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Most iconic ‘Fast and Furious’ car returning to Volo

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-12-05

  VOLO — Volo Auto Museum officials have bought and sold hundreds of celebrity and film-famous cars in the decades since the museum’s 1960 founding.    Never, however, have they so regretted a decision to let one go that they were willing to pay more to bring it back than they made on its sale. Until now. And they’re pretty sure Dominic Toretto would approve. As will “Fast and Furious” franchise fans everywhere.   In fact, officials here are so excited about the imminent return of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from 2001’s “The Fast and T...

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Volo champions Trump beauty as Cadillac debuts ‘Beast’

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-09-26

VOLO — Thirty years after Cadillac first introduced a Trump-branded limousine, the manufacturer this week debuted the “Beast,” a $1.5 million, 20,000-pound XT6-like limo built for the former marketing maverick now escorted by the Secret Service.   And while it’s highly unlikely the average citizen will catch more than a passing glimpse of the latter, the former remains on view at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road.   The Beast — by all accounts the most impressive in a long line of specially designed, extensively fortified a...

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‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean joins Volo Auto Museum’s eBay auction lineup

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-09-14

‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean joins  Volo Auto Museum’s eBay auction lineup   VOLO — It’s a perennial fan favorite that came surprisingly close to being given away as part of a 2015 promotion involving the Chicago Cubs, who were predicted in a certain film to win the World Series that year.    Sadly for Cubs and “Back to the Future” DeLorean fans, it would be another year before the boys in blue would claim the championship. But for those still interested in the Volo Auto Museum’s flux-capacitor-fueled DeLorean, 2018 could be the year...

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Volo Auto Museum bucks national trend Upcoming auction to make way for fresh displays

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-08-27

  Volo Auto Museum bucks national trend Upcoming auction to make way for fresh displays    VOLO — When the Volo Auto Museum sells some of its famous TV and movie cars and other novelties this September, it won’t be because officials are downsizing or cutting their losses. Rather, it will be the continuation of a winning strategy that has helped this increasingly eclectic museum located in a small northern Illinois town to buck the trend that has been closing the doors of other auto museums nationwide.    When the Volo Auto Museum sel...

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Year of the Tucker celebrated at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-08-24

Year of the Tucker celebrated at Volo Auto Museum   VOLO — Seventy years ago, a visionary rocked the U.S. auto industry. Thirty years ago, filmmakers memorialized him. And today, the Volo Auto Museum honors the legend.   The new Tucker display in Showroom 2 pays homage to the spectacular rise and fall of Preston Tucker, who took on the Big Three automakers back in the late 1940s to launch a wildly popular — but short-lived — independent brand. With much fanfare, Tuckers were introduced to the public in the summer of 1948. But the Chica...

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Custom Car Hall of Famer building new tour train for Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-07-06

Custom Car Hall of Famer building  new tour train for Volo Auto Museum   VOLO — Guided passenger tours at Volo Auto Museum have been a popular summer tradition ever since they were introduced eight years ago. And with Custom Car Hall of Famer Keith Dean fabricating a new “locomotive” to pull the museum’s open-air cars, the cool factor is set for full steam ahead, Museum Director Brian Grams said.     The museum offers 35-minute tours Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the summer, giving guests a chance to sit back and relax as they...

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Restored Chuck E. Cheese animatronics on display at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-06-19

  Chuck E. Cheese animatronics show restored The Beagles reunite to museum guests’ delight   VOLO — One of Chuck E. Cheese’s first-ever animatronics shows, restored to its full former glory, is once again entertaining audiences with Beatles standards like “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Drive My Car.”   That last is an especially appropriate song title for The Beagles’ new performance venue — in the Volo Auto Museum’s own Show Biz Pizza Place, 27582 Volo Village Road.   From the tip of their Beatles hairdos to the...

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Top Cats’ July 8th Ride for Dreams benefits NISRA

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-05-30

  Top Cats’ June 10 New Rain Date July 8th!  Ride for Dreams benefits NISRA Volo Auto Museum director to lead ride in Ghost Rider Hell Charger    VOLO — A June 10 guided motorcycle ride that starts at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and ends at the Volo Auto Museum will benefit the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association.   It’s the 22nd annual Ride for Dreams coordinated by Top Cats Illinois, a group of business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who enjoy motorcycles. The ride starts at 11:30 a.m. and is open to all. Registrat...

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Volo Auto Museum, McHenry Outdoor Theater, D.C. Cobb’s team up for Nostalgic Day Giveaways

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-05-11

      Volo Auto Museum, McHenry Outdoor Theater, D.C. Cobb’s team up for Nostalgic Day Giveaways   VOLO — You could win two free tickets to the Volo Auto Museum, a $25 gift card to D.C. Cobb’s and two free admissions to the McHenry Outdoor Theater — plus free popcorn and fountain drinks for two at the theater.    And that’s not all. Winners also get to watch the movie from a head-turning, 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe, courtesy of the museum.    And that’s not all, either. Your chance to win arrives not just once this summer, but we...

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Volo Auto Museum opens outdoor space Memorial Day weekend with new exhibits

Sheryl DeVore News-Sun Posted on 2018-05-08

  The Volo Auto Museum isn’t just about vintage cars anymore. In the past several years, museum owner Brian Grams has added an antique kiddie ride exhibit, a place for families to eat pizza and view animated displays, a 1.5-ton antique music machine and an antique arcade games exhibit, among others. This Memorial Day weekend when the outdoor section opens for the summer, visitors can also view the new Beagles animated puppet show the museum obtained from Chuck E. Cheese’s and other expanded exhibits not necessarily related to cars, but ...