Bust! The Cars That History Left Behind
Runs August 11 through October 28
The California Automobile Museum’s latest special exhibit, Bust! The cars that history left behind takes a look at what are known in the car collecting world as “orphan cars:” those built by automakers that are no longer in production. Among the dearly (and some recently) departed will be one of the most spectacular failures in automotive history, the DeLorean DMC-12! Conceived by former General Motors executive John DeLorean, the stainless steel-bodied sports car became notorious when DeLorean was arrested on charges of attempting to smuggle cocaine in a desperate bid to raise money to save his company, then later rocketed to movie stardom as the time machine in the Back to the Future series.
Bust! will also attempt to put to rest a controversy that has long plagued fans of orphan cars: to be a true orphan, does the whole company have to have gone out of business, or do retired brand names (such as GM’s Pontiac and Oldsmobile, Chrysler’s Plymouth, and Ford’s Mercury) by companies that still make cars count? Visitors will be able to cast their vote to decide by the end of the exhibit on October 21 what counts as an orphan car!
This exhibit is appropriate for the whole family.