If you’re into Supercars and hot guitars, you may want to visit America on Wheels (AOW) museum at 5 North Front Street in Allentown.
According to Linda Merkel, AOW Executive Director, the museum will celebrate the Supercars; metal horsepower machines from manufacturers like Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren, plus many others you may be seeing for the first time.
“Supercars are all about exotic engines, eye-popping acceleration and breathtaking design,” said Merkel.
She goes on to say that fast cars and Rock n’ Roll go hand-in-hand, as the museum will also display a collection of rare guitars generously loaned by Martin Guitar in Nazareth. It turns out Chris Martin, of Martin Guitars, loves cars, “the faster the better” he told Merkel.
Merkel shares that cars possess personality, prestige, panache and polish much in the same vein as quality guitars.
Supercars and Guitars will officially open to the public on November 8 and will run through April 2015.
“Exhibit chairman, Alan Gross, secured 15 Supercars for this unique exhibit and includes such exotics as a 2005 Jaguar XKR, Lamborghini Countach, 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe, 2011 Audi R8, 2012 Mercedes SLS Gullwing, Porsche GT2RS, 2005 Lotus Elise, 2012 Lamborghini Performante and more,” Merkel explained.
For you guitar aficionado’s, on display will be a D-18P Martin Guitar with Elvis Presley Leather Cover Serial #1517411. Back in 2001, Martin commissioned Charles Underwood to replicate the original leather cover that he made for Elvis Presley’s Martin Dreadnought in the mid-1950s. Three additional and subsequent limited edition models were licensed with Elvis Presley Enterprises and offered in 2008 and 2009, all offered with the leather cover motif.
The display will also feature a Nub Graphics Custom Martin Guitar with case, promises Dick Boak, Martin Guitar’s Director of Museum Archives and Special Projects. Nub of Nub Graflix was commissioned by Martin Guitar to create a one-of-a-kind guitar for the 2007 Austin NAMM Show. As seen on the TV show, American Chopper, Nub paints most of the custom motorcycles built by Orange County Choppers. “His work, said Merkel, is best in its class which is fully demonstrated by this guitar that features root beer toned metal flake lacquer with special automotive detailing.”
In addition, a Concept III “Fire Mist Gold” Martin Guitar and Concept IV “Fire Mist” Martin will also be on display with unique PPG Pacecar holographic lacquer.
AOW showcases exhibits, education, entertainment and year-round events with automotive vehicles being the main attractions. General admission is $8, seniors, $6, students (6-16), $4 while children 5 and under are free.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information check www.americaonwheels.org or call 610-432-4200.
2015 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE/DODGE DURANGO NAMED MUST-SHOP SUV’S FOR TOWING
While there are a rash of crossover vehicles for sale from most auto manufacturer’s, AutoTrader.com says the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are the most shopped because of their towing ability.
For example, the 2015 Grand Cherokee offers three engine choices. There’s a 3.0-liter 240-hp, V6 EcoDiesel with whopping 420 lb/ft of torque that carries a best in class towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. If a diesel doesn’t suit you, the same towing capacity can be had by opting for a 5.7L, V8 that generates 360-hp and 390 lb/ft of torque.
The third powerplant is a Chrysler’s 3.6L, Pentastar V6 that is tow rated for 6,200 pounds. It’s still a powerful performer with 290-hp and 260 lb/ft of torque.
Over in the Dodge stable, the Durango can also be equipped with the 5.7L Hemi V8 and best in class tow rating of 7,400 pounds, or, the Pentastar V6 at the same 6,200-pound rating. The Rallye, Citadel and select Blacktop models get a power boost to 295-hp but carry the same tow rating as the Grand Cherokee.
So if you’re shopping for a competent tow vehicle, check out these two top performers.