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Dec 31, 2012 - On the road in Illinois
America is the home of car culture, and nowhere is this more apparent than when traveling in Illinois in your charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coaches or school bus hired from Bus Charter Illinois. So it would come as no surprise to find, in the depths of Illinois the Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe, Illinois.
Historic Auto Attractions is the brainchild of one man, businessman Wayne Lensing. This self made man, who began his career as an auto assembly line worker, today runs several successful business concerns that take up most of his time. But in the late 1990s, on a whim, he bought a limousine once owned by the eccentric billionaire and genius aviator, Howard Hughes. Much to his surprise, he found the car to be an attraction to others, and decided to open a museum so that he could properly display it.
Having the staff, resources, facilities and land on which to build such a museum, Wayne did just that. Acquiring all the exhibits currently on display in the Historic Auto Attractions Museum didn’t come cheap, but Wayne cast a critical eye on the vehicles and memorabilia he was collecting. They had to have a cultural or historical significance, and the collection isn’t just confined to vehicles, in spite of the museum’s name.
As you get off your charter bus, you will enter a 30,000 square foot building that holds an eclectic collection of historic vehicles, movie props and costumes, historically or culturally significant items of furniture, all of which hold a place in the collective memory of America. One of the museum’s significant collections is “World Leaders”. This collection holds vehicles used or ridden in by some of the world’s greatest leaders and dictators. Wayne can tell you for a fact that the bullet proof glass used in Josef Stalin’s 1937 Packard 12 is 2 inches thicker than the glass in Evita Peron’s Roll-Royce Silver Wraith. And the reason Wayne can tell you this is because both vehicles are here on display in his collection. American Presidents are no less well represented, with vehicles used by Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Grant, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson on display.
The museum also holds an extensive collection of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis memorabilia, along with items from various people and locations connected with the assassination of JFK. The original window from the Texas Book Depository is on display here, and visitors can look through it to see a miniature diorama of street as it would have been at the moment Lee Harvey Oswald took the shot.
Also on display are famous racing cars and vehicles, movie and TV vehicles, a White House display and a recent addition, the Abraham Lincoln Room, which holds exhibits and artifacts connected with President Lincoln.
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