Historic Auto Attractions

Historic Auto Attractions

Historic Auto Attractions is an automobile, history and pop culture museum in 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]

Notable Exhibits

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 News on 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 Oswald to 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.

Political Artifacts

* The personal limousines and secret service cars of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Evita Peron, the King of Siam and the British Royal Family.
* The personal staff cars of Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Stalin.
* The personal parade cars of Benito Mussolini, Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Nikita Khrushchev.
* Original copies of the German and Japanese surrender documents of World War II.
* The flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol building during the United States Bicentennial.
* A rare official document signed by King Louis XVI in 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 Cadillac from his "One Piece at a Time" video.
*The last known piece of James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder, the car he was killed in during an accident in 1955.
*Memorabilia from 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").
*The Grateful Dead's tour bus, "Sugar Magnolia," featuring their signature deadhead symbol 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 Lynne and 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

*A Batmobile and the Bat Rocket from Batman Returns, as well as a Batmobile from the original 1960's "The Batman" TV series.
*A replica of the DeLorean from 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."
*The 1964 Ford Galaxie from 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 Earnhardt and a NASCAR Busch Series suit 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 Speedway to 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.

Record Breakers

*Craig Breedlove's rocket engine, used to break the unlimited land speed record and the 600 mph barrier in 1965.
*The once world's lowest car (Guinness World Records approved), 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, Indiana robbery.
* 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


External links

* [http://www.historicautoattractions.com Official Web site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAbJ0vdPveg Historic auto attractions on YouTube]

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