Antique cars rolling into new Tacoma museum

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Sunny and - more importantly - dry: A good day for moving 40 antique cars.

The first of the hundreds of cars that eventually will be displayed at the LeMay-America’s Car Museum rolled in Monday. Some made the trip on their own power. Others were trucked in.

The rest of the initial 200 being moved will arrive by the end of November.

Before heading out, the cars cleaned and prepped, said Renee Crist, the museum’s collection manager. Once in the museum, they’ll get a light detailing and another clean-up.

Where did they come from: Most from the museum’s interim headquarter in Fife; others from the former Marymount Military Academy in Spanaway where much of the late Harold E. LeMay’s collection is housed.

First in the door: A 1926 Marmon Speedster.

Oldest moved: A 1906 Cadillac Model M Tulip Tourer.

Least likely to be in your garage: A 1917 Crane Simplex, bought new by John D. Rockefeller.

What’s next: The cars soon will be put in place for upcoming events; eventually used in exhibits or put on display.

Where is museum: Across the street from the Tacoma Dome at interstates 5 and 705.

Who provided cars: Most from LeMay’s 3,000-plus collection, largest in the world, and from other collectors.

What type moved Monday: Those that don’t do well in the rain, because they’re made of wood, have no windows or sport older paint jobs. All were from 1942 or earlier.

How moved: Driven by staff members or carried via truck.

When will museum open: June 2, 2012.

Cost: $60 million.

Highlights: 15 rotating exhibits using up to 300 cars, music, film and photos; banquet center and café; educational center and gift shop in four-story, 165,000-square-foot building.

Projected attendance: 425,000 visitors a year.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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