Wheels of Change - Cars and Culture of the Sixties at the Saratoga Automobile Museum

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Wheels of Change could describe almost anything in today's world, but it most perfectly describes the current exhibit on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Like so many of the places my blogging has taken me, places close to home that I'd never visited...not once in my life, the Saratoga Automobile Museum joins a long list of treasures that I've missed.  A recent piece on the local news alerted me to this exhibit, Wheels of Change, and I knew immediately I had to feature it in the blog.  I'm not a car enthusiast, but I did grow up in the 60's and this colorful exhibit showcases the cars and culture of the 1960's.  Not only that, one of the cars on display is a 1963 Plymouth Rambler.  My dad had a red Rambler in the mid 60's, so I felt drawn to revisiting that decade of my life....so very long ago.

"The 1960's were one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in world history, marked by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, political assassinations and the emerging generation gap.  In stark contrast to the 1950's, the auto industry also saw dramatic changes.  Styling, safety, size and so much more evolved.  Come and Explore Wheels of Change: Cars & Culture of the 1960's" .....from the Saratoga Automobile Museum website.
1963 Buick Riviera

1963 Rambler American 330

1966 Volkswagon Microbus and 1962 Corvair Monza Wagon
1963 Corvette Split Window

This baby reminded me of John's '77 Corvette, the same color

1966 Jaguar E-type, series and 1967 Austin Healy 3000MK BJ-8

1960 Plymouth XNR Concept

1972 Lamborghini
Each car had a descriptive placard for the true car aficionados.  For the rest of us, just the sight of these colorful beauties and a trip down memory lane was enough.  The Wheels of Change exhibit will be at the museum until October 27, 2019.

Ongoing exhibits include East of Detroit which provides a detailed look at the auto industry in New York State as well as a look back in time at the innovations of different New Yorkers in their quest to create the car of their dreams.

This 1928 Franklin Airman Series, 12 Sport Sedan was formerly owned by Charles Lindbergh.

Race car fans will also enjoy the 'Racing in New York' exhibit....full of cool race cars, jackets, memorabilia and the New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame.

I've given you a big preview here, but there's more, much more to see and explore. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located in the Saratoga State Park in the Saratoga Bottling Plant....a gorgeous structure built in 1934.  The museum opened to the public in 2002.  It's mission is this, "to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts."  The museum is open from Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.  During August, it is open seven days a week.  Adult admission is $8.50, Seniors and Students with I.D. - $6.00,  Active Military - $6.00, Kids 6-16 - $4.00, Under 6 is free.....all a very fair and worthwhile price.  Whether you're a true-blue car enthusiast or just want to show your kids what cars 'used' to look like in the old days, this is a great way to spend an hour.  Avid enthusiasts may linger longer, but a great experience can be had without walking a mile or boring your clan (wife).  I say it again, as I've said so many times before about the great venues in our great state....what took me so long to discover this treasure?  For more information on the museum: http://www.saratogaautomuseum.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/saratogaautomuseum/
Me & Mom and our '64 Rambler

If you enjoyed this post and want to read more about old autos, check out my earlier post featuring the Hemmings Motor News museum where John's old bike (1950's) is on display.  How Old Is Old Enough to Be an Antique? Just Ask The Folks at Hemmings Motor News

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