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#1 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:04:04 PM(UTC)
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to tour The LeMay Museum America's Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. I got a VIP tour from the chief curator and learned a tremendous amount of details about how and why the museum is run.

In turn this led to research about the founding contributor Harold LeMay who at one time owned 3,500 cars and held the Guinness Book of World Records spot for largest car collection. He was a man with an amazing love of cars and this week's HMA tells his story and that of the LeMay Museum.

In addition to the story you can view an album on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/forzamotorsport

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I hope you enjoy it, it has been one of my favorite pieces to write about.

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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 4:31:29 PM(UTC)
I have been meaning to go there for quite a while... after reading this article, I have no excuses. I am going to check out the website and go ASAP. Thanks for a great article... I wonder if Turn 10 had a chance to laser scan some exhibits? ; )
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#3 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:04:24 PM(UTC)
Now THAT's a car enthusiast. That will be the second thing to do if I ever travel to Washington, right behind Dirtfish :)
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#4 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 5:05:59 PM(UTC)
Great write up, the history behind the museum is just awesome. To bad I live on the East coast, would enjoy visiting the museum.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:23:56 PM(UTC)
That's a fantastic piece!!! I haven't heard of that museum, but if I ever get to WA, I'm making a stop there. The pics of the DeTomaso Mangusta and the Tucker are personal faves.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:53:29 PM(UTC)
That museum is gorgeous! The artistry in the architecture as well as the placement of the vehicles is astounding. Of course the cars are incredible too. Thanks for sharing!

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#7 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 1:40:44 AM(UTC)
Now thats a big car collection ! I would really love to spend time on that museum too bad i live on Europe. That blue Tucker really got my attention it's such an art masterpiece. Every single car in the museum is art after all isn't it? Thanks really appreciate the tour and the pictures!

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#8 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 2:04:33 AM(UTC)
Great read and verry sad for the museum and the cars

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#9 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 2:59:48 AM(UTC)
Hi John. A lovely museum, congratulations to Mr. Le May for the passion he has had in years. I love the collection Volkswagen, Herbie is the guest star.

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#10 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 3:50:05 AM(UTC)
Hi,
great story. We have some museums her in germany too. Ilove them.

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#11 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 4:18:16 AM(UTC)
Nice nostalgic collection!
Those cars must be worth a fortune.

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#12 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 8:11:20 AM(UTC)
WOW, Mr Le May had something that's beyond passion, just insane.
If I ever visit the states, the museum will be first on my list.

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#13 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 8:18:56 AM(UTC)
That is a real nice collection of classic cars.

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#14 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 8:34:14 AM(UTC)
I saw the album on Facebook - there's some sweet (and interesting!) rides there! Did I see a Tucker of some sort, with the steerable centre headlight ( got to admit, it was a quick look and I didn't read the comments!).

Also a lot of Beetles.
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#15 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 9:07:43 AM(UTC)
Wow that's a great car collection, I love the old NASCARs
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#16 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 11:31:21 AM(UTC)
That is definately a place where I could never take my gf. I would be drooling and she would be ready to be home before we left the drive way. Sounds like future road trip planned

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#17 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 12:30:18 PM(UTC)
Great article, that is definitely a place I would like to visit someday. Since I grew up in Germany I especially like the the last picture in the article and your personal pictures that feature all those vintage VW's.

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#18 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 12:33:27 PM(UTC)
I bet you were in VW Heaven there John. That was probably my favorite HMA to read. One doesn't have to be a VW fan or even a car fan to enjoy the history that undoubtedly flows through the museum. Cars are a part of American history and to have so much diversity under one roof is just complete beauty. Great read this week! This will definitely be placed high on the bucket list of places to visit. Cheers!

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#19 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 2:24:34 PM(UTC)
I see karman's I see beetles I see camper and all sorts of wonderful things what a place. Don't get many place's like this in the UK but going to london in April and they have the classic car museum that is full of joy full things and they have there very own bat cave :o
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#20 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 3:06:38 PM(UTC)
i love anything to do with cars especially nascar and old american muscle. Thanks for the info.

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#21 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 4:35:40 PM(UTC)
DAMN that's a lot of colors and hard work. All these cars looks in really good condition they're all nice and clean and shiny. It must take a lot of people to keep these cars in such good condition. I have go to say that Lemay probably showed the most love for cars. This place looks wonderful and the architecture about the floor, mind blowing, i'll ask my dad how its done XD. another great read.
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#22 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 6:52:27 PM(UTC)
Posted my reply on your Facebook page. Sorry everyone, gonna have to like his page to find out what I replied. Hehehe Great article, john!


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#23 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2014 7:39:00 PM(UTC)
Wow this collection priceless, not only in economic terms, but the amount of automotive history in that museum is unrivaled. This man was bar none, the luckiest car guru alive owning 3500 cars! I can't wait to take my buddies there on a road trip one day. Thanks again for a great cover John.

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#24 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:29:36 AM(UTC)
Wow, I'd love to own even just a fraction of that number of incredible machines.
Even to be around a collection that size would be... Breath taking.


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#25 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2014 3:41:05 AM(UTC)
Great Article & photos - the workmanship on these vintage cars is unreal, real talent went into their production! Would love to visit the ACM sometime, it's great to see these cars preserved so well

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