LeMay - America’s Car Museum Revs Up For June Grand Opening with Exhibit At 2012 New York International Auto Show

Museum teams with Ace Cafe to presents a slice of what’s to come at Pacific Northwest auto museum

Apr 2, 2012

NEW YORK (April 2, 2012) – As the excitement builds for its June grand opening, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is bringing a sample of its future to the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in the Jacob Javits Center. America’s Car Museum and Ace Cafe, a legendary London cafe popular with motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, are presenting a 22,000-square-foot exhibit with a variety of cars and motorcycles located on the Lower Level, Hall 1-E, and on display April 4-8, 2012, the first weekend of the show.

ACM, which holds its grand opening June 2, is a four-story, 165,000-sq. ft. museum located on a nine-acre campus in downtown Tacoma, Wash. The museum, located 25 minutes south of Seattle, will house rotating exhibits using cars, music, film and photographs, as well as an educational center, gift shop, banquet center, café and library. Adjacent to the building is the museum’s 3.5-acre show field that will host everything from vintage car events to rock concerts and drive-in movies.

Opening exhibits at the museum will feature the cars of Harold LeMay, a Washingtonian who once owned more than 3,400 cars; Ferrari in America, Custom Coachwork vehicles, motor racing, alternative fuel vehicles, the “British Invasion” of the 1960s and the collection of Italian jewelry magnate Nicola Bulgari.

“Our exhibit is just a small taste of what visitors to America’s Car Museum will experience, with examples of cars that Americans love, including some from Nicola Bulgari’s collection,” said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “Here in New York, we’ve teamed up with the Ace Cafe to show some vintage motorcycles, including cafe racers from the 1950s and ‘60s, some of which are from the collection of Billy Joel.”
The Ace Cafe has been called the ‘mecca’ for motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. It opened in 1938 and became the birthplace of the cafe racer and mods & rockers scene in the 1950s and ‘60s. The Ace now is home to onsite and offsite motorcycle, car, and music events, the largest being the Ace Cafe Reunion/Brighton Burn Up, which has been dubbed the “world's coolest motorcycle event” and draws over 150,000 people in a single weekend.

“It's always fun working with the folks at America's Car Museum, and we think the collaboration on the display at the NY Auto Show will be great,” said Mark Wilsmore, owner of Ace Cafe London. “The vintage cafe racer motorcycles are very cool and will be a real treat for people to see.”

List of vehicles in America’s Car Museum display at the 2012 New York International Auto Show:
1963 Buick Riviera 

1936 Hudson 66 

1961 Buick Electra 225 

1935 Hupmobile 527T 

1936 Ford 

1937 Cadillac 

1930 Ford Model A 

1922 Buick 

1921 Ford Model T
1960 Imperial

1995 Porsche 993

1995 Porsche 968 Racecar 

1972 E type Jaguar 

Plymouth Hemi Cuda
1955 Porsche 35
Vintage Cafe Racer Motorcycles

ACM and Ace Cafe will team again August 24-26 for the “Summer Shakedown” vintage motorcycle show at the museum’s Haub Family Field.

About America’s Car Museum (
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, set for a June 2012 opening in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit

About Ace Cafe London (

Injected at a young age, petrol and motorcycles flow through Mark Wilsmore’s veins in equal measure. Early influences of revving bikes and rock n’ roll music began a lifelong love affair with the culture, clothes, music and the myths that surround them, making his knowledge and attention to detail legendary.

Time passed, as did the glory days of the British Motorcycle Industry and the rock n’ roll scene, but the dream lived on and in 1994, driven by his passion, he staged an event to mark the Ace Cafe’s closure in 1969. 12,000 people attended this first Ace Cafe Reunion, which has since been held every year, attracting over 150,000 visitors. It was Mark’s vision that brought the iconic cafe, back from dereliction, to the point where today it is the world’s most famous and charismatic destination and pitstop for the global “petrolhead” community. Visit .

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