Do you know the real name of the Michelin Man? #FunFact His real name is Bibendum (buh-BIN-dum), dreamed up after brothers Édouard and André Michelin saw a tall stack of tires at an exhibition in 1894. Édouard is said to have remarked, Look, with arms and legs it would make a man! In 1898, André approached French cartoonist and artist O'Galop and Bibendum was born!
Happy Father's Day! Don't forget - dads get in FREE today! We are open from 10am - 5pm. See you soon!
Father's Day is tomorrow! Join us in celebrating with FREE admission to all fathers! We are open from 10am - 5pm. See you there!
Our collection has many home-built and handmade cars, such as the 1955 Grataloup. #FunFact This one-of-a-kind 3-wheeled vehicle was built because the builder needed a form of transportation, but could not afford to buy a car. Monsieur Grataloup cobbled together a British Villiers mk. IX 247cc single-cylinder motorcycle engine with a chain-driven gear box from a René Gillet motorcycle. Mounted adjacent to the driver, the engine centers the car's weight, but eliminates space for a passenger. . To learn more about this car and many others in our collection, check out our coffee table book titled a hobby gone wild on sale at our gift shop and online! This book makes a perfect Father's Day gift for the car enthusiast in your life!
NOW OFFERING: Virtual Guest Speaking sessions! Have your group meetings gone virtual? We have too! Our Education Director Rex Bennett is happy to meet with your group virtually for a guest speaking engagement to talk more about the museum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your Virtual Guest Speaker today!
As Lane Motor Museum staff, we are often asked about our favorite vehicle in the collection. The answer will most likely be, That's a hard question. All of us become attached to different vehicles for different reasons. Staff Selects is an exhibition that makes us, the caretakers of these unique vehicles, really consider the question. . Of all the odd and arguably more interesting cars in the collection, I chose our 1967 MBG GT. Many folks consider this car to be simply a closed version of the venerable MGB roadster, but in my eyes, the B GT is far more. Soon after the B debuted in 1962, MG began work on a closed-top Grand Touring version of the roadster. The GT was styled in MG's Abingdon, England, design office, but sent to Pininfarina in Italy for a few detail changes. The story goes that the chaps at Abingdon couldn't get the roof line correct, as the roadster's short windshield wouldn't allow for much head room in a closed car. When Pininfarina came back with their finished design, the stunning B GT was hailed as a poor man's Aston Martin. Its elegant sloping roofline, vestigail tailfins, and unique-for-the-time rear hatch aped the styling of Aston's DB5, one of my other favorite cars of all time. Having a B GT, I thought, was a way to own a quarter of a DB5 for a sixteenth of the price! To me, convertibles can be a tad warm sitting in traffic in the Tennessee summer sun. But the B GT offers both security and weather protection, yet retains the snick-snick feel of the 4-speed gearbox, the raspy exhaust note, and the magnificent handling of the roadster. The classic British sports car formula, with a touch of Italian styling... What could be better? . Rex Bennet, Education Director
#FunFact this car can go where others Can't-ah! This 1998 Canta LX features a low step-in height and available hand controls. It was specifically created to provide mobility for people with disabilities. At only 44 inches wide, this car is narrow enough to fit on bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways. The Canta can legally park free of charge anywhere on the sidewalk, helpful on the congested streets of Amsterdam where this car originated. . #Nashville #NashvilleTN #NashvilleTourist #uniquecars #carfacts #Amsterdam #VisitMusicCity #LaneMotorMuseum
Our highest and most daring exhibit yet, Stacked! is a fun exhibition showcasing the feats of strength, durability, and capacity vehicles from our collection demonstrate. Come check it out TODAY! https://bit.ly/3cSv2mQ
Hey Nashville - We're Open! We're excited to be back to normal business hours of operation starting Thursday, June 11 with the following guidelines in place: • Facemasks will be required for staff, and are strongly encouraged for our guests • Social distancing will be required in our lobby and restrooms, including separated one-way traffic for entering and exiting the building • An acrylic sneeze guard shield has been installed at the ticket counter • Our vending area will be closed • Access to our gift shop will be limited • Closure of interactive exhibits, play area, and other likely touch points • Vault tours of the basement are currently prohibited by state law; once restrictions are lifted, we will re-examine the possibility of offering tours safely • Strict adherence to locally-mandated daily temperature screenings and health assessments by staff • Periodic cleansing of door handles and jambs, light switches, and other touch points • Daily deep-cleaning by our janitorial staff • Daily disinfectant applied to the entire interior of the building by method of a fogging machine before open We are also excited to extend our Father's Day gift all month long - fathers get in FREE every Sunday in June! We have many new exhibits, and we can't wait to see you back! Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.