Gearhead Getaways: 5 Things to Do for Labor Day 2012 for Car Lovers
Drivers, racers, auto enthusiasts, and gearheads! According to a survey, 28.2 million of you will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend. If you’re not sure where you’re headed, we’ve compiled a list of car-related events and destinations all over the country. Get out and drive!
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
When is it not fun to look at antique cars? The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the country, which means they’ve got some of the best automobiles on showcase. Be sure to check out John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz. Aside from the beautiful cars, the museum is frequently host to outside events. On Labor Day weekend, you can check out a concert featuring the music of Patsy Cline.
Petersen Automotive Museum
If you’re on the West Coast for Labor Day, check out the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. This family friendly museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the automobile, especially the impact of cars on life in Los Angeles. The museum is usually closed on Mondays, but they’ll be giving tours as usual on Labor Day, so take this opportunity to share your love of cars with the next generation. Maybe the traffic won’t be so bad.
Los Angeles, CA
Drive Invasion is a fantastic all-day (and nearly all-night) event that’s equal parts antique car show, live music festival, and outdoor movie marathon. To add to the fun, it’s all hosted at the Starlight Six Drive-In Theater in Atlanta. This year, they’re showing the 1972 horror film Blacula, John Carpenter’s comedy Big Trouble in Little China, and the dystopian cult film starring Harrison Ford, Blade Runner. Hint: You can save $5 on your ticket price if you buy pre-sale. And bring an umbrella, just in case.
Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is, of course, one of the greatest racetracks in America. It also boasts one the best tributes to auto racing and history in its Hall of Fame Museum. You’ll see plenty of rare racecars, including the very car that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with Ray Harroun at the wheel. Called the The Marmon Wasp, this famous car was even featured on a postage stamp. Send me a postcard?
Wherever you go for Labor Day, get there in style with a GG Bailey custom car mat.
Tell us what other car-related Labor Day events we should add to this list.