Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts December 2001
Short Cuts:Venues with traction
Model venue: Walter P. Chrysler Museum
Sport utility vehicles may be the rage today, but when it comes
to the spirit of the automobile era, nothing captures the
imagination more than a lovingly restored vintage car. Several car
museums offer groups the opportunity to wine, dine and mingle among
beautifully crafted models of yesteryear.
At the 12-acre Henry Ford Museum (www.hfmgv.org) in Dearborn, Mich., a stone’s throw
from Ford Motor Co.’s world headquarters, a series of exhibits
chronicles the impact of the automobile on American life. Displays
include the original Ford Model T, the limousine in which John F.
Kennedy was assassinated and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Opened just two years ago, Detroit’s Walter P. Chrysler Museum
(daimlerchrysler.com) features a rotating tower showcasing
three of the company’s classics, including the 1941 Thunderbolt.
The museum’s basement houses a re-creation of the original lab
where the V8 engine was developed. Exhibits trace the company’s
history from its beginnings in 1925 to its takeover by Daimler-Benz
Speed demons might prefer the National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.com) in Bowling Green, Ky. Designed to
mimic the lines of a race car, the building houses a collection of
the classic roadsters dating from 1953, when the first Corvette was
introduced. The cars are displayed against a 1950s backdrop,
including a barbershop and a service station. Groups also can visit
a production plant that offers twice-daily tours at 9:00 a.m. and
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