On view September 22 - May 12, 2013
Where were you in 1968? And what were you driving?
The California Automobile Museum will take a detailed look at the tumultuous year – and the cars that were part of it – in its “1968” centerpiece exhibit, kicking off Sept. 22 and running through May 12, 2013.
The showcase will include sweeping, colorful walls with information and photos of cars of the era, automotive magazines, popular culture of the times and a time line of key 1968 events, many of which occurred in the Golden State. Special events and displays will celebrate the music of the late 1960s, clothing styles, auto racing, automotive advertisements and car toys.
And of course, a revolving display of 1968 cars will be the center of attention. Museum staff plans a lineup that will include such memorable models as the Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger, Chevy Nova, Ford Mustang, Plymouth Road Runner, Ford Torino and various foreign makes.
In line with the Museum’s mission to teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives, exhibit storyboards will include detailed information of the cars and significant occurrences of 1968, a year that saw Richard Nixon elected president, activism on college campuses and ongoing debate about the war in Vietnam. A special museum program will reach out to area educators and middle- to high school-age students.
By Mark Glover August, 2012