- Historic Auto Attractions
Historic Auto Attractions is an automobile, history and pop culture
museumin Roscoe, Illinois, most known for its large collection of artifacts associated with the John F. Kennedy assassination. It is owned by local racecar owner Wayne Lensing and was opened in 2002. [Historic Auto Attractions Web site]
John F. Kennedy
* The centerpiece of the museum focuses on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and features the secret service car that followed Kennedy's in the presidential motorcade, the belongings in Kennedy's suitcase on the day of his assassination, the printing press from the
Dallas Morning Newson November 23, 1963, and a piece of the fence from the infamous grassy knoll.
* The flag that was draped on Kennedy's casket while he laid in the East Room of the White House.
* The ambulance used to transport
Lee Harvey Oswaldto the hospital after being shot by Jack Ruby.
* Eighteen designer dresses from
Jacqueline Kennedy's wardrobe, as well as two of JFK's own suits, one worn on the floor of the Senate and one worn during his presidency.
* The personal
limousinesand secret service cars of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Evita Peron, the King of Siamand the British Royal Family.
* The personal staff cars of
Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmlerand Joseph Stalin.
* The personal parade cars of
Benito Mussolini, Japanese Emperor Hirohitoand Nikita Khrushchev.
* Original copies of the German and
Japanese surrenderdocuments of World War II.
* The flag that flew over the
U.S. Capitol buildingduring the United States Bicentennial.
* A rare official document signed by
King Louis XVIin 1789.
Pop Culture Icons
Elvis Presley's personal 1972 Lincoln Mark IV, and other personables, including a pair of glasses supposedly destroyed by Presley in a "fit of rage."
Johnny Cash's Cadillacfrom his " One Piece at a Time" video.
*The last known piece of
James Dean's Porsche 550Spyder, the car he was killed in during an accident in 1955.
Buddy Holly, including a pair of his trademark sunglasses.
*Handwritten lyrics from the
Big Bopper, recovered from the wreckage his fatal plane crash (a.k.a. " The Day the Music Died").
Grateful Dead's tour bus, "Sugar Magnolia," featuring their signature deadheadsymbol and an interior ceiling lined with posters, currently on loan to the museum from the Munsters' Butch Patrick.
*A large mirror and other props used during the filming of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_with_the_Wind_%28film%29 "Gone With the Wind"]
*Clothing worn by
Hank Williams, Sr., Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynneand Jim Reeves.
Conway Twitty's personal 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II.
Howard Hughes' 1960 Cadillac limousine.
Colonel Sanders' 1939 Lincoln K Limousine V-12.
Automobiles from TV/Movies
Batmobileand the Bat Rocket from Batman Returns, as well as a Batmobile from the original 1960's " The Batman" TV series.
*A replica of the
DeLoreanfrom Back to the Future.
*A replica of the
Ghostbusters' 1959 Cadillac.
*A Bullethole-ridden car from the 1967's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_Clyde_(film) "Bonnie and Clyde"] .
*The Wagon Queen
Family Truckster, the station wagon created for " National Lampoon's Vacation."
Ford Galaxiefrom the Andy Griffith Show.
Sanford & Son's 1950 Mercury pickup, with props from the show in its cargo bed.
*A stone and wood car from the 1994 film version of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones_%28film%29 "The Flinstones"]
World of Racing
*Driving suits for
Dale Earnhardtand a NASCAR Busch Seriessuit for his son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Richard Petty's 1960 Plymouth, thought to be Petty's oldest surviving NASCAR race car, in which he won his 2nd, 3rd and 4th NASCAR races.
Rusty Wallace's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_NASCAR_Winston_Cup_Series 1989 NASCAR Championship] Pontiac Grand Prix.
Tom Sneva's 1977 Indy car, which became the first car at Indianapolis Motor Speedwayto break the 200 mph barrier.
*Various stock cars from
Bobby Allison, Mark Martin, Ned Jarrett, Tom Pistone, and Tim Richmond.
Ron Hornaday's 1998 NASCAR Truck Series championship truck.
Joe Amato's 1998 Top Fuel Dragster.
Craig Breedlove's rocket engine, used to break the unlimited land speed recordand the 600 mph barrier in 1965.
*The once world's lowest car (
Guinness World Recordsapproved), a 1972 Hillman Imp, measuring at a height of 26 1/2 inches.
*The Bicentennial "Money Car," a Cadillac fitted with 120,000 coins, called the "Most costliest Car" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1978.
John Dillinger's 1932 Studebaker, used in the Greencastle, Indianarobbery.
* Dillinger's personables, including his gun and bulletproof fest. The museum also displays the gun that allegedly fired the bullet that killed Dillinger.
Al Capone's 1929 Ford beer truck
* [http://www.historicautoattractions.com Official Web site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAbJ0vdPveg Historic auto attractions on YouTube]
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