Shelburne Auto Show

The Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, Vermont – June 16-17, 2018 – Click here to REGISTER NOW
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What did your Father Drive?

2018 MARKS THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VERMONT AUTOMOBILE ENTHUSIASTS AND OUR 15TH ANNUAL CLASSIC AUTO FESTIVAL IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM, JUNE 16, 17, 2018

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For 2018, the SHELBURNE MUSEUM CLASSIC AUTO FESTIVAL wishes to honor ELECTRIC CARS, which are becoming more prevalent on today’s roads.  Many people don’t realize, however, that these vehicles have a long history.  In fact, a hundred years ago, electric cars were a common sight on the streets of America, with names like Detroit Electric, Baker Electric, Columbia, Rauch and Lang… even Studebaker.  The buyers of motorcars at the time had a choice of motive power: gasoline, steam or electric.  We all know that the gasoline internal combustion engine won this contest, but this is quickly becoming history!  With this in mind, we offer an invitation to all owners of fully electric (non-hybrid) vehicles, regardless of age,to register their cars and bring them to Shelburne for this Fathers’ Day Weekend celebration.  All registered Electric Cars will be prominently displayed during the Auto Festival.

On this occasion of Fathers’ Day Weekend, we are reminded of the “Cars of Our Fathers” with a tribute to our dads, and other family members, too. We will have several large bulletin boards available for registrants and spectators to display copies of photos printed on copy paper of the cars their fathers and other family members drove in the past, so please bring copies of photos you might care to share to be displayed along side the photomontages of the images shown on the brochure and posters for this year’s show.

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Join us in Celebrating Fathers’ Day weekend and the Electric Car

We are welcoming all vehicles 1993 and earlier to participate in this celebration!

All entrants will receive a Dash Plaque and 4 passes to the Festival and the Museum for the 2 days. For Shelburne Museum Admission Fees for attendees not registering a car click here.

All entrant’s cars will be positioned on the Museum grounds according to decade of manufacture, as there will be no vehicle classes or judging. Electric Cars will have their own display area.

The venue of the Museum makes this more than just a car show; it is an event for your whole family featuring many hands-on displays throughout the Museum grounds, with its expansive collection of Vermont historical exhibits, buildings and artifacts.

We look forward to seeing you in June.  Rain or Shine!

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Weekend Highlights

Museum and Festival open to the public throughout the Festival.

  • Special Electric Vehicle display
  • Lecture by noted Early Motorized Transportation expert and mechanic Pierce Reid. In the Horseshoe Barn.
  • Display showing the restoration process, from rough condition to show-ready.
  • Hands-on early automotive activities like crank-starting a Model T, assembling a 1910 Sears car at the Shelburne Museum Train Depot, changing a “clincher type tire” and more
  • Showing of the Ken Burns documentary “Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip”, the story of Vermont physician Horatio Jackson and his epic motor trip in 1903 from San Francisco to New York. The trip took 63 1/2 days and 800 gallons of gas and has a great story!
  • Stationary engine display: see how everyday chores were made easier a hundred years ago.
  • Awards given to OLDEST ELECTRIC VEHICLE, OLDEST VEHICLE, MOST ORIGINAL (UNRESTORED) VEHICLE, FARTHEST DRIVEN VEHICLE, DIRECTOR’S AWARD, CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
  • “CAR TALK” – owners will introduce their cars, offering spectators the opportunity to learn about them
  • RECEPTION FOR ENTRANTS

Festival Rules

  • Please No Pets, Bikes or Camping
  • All vehicles must have proof of insurance on the Museum grounds.
  • All vehicles must have a fully-charged UL approved fire extinguisher, displayed alongside a front tire

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