AMERICAN CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES EXHIBITION

MEDIA ALERT
FROM
LYON AIR MUSEUM

AMERICAN CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES EXHIBITION

JULY 1, 2014 – August 4, 2014

WHEN: July 1 – August 4, 2014, 10 AM to 4 PM Daily
WHERE: LYON AIR MUSEUM (LAM)

19300 Ike Jones Rd.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
P: 714-210-4585
E: info@lyonairmuseum.org
DIRECTIONS: www.lyonairmuseum.org/visitus

WHAT: Lyon Air Museum will host a summer vehicle exhibit showcasing six iconic American Classic automobiles. The exhibit, featuring rare vehicles from the Art Deco period will carry on Lyon Air Museum’s reputation for displaying fine, vintage cars alongside historic aircraft. Such vehicles were often the choice of movie stars, captains of industry, presidents and gangsters, all high achievers who appreciated the style and elegance embodied in these magnificent vehicles. Following past popular exhibitions that brought in iconic vehicles such as seven exclusive Packards and ten impeccable classic Duesenbergs, this year’s exhibition lineup is highly anticipated. This year’s exhibit will run through August 4, 2014.

Beginning Monday, June 30, Media is invited to take a special advance look at the American Classic Automobile Exhibit. The exhibit will run July 1 – August 4th, 2014 at the museum located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

EXHIBITION INCLUDES: 1931 Chrysler Imperial, 1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster, 1935 Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster, 1937 Cord Sportsman, 1939 Cadillac V-16 Formal Town Car, 1940 Packard Darrin

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585.

F: 714/210-4588. Email: info@lyonairmuseum.org. Web: www.lyonairmuseum.org.

Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission–$12; Seniors and Veterans–$9; Ages 5-17–$6; Under age 5–Free. Groups of 10 or more–$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups–Free.

Media Contact: Corrin Quezada
Lyon Air Museum
714/210-4585
corrinquezada@lyonairmuseum.org

Woodies are Coming to Lyon Air Museum: July 4 – August 4, 2013

Cowabunga Dudes, the Woodies are Coming to Lyon Air Museum, July 4 thru August 4, 2013

Santa Ana, CA, June 13, 2013 – Lyon Air Museum will host their summer vehicle exhibit showcasing seven iconic American Woodie automobiles. It’s only appropriate that these prime icons of American summer culture kick off their debut on the 4th of July at the museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County.  The Woodies Exhibit, featuring Fords and Chryslers, will carry on Lyon Air Museum’s reputation for displaying fine, vintage vehicles alongside historic aircraft.  Last summer brought in seven exclusive Packards and the year before, ten impeccable classic Duesenbergs.  This year’s exhibit will run through August 4, 2013.

The first Woodies date back to the railroads of the early 20th century, when wagons were used to transport passengers and luggage between stations and other points.  These “station wagons” utilized the forward section and chassis of a production automobile, coupled with a custom, lower cost wooden body.   Although initially built for commercial use, they soon became available to the general public.  Woodies were often rather attractive, but were popular mainly due to their economically sound price point, especially during the Depression years of the 1930s.  Cost savings were a further factor as World War II brought on shortages of steel which was in great demand for the war effort.

Post World War II saw a soaring economy, with many Americans opting for a safer, all-metal automobile. The days of the Woodie appeared to be numbered.  But what propelled the Woodie to its initial popularity resurfaced in the 1960s in a whole new culture – surfing.  Woodies of the past were being sought after because they were inexpensive and had a high carrying capacity.  Soon spacious Woodies were toting surfers, surf boards, food and beach party gear to the best surf spots around.   The scene quickly caught on to the rest of the country through movies such as Gidget and Beach Blanket Bingo, and through music by The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean with songs like Surfin’ Safari, Surf City, and Boogie Woodie, all of which referenced the Woodie and further increased its popularity.

Today, the Woodie automobile is highly desired by car collectors, and by those who yearn to cruise the coastline in a symbol of sun, sand and surf.  So throw on your flip flops and cruise on over to Lyon Air Museum to catch a bit of 20th Century pop culture.

Lyon Air Museum represents the fulfillment of a dream of Maj. Gen. William Lyon, USAF (Ret), who held the position of Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979.  Currently, General Lyon is Executive Chairman of William Lyon Homes, Inc., in Newport Beach, CA.  His passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the museum, General Lyon sought to create a world-class facility available to the local community and offering educational displays to inspire young people.  The museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.

Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707. P: 714/210-4585 F: 714/210-4588. E-mail: info@lyonairmuseum.org Web: www.lyonairmuseum.org

Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission – $12; Seniors and Veterans- $9; Ages 5-17 – $6; Under age 5 – free. Groups of 10 or more – $1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups – free.

Media Contact:
Corrin Quezada
Lyon Air Museum
714-210-4585
corrinquezada@lyonairmuseum.org

 

 

European Tour Update: NO LONGER ACCEPTING BOOKINGS

Legends

“Heroes and Legends of World War II”: A Tribute to “The Greatest Generation in Aviation” (and ALL Who Served)
A Tour of Historic Sites and Museums in England and France

featuring the Internationally Famous Duxford Air Show

England and France: July 10 – 23, 2013
England Only Tour: July 10-18, 2013

Lyon Air Museum is sponsoring a “Tour of a Lifetime” international adventure that will appeal to everyone interested in World War II history. In the summer of 2013 we will travel to England and France on a journey of discovery and remembrance. In twelve unforgettable days we will visit historic sites in both countries that played a key role in winning the war in Europe. We will visit the fabulous American Air Museum at Duxford,

The “AirSpace” building at IWM Duxford also presents a wide range of important planes, including a Concorde.

The “AirSpace” building at IWM Duxford also presents a wide range of important planes, including a Concorde.

England (the creation of which was due in large part to Major General William Lyon’s efforts), and witness the awesome Duxford “Flying Legends” Air Show, featuring immaculately restored World War I and II vintage planes in action. We will visit the room where “Ike” Eisenhower and his staff planned the liberation of western Europe, then begin a two-day tour of the places in Normandy where it happened. 

We will walk the tranquil sands of Omaha Beach, once stained with American blood. We will gaze at the sheer cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, which American Rangers climbed to neutralize big guns that could have wreaked havoc on the landing ships. We will visit Sainte-Mère-Église, where American Airborne troops landed in the midst of devastating enemy fire. On a lighter note, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of two of the world’s greatest cities: regal London and “The City of Light,” glorious Paris!

Paris Icons: The Arc d’ Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Icons: The Arc d’ Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Upgraded, superior rooms in comfortable hotels, three-course gourmet meals, knowledgeable and dedicated tour leaders, and a well-paced schedule make this tour a perfect way for the first-time visitor to experience these historic places, while the experienced traveler will appreciate the opportunity to re-visit familiar sites in an unhurried manner.

In offering this outstanding tour for 2013 we are building on the success of our 2012 “D-Day+68” tour, which was unanimously praised by the participants. Throughout this brochure and highlighted in blue are comments about that tour from some of those intrepid travelers. All live in Southern California, except as noted. Several photos in this brochure were taken by participants on our 2012 tour.

To reserve space on this spectacular tour, download and complete the reservation form and forward it with your $1,000 per-person deposit to Lyon Air Museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707; Phone: 714-210-4585; Fax:714-210-4588; E-mail: info@lyonairmuseum.org

Click here to download a printable PDF version of the tour brochure and the reservation form.