Historic Auto Attractions opens for season

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-118236379317005.jpg’, ‘Photo and caption courtesy of www.historicautoattractions.com‘, ‘After years of neglect, the Grateful Dead’s original tour bus has been placed on display at Historic Auto Attractions, 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe. “She was the sound bus, the caboose, No. 5 in a caravan and unofficially the party bus where the guys relaxed with their friends after the show,” said Butch Patrick, owner of the bus and former child actor best remembered as Eddie Munster on television’s The Munsters. All of the original furnishings and décor have been preserved. The ceiling is lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others who visited the bus.‘);

ROSCOE—Historic Auto Attractions, 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, opened its doors for its sixth season Saturday, May 26. Keeping with tradition, Historic Auto Attractions has made many changes and added many new additions to its already impressive collection.

Some of the changes for this year are:

Adding to the large collection of Presidential and World Leaders cars, the museum has on loan from the Gilmore Museum a 1984 Chrysler Secret Service limousine. This was a prototype built by Chrysler for the SS to see if it would be approved to make a fleet of limos for President Ronald Reagan.

The James Dean display has been remodeled, making room for lifelike mannequins of the legend in two of his most famous movies, Giant and Rebel Without a Cause, as well as a piece of the James Dean death car, the only known piece of the car in existence.

A brand-new display of Elvis memorabilia including a recently-acquired artifact, the microphone from the studios of MGM that Elvis did all his MGM recordings on.

Brand-new additions to the Buddy Holly and Marilyn Monroe case; a pair of both the legends’ eyeglasses will be on display.

A new section of the museum is dedicated to Gone With the Wind, with various artifacts from the movie, as well as a display featuring Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

New cases of Hollywood memorabilia from John Wayne, Don Knotts, Harry Morgan, Diana Ross, Janis Joplin and so many more!

Historic Auto Attractions has many cars and automobiles relating to World War II and has now acquired more than 30 pieces of uniforms, swords, hats and other memorabilia from that time to accent the cars on display.

Civil War and post-Civil War uniforms surrounding the Ulysses S. Grant carriage.

A collection of military hats spanning the ages and from around the world.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays (with the exception of holidays). Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, kids 6-15, $6, and children younger than 6 get in free.

from the June 20-26, 2007, issue

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