Tuner Cars Glow at America’s Car Museum

Seventeen cutting-edge passenger vehicles make up a new exhibit at America’s Car Museum, called “Tuners@ACM.” These modern cars are lightweight, personalized, and very technologically advanced. Tuner cars – just like the hot rods that preceded them in the 1940s and ’50s – have a history steeped in customization of engines, as well as chassis modification, suspension and structure, interiors, paint, and body. Changes range from mild to wild depending on the owner of the tuner car. Each owner is able to use the vehicle to express their own creativity and uniqueness.

“History has a way of repeating itself,” says the ACM Curator of Exhibitory, Scott Keller. “Just like early hot-rodders, the tuner subculture is primarily driven by young enthusiasts who look to convey their individuality through their automobiles.”

The tuner subculture Keller mentions, which traces its roots back to the 1970s, has since become a multibillion dollar industry and a beloved pastime for countless auto buffs. Tuners@ACM features some of the hottest examples of tuners– like APR’s RLMS, a 2018 VW Golf R homage to Touring Car Racing recently nominated as a Toyo Tires Top Build at SEMA.

“The automobile has ingrained itself as part of our society’s culture for more than 100 years,” Keller says. “Regardless of the canvas, the one thing that transcends time is that a car can truly be a work of art, limited only by the owner’s creativity. We are thrilled to be able to put such a display together for our visitors.”

The vehicles presented in Tuners@ACM are:

  • 1971 Datsun 240z
  • 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-X
  • 1972 Datsun 510
  • 1978 Toyota Cressida
  • 1982 Nissan 180sx
  • 1983 Mitsubishi Starion
  • 1992 Honda Civic Si
  • 1992 Mazda MX-5
  • 1999 Honda Civic Type-R
  • 2000 Audi S4
  • 2000 BMW M3 Wagon
  • 2003 Mitsubishi EVO
  • 2006 VW GTI
  • 2008 Nissan 350z
  • 2011 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2015 Nissan GTR
  • 2018 VW Golf R

For more information about other exhibits at America’s Car Museum, visit americascarmuseum.org.

America’s Car Museum celebrates BMW’s Centennial

To celebrate 100 years of BMW, America’s Car Museum (ACM) is opened a new exhibit on May 7 – “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” – to highlight some of the brand’s most gripping vehicles. BMW has amassed a strong sub-culture by redefining performance luxury vehicles, such as the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, 1988 BMW E30 M3 and the forward-looking 2016 BMW i8, which are all in the display.

While BMW began manufacturing airplane engines in 1916, it wasn’t until 1932 when the Munich-based company put together its first automobile. It built a reputation for producing exciting cars at the same time that the German autobahn was conceived.

In the 1970s, BMW began marketing as “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and has used the tagline for countless iconic road cars since. The slogan, coined under the guidance of industry luminary Bob Lutz, is widely recognized as one of the best of all auto manufacturers and has served BMW well for the past 42 years.

To pay respect to such a storied brand, ACM enlisted the help of several of its long-time backers – including ACM Board Member Manfred Scharmach, renowned BMW collector Peter Gleeson and Brooks Motor Works owner Kevin Brooks – to ensure that BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation would have an unmatched assortment of vintage and modern BMWs for guests of all ages.

“A big thanks also goes out to the BMW Car Club of America and all who submitted their vehicles for helping us fill the display, with nearly two dozen vehicles, it is truly a must-see for BMW fans!” Said ACM Curator of Exhibits Scott Keller.

The BMW Car Club of America, which alerted its member-base that the Museum was looking to represent BMW’s history with a wide range of cars and motorcycles, held it’s Puget Sound and Oregon chapters meet-up at ACM on May 15.

“BMW’s centennial celebration is a huge milestone, which we wanted to honor in a big way,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “The support we received from the BMW community resulted in more vehicle submissions than any other display in ACM’s four-year history. It allowed us to secure a robust assortment vehicles and led to one of our best exhibits to date.”

For more information on the BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation and other exhibits currently on view at ACM, visit americascarmuseum.org