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1933 Dymaxion Replica- Returns March 26

Dymaxion

(Please note-- the Dymaxion is on its way to the Amelia Island Councors d'Elegance event in Jacksonville, FL and will be back on a more permanent display starting March 26, 2015.)

Backwards To the Future

Lane Motor Museum Announces Completion of Classic Dymaxion Replica and Appearance at Amelia Island

After eight years, Lane Motor Museum is pleased to finally announce that its replica of Dymaxion Car #1 is complete and will go on display starting Feb. 26, 2015.

Three Dymaxion Cars were produced between 1933 and 1934 by famed futuristic visionary Buckminster Fuller. The Dymaxions were legendary for being far ahead of their time in both design and technology. The three-wheeled Dymaxions, powered by a Ford V-8 engine, could achieve 30 mpg and carried up to 11 passengers. The Dymaxions were teardrop-shaped for aerodynamic efficiency and could reach speeds of 90 mph. The cars also featured front wheel drive, a rear mounted engine, and rear wheel steering.

As advanced as the Dymaxions were, the project failed to attract sufficient funding to continue, and the project stalled. Two of the cars were sold; one was destroyed in a crash, the other in a fire.

The sole remaining, non-running, original Dymaxion rests at the National Automobile Musueum in Reno, NV. Now, thanks to a dedicated team of restorers and mechanics, Lane Motor Museum has one of their own. After undertaking the project in 2007 and after taking many twists and turns, the retrofuturistic Dymaxion is back and here to stay.

“The Dymaxion just makes sense for us to have at the museum,” said Director Jeff Lane. “The design is well ahead of its time and its looks definitely fit the uniquely different philosophy we build our collection around. After doing lots of research, we decided that Dymaxion #1 was the best fit for the museum and now it’s here.”

In 1934, an original Dymaxion was driven on a road trip to Connecticut by famous designer Isamu Noguchi, who helped design the wonder car. This year, Lane Motor Museum Director Jeff Lane will be driving Lane Motor Museum’s example on a road trip of its own from Nashville to make its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida on March 15, 2015.

About Lane Motor Museum: TheLane Motor Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2002 by Jeff Lane. Museum director Jeff Lane searches out cars that are technically significant or uniquely different. The goal of Lane Motor Museum is to share in the mission of collecting and preserving automotive history for future generations. For more information about the cars, hours, or the mission of Lane Motor Museum visit: http://www.lanemuseum.org/.

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Postwar People Movers

 

Postwar People Movers Exhibit

Growing up in the USA probably evokes fond memories of “the family truckster”. Some families had sensible sedans, while others may have had a minivan or a wagon. Who doesn’t remember the family Impala, Roadmaster, or Country Squire?

The post-World War II period in Europe was no different. As governments rebuilt their infrastructure and families rebuilt their lives, the need for sensible transportation was vital to getting the economy running again. The postwar period from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in Western Europe brought about an unprecedented economic boom. In Germany it was called “das Wirtschaftswunder”, in Italy, “il Miracolo Economico”, and in France, “les Trente Glorieuses”. No matter the name, the meaning was the same – new wealth, strong employment, and easier access to power and resources – it was a period of growth and prosperity in the West.

The largely Communist East, on the other hand, did not enjoy the benefits of the European Recovery Program, aka the ERP or The Marshall Plan. Many Eastern industries were nationalized and consolidated under Communist rule, including automobile manufacturing. Consequently, many familiar marques were lost, but a few new ones were formed, or reborn. But, again, the need for sensible, affordable transportation remained, as strong here as across the border.

Seen here are but a few examples of “the family car” as may have been found on Eastern and Western European streets during the period of 1945-1973, or “the Glorious Thirty” as France called it. While the needs on both sides were very similar, it should be noted that the ability to fulfill those needs were far different, East and West. The West enjoyed access to fresh ideas, raw materials, and seemingly limitless energy, while the East struggled with leftover ideas, worn-out equipment, and trade sanctions.

