As you probably know, our community gathers throughout the year. If you look out the window right now, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperature gauge – along with the geese – are headed south. What is a self-respecting automotive enthusiast to do when Mother Nature turns the page to winter?
In Hunt Valley on Saturday mornings, it may mean that our group performs a kind takeover of a few tables inside Peet’s Coffee or Panera Bread. We talk over breakfast items – and typically a coffee or tea. Maybe it’s family, work, travel, but it’s definitely about automobiles for a majority of the time.
There’s another way to express your automotive enthusiasm while keeping the bitter temperatures at bay. Take it indoors to one of our region’s automotive museums. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to meet the museum affiliates that have reached out to the Hunt Valley Horsepower community. [Some have even presented vehicles during our gatherings. See top 2 at right.]
Our automotive enthusiasm makes us familiar with what it takes to keep vehicles looking sharp and in running condition. We are – in essence – curators of our own automotive histories. It may be in the form of 1, 5, 10, 50 or 100 automobiles. It’s fair to say that there’s a kinship between us and the good folks that oversee our region’s museums.
Gather your family. Gather your car club. Maybe even gather the old crew from college or the crew from the workplace. The fire inside that we call automotive enthusiasm doesn’t have to be dulled by our coldest season.
Here are a few museums that have become part of our community over the years. Visit and be prepared to be take home a lifetime of memories.
Antique Automobile Club of America Museum – Hershey, PA - www.aacamuseum.org
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing – York Springs, PA - www.emmr.org
Fire Museum of Maryland – Lutherville, MD - www.firemuseummd.org
Simeone Museum – Philadelphia, PA – www.simeonemuseum.org