The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.
The History of Speedway Design and Construction
Van Walling, P.E., Motorsports Historian
Van Walling is a registered professional engineer. Over the course of his career, he has managed the planning and design phases for major highway and airport improvement projects, led several engineering offices, developed and delivered project management training, championed corporate social responsibility efforts, and directed a STEM-focused non-profit organization.
Building on the senior design project he undertook at Lafayette College in 1977, Walling has dedicated much of his personal time to researching, studying, and documenting the history of speedway design and construction. His compilation of rare blueprints, aerial photos, topographic mapping, etc. – as well as hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles – represents an unmatched collection of data on historically and technically significant speedways. Combining his interests in engineering, history, geography, and motorsports, Van Walling has worked for more than 40 years to document and preserve the physical history of speedways.
Central to this effort has been the development of geometric design summaries that define the footprint, profile, and cross sections of a speedway, its orientation on the property, the longitude, latitude, and elevation of the site, and its years as an active auto racing facility. In other words, it is the documentation of a track in four dimensions… x, y, z and time. Some call it race track archaeology.
The obvious technical components of Walling’s work are balanced by fascinating human-interest stories about the men and women responsible for the planning, design, construction, and operation of America’s auto racing infrastructure. Tying it all together is a collection of amazing photos and illustrations featuring speedways large and small, famed and obscure, past and present with a special emphasis on “paper raceways” – those planned but never built.
This presentation will parallel with Walling’s soon-to-be published book, “Oval Track Almanac.”
Our famous old fashioned custard is returning to George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner! Join us for a lunchtime cruise-in and the grand re-introduction of our creamy custard on April 25th! Admission for those arriving in collector cars are $15/person and includes hot dog barbecue lunch with side, beverage, and custard for dessert, collector car parking on the historic campus, and museum admission for the day.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Morning Session, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session, 1:30pm – 4:30pm – ONE SPACE REMAINING!
Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.
Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s administration office (M-F 8am-5pm) at 269-671-5089.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.
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