There is a Sonic franchise right next to the Wellborn Musclecar Museum. With a roller-skat
The trees in the hills of central Alabama change color just like they do over much of the eastern seaboard. This year in Alexander City, home of Tim and Pam Wellborn's legendary musclecar collection and museum, those colors included Tor-Red, Sassy Grass Green, and Citron-Yella as fans of the Dodge Charger came out for the museum's first scheduled show, the 40th anniversary of the 1971 Charger, final year for the Hemi, the R/T and the Super Bee. The Wellborn Musclecar Museum filled up the display parking lot with both the legendary first year G-series Dodges and other Mopars, new and old.
"This is a blast, having all these cars here," said Tim with his trademark smile. "We wanted to do something to honor our favorite model, the '71 Charger, and cars came from as far away as Florida, Oklahoma, and Delaware for our show. We hope this will be the beginning of a yearly Mopar show here, and this was a great start."
One reason that people may have missed this first show was that the website info on the show stated it was limited to 150 cars and it would be held to honor the Charger, leading some to think that if they did not have a Charger, they could not be invited. The opposite was true, and Tim said he would make sure next year that people will understand that while a particular car will again be honored, all Mopars are welcome. The 150-show limit is based on space for car display and special activities, not general attendance, which is free when getting a museum admission.
Check this out - its an unrestored 1971 440-powered pace car from the World 600 at Charlot
The lucky attendees at last October's gathering had two full days of meeting other fans, displaying their cars, and enjoying Tim and Pam's well-known hospitality. For instance, on Friday evening, invited vehicles were parked around their restored estate home, where several personal vehicles in their collection could also be seen. Dinner was served in the carriage house and consisted of sausage and wings - hand-made bison sausage and quail wings prepared by a world-class chef, as well as custom salad, fresh vegetables and bread, and custom dessert. The carriage house was built to English tradition features a full bar, a theatre, hardwood floors, and several of the Wellborn's cars.
On Saturday, the lot adjacent to the museum served as the primary show location, as the museum unveiled a special billboard size banner honoring the 1971 Charger. A row of performance 1971 Chargers - 383 to Hemi, restored to custom, were lined up under this and the Daytona Charger billboard. Each one had a story.
Currently, Tim is developing plans for doing two events a year - one will likely be a spring-time show for general musclecars, and the other will be in the fall and be exclusively Mopars, likely close to the weekend of the Talladega NASCAR race, which is when the Wellborns have hosted the once-every-five-year NASCAR aero-styled Winged Car gathering (to occur again in 2014).
Thnking about making a trip to Alexander City? Go to the website www.wellbornmusclecarmuseum.com for directions and updates on the show events.
24 Broad Street
Alexander City, AL 35010
Hours: Sun Closed; Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm
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