The Gateway Auto Museum

We were heading toward Arizona and leaving Colorado despite many miles yet to travel and we came across a wonderful museum put together by the founder of the Discovery Channel, John Hendricks.  The property is beautiful and the museum was fabulous.  It was a combination of his own view of the automobile as part of his life experiences and his obvious love of how it transformed America.

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First was a film explaining just what the automobile meant to America and what to expect as you explored the collection.

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Then you left the theatre to see what was on display.

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The Indian motorcycle, of course a favorite of mine since it was part of Springfield, Massachusetts, history.

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How the magic of Hollywood influenced What the automobile meant.  As the stars of the cinema lived their surreal lives so their cars became surreal dreams of life.

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I mean, who would imagine powering your car with a V16 engine?

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How the car that evolved in the 1950’s and 1960’s defined what America was and where it expected to go.

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What defined Route 66?  The car?  The song? The TV show? Or was it just the time in history?

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It was an exciting exhibit that will touch your automotive soul while it brings back memories and lets you reexamine your perspective of the automobile and our country’s history.

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