AACA - CHESAPEAKE REGION

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2017  Tour: Bowman Automobile Museum

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On Tuesday May 23rd, over 54 members of the Chesapeake Region visited the extensive antique vehicle collection of Don Bowman, owner of the D M Bowman Trucking Company located in Williamsport, Maryland.

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Many Club members drove their antique cars to the collection site; others, due to the threatening weather, arrived by daily drivers.

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Personal vehicle collections reflect the interests of the individual collector -- but with such a large, diverse group of vehicles such as this, are their any common themes?

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Well, as you enter the museum area, you're met with the display of an immaculate Ford Model T -- where the American automobile revolution all began...

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... followed by a colorful assortment of later Ford Model A vehicles. Theme: Early inexpensive cars.

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In stark contrast to the then-inexpensive Fords displayed, was this stunning 1929 Packard...

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...and an equally impressive 1935 Packard. Theme: Early expensive cars.

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Displayed among the collector cars were related automobilia such as this early Esso fuel pump...

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... and a neon sign advertising Chevrolet Super Service.

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This group of nice collector cars, sporting current historic vehicle license tags, likely are "drivers" ready to take out to enjoy in the beautiful Western Maryland countryside.

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Some more likely "drivers"... including the Plymouth Prowler?

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Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick? This 4-door convertible would have certainly tempted a prospective pre-war car buyer in year 1939.

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And if you missed your chance before World War II shut down the domestic automobile assembly lines, then this post-war 1948 Buick was there to re-ignite your passion.

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The mid-1950s ushered in dramatic changes in automobile design, such as this Ford Sunliner and Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck...

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... and began the emphasize on horsepower as a competitive marketing tool. This 1955 Chrysler 300, the first of the letter series, sported the 331 cu in "Hemi" V8.

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Year 1960 saw the introduction by General Motors of the small car: Corvair, an iconic air-cooled rear engine vehicle, similar in configuration to the popular Volkswagen. Production lasted throughout the decade.

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Ford Motor Company countered General Motor's introduction of the Chevrolet Corvette with the introduction of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird -- marketed however as a personal luxury vehicle, rather than as a sports car. Another iconic vehicle.

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Chesapeake Region has a few Corvair fans of its own!

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Gary checks out the 1959 Ford Skyliner hide-away hardtop. A unique vehicle of its day.

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Ford Motor Company's significant new vehicle division: Edsel, initiated in 1958 to fill a perceived market niche, unfortunately, due to many factors, proved unsuccessful in the marketplace, and was discontinued in 1960. An iconic collectible for many reasons!

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During the tour, our members would often gather in small groups to discuss the displays...

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... and most likely to talk about their experiences with similar vehicles.

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Ford, as well as Chevrolet, took a dramatic design leap forward with their 1955 models. This Ford Sunliner Convertible is a real beauty!

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The collection "theme" here and parked at the opposite wall is quite obvious: Every generation of Chevrolet Corvette.

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The Corvette grouping is within a separate enclosure, and includes a C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, and C-7 -- all convertibles! No doubt that if that rumored rear-engine Corvette ever goes on sale, it also will find a home here -- among its siblings.

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The theme here?: Muscle cars, of course.

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The trucking industry is apparently thriving. On the Bowman property were two newly-delivered, state-of-the-art Volvo vehicles, soon to be put into service.

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Located in a separate building were Mr. Bowman's collection of antique trucks.

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The company logo has changed little over the years.

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Lining the walls of the garage displaying the full-size antique trucks were many shelves displaying various scale model trucks...

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...one of which honors the D.M.Bowman trucking company

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Upon completion of the tour, our group assembled outside for a photograph, before departing for lunch.

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The Family Diner, in nearby Hagerstown was alerted beforehand, and was well prepared for the arrival of our large group.

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Absorbed in the extensive menu selections, everyone searched for that special item to satisfy their mounting hunger. It was the perfect ending to our special day. Within a short time everyone's order was taken by our pleasant, efficient waitress and the meals served.



Our thanks go out to our host Don Bowman, of D.M.Bowman Trucking for allowing us to tour his extensive vehicle collection, and also to the Hagerstown Family Diner for accommodating such a large group as ours. We all enjoyed everything!