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History of the Back to the Future DeLorean | DeLorean DMC-12

Posted on 2020-02-12

The DeLorean has a long, iconic history that predates the "Back to the Future" trilogy. From the vehicle's initial design and early struggles to its inclusion in "Back to the Future" and its resurgence in the popular imagination of movie watchers, there's a lot to know about the DeLorean's journey.  Who Made the DeLorean From "Back to the Future"? Before the DeLorean became synonymous with the "Back to the Future" trilogy in the 1980s, it was the brainchild of John DeLorean who dreamed of putting his stamp on the auto industry.  As the ...

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Museum's Most Macabre Exhibit Open Free Valentine's Day

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2020-02-07

VOLO — Ninety-one years later, the bloody Valentine’s Day shootings of seven men in a Lincoln Park garage during a Prohibition-era gang war remains a pivotal point in Chicago mobster lore — a massacre that led directly to Al Capone’s downfall.Those visiting the Volo Auto Museum on Valentine’s Day weekend will have a free opportunity to learn about gangster history. The museum’s Crime and Punishment Hall, a special exhibit that normally requires a separate admission fee to enter, will be open to all museum guests at no extra charge Feb....

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Evolution of the Batmobile | History of the Batmobile

Posted on 2019-12-19

The history of the Batmobile is a long one. Starting in the 1940s, the Batmobile has been constantly revised. To understand its appeal and rich history, you'll first need to learn about the evolution of the Batmobile in television and film over the past 75 years. Due to its long run, it's hard to know exactly how many Batmobiles there have been. Through the years, the Batmobile has looked different in each comic series, film and television show. To have a broader understanding of how the Batmobile has evolved, you'll need to have a good ide...

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‘Ford v Ferrari’ GT40 to be featured in limited-time exhibit at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-12-18

‘Ford v Ferrari’ GT40 to be featured in limited-time exhibit at Volo Auto Museum VOLO — If you’ve seen “Ford v Ferrari,” you know it’s a masterful peek at an exceptional segment of automotive history. Fans will be excited to know that starting Saturday (Dec. 21) and running through Jan. 5, 2020, they can get a first-hand peek at — and picture with — one of the GT40s from the likely Best Picture-contending film. The green and white No. 95 car will be featured in a special exhibit along with a Cobra Roadster and a Daytona Coupe. “We ha...

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FOUND! The Lost Screen Used Miami Vice Daytona

Jim Suva Posted on 2019-12-09

  Miami Vice Screen Used Daytona Written by Jim Suva   In 1984, a new TV show called Miami Vice hit the air waves on NBC. It was a big hit because of the designer clothes, exotic cars, the hit sound tracks. Don Johnson starred as Sonny Crockett and Phillip Michael Thomas as Rico Tubbs as two undercover Miami Vice detectives. Sonny drove a black 1972 Ferrari Daytona GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. The Ferrari Daytona cars that were used on the first two seasons, and a few episodes of Season 3, were actually Daytona kit cars built on a Corvette c...

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Three inches or more of snow on New Year’s Day will pay for December Volo Auto Museum guests

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-12-03

Visit the Volo Auto Museum now through Christmas Eve and your admission could be on the house. “If it snows 3 inches or more on New Year’s Day, we’ll refund the full admission price paid,” said Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road. “Just hang on to your tickets.” The snowfall measurement used will be that recorded between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1, 2020, by the National Weather Service at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Grams noted. Tickets purchased Dec. 1-24 will be eligible. “There are dozens of great reasons...

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More Chuck E. Cheese animatronic characters finding new life at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-11-20

      VOLO — In a back building housing excess show cars, stacks of bulging boxes and a tractor or two stand two curiously tall, sturdy tripods — hints of musical instruments, air tubes and wiring protruding from beneath their enormous, plastic-wrapped heads. “It’s official,” said Brian Grams with no small hint of nostalgia as he pulled back the cover of a box to reveal a huge, furry paw. “All of the animatronics have been pulled from Chuck E. Cheese.” What started in 2017 with the announcement that Chuck E. Cheeses nationwide were rece...

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Famous Cursed & Haunted Cars | Most Famous Spooky Cars

Posted on 2019-10-24

We've all heard tales of haunted houses and curses placed on unlucky individuals. Though spooky mansions often get the most attention, there are a number of famous haunted cars that have terrified their owners. Some of these cursed cars have even caused their owners' deaths, leaving a wake of destruction and pain behind them. The owners of the most famous haunted cars range from movie stars to everyday people. Get ready to get spooked by the tales of famous cursed cars and their hapless owners. Famous Cars That Are Cursed The most famous ...

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Things to do When it's Rainy in Chicago - Indoor Activities

Posted on 2019-08-14

If it's raining outside, you might want to curl up under a blanket and spend a day inside. But, if you're feeling restless and are looking for things to do in Chicago when it's raining, you'll be happy to know there are many options available for you to do indoors. Best Indoor Things to Do in or Near Chicago When you start wondering what to do on a rainy Chicago day, you have a lot of options to choose from. We know that, sometimes, too many options can make it impossible to choose. To help you narrow down your options, we've compiled ou...

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Museum Under Attack for Racist Display

Posted on 2019-08-12

Museum under attack for ‘racist’ display VOLO — The Volo Auto Museum is taking heat for a display that includes model cars, a kiddie ride and a model-inspired, helmet-capped, full-size car that has some visitors up in arms over alleged Nazi ties. “So many people associate our Red Baron items with the Nazis simply because they are German,” said Brian Grams, museum director, referring to a few of the exhibits in Showroom 4. “We’ve had comments on Facebook, in emails and even in Google reviews that these items are offensive. We’ve had visi...

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