TACOMA, Wash. (Mar. 8, 2012) – From the Beatles to Bond, “swinging ‘60s London” was a time when British fashion, music and automobiles swept across American society. LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has developed an exhibit to commemorate this cultural revolution, which will debut at the museum’s grand opening on Saturday, June 2.
“The British Invasion” display will feature some of England’s most notable vehicles, including Mini, MG, Austin-Healy, Triumph, Jaguar and 007’s iconic Aston Martin.
“This exhibit celebrates that magical time when British culture exploded onto the American scene.” says Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer. “And just for fun, there will be a nod to the Mods and Rockers and their café bikes that buzzed around the streets of London in the `60s.”
Even the English race cars had flair, as evidenced by ACM’s 1965 British Racing Green Lotus, symbolic of the period’s open-wheel racing. Donated by John and Marilyn Dimmer, this classic racer, of which only 22 were made, will be front and center in the display.
“We’ve enjoyed competing with this car for many years, but it’s time to let others enjoy it,” said John Dimmer, whose family has driven the Lotus in numerous vintage racing events, including the Tasman Revival in Australia and the Goodwood Circuit Revival Meeting in England. “This car is a beautiful representation of 1960s racing. I’m delighted it has found a home at ACM.”
The Tacoma-based museum, which will house up to 500 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, is dedicated to preserving and highlighting America’s love affair with the automobile. Sitting on a nine-acre campus overlooking Tacoma’s Foss Waterway, the four-level, 165,000 square-foot facility will host concerts, collector car shows and drive-in movies in the coming year, and is already serving as the site for conventions, corporate meetings and events.
For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.