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I had a chance this past weekend to visit the Blackhawk Auto Museum near Danville, CA (East SFBay). I'm sure a bunch of you have been there already, but for those who don't know about it, I want to encourage you to go. It's well worth the price of admission.

The Blackhawk Auto Museum has a collection of rare and historic cars the likes of which I've never seen before. We're talking really old in most cases, with the bulk of the collection being centered around the 20s and 30s, although there are earlier cars there (bicycles with steam engines, basically) and some as late as 1968 (a Ferarri). There's an emphasis on art-deco cars as well. Sorry, no muscle cars. Still, the cars there are immaculately preserved and/or restored, and represent the finest examples of their species, including a 1948 Tucker.

What I never really realized about these old cars, and won't be apparant from these pictures, is their size. Some of these cars are simply monstrous in size, more like standing next to a train than a car. I can't imagine parallel parking these beasts. The funny thing about it is that some of the largest examples are actually two seaters. Go figure.

Anyway, here are the promised pictures:

http://www.darkbox.com/mustang/blackhawk/1948tucker.jpg

http://www.darkbox.com/mustang/blackhawk/1926daimler.jpg

http://www.darkbox.com/mustang/blackhawk/monster.jpg

http://www.darkbox.com/mustang/blackhawk/protohotrod.jpg

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Visited it a few months ago for the first time, even though I've lived in the BA all my life! Just think, in about 40 years there will be a Toyota Tercel restored and sitting there! Yea right!! Blackhawk is AWESOME!
 

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Jeez your wife is understanding! At the VMOA show on Saturday and spent Sunday at Blackhawk. I've been there a couple of times and it always takes my breath away. I've never seen so many Bugattis in one place, including the priceless (literally) Royale. The Mercedes SSK's are also gorgeous. And the Deusenbergs and the Cords and the Delahays..... Damn, I think I'll go back for a third time!
 
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Jeez your wife is understanding! At the VMOA show on Saturday and spent Sunday at Blackhawk.

Believe it or not, going to Blackhawk was her idea. I think maybe she's been infected.

Of course, there's still only so much of the Mustang she can take. Keep in mind we brought two cars to the VMOA show, and she took off after I got settled and went to the gym, looked at houses, and so on.
 
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