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Volo Auto Museum delays reopening

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2020-07-10

Volo Auto Museum delays reopening Grams family focuses on enhancements, visitor experience VOLO — The wait will be worth it. That is the promise of Volo Auto Museum owners, who’ve chosen to focus on ongoing improvements rather than reopening amidst restrictions that would diminish the guest experience. Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road, noted that several fans have reminded him that Phase 4 of Illinois’ pandemic-prompted Restore Illinois plan allows museums to reopen. “Some folks have let us know they ...

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History of Music Machines | Evolution of Music Players

Posted on 2020-06-19

According to a recent report, the average person spends about 18 hours a week listening to music. With modern technology, it's easier than ever before to find and listen to our favorite songs. Most of us would have a difficult time imagining a world devoid of all recorded music. It enhances nearly every area of our lives, including road trips, waiting rooms and even grocery stores.  Of course, this wasn't always the case. Before the evolution of music listening brought us to where we are today, enjoying recorded music required more time a...

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At the Volo Auto Museum, we don’t disappoint

Posted on 2020-06-12

A NOTE TO OUR FANS   Here at the Volo Auto Museum, we pride ourselves on offering our visitors a second-to-none experience.   Anything less is unacceptable.   So, while Illinois appears to be on track to enter Phase 4 of its pandemic-prompted Restore Illinois plan in late June or early July, we won’t finalize our strategic reopening plan until we know more about the limitations Phase 4 would impose on a business like ours.   Trust us. We’d like nothing more than to welcome back our many longtime and loyal fans, as well as those new...

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The History of Dom's Charger | Fast and Furious Charger

Posted on 2020-05-20

The Fast & Furious franchise has captivated movie-going audiences for years with fast cars and death-defying stunts. In addition to the explosive chase sequences and racing that the films offer, the films have produced characters beloved by fans.  One of the main characters is Dominic "Dom" Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, who has appeared in 7 of the 9 movies. As these movies are focused on cars, Dom's character isn't complete without his vehicle. What Car Does Dom Drive? When it came to creating a car for Dom, the filmmakers knew th...

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Evolution of Warfare | How War Has Changed Over Time

Posted on 2020-05-14

Human history is filled with warfare between tribes, nations and empires. The equipment used in war has progressed from sharpened sticks and rocks to automatic guns and predator missiles. Each new piece of military technology changes the way people fight and the tactics employed. If you want to know how wars change over time, you have to understand the changes to military equipment. How Has War Developed Over Time? With the arrival of new technologies and innovations in weaponry, warfare has gone through huge evolutions in the past two h...

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It is with profound sadness that the Grams family announces the passing of a champion of the collector car community

Posted on 2020-05-13

  Bill Grams, co-founder of the Volo Auto Museum, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the age of 77. He was a tremendous father, devoted husband, cherished brother, uncle and grandfather, and generous, caring brother-in-law. Often seen in the front row of the auctions of his longtime friend Dana Mecum, Bill was highly regarded and widely recognized by collectors large and small across the country. Chances are, in fact, if you participated in the collector car auction scene in the past several decades, you shared a laugh with Bill. Friendly, ...

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We found the upside to downtime

Posted on 2020-05-05

  Here at the Volo Auto Museum, we found the upside to downtime, and we can’t wait to show you. While we’ve been closed to the public, our crews have been hard at work crafting even more magical things to see, upgrading existing exhibits and putting out all-new displays — all with your safety top of mind. Our museum features 33 jaw-dropping, no-touch exhibits spread over 150,000 square feet of indoor space, making social distancing a snap. And, upon our June 1 reopening (or as shortly thereafter as the fates will allow), we’ll feature a ne...

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Volo Auto Museum to sell Michael Jordan’s Bentley

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2020-05-04

Volo Auto Museum to sell Michael Jordan’s Bentley The 2005 car inspired the 2006 Nike “Air” Jordan shoes VOLO — Imagine floating down the highway in the same sort of luxury as the most famously gifted basketball player of all time — a 2005 Bentley so sleek and nimble that it actually inspired a pair of that famous player’s famous shoes.Now picture yourself at the wheel of the very same car that Michael “Air” Jordan himself drove from the year he bought it new until he sold it to the Volo Auto Museum in 2011. For $129,995, you can make th...

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Batmobile to lead parade in Volo May 1

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2020-04-29

Batmobile to lead parade in Volo May 1 Village, Volo Auto Museum collaborate to bring good cheer VOLO — Residents sheltering in place in the Terra Springs, Remington Pointe and other Volo subdivisions will want to step outside — or at least come to their windows — this Friday afternoon.After all, they won’t want to miss it when the Batmobile and a handful of the Volo Auto Museum’s other amazing cars snake through their neighborhoods.Starting at 1 p.m. May 1, several cars including the Batmobile, a Ghostbusters car, the museum’s ¾-scale t...

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The History of the Carousel | Origins of the Carousel

Posted on 2020-04-15

Do you remember carrying cotton candy in one hand and a fist full of nickels in the other as you made your way to the merry-go-round? It’s an iconic memory to which many people can relate. Today, we know these classic amusement rides to have beautiful rotating centers with platforms of crafted horses, galloping in circles. Sometimes an organ is playing, sometimes you're grabbing brass rings and sometimes you’re watching from the side, holding all the prizes. Also called merry-go-rounds, jumpers, horseabouts, gallopers and flying horses, ca...

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