The Northeast Classic Car Museum – the premiere collection of pieces of vintage automotive history located in Norwich – will celebrate all things auto-related Friday, Jan. 25 with their fifth annual Dancing with the Cars Sock Hop.
A not-for-profit educational facility, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits a wide range of vehicles that portray the evolution of the transportation industry. They offer a view to the past of the important role played by the automobiles of all ages and their impact on the American culture of the time.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum opened on Memorial Day weekend 1997, and today it is home to more than 170 classic cars, 28 motorcycles and related exhibits on display inside five connected, climate-controlled buildings. Vehicles date back as far as 1899. Permanent exhibits include both pre- and post-war vehicles, the world’s largest collection anywhere of Franklin automobiles from George Staley’s collection, and cars made right here in New York State.
Period clothing and era-authentic accoutrements complement the displays, and there is also a collection of World War I and World War II airplane engines. A tribute to Bennett-Ireland shares the history of the companies that once operated out of the museum building and along State Street in Norwich, including the Norwich Wire Works, the Ireland Machine and Foundry Co., Bennett Fireplace Company, and Bennett-Ireland.
The Dancing with the Cars Sock Hop is from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission is $15 per person, or $25 for couples. Tickets are available now on the museum’s website.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum is located at 24 Rexford St. in Norwich and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also host meetings, parties, and group tours. They are always looking for new exhibitors and donors. For more information, call 607-334-2886 or visit: classiccarmuseum.org.