March 22, 2013
High Five for America On Wheels Museum
Allentown, PA – America On Wheels Museum is having a community celebration during the month of April for their fifth anniversary. The museum has been treating families, students and out of town visitors to exhibits showcasing motorcycles, bicycles, cars and trucks since April 2008. "The museum has seen wonderful growth over these five years including the Restoration Learning Center, the Auto Art Gallery and the HubCap Café," says Linda Merkel, Executive Director. "We will continue to offer our visitors quality exhibits, exceptional educational programs and an overall outstanding museum experience."
Celebratory events, premier sponsor PPL, at America On Wheels Museum include…
April 13- New exhibit grand opening titled "Wonderful Woodies of Years Gone By" featuring world class wood bodied cars. On display: Exquisite 1941 Hudson Super Six, 1914 Model T Ford, 1947 Nash Suburban, 1951 English Ford Pilot and more! These wood bodied cars possess a style and character missing in today's mass produced cars, states Alan Gross, Museum Exhibit Chair. Help blow out the candles and then enjoy a piece of Birthday Cake at 12:30pm and enjoy a Slot Car Show until 4pm.
April 20- 5th Birthday Community Celebration- discounted $5 admission for adults and seniors, spin the prize wheel, enjoy self guided and guided museum tours and test your knowledge in the museum wide educational scavenger hunt. This day marks the Grand Opening of the Restoration Learning Center. The museum is excited to offer this unique multi-media center for visitors and school children to view the creative and restoration processes involved in returning classic vehicles to their original state of grandeur. Presentations will be ongoing.
April 21- Bulldog Beauty Contest at Noon; NEW Special Pet Blessing at 2pm; NEW Dog/ Owner Look-A-Like Contest at 2:10pm. This year's judges are Bill White, The Morning Call, Jaccii Farris, WFMZ TV and Dan Danko, Mack Truck.
April 28- Safety Square: A Major Force in Safety Education Noon to 4pm. This innovative, educational injury/accident prevention program will focus on safety education for both children and adults.
Children, adults and families are invited to the museum Noon to 4pm to participate in Safety Square. Organizations participating will be: A.B.A.T.E. Lehigh Valley (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education), The Burn Prevention Foundation, Cetronia Ambulance, Community Bike Works, Jack's Glass, Inc. and more.
"The vision of Safety Square is to provide citizens of all ages a venue to learn how to be safer when walking, riding wheeled vehicles, driving or riding in cars or buses. The goal of this interactive educational tool is the reduction of injury to individuals participating in these safety programs," says Linda Merkel, Museum Executive Director.
The Burn Prevention Network Fire Safety House Program will be on site to teach children fire safety and escape using a grade-rated, validated curriculum developed by The Burn Prevention Foundation. Children will be able to go inside the Safety House and are taught by trained professional the fire and burn hazards associated with each room. Upon leaving the inside of the Safety House a 911 programmed telephone system, at a table provides children the opportunity to practice calling 911.
The museum will also open a new pedal car exhibit in April. These close replicas of automobiles of the early 1900's were built of expensive materials and propelled by pedal mechanisms. Pedal cars were initially for children of wealthy parents but after World War II, pedal cars became accessible to more children for whom they were dream toys. Today, private collectors and museums take the greater interest in pedal cars and provide beautiful restorations.
The pedal cars in this exhibit, restored to Concours level, owned by Loren Hulber include:
- 1927 Packard Roadster
- 1935 Steelcraft Pontiac
- 1937 Garton Lincoln Zephyr
- 1937 Steelcraft Plymouth
- 1938 Gendron Hudson
- 1938 Steelcraft Supercharger
- 1941 Steelcraft Chrysler
- 1941 Garton Woodie Station Wagon & Trailer
- 1949 Murray Torpedo