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History Losing a special place

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RR, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. RR
    Joined: Nov 30, 2008
    Posts: 94


    Hopefully not far off topic- the Tupelo Auto Museum in Tupelo, MS is closing in late March/ early April, 2019. This collection was mostly owned by one guy and includes a Tucker and a lot of 50's and earlier cars that are stock for the most part. It is going to be auctioned in April. If you have never been there, it is worth the visit before they close.

    I have been there many times and lived not far from it for a few years. I really hate to see this closing- it was my go to auto museum. I would go there on Sunday's and just walk and look. To think about who owned the cars in their lives and to look at all the ways that the car builders tried to make cars- it is really interesting and cool. But I guess like all good things, it had to end. I wish I could buy a car but I am sure that they will go for more than I can afford. I do know that there is a good bit of auto memorabilia there and some parts I believe in the bays that are not normally shown. BTW- I am not advertising for the museum or the sale (I am not connected to it other than just a fan), but I am more lamenting the loss of the museum. My wife had my 50th birthday there because she knew how much I love the place.

    Most of us have lost a car we look back on and miss. Have you ever lost an auto related place that was special to you? A drive in? A gas station? A speed shop?
  2. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,446

    from norcal

  3. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,062

    from Quincy, IL


    Thank you for your heartfelt commentary. I think I can identify with your sentiments. I have enjoyed the privilege of a few ‘special places’ in my life to date........that no longer exist. I expect that is a common human experience but may not be often much as felt.

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  4. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,578


    The 64 Drive in, The Corral, The 64 Y, The Brass Rail, The Canteena Villa, The Dog House, The Big-O-Burger, The Red Onion, need I go on?

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  5. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,257


    I'd think that most of us who are older have come up on the loosing end when it comes to cool car guy hangouts. The gas station where the owner/mechanic tuned the hot cars in the area and car guys hung out at is gone. A lot of speed shops bit the dust years ago when guys decided the could order parts from Summit or other online sources for a lot less.
    One local to the area burger joint that was the go to car guy hang out in the 60's is still there and still puts out great burgers but what used to be a huge parking lot has streets running through it now and the parking is limited. You could pick up a girl, find someone to race against or get in a fight there in the 60's and sometimes all three transpired from the same event.
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  6. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,608

    from Tampa, FL

    I visited there a few years back, some very cool cars there. I'm surprised that one of the big auto auction houses isn't handling the "collection of" at one of their big events. Gary
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  7. Ralphies54
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 700


    I've got a different take on museums, It's a great place for the one-off cars and brass stuff etc. but a room full of old fords, chev, mopars, muscle cars is just plain wrong, those cars should be out on the road in the hands of enthusiast. People ( the non automotive public) can better appreciate them at a car show, cruise nite or just coming at them on the road. Most private museums are just someone's hoard. I'll make popcorn!! Ralphie
  8. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,811


    I went there after visiting Elvis's home. Damn nice museum ..
  9. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,688


    The Tupelo Museum is a wonderful place. I especially like how the cars are displayed in chronological order. Saw some cars there I didn't even know existed. Sorry to hear it is closing.

    The Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas is a pretty neat place and also the Auto World Museum in Fulton, Missouri is definitely worth a visit. Auto World lets visitors get up close and personal with the cars since they are not roped off. One can really examine the details on the vehicles.
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  10. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,969


    It’s a pretty nice collection of cars, came across it when I was there when I had a project in the area.

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