Dream Cars Exhibition
Atlanta High Museum 7-26-2014
The Allure Of The Automobile 5-7-2010 From May 2010 Running Board
Fifteen members of the Club went to the High Museum of Art on May 7 to see “The Allure of the Automobile” exhibit. We saw automobiles from the 1930’s to the 1950’s that represented the best of automotive designs from the period. Mechanically, the automobiles were heads and shoulders above their contemporaries also. Most these automobiles would travel over a 100 mph off the showroom floor.
Stylistically, these cars had innovations that in some cases did not appear in the market place for twenty or more years. Some of these vehicles looked as though they were traveling at speed while they were standing still. A number of them were owned in the beginning by movie stars. This was an outstanding exhibit that is very unlikely that these automobiles would ever be assembled in one place again. A Mercedes and a Porsche came from museums in Stuttgart, Germany. Others are owned by individuals and museums in the USA. Everyone enjoyed seeing these automobiles.
Ed’s note: We thank Fred for planning and leading this very interesting outing.
DREAM CARS TOUR
Saturday morning twenty-three people assembled at the Lindquist home on a clear morning for the tour. The group left
in twelve cars at 9:00 A.M. and drove down Peachtree Rd. and Peachtree St. to the High Museum of Art at 15th St. and Peachtree.
The cars were parked in front of Symphony Hall in the designated area where the cars would get the most exposure to those
people walking in the area. The group met up with those members who drove directly to the location and then walked over to
the Museum. We were met by a museum representative who provided the badges and divided the thirty-four people into three
groups who then met with their guides for the tour.
The each guide took their group to the second floor display area. Each guide then provided background information about
the origin and development of the cars. These cars were concept vehicles to test design ideas to determiner the public’s interest
in the designs. Among the cars were the 1940 Chrysler Thunderbolt, the 1951 GM La Sabre, the GM 1954 Thunderbird I, the
1934 Edsel Ford two place personal car, the 1936 Stout Scarab, the 1935 Bugatti coupe, and a recent BMW fabric covered
frame roadster. Each of the cars displayed pushed the design envelope with ideas that were later incorporated into production
vehicles. There was documentation for each vehicle that provided details of design concept and the ideas that were later
incorporated into the cars we know. It was truly an outstanding display of vehicles.
The group drove to the Landmark Diner for lunch after leaving the museum. The restaurant staff was waiting for the group
of thirty-two who were then seated. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and especially the desserts. No one left the restaurant hungry
when they departed for home.
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