The N.C. Transportation Museum Highlights Ford and GM with Back to Back Auto Shows Aug. 4 and 11

Release date: 8/1/2012

SPENCER – The N.C. Transportation Museum will highlight two titans of the auto industry with back-to-back weekend auto shows this August. Saturday, Aug. 4, the N.C. Transportation Museum hosts the annual All Ford Show. This year, GM owners will have their turn Saturday, Aug. 11 with the museum’s 1st Annual All GM Show. 
Previously the only auto show put on by the N.C. Transportation Museum without help from an outside club, the All Ford Show is historically the museum’s largest showing of vehicles. Spread across the museum grounds, the show is a great gathering of vehicles from throughout Ford’s history.
Rather than a focus on muscle cars, like many auto shows, the museum sees a great turnout of Model A’s and T’s and other classic Fords. There is still plenty for “gear heads” to marvel over, however, with vintage Mustangs, T-birds and more. Ford orphans, like Mercury and Lincoln cars, are also invited to this showing of one of the most successful brands in history.
This year’s featured vehicle for show cars is the Ford Thunderbird. The museum’s featured vehicle will be the 1907 Ford Model R, which preceded the enormously successful Ford Model T by one year. The Model R has been a part of the museum’s collection for six years and is displayed in the Bumper to Bumper exhibit.
Spectators and vehicle registration are free for the Aug. 4 All Ford Show, though admission is required for exhibits and the museum’s on-site train ride. The show runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards handed out for People’s Choice Best in Show, as well as People’s Choice 2nd Place, 3rd Place and the Best Featured Vehicle. Pre-registration is requested, but not required, by calling Bob Hopkins at 704-636-2889 ext. 256.
Aug. 11 sees the beginning of a new tradition, with the museum’s 1st Annual All GM Show. Featuring vintage to modern Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Buicks and more, the show answers those who have called for a showing of GM vehicles comparable to the successful All Ford Show.
Vehicle registration is $6 and regular museum admission applies for the visitors. The show will be held around the historic Bob Julian Roundhouse. Pre-registration is requested, but not required, by calling Bob Hopkins at 704-636-2889 ext. 256.
The museum will award trophies for People’s Choice Best in Show, as well as People’s Choice 2nd and 3rd Place.
As a bonus for visitors Aug. 11, the museum will also be hosting the final 2nd Saturdays program of the year. 2nd Saturdays is a statewide initiative by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources combining arts and heritage at all 37 state historic sites  
 For the Aug 11 edition of the program, several costumed interpreters will be stationed across the museum grounds for a special look at museum exhibits, from a hobo who rides the rails without paying the fare, to a real life pilot of some of the largest passenger planes ever to take to the skies. From the air to the rails to the road, these volunteers will share stories of transportation history.
For more information on auto shows or the museum’s 2nd Saturdays programming, visit
About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit