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Visit to Pontiac Museum

by Frank Ochal

I had an opportunity to visit both the Pontiac Museum and the Route 66 Museum which are both in Pontiac, Illinois Here are the photos from the visit.

The history of the Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center in Pontiac, Illinois began August 1st, 2010 when Tim Dye was on his way back to his home in Oklahoma from a Pontiac show near Chicago. As he drove south on I-55, he noticed signs for the city of Pontiac. As Tim is curious about anything having to do with the Pontiac name, he pulled into town. As he explored the city, he visited the International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum which led to conversations with the mayor of Pontiac.

These conversations led to a long series of emails, phone calls, and personal visits to begin the process of creating a new museum were worked out.

The Pontiac City Council approved the museum’s creation on January 3, 2011, and work began immediately on the remodeling of the museum’s new space. The creation of the museum was aided by the hard work of many people. Special thanks to Tim and Penny Dye, Mayor Robert Russell, City of Pontiac Administrator, Bob Karls, Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Building Supervisor, Milt Hanson, his crew and many more. Grand opening day took place on July 23, 2011, less than one year from the time Tim first visited Pontiac.

Pontiacs to Reign in Pontiac

Pontiac Museum

The streets of downtown Pontiac, Illinois will once again be full of Pontiac cars in September when the Grand Prix Chapter of the Pontiac Oakland Club International will sponsor a “Show and Shine” car rally for Pontiac cars there. On September 9, registration runs from 1 – 5PM at the new Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum. Friday evening registered participants will enjoy an evening at the Chautauqua Park Pavilion for a presentation of the Route 66 Musical Review performed by the Vermillion Players. On Saturday, September 10, all Pontiac brand cars are welcome to join in this non-judged car show located around the historic courthouse square in Downtown Pontiac. Included in the weekend events will be visits to all four of Pontiac’s great museums, including the new Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center. The Pontiac Jolly Trolley will be providing guided tours to the city’s historical sites, and the Route 66 Museum and the Bob Waldmire Road Yacht will both be open.

On Saturday night, an “Ice Cream Social” at Chautauqua Park is planned for registered participants. After the ice cream social, Route 66 historian John Weiss will present a seminar on the history of the nation’s most famous byway, Route 66.

Sunday morning, registered participants may have their photo taken at the “World’s largest Route 66 Shield Mural” on their way to Starved Rock State Park.

For more information on the event or registration, visit the Grand Prix Chapter’s website at www.grandprixchapterofamerica.com
Contact Ellie Alexander, Director of Tourism, Pontiac, IL
(815) 844-5847
Email: tourism@pontiac.org

Pontiac-Oakland Museum


Pontiac - Oakland Museum

Tim Dye, director of the new Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center, announced that on Friday, July 22, 2011, the museum will be open between 4 PM and 9 PM for a fundraising Sneak Preview. The preview will allow guests to see the museum at a leisurely pace, and meet some of the VIPs who will be speaking at the opening day ceremonies on July 23rd. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

The Pontiac-Oakland Museum in Pontiac, Illinois will be home to 15 classic and antique Oakland and Pontiac cars, thousands of artifacts from dealer promotional items to signs, posters, and sales training aids, and an entire library filled with automotive-related print materials. The museum is located at 205 North Mill Street in Pontiac, Illinois.

According to Dye, “The Sneak Preview will allow people to see the museum before the expected crowds on opening day, and meet such automobile and Pontiac car history notables as Bill Porter, former Chief Designer for the Pontiac Motor Division and Jim Wangers, known to car lovers as the “Godfather of the GTO.” Both Wangers and Porter will be presenting seminars on Saturday after the Opening Ceremonies. Other distinguished visitors have been invited to the Sneak Preview, but their attendance has not yet been confirmed.

Tickets for the Sneak Preview are priced at $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for the Thursday, July 21st Community Picnic, and/or the Friday, July 22nd Sneak Preview. To purchase advance tickets, go to the Pontiac Tourism website: www.visitpontiac.org.

For more information, contact: Ellie Alexander, Pontiac Tourism Director
Phone: 815-844-5847
Email: tourism@pontiac.org