Enjoy Lane Motor Museum – Nashville’s Father’s Day tradition

See this 1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300 at Lane Motor Museum.

See this 1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300 at Lane Motor Museum.

Lane Motor Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars. Some cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. Efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications. Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 10 am to 4pm is the annual Father’s Day – Special Day for Dad! On Father’s Day, all Dads get in free so don’t miss out on the chance to spend a day with Dad doing what dads love to do — check out cars! With special demonstrations and tours of the basement area all included — first come, first served. Don’t miss the special exhibitions now at Lane.

Macchine Italiane: A Tour of Italy’s Motoring Spirit is a look at Italy’s love affair with the automobile – from the affordable Fiat 500 to the exotic Lamborghini Urraco, with many interesting cars between. Macchine Italiane runs through May 22, 2017 at Lane, and features over three dozen vehicles including race cars, motorcycles and even bicycles that demonstrate Italian design and engineering from 1936-2012, all drawn from the collection of Lane Motor Museum.

Italy has always had a passion for automobiles and driving, perhaps best exemplified by the duo of famous road races, the Mille Miglia and the Targio Florio.

The Italians’ sporting heritage is a central theme of Macchine Italiane, with a 1980 Santandrea Formula Monza 875, a 1999 Dallara IRL Car and several examples of successful sports cars, including a 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider, a 1971 OTAS 820 Grand Prix, a 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale and more. With Monza, the third oldest racetrack in the world, Italy’s race culture dates back to 1895 and dozens of low-volume manufacturers of high-performance cars thrived in Italy. Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini, among others, survive to this day.

Open now through October 9, at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, is an unprecedented gathering of 22 rare and stunning Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles in a museum setting, celebrating the streamlined elegance, novel and powerful engineering, and seductive allure characterizing Italian coachbuilt cars, concept cars, and motorcycles produced during the post–World War II economic revival.

Bavarian Birthday- Celebrating BMW’s Centenary at Lane Motor Museum – Wish BMW a Happy 100th Birthday with an exhibit featuring cars and motorcycles from the 1920s into the modern era. Pulled from both the museum’s collection as well as borrowing from local enthusiasts, the exhibit will show the evolution of the brand, how BMW became so popular in America, and where they are headed in their next century. The exhibit will include the following Cars: 1930 Dixi Roadster, 1938 320 Cabriolet, 1958 Isetta, 1958 600 Limosine, 1963 3200S Sedan, 1976 2002 (on Loan from Adam Nitti), and 1990 E30 M3 (on Loan from David Yando); Motorcycles: 1928 R 52 (on loan from Bloodworth Motorcycles), 1952 R 51/3, and 2004 Motorad BoxerCup Replika. The exhibit will run until March 6, 2017.

A member of the National Association of Automobile Museums, Lane Motor Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit automobile museum, established in 2002 by Jeff Lane.

As director, Jeff Lane continues to search out cars for the collection that are technically significant, rare, or uniquely different with a focus on vehicles from Europe and Asia. Though the collection exceeds 450 vehicles, approximately 150 are typically on display at any time and the items on the museum floor are rotated frequently. The goal of Lane Motor Museum is to share in the mission of collection and preserving automotive history for future generations and works to maintain all vehicles in running order and is one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars. It is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Some cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. Efforts are made to restore each vehicle to near-original specifications.