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Just found out that a car museum close to me is closing and liquidating everything.  Depressing.

 

In 2007 Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum was born, having a wide variety of vehicles, housing around 70 vehicles. A lot of unrestored originals from Model ...
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The Bennetts made their fortune in trucking. Obviously,  they loved classic cars. I met one of the brothers at a church function soon after the museum was opened. He invited me and my wife to visit, and we did on several occasions.  Although as mentioned above,  most of the cars were unrestored, but I found it to be well laid out and interesting --a sort of HPOF museum. The Hornets Nest Region visited there at least twice. 

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Museum cars typically don't get maintained as well

as cars that are driven.  Museum cars may be seen more,

but if these cars find good homes with appreciative private

owners who will drive and maintain them, that's not a bad thing.

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Seems the founder Buddy Bennett passed away Jan 2021

 

http://www.bennettclassics.com/panorama/VR.html

 

-->https://www.padgettking.com/obituary/John-Bennett

 

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John W. “Buddy” Bennett, age 82 of Forest City, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at his residence.  Buddy as he was known, was born on May 23, 1938 in Mitchell County, North Carolina and was a son of the late C. B. and Mary Young Bennett. 

He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where he was former chairman of the Administrative Council, served on the church finance committee as well as various other positions in the church. 

In 1975 Buddy founded Truck Service, Incorporated in Forest City where he served as President of the company until his retirement.  He was also currently the owner and operator of Bennett Classics Antique Car Museum. 

 

 

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It is a shame that it is closing, but nothing ever stays the same. I have been there several times over the years, while vacationing in the Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Asheville area & enjoyed it each time!

 

God Bless

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

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Not sure moving to "Museums" will help. In "AACA General" there'd be greater exposure that might help these cars find new homes.

 

But I have sadly learned you can't save them all.

 

I think that Pinto is kinda cool too... toad when new, and everywhere, but how long since you've seen one that wasn't a junkyard refugee?

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6 hours ago, rocketraider said:

I think that Pinto is kinda cool too... 

And so it begins....

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