TAKE A DRIVE DOWN MEMORY LANE
with Sevrign Coleman
According to the 1997 Guinness Book of World Records, at its peak, the LeMay Car Collection exceeded 3,000 vehicles. This collection was the foundation for what has become the LeMay Car Museum, located just down the street from the Tacoma Dome, south of Seattle. Harold E. LeMay is quoted as saying, “I don’t go for just the dollar value car. If it is unusual, I like it. So, I am kind of a maverick, since I am not a dyed-in-thewool Chevy, Ford, or Duesenberg man. I see it, I like it, I buy it.”
The museum welcomes you to stroll the four floors of collector cars, with several volunteers floating through the venue, happy to give you specific information on any car that might catch your eye. My favorite stop is the Saleen Mustang collection. Steve Saleen, an accomplished racer himself, founded the Saleen engineer company in 2002 with a contract from Ford to design and manufacture the legendary GT40. His cars have been seen on the big screen in movies such as Transformers, Fast and Furious, Ironman, and more. The exhibit, “Saleen: A Journey from the Heart of a Racer to America’s Supercar“, examines four decades of Saleen’s designs, with different cars rotating into the exhibit throughout the year-long display.
Got a taste for something more European? The British Invasion exhibit features Jaguar, Mini, Austin-Healey and Lotus; some of the cars and the culture introduced to American after WWII and through
But the museum isn’t just for sports and muscle-car fans. The four floors of automobile history also provide a trip down memory lane, to the beginnings of the combustion engine and the horseless carriage. Where grandpa can enjoy some of the vehicles he marveled at when he was just a boy. Classic cars from the 1930’s built by companies long retired from the production line. Names such as Darrin, Packard, Erdman & Rossi, Dietrich, and Derham; along with modern day industry titans such as Mercedes Benz and Lincoln.
$18 person admission fee, $5 parking. Discounts are available for seniors and youth.