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If you're a car guy* in Northeast Ohio, you live for summer weekends. Just about every Saturday and Sunday are packed with shows, swaps, cruise-ins, etc. We've really been blessed with terrific summer weather this year but, as the fringe effects of Gustav are predicted to hit our area tonight and tomorrow, you start thinking about the indoor options we have to get our car fix. Fortunately, we have some terrific options.
One of the world's great automotive museums, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, is conveniently located in the University Circle area of Cleveland. Part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Museum was established in the 1930's by the legendary automotive and aerospace pioneer, Frederick C. Crawford of TRW. The museum on East Blvd. has a rotating display of nearly 200 special vehicles from pre-1900 pioneer automobiles to modern day concept cars. It is open seven days a week and more information (including a complete inventory of their cars) is available at www.wrhs.org.
Though smaller and less well-known, the Canton Classic Car Museum (www.cantonclassiccar.org) is a gem. You will find an amazing array of great American Classic cars from the 20's and 30's as well as excellent examples of muscle cars and micros. The fifty car display is housed in an historic Model T facility with a variety of period artifacts sprinkled about.
Once you've seen these great cars and have the dt's to add something new to your collection, saunter over to Motorcar Portfolio (www.motorcarportfolio.com), in the bottom level of the McKinley Grand Hotel in downtown Canton. There's no admission charge to visit the inventory of this interesting antique car dealer and, with an ever-changing inventory, you never know what you may find. They have established a reputation as THE source for Bliss Surreys, which were the last automobiles manufactured in Canton.
If the weather people happen to be wrong about this weekend's weather (that never happens, right?), save these suggestions for the long winter months ahead. Maybe I'll see you there!
* The term "car guy", as used in this blog, is not gender specific.