BOYERTOWN PA – “Hoods Up!” weekend, in which more than 30 vehicles on display at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will have their hoods propped open so visitors can peek inside, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 14 and 15, 2023) at the museum, 85 S. Walnut St.
Leaving the engine compartments available for inspection is not a common practice at the museum. They’re typically “left closed,” Executive Director Kendra Cook explains. So letting museum patrons inspect what Cook described as “normally hidden away” early and experimental engines is an unusual treat.
Boyertown Museum docents will be on hand during operating hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, to answer questions and offer insights on rare and regular machines alike.
Another surprise, but only on Saturday: staff volunteers also will start up selected vehicles. Among engines due to roar to life are the museum’s 1917 Vim, 1927 Hahn Coal Truck, 1928 Chevrolet Freihofer Delivery Truck, and 1937 Seagrave Fire Engine.
Additionally, visitors will have opportunities to watch live blacksmithing demonstrations in the original Jeremiah Swinehart Carriage Factory. It’s part of the museum’s galleries, and is open to the public daily.
Hoods Up! weekend activities are included as part of the museum’s regular admission fee. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and AAA members, youths age 15 and younger are free. For more information, call the museum at 610-367-2090.
The non-profit museum, founded in 1965 by Paul and Erminie Hafer, preserves and displays examples of Pennsylvania’s road transportation history in the former factory buildings of the Boyertown Auto Body Works. Moe than 90 locally manufactured cars, trucks, carriages, bicycles, and motorcycles are on display. So are two examples of roadside architecture: a 1921 cottage-style Sunoco gas station, and a 1938 Jerry O’Mahony diner.