Both sides managed to make do, just in different ways…

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Buying a car in East Berlin? Put your name on a list and be prepared to wait – most likely several years. Demand outstripped supply by 5X! Used cars were instantly attainable, and commanded far higher prices than new ones!

Cars were often heavy body-on-frame, of poor material quality, and used antiquated, noisy, smoky two-stroke engines. Some, like Tatra, were quite advanced, but only meant for the elite.

Car model life was often measured in decades. Trabants and Wartburgs were virtually unchanged from 1957 to 1990.

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Buying a car in Munich, Paris, or Rome? Walk in with funds and drive away!

Many cars were of galvanized unibody construction with powerful, quiet four-stroke engines and decent creature comforts, like heaters.

Manufacturers brought fresh new designs to market regularly, incorporating new technology such as fuel injection, disc brakes, and improved safety equipment.

 

 

 

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Events

 

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  • April 2-13, 2015
  • Hoods Up! DisplayEver want to look under the hoods of our cars? Now's your chance! During this one week event we

    will have the hoods up on several cars throughout the museum!

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  • June 6, 2015-10am-12pm
  • Member Exclusive*- Basement Free Time! Museum Members will enjoy special access to see the collection stored in

    our basement area from 10am-12pm. This is not a guided tour or reception but just open time to walk around and experience the rest of our 400 car

    collection. Members may bring the number of guests allowed by their membership. Become a member!

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  • June 6, 2015-10am-4pm
  • Museum Fun Day!Join us for rides, demonstrations and free basement tours in the afternoon. At 2pm, museum

    Director Jeff Lane will give Director's Talk about our main exhibit (opens May 21), Les Autos Françaises: 60 Years of French Automotive

    History. (Rides & basement tour are first come, first served.)

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  • June 21, 2015- 10am-4pm
  • Father's Day- A Free Day for Dad! Join us for our annual Father's Day event when dear old Dad gets free admission

    to the museum! We'll offer special demonstrations and basement tours all day!(Rides & basement tour are first come, first served.)

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  • July 18, 2015-10am-12pm
  • Member Exclusive*- Basement Free Time! Museum Members will enjoy special access to see the collection stored in

    our basement area from 10am-12pm. This is not a guided tour or reception but just open time to walk around and experience the rest of our 400 car

    collection. Members may bring the number of guests allowed by their membership. Become a member!

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  • July 18, 2015-10am-4pm
  • Museum Fun Day!Join us for rides, demonstrations and free basement tours in the afternoon.(Rides & basement tour are first come, first served.)
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  • November 5-9, 2015
  • Military Appreciation Week! Visit between November 6-10, 2014 and receive free admission for active and retired

    military with ID.

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  • November 12- December 7, 2015
  • Toys for Tots Drive- Get free admission to the museum with your donation of an unwrapped toy worth $5 or more!
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  • November 14, 2015- time TBD
  • *MEMBER EXCLUSIVE*- Annual Member Reception. Become a member!
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  • November 27, 2015- 10am-5pm
  • Day After Thanksgiving Family Fun! Join us for a special day at the museum with car rides, free basement tours

    and demonstrations! (First come, first served! Space for events is limited and some rides and demonstrations may be canceled for inclement

    weather.)

 

Exhibits

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Currently On Display

  • On Display Until January 11, 2016
  • Made in Japan
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  • On Display Until March 9, 2015
  • Director's Cut- A selection of cars from our collection selected by museum director, Jeff Lane.
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  • On Display Until May 18, 2015
  • Microcar Exhibit- Come enjoy an expanded look at our growing collection of Microcars from around the world.
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  • On Display- No End Date
  • The Lane Family Cars- Four classic MG's that were each owned by a different member of the Lane Family.
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  • On Display- No End Date
  • 100 Years of Leyat- This fascinating exhibit explores the many ideas of Marcel Leyat-- from propeller-driven cars

    and flight trainers to his invention of an alternative method to musical notation.

 

Appearances

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