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Dream Cars are coming

The Indianapolis Museum of Art debuts a new type of motor spectacle in Indianapolis with the exhibit Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, May 3 through August 23, 2015.

Dream Cars showcases some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field, including General Motors, Cadillac, and Chrysler. Along with conceptual drawings and scale models, the exhibition explores the evolution of revolutionary automobile design that pushed the limits of the imagination and shaped the future of the industry.

As I’ve said before, it’s styling that draws me to automobiles. Cars like these take me back to my high school days when I dreamed of styling automobiles. These cars were the epitome of styling in their day.

1932 Ford Speedster
Edsel Ford Model 40 Special Speedster®, 1934. Designed by Edsel Ford and Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie. Courtesy of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

For example, in 1934, Edsel Ford wanted a special auto to tool around Florida and other playgrounds of the wealthy and enlisted styling chief E.T. Gregorie to design the Model 40 Special Speedster. Gregorie fabricated this two-passenger boat-tailed speedster with cut-down door openings from hand-formed aluminum over a tubular aluminum framework. The speedster was originally painted Pearl Essence Gunmetal Dark, with a complementary gray leather interior. The sleek speedster captured the streamlining effects of the day that preceded the 1935 Miller-Ford Indianapolis 500 two-man race cars. By 1939, Gregorie redesigned the speedster’s front end by shortening the upper grills and fabricating a wide lower horizontal grille for improved cooling. The restored Speedster debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2011.

The Dream Cars exhibition presents automotive styling as rolling sculpture. Plan now to visit the Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas exhibit, and experience how these designs envisioned new ideas for transportation.

Indianapolis hosting new automotive events

In 2014, Indianapolis was voted the #1 convention city in the U. S. by USA Today. I believe part of this recognition is because Indianapolis continues to host new automotive events.

1932 Ford Speedster
1932 Ford Speedster

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is presenting Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, a major exhibition featuring rare concept cars from the 1930’s to the 21st century, from May 3 – August 23, 2015. Dream Cars showcases some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field. If you’re like me, it’s styling that draws me to automobiles. Plan now to visit the Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas exhibit, and experience how these designs envisioned new ideas for transportation.

1963 Agajanian Willard Battery Special
1963 Agajanian Willard Battery Special

Another example: last June 5-8, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. This event was the largest collection of race cars to compete in one place in the United States. The special Oval Track exhibition class featured open-wheel race cars with Indianapolis 500 or other historic racing experience.

There was something for every car enthusiast with 11 groups of competition ranging from Mini Coopers to open-wheel race cars up to 2008. The cars were on display on the infield and open to all fans, providing up-close access to the race cars. I believe every car enthusiast has to put the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational on their bucket list for 2015. This year’s event is June 11-14.

In November 2014, the Speedway announced that it will host the Bloomington Gold Corvette show, June 25-27, 2015. The nation’s prestigious and longest-running all-Corvette show will include a gigantic one-of-a-kind display of Corvettes. The event has grown substantially through the years, with 5,000 Corvettes expected to appear at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In December, the Indiana Convention Center continues to host the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. I believe the PRI Trade Show has to be the number one event for this industry. Performance racing vendors from around the world demonstrate their wares. Exhibitors ranged from sanctioning bodies to parts vendors and everyone in between. I was amazed at the presence of Indiana breath at this show.

It’s great for everyone in the hospitality community to shine the light on Indianapolis.

I am working on a number of unique occasions to augment visitor’s experiences celebrating car culture during these events. Let’s work together to share Indianapolis’ uniqueness as a destination.