While browsing online, I came across Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum in San Marcos, Texas. It looked so interesting that I reached out to the Museum Curator, Mr. Thom Fortney to learn more and arrange a visit. Mr. Fortney was so unbelievably kind and helpful – I can’t thank him enough!
I really was impressed to learn they also offer FREE school tours! Nice to see them doing that to benefit our youth!
I wanted to know the driving (pun intended 🙂 ) force for Mr. Dick Burdick to begin Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum? Mr. Fortney’s responded, “Mr. Burdick has had a life long passion for automobiles and education. He founded the museum in 1980 to help preserve these amazing vehicles and to teach current and future generations about the impact the automobile had on society and the way society influenced the automotive industry.”
I asked Mr. Fortney a few more questions and here’s just a LITTLE of what I learned…
“The 1901 Oldsmobile is the oldest car in the collection. It is an all-original survivor and we are the 3rd owner of the car. The original owner won the car when he was 5 years old with a nickel raffle ticket at the Chicago Car Show in 1901. He owned the car his entire life and his son inherited it but never changed the title so we are the 3rd owner but the second name on the title.”
“We have several rare vehicles. We have a 1932 Marmon that is one of 6 known to survive. We have a 1939 Chrysler Imperial that was custom-built for the 1939 World’s Fair by Chrysler and used by the King and Queen of England during their trip to the Fair and also used by FDR during WWII to tour Chrysler’s plants and observe war production. We have the last Tucker made, #50, that has only 1/2 a mile on the odometer and has never been driven. The rarest is a 1919 Lone Star since it is the only one know to exist of the 100 they originally made. The Lone Star was marketed as built in San Antonio but it was really assembled in Lynchburg, VA by Piedmont Motor Car Company and shipped to Texas. “
1939 Chrysler Imperial (significance in above paragraph)
What a stunning car! Love that color too!
(Above) 1938 Hudson Terraplane Pick-Up – Cost New $952. This is believed to be one of only 10 of these cars left in existence!
(Above) 1921 Stanley Steamer Model 735B – Cost new $2,600. Produced by twin brothers Francis and Freelan Stanley after selling their photographic dry plate business to Eastman Kodak!
Wow, was this a beauty too!!!
1941 Packard 180 Darrin Victoria – Cost New $4,595.00
1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster – Cost New $2,245.00. This is the only known Speedster to leave the factory without a supercharger as it was rushed out early for the Boston Auto Show before the Superchargers were ready.
1918 Milburn Electric Runabout – Cost New $1,485.00
When I asked Mr. Thomas Fortney, how did you end up as the Museum Curator? He replied, “I really lucked into the position. I grew up outside Detroit and my family has been involved in the auto industry for a very long time. I was able to join my love for cars with my love for history and found the perfect job.” I can vouch for Mr. Fortney’s passion as Curator!!
1941 Packard 110 Series 1900 Cost New $1,251.00
1959 Chevrolet Corvette
The founder, Mr. Dick Burdick is an interesting man with many achievements in his life, including the first-ever “bronze” on display at the World Scout Center in Kandersteg, Switzerland for his contributions to World Scouting!
Dick’s even has a cool gift shop with all sorts of fun finds!!!
When asked if there anything Mr. Fortney wanted the general public to know in particular about Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum? He stated, “We are a 501(c)3, non-profit museum, that is dedicated to education and we are open 7 days a week. We offer free customized and guided tours to all school groups. All a teacher has to do is give us a call and schedule a tour and we will reinforce what they are teaching in the classroom during the tour. We are also a great place to have an event, with 2 event rooms and one of the isles in the museum available to rent.”
I will DEEPLY apologize for the absolutely awful quality, etc. of the video I took below as this was my first attempt (Can we say epic fail?!!) at video but I thought the content of what Mr. Thom Fortney, Museum Curator had to say was certainly worth hearing. Sorry about the video quality!!!
Thanks so much to Mr. Thom Fortney, Curator of Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum!!!
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Elizabeth and Max (Max wants the Corvette….figures!!!)
P.S. Where should you eat when visiting the museum??? Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing about my visit to Hays County Bar-B-Que & Catering in San Marcos, Texas soon and Hays County Burgers & BBQ in Martindale, Texas as recommended by Thom Fortney of Dick’s Classic Garage Car Museum. (Hint: GREAT suggestion!!!!)