Today I had the pleasure of attending an informational meeting about the New England Auto Museum. The New England Auto Museum is a non-profit organization that has been created with the goal of opening a first class facility that preserves, interprets and exhibits automobiles and automotive artifacts in Southern New England.
During the meeting the directors of the organization outlined their goals and plans. They emphasized their ambition to go beyond a collection of cars on display. The organization was very proud of its focus plan to bring students and auto enthusiasts together to celebrate the automobile, and educate guests regarding the significant role of the automobile in New England and in the wider world from a historical, technological, social and cultural aspect.
The organization has a presence on Facebook so please ‘Like’ the page to stay informed with what’s going on with the progress of the organization. The organization also has a rudimentary website (http://neautomuseum.org) now but will be relaunching with a more comprehensive site within a few weeks. The current site has information about donating to the 501(c)(3) charity.
In addition to being extremely informative, the the meeting itself was a lot of fun. The room was full of avid auto enthusiasts and collectors. Bob Sharp (of Bob Sharp Datsun/Nissan and Paul Newman fame) attended and spoke briefly. The venue for the meeting was Dragone Classic Motorcars in Westport, Connecticut which was full of fantastic cars and memorabilia. So I spent my day talking cars with avid collectors while sitting next to a 1907 Fiat Targa Florio racer…..does it get any better than that?
Regardless, I’ll most likely featuring more information about the museum’s activities and events in the near future. For now, here are some pics I snapped while walking around Dragone’s showroom: