Reno Tahoe Blog

What's Happening Now

Posts Tagged ‘auto’

New Exhibit Takes You on the Road to America’s National Parks

Old Family TravelingIt’s hard to imagine our lives without them now, but there was a time when owning, let alone driving a car was a rare opportunity. The creation of the vehicle forever changed our world, and a new exhibit at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno showcases a unique impact that cars had on our society.

Family getaways to our nation’s breathtaking National Parks were made possible by the automobile-loving public of the 1910s who helped create a National Park-to-Park Highway. The new Masterpiece Exhibit, “Motoring Tourist: National Parks Adventure”, explores this influential group of thrill-seekers, opening Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

In the late 1910s, automobiles were able to bring man to nature like never before and the National Park Service embraced the motoring tourist creating a gigantic 5,000 mile scenic loop through 11 western states, connecting 12 national parks.

Check out the innovative gear and auto camping accessories that were created to meet the needs of the new trend at the Museum Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children age 5 and younger are free. Parking is free in the Museum lot. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit The National Automobile Museum.

Reno Historic Races brings back the street machines of yesteryear

reno_25_09They may be up to 68 years old but they scream around hairpin curves and demolish straightaways at speeds of up to 185 MPH.

They’re historic race cars and more than 100 Corvettes, Ferraris, Jaguars and Porsches along with Formula One, Can-Am and Winston Cup NASCAR-type stock cars will be competing in the 6th annual Reno Historic Races on May 1-3 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, 30 minutes east of Reno.

Select racecars will parade through downtown Reno April 30 starting at 5:30 p.m. and will be showcased on West Street in front of the West Street Market until 8 p.m. as part of the Riverwalk District’s first Art Walk.

This year the Reno Historic Races are honoring Corvette with Grand Marshall Bob Bondurant.

The Reno Historic Races deliver an exciting blend of historic production and special purpose-built racecars. The historic cars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower.

The National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, a not-for-profit organization, will benefit from a portion of ticket sales.

Test and tuning practice at Reno-Fernley Raceway, 1855 Hwy 95A starts at 9 a.m. Fri., May 1st at the raceway with races on Sat. & Sun., May 2nd and 3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the three-day Reno Historic Races are $20 and are good for practice and both race days. They can be purchased at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno at the corner of Lake and Mill streets.

For more information on the National Automobile Museum, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org. For more information on the Reno Historic Races, call (818) 249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.

- Courtesy National Automobile Museum.