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Old 03-02-2008, 09:41 AM
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My trip to Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento Ca yestereday. Photos

Well, yesterday I took a day trip to Sacramento to visit my oldest son on his birthday. First off, he lives down town just a few blocks from the Capital building. This is a first for anyone in the Martin Family, to be living in the "big city" in a little apartment and walking to the store and resturants. I have to tell you, it is a blast! He knows all his neighbors and one of his jobs (part time for now in realestate) is just a hundred yards or so from his apartment. There are TONS of VERY nice resturants within a few blocks. The beautiful capital park with memorials to Vietnam and WWII and Firefighters from California who gave their lives. What a neat place to live, I am so proud of him.

Here is a photo from a very nice Italian resturant around the corner from his apartment where instead of giving the kids color crayons or something they give them a little ball of pizza dough to play with!


So, we got into an auto museum that I have known was there for years but never visited. (Click here)

It is a very nice museum with a bunch of super interesting information with every car. A great mixture of vintage and late model including race cars.

Here are a few examples...

How about the oldest Studebaker you will probably ever find? The Studebaker was started by a couple of blacksmiths in the nearby California Gold country. Their first effort was a wheel barrel.



Here is a couple from the raceing display..



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Old 03-02-2008, 09:50 AM
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How about a "Powell" truck made in So Cal in the Fifties? They made about 1300 of these trucks. The darn thing was on a 41 Plymouth frame that they would buy and rebuild. The body is all simple sheetmetal except the front nose and roof which where fiberglass.


How about an AMC Pacer parked next to a GM "EV1"! I didn't think I would ever see another EV1 unless I was at a GM museum. I figured they destroyed them all after the "experiment". But 12 exist and one is at the Towe. I used to work on these at my last job, interesting cars, very cool.


Here are my kids in a T C cab truck where you can sit in and make vrooom vrooom sounds.


How about a Lambrogini Countach owned by Mr. Forbes that he had Lamrogini paint "the color of money"?



I forgot this from the racecar display. A bonniville 27 T with a very hot 302 Gimmy inline six, very cool.

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Old 03-02-2008, 09:55 AM
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Here is something I had not seen in many years...take a guess what it is before you click on the link.



An original with a dent...click here
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From Studebaker wheelbarrow to dented classic (don't wanna give it away) -- very nice! Did you have an urge to tap that dent back out? It's easy to see it in the full photo after seeing the close-up.

Love the pizza dough pic, too! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:31 AM
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Grouch, I loved the sign at the dented car, "Please do not knock or touch this car, take our word for it, it is and original and not a replica".

There are a number of cars there that would be very nice projects. However, most (maybe most) were fully restored and very nice. It had a very nice mixture, everywhere from a Stanley Steamer to cut-a-ways of Ford Flathead (a number of them) and early Ford rear ends to a stunning Chris Craft wooden speed boat. How about a "Hard top" racer from the fifties? It was a Duece five window on a channel frame with an Ardun headed flatty! A big display of very early cars as well as interesting stories behind the cars. One was a 42 Lincoln that the owners parents bought new to Model T fruit market truck that the owner used to swipe apples off of on down town Sacramento streets as a child!

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Are my eyes deceiving me or is that engine set in the chassis at an odd angle?

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That's to miss the driver's seat.
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hey brian, next time you go to SAC check out the railroad musium in old sacramento. it is awesome and you can spend a whole day in there. it is close to the state capitol building right by the river. it is one of the best musiums i've ever been to--and i've been t a lot!! they have trains going all the way back to the gold rush days. OH, great pics.
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I wish I had known of the museum when I was in Sac for a week last winter. Sorry to say, I was in old Sac and didn't stray too far from the hotel. I do know where I will be going next time I'm there! Cool pics, Brian.
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I have been in the Railroad museum a few times. We actually thought about going thru it yesterday but came to our senses being we only had a few more hours there. And yes, it is one of the best ever, probably THE best on railroad.

For any of you who have not been there, this is an amazing place. Most of the displays look like the quality you would see at a car show, VERY nice. And it is huge, all indoors.

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I wish I had known of the museum when I was in Sac for a week last winter. Sorry to say, I was in old Sac and didn't stray too far from the hotel. I do know where I will be going next time I'm there! Cool pics, Brian.
I have to tell you, I was VERY disappointed with "Old Sac". I haven't been there in a number of years and it was like a bad seen from a "Back to the Future" movie where "Bifftown" is all run down and trashy. I couldn't believe how trashy with gang bang thug looking guys to the friggin bikers with no mufflers and blasting music from their "Donk" Harleys. Man was that disappointing. Down town where my son lives is a thousand times nicer than Old Sac, there is no comparison!

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Are my eyes deceiving me or is that engine set in the chassis at an odd angle?
I hadn't noticed, but it sure is isn't it!

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Did you happen to take any photos of the Stanley Steamer? I've been fascinated with them ever since reading, as a pre-teen, about a custom one running 110 mph (memory?) in the very early 1900's (190-something). The article said it became airborn, flipped and killed the driver, but I couldn't get over the speed compared to gas engines at the time.
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Wow - I live about 3 hours from Sac, and I never knew they had an automotive museum there. When we go down to Woodland in April, I'll have to make a side trip. This thread made me long for the good old days of the Harrah collection up here. Shame that it's gone now, but that's for another thread...
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Thanks for the pics Brian.....very cool place! Jerry
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