy 500 starts he has a best finish of 8th in 2000. He returned to the IRL and the "500" for the 2006 race in a car fielded by Team Leader Motorsports and finished 29th. He broke his back in an accident at Indianapolis in a practice session in 2007.

05/13/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.13.1949
Clarence Willard Avery, a driving force behind Ford Motor Company's moving assembly line, died at age 67. In 1912, Henry Ford hired Avery as Charles E. Sorensen's assistant at his Highland Park plant. Sorenson put Avery through an extensive eight-month training course, where he worked in every phase of production at the plant, learning the system. With that experience, Avery's first large project was the establishment of a moving assembly line at the plant. The assembly line project was worked on by a number of Ford's top men, including C. Harold Wills, Peter E. Martin, and Charles Ebender in addition to Avery and Sorenson. Although credit for the moving assembly line can't be pinned to one individual, those who took part acknowledged Avery as the guiding light of the project, and he became Ford's time study expert. By the end of 1913, the project had reduced assembly time for a Model T from 12.5 man-hours down to 2.7 man-hours. Later improvements reduced that time to only 1.5 man-hours.

05/12/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.12.1969
Fifty years ago, Chevrolet announced that it would discontinue production of the Corvair. The car, which had come under heavy attack in Ralph Nader’s 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed, never achieved great success, thanks mostly to its reputation for poor safety. Nader called the Corvair ‘one of the nastiest-handling cars ever built’. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

05/11/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.11.1904
The first Isle of Man speed trial was held on a half-mile hill as part of the eliminating trials for that year’s Gordon Bennett Cup Race. For the 1905 Gordon Bennett Car event it was decided to run a trial for motorcycles the day after for a team to represent Great Britain in the International Motor-Cycle Cup Races. The first Isle of Man TT race was held on Tuesday 28 May 1907 and was called the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy.

05/10/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.10.1949
Sam Breadon, a millionaire St. Louis Pierce-Arrow car dealer and the owner of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team (as well as Allentown's Breadon Field minor league stadium on the North Seventh Street Extension), died at age 72.

05/09/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.9.1949
The Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled due to the death of Prince Louis II of Monaco. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

05/08/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.8.1899
The Olds Motor Works was incorporated for $500,000, acquiring the assets of the Olds Motor Vehicle Company and the Olds Gasoline Engine Works with Samuel L. Smith as President, Ransom E. Olds as Vice President and General Manager, and Frederick L. Smith as Secretary and Treasurer.

05/07/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.7.1979
Stylists completed the full-sized clay model of the Pontiac Fiero. The Fiero was the first two-seater Pontiac since the 1926 to 1938 coupes, and the first, and still only, mass-produced mid-engine sports car by a U.S. manufacturer. It was sold for the 1984 through 1988 model years.

05/06/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.6.1994
Twenty-five years ago, the "Chunnel" tunnel, linking England and Europe, was completed.

From the current exhibit:  Nicloa Bulgari-A Lifetime of Dedication to the American Automobile.
05/05/2019

From the current exhibit: Nicloa Bulgari-A Lifetime of Dedication to the American Automobile.

05/05/2019

This Day in Auto History
5.5.1914
Erwin "Cannonball" Baker began the cross-continental motorcycle trip that would influence the way Americans would think of the "big bike" forever more. Big, strong, and lanky, Baker discovered, after buying his first motorcycle, that he possessed something like superhuman endurance for riding. In 1912, he began training for his long-distance odyssey by arranging for a number of smaller feats. He rode across Cuba, Jamaica, and Panama before taking a steamer to California, where he trained until 1914. At that time, the state of the country's roads was inconsistent; while roads could be decent in stretches surrounding cities, rural routes were almost uniformly dismal. Baker began a letter-writing campaign from California, pleading for individuals from across the country to help him plot a contiguous course across our continent. He had to devise a way of getting gasoline during the stretches of road where it wasn't readily available. Baker's entreaties were received by an enthusiastic public, who offered to pack gasoline to him by burro if need be. On this day in 1914, just three months shy of the First World War, Cannonball Baker, wearing leather riding trousers and carrying a one-gallon canteen, mounted his V-twin 1000cc Stutz Indian motorcycle and headed east toward Yuma, Arizona, with a raging sandstorm at his back. To combat thirst, Cannonball used the old Native American method of carrying a small pebble under his tongue. On the second day of his trip Baker ran out of gas just a few miles short of Agua Caliente, Arizona, and was forced to push his bike in the 119-degree desert heat. Equipped with a Smith & Wesson .38, Baker fought off a pack of dogs in Fort Apache. Dogs continued to hamper his trip; in Ellsworth, Kansas, a shepherd dog attacked his bike. "This dog seemed to have a great desire for the Goodyear rubber of my front tire," explained Baker. "The dog took a fall out of me which put me in bad shape, as I slid along the road on my elbows and knees. I kept the tire and the dog lost his life." In all, Cannonball traveled 3,379 miles across the U.S. Due to the poor roads and primitive "cradle-spring" shock absorption of his bike, he rode most of the way standing up. His feat made him a hero. Without a doubt, Cannonball's run reshaped the future of American motorcyclists. While Europe still clings to tight-handling sport bikes, many Americans want nothing more than to hop on a big Harley and cruise the wide roads that stretch from sea to shining sea.

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5 N Front St
Allentown, PA
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Hours of Operation: Summer (April-December) Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday noon to 5pm *Last ticket sales at 4pm Winter (January-March) Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm *Last ticket sales at 4pm & Sunday noon to 4pm *Last ticket sales at 3pm 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.

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