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Blackhawk Museum Announces Upcoming Events

Blackhawk Museum, an East Bay vintage cars museum that features the finest classic and rare cars, is announcing its special events for September and October.

On Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., Blackhawk Museum is presenting the program, “Classic Car Detailing with Diamond Car Care Systems.” Diamond Car Care Systems has more than 20 years of detailing experience and is always looking for a new challenge. Keith Thompson and Cullen Wetmore have detailed some of the world’s more precious cars in preparation for many of the most important occasions. They have always maintained that their “Detail System” is available to the discriminating owner and evaluated by the demands of the vehicle, where budget and expenses are a primary focus.
“This program will give everyone the chance to witness their technique and learn about the ‘System’ that keeps some of the world’s rare cars in top form,” Jon Snyder of Blackhawk Museum said. “Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to get the most out of the appearance of their car should attend this demonstration.”

On Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, Blackhawk Museum is welcoming Wayne Peterson, great, great nephew of Barney Oldfield, as part of its ongoing Saturday morning lecture series.

In the early days of American racing, Barney Oldfield was a legend in his own time. He began his career as a bicycle racer and later became an automotive racer. He was the first man to be clocked at 60 miles per hour on an oval track, helping put himself and then little known automaker, Henry Ford, on the map.

Oldfield raced in many races and exhibitions, some sanctioned and some not. For a large part of his career he was suspended by the AAA from competitive racing but that just added to his outlaw image. A bona fide cultural icon, Oldfield starred in a Broadway show, made a movie about driving his car to save a damsel in distress and beat opponents in his “Blitzen Benz.”

This lecture is presented by Wayne Petersen, who is both a collector and enthusiast of Barney Oldfield and the great, great nephew of Bess Gooby–who was married twice to Oldfield.

“Please join us for both the September demonstration and the October lecture,” Snyder said. “They’re free with admission to the museum, and as always members are free.”

For more information about upcoming events or anything else at Blackhawk Museum, call 925-263-1857, view the Danville classic car museum on the Web at or visit 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville.

About Blackhawk Museum
Blackhawk Museum is an East Bay classic cars museum. This Bay Area rare cars museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. It is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during special holiday hours every Monday and Tuesday before Christmas, and every Monday and Tuesday after New Year’s Eve. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for children 6 and under.

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