Travel, Etc. --> Dream Cars
An Exhibit at the IMA, 2015
We spent the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend seeing some amazing cars....but we weren't at the track. Seeking a less crowded alternative, we decided that a trip to the Dream Cars exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a leisurely lunch made more sense. This traveling exhibit that originated in Atlanta has brought together what are perhaps 17 of the most interesting examples of automotive design and innovation ever put in the same venue. These rare concept cars from the 1930s through the 2000s represents European and American boundary-breaking experimental exercises in automotive innovation. With the exception of the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid (you can own your own today for only $845,000), none of these cars ever reached full production status, but many of them had a far-reaching influence on automotive design.
For example, today's Buick LeSabre looks nothing like Harley Earl's 1951 LeSabre XP8, but it certainly shows you where the popular fin designs of the mid to late1950s came from.
And while the term "Dream Cars" was coined by General Motors in the early 1950's, concept cars had always existed. My two favorites were the earliest examples of forward thinking experimentation. The art deco-esque, curvilinear shapes of the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe Coupe might make it one of the most beautiful cars ever built.
And the 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne that took "Best of Show" at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2011 was truly amazing.
I have been a gearhead since I was 12 years old and I'm sure that I remember the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74, also designed by Harley J. Earl from the cover of Motor Trend magazine...
These cars are all so cool, you really need to go and see for yourself. Be sure and do the audio tour - it gives you so much more information and detail. The exhibit runs through August 23, and remember, the museum now charges $18/person for admission (that includes parking and the special exhibit), but better yet, become a member. It is only $75/year for a dual/ family or $55 for an individual. Visit twice a year (which we do easily) and you have paid for it. And yes, I'm a little ticked that they have blocked bicycle access to the grounds, but I hope that reason will prevail.
June 17, 2015