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Welcome to our Blackhawk Automotive Museum monthly newsletter. Each month we look forward to sharing with you news and information about the Museum, and also events and activities that we are involved with.  
If you've never attended the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, any car enthusiast has to put this event on their 'must do' list as it's an exceptional automotive experience. The incomparable Bill Warner and his team put together a wonderful selection of show cars, together with a judges line up and seminar participants that are the 'who's who' from all walks of the automotive and racing world, past and present. 
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This year, the Blackhawk Museum was privileged to participate in the GT40 Anniversary class with the 1967 Gulf Mirage-Ford M1 GT40, which accompanied the three Gulf GT40 Team cars as part of a 16 car GT40 line up. The judging team included Edsel Ford II, and former drivers David Hobbs (a past Amelia Island Honoree) and Brian Redman, both of whom had won races in the Mirage with co-driver Jackie Ickx. 
On March 6, the Blackhawk Museum hosted a conference of Western Automotive Journalists, in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers International, on the subject  "Silicon Valley Reinvents the Automobile".
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Almost all of the automakers worldwide have established a presence in Silicon Valley to be connected to the tech community. Participating companies included Volkswagen (showcasing 'Stanley' the fully automated Touareg, winner of the DARPA Grand Challenge), Nissan, Chrysler and Mercedes Benz, with keynote speakers Sven Beiker, Executive Director of Center for Automotive Research at  Stanford and Andrew Smart Director of SAE.  
As part of Aston Martin's 100th Anniversary, the Blackhawk Museum was host to a driving experience and showcase event for the new Aston Martin Vanquish. To support the new Vanquish model, Aston Martin cars in
The Museum showcased a collection of heritage Aston Martin's  that included; two examples of the 1961 DB4 GT Zagato, a 1954 DB2/4 Bertone Convertible, a 1960 and a 1963 DB4 GT, the 1954 DB2/4 Bertone coupe, and the 1953 DB2/4 Allemano Coupe. 
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We look forward to the opportunity of seeing you during our 25th Anniversary Year. If you are car enthuisast in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us for the new Blackhawk 'Cars & Coffee' event we will be holding on the First Sunday of each month starting on Sunday, April 7.
With regards,
Timothy McGrane
Executive Director   
25th Anniver Save the Date      
25th Anniversary Partnership Opportunities Available
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Feature Museum Exhibit
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Vignale Spyder Ferrari 250MM 1952 BAM 
Personally owned by Phil Hill and driven by him to win the
1953 Pebble Beach Road Races.  
Phil Hill, of Santa Monica, won the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Race driving a lightly modified Jaguar XK120 Roadster.
Phil would become the Formula One World Driver's Champion in 1961 and the first American to win the World Championship. His record was unchallenged for 17 years and is shared today with only one other American, Mario Andretti.
In April of 1953 Phil drove this V-12 Ferrari MM ( Mille Miglia) Vignale-bodied Spyder over the the coast road from Southern California to to the Monterey Peninsula for the race to be held over the 2.1 mile road course through the Del Monte Forest at Pebble Beach. 
1953 Pebble Beach Phil Hill Ferrari
He was gridded in row seven behind four Cadillac-powered Allards, a V-12 Ferrari 340 Mexico, and a group of four C-Type Jaguars. By lap 24, Phil had taken the lead on the narrow two lane circuit and the victory. Four more races in his 250 MM during the next six months earned Phil a number of drives in the Ferrari Factory stable of race cars.  
 Phil Hill
In September 2007 Phil Hill was last reunited with this car during the Danville d'Elegance. Since 2004 the Danville d'Elegance Concours has raised more than $1 Million for Parkinson's research and Phil was a long time friend and supporter of this event, for which the Blackhawk Automotive Museum is proud to be a participating supporter.  
(archive photo courtesy Julian P. Graham/Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archives)
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50s Car in front of Museum  
Beginning on Sunday, April 7, Blackhawk Museum together with Blackhawk Plaza, the East Bay's premier shopping experience, will be hosting a new monthly Cars & Coffee event for car enthusiats throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. To be held on the first sunday of each month, starting at 8am, the Plaza & Museum will welcome all car owners and enthusiasts. 
Inquires about events at the Blackhawk Museum, please contact; 
Tel +1.925.736.2280        museum@BlackhawkMuseum.org      www.BlackhawkMuseum.org
Lecture Series ~ Steve Moal of Moal Coachbuilders 
As part of the ongoing Museum Lecture Series, the Blackhawk Museum is excited to present a lecture from Steve Moal of Moal Coachbuilders about the fascinating and beautiful works that are crafted in this San Francisco Bay Area facility.
The distinctive and spirited high-performance motorcars built at Moal works are among the finest examples of contemporary coachbuilder's art in the world. Each daring rakish, technologically-advanced and finely crafted roadster is linked to a Moal famility heritage, one dedicated to the motoring arts for nearly a century.
Moal Coachbuilders will have examples of their coachwork on hand and a Q&A session will allow Museum visitors the chance to learn some more interesting insights. 
Saturday, March 23
Lecture Series ~ Mille Miglia Retrospective - Ken Vendely 
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The famous historic retrospective that captures the spirit of the great Mille Miglia race has been captured on HD video by Palo Alto resident and Victory Lane magazine contributor, Ken Vendely.
Ken has travelled to major historic events such as Pebble Beach Concours & Monterey Reunion, Concorso Villa d'Este, Monaco Historic Races, Amelia Island Concours and the for the past 12 years has covered the Mille Miglia.
Ken will share his videos and experiences from the Mille Miglia as he recorded the 375 cars of all kinds arrive in the northern city of Brescia to start out on an auto odyssey through the beautiful Italian towns and countryside. The international entry list are captured on the roads of Tuscany and other areas with unique drama and excitement 
Saturday, April  6
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About Blackhawk Automotive Museum
The Blackhawk Automotive Museum, located in Blackhawk Plaza, Danville, California, opened in August 1988 to fulfill its mission of ensuring that significant automotive treasures blending art, technology, culture and history would be exhibited for public enjoyment and educational enrichment.
Founded by a partnership between benefactor Ken Behring and Don Williams, the Museum houses a rotating collection of 90 one-of-a-kind custom coachwork classic cars, limited production and concept automobiles in two galleries in a spectacular 70,000 square-foot architectural masterpiece. 
The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is open year round Wednesday through Sunday and most major holidays.
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