2010 was a Very Good Year for America’s Car Museum… for a Number of Reasons

Dec 15, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. (Dec. 15, 2010) – 2010 was a breakthrough year for LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM).  Construction began at the Tacoma, Wash. facility in June and will be completed by fall 2011, fundraising reached record levels and plans are already being developed for the grand opening.

Here’s a 2010 “by-the-numbers” recap:

$60 million.  Money raised to-date to construct the Museum.

501(c)(3).  ACM is a non-profit charitable organization.

$9.5 million.  Fund raising target for the current “Race to the Finish” campaign, which is for exhibitory, operating, education and car collection funding.

$34 million.  Estimated annual economic impact on the Tacoma area.

165,000 sq.-ft.  Size of the Museum.

4.  Museum floors.

175.  Average amount of vehicles that will be displayed each day at ACM.

3.5 acres.  Size of the ACM show field, which will host an annual car show with about 300 vehicles.

391,590 sq-ft. (9 acres).  Dimensions of the entire ACM campus.

7,900 cubic yards.  The amount of concrete in the building (not including site concrete).

10-31-11.  Projected completion date for construction.

7.9 million.  People that will annually drive by ACM along Interstate 5, the dominant roadway between Tacoma and other parts of Puget Sound.

100,000.  Number of school children expected to visit the Museum (and its accompanying library/education center) each year.  Note: The ACM education center is currently building curriculum for 3rd – 12th graders.

3,500.  In the mid-1990s, the cars, motorcycles and trucks in the collection of founders Harold and Nancy LeMay – the largest privately owned collection in the world.

425,000.  Projected number of ACM annual visitors who will learn and be entertained about the role cars have played in our heritage.

30.  People on the ACM board of directors.  
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200.  Volunteers required to support the new Museum’s operations.

150.  Workers per-day (at peak) on the Museum construction site.

$50.  Annual cost of ACM membership.

2,400.  ACM charter members – from 41 states and 4 countries.

199,638. Tacoma residents (based on 2009 Census Bureau stats).

4.2 million.  Residents in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, which ranks 15th in total population among U.S. markets.

14 million.  Annual visitors to the region.

26.  Miles separating Seattle and Tacoma.

25.  Miles separating Olympia (the Washington state capital) and Tacoma.

1,939.  Miles separating Detroit and Tacoma.

Official Providers

State Farm Mutual Insurance Company Napa Auto Parts AAA Washington Titus Will Automotive, Inc.
Hagerty Insurance Arscentia, Inc. BMW Northwest Bardahl
BNY Mellon Wealth Management Coca - Cola Columbia Bank Flex-a-lite Consolidated
Getty Images, Seattle Griot's Garage Hedges Family Estate Hemmings
Inde MotorSport Ranch Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Michael Craft Photography Microsoft
Hotel Murano New York International Auto Show Olympic Eagle Distributing Pacific Raceways
Passport Transport Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charitable Trust Sameday Scratch and Dent Repair Seattle International Auto Show
SiteCrafting, Inc. Sports Car Market Magazine TriArc True Collection
U.S. Bank Washington Liftruck, Inc. Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association

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