The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield's role in transportation history with Automobiles of Distinction, a car show to be held on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Fine automobiles from every decade from 1893 to 2007 will be exhibited.
Among the vehicles displayed will be a very rare 1927 roadster manufactured by the Indian company. The car was recently pledged to the museums by Esta Manthos, curator of the Indian Motocycle Museum. The show will also feature Springfield-built Rolls-Royces, including a 1928, one-owner, green Phantom I S273 FP, which was donated to the museums last winter by the late Allen Swift of West Hartford; a 1928 Bentley; and original copy of the Springfield-built Duryea, the first successful gasoline-powered car. More recent vehicles will include three cars that have been restored by students in the automotive technology program at Putnam Vocational Technical High School in Springfield. Richard Markham, an airbrush artist from Chicopee, will demonstrate his craft and display examples of his work, and a deejay will spin classic oldies from the '50s and '60s. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soda will be available. From 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. children and families can participate in a free scavenger hunt to find cars in the museum collections and design a custom "paint job" for a Mini-Cooper in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. There is a suggested donation of $3 for adults to view the cars. Visitors who contribute the donation will receive a 25% discount toward admission to the museums.