Each fall, the Springfield Museums pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with their annual History on the Move car show. This fall’s event will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 9 am to 3 pm on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited. Among the vehicles on display will be a 1922 Hupmobile Touring car, a 1942 US Air Force Jeep, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin, and many other makes and models.
To help celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, Paul Mennett, host of NESN’s Cruisin’ New England television show, will be on hand with a number of unique muscle cars as part of his ongoing “Super Wheels Showdown” competition.
Car show visitors can also view the transportation exhibits in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Cars on display in the museum include an experimental roadster made by the Indian company, an 1899 three-wheeled Knox made in Springfield, two Springfield-built Rolls-Royces, a 1912 Atlas, and a 1903 Stevens-Duryea, the oldest surviving model of its kind and only recently re-installed following repairs. Also on view in the museum is the famous Indian Motocycle collection donated by Esta Manthos.
Ongoing activities will include:
- Driving demonstrations of a replica of the Springfield-built 1893 Duryea, the first successful gasoline-powered car.
- Award ceremony for Best Pre-1950 vehicles, Best Post-1950 vehicles, Best in Show, and People’s Choice; 2 p.m.
- Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket exhibit featuring classic jackets and motorcycles, including Elvis Presley’s 1956 Model K Harley. ($5 special exhibit fee required).
- Music provided by DJ Gary Francis, and lunches and snacks available in the Blake House Café.
The car show is free with the price of museum admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $8 for children 3-17, and free for children under three and museum members. The fee provides admission to all Springfield Museums. Springfield residents are free with proof of address.