Classic Car Collection motoring into future
Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub
THIS TINY SPECK of a car was used by clowns in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Ten to 12 clowns would crawl out of it after it drove into the center ring. The collection, one year old Nov. 25, has had 13,000 visitors.
By MARY JANE SKALA Hub Staff Writer
December 6, 2012
KEARNEY — J.L. Schmidt loves to tell stories about the 160 historic vehicles in the Classic Car Collection at 3600 E. Highway 30.
“It’s the stories that make this museum,” he said.
There’s a tiny 1932 Austin American, almost no bigger than a clown’s red nose, that hauled a dozen clowns to the center ring in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
There’s a red 1974 Cadillac that was customized for the late Evel Knievel, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin with sliding fiberglass doors and a Studebaker Big Six sedan with heating vents on the floor.
Every car has a story, and Schmidt, the collection director, never tires of telling them. The collection, one year old on Nov. 25, drew 13,000 visitors in its first year.
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