The Boyertown Museum will host its first ever electric vehicle show on Sunday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A “current” event will present examples of electric vehicles from various eras on display in the parking lot of the Boyertown Museum. Two vehicles from the Museum’s collection will be on display: a 1919 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupé, which has just returned after being exhibited at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,
and a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit, built at the Volkswagen plant in Westmoreland, Pa., was converted to electric by South Coast Technology of California (SCT). SCT has contracted with the Battronic division of Boyertown Auto Body Works to perform the electrical conversion on over 100 rabbits. The Boyertown Museum is housed in one of the old buildings of the Boyertown Auto Body Works.
Also on display for A “current” event will be a 1933 Thorne B2 gas-electric hybrid delivery truck, generously on loan from Jay Crist. This particular Thorne uses a 16 horsepower Continental gasoline engine to generate electricity to run an engine that powers the powertrain. The Museum is honored to be able to share this first example of hybrid vehicle technology with visitors on July 18.
There will also be examples of modern electric vehicles, including several Tesla courtesy of the Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club and the Tesla Owners Club of Pennsylvania. Entropy Racing of Sacramento, PA, will also be in attendance with two of their Electric Racing Vehicles (EVSRs) – fully electric racing cars that have raced on tracks all along the East Coast. Entropy Racing will also bring its unique (if not electric) car transporter, a 1951 American LaFrance.
At several times throughout the event, special speakers will address topics on the history of the electric vehicle. At 10:30 a.m., Sam Fiorani, Boyertown Museum Board Member and automotive historian, will kick off with a brief history and future of electric vehicles. At 11:30 am Entropy Racing Chief Engineer Charlie Greenhaus will give a brief overview of the EVSR program and answer questions. At 1 p.m. Sam Fiorani will return to give a history of the Volkswagen plant in Westmoreland, and Robert Dare, former director of engineering for Battronic, and also chairman of the Boyertown Museum board, will explain the electric conversions. performed at Boyertown Auto. The body is functioning.
Food will be available for purchase from CD’s Place Catering and Eatery and Mister Softee. A “current” event is free to attend. The Museum will be open to visitors at the regular admission price. On that day, admission to the museum will include blacksmithing demonstrations at our 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart car factory. Also on display in the museum is our special WWII exhibit, A Rosie Outlook: WWII and the Girls with the Starry Hearts, now on display until September 2021. The Boyertown Museum also has several other electric vehicles on display in the museum gallery, including a 1912 Commercial Truck Company tray used by Curtis Publishing of Philadelphia and a 1919 Detroit Electric, among others.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1965 by Paul and Erminie Hafer. The museum, located at 85 South Walnut Street in Boyertown, Pa., Preserves and displays examples of Pennsylvania trucking history in the former buildings of the Boyertown Auto Body Works factory. Over ninety locally made cars, trucks, cars, bicycles and motorcycles are on display, along with two examples of roadside architecture: a 1921 cottage-style Sunoco gas station and a Jerry O’Mahony restaurant. from 1938. The museum is open seven days a week, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is $ 10 for adults, $ 9 for seniors and AAA members, and those 15 and under are free. The exterior of the museum is currently under construction but remains open, please excuse our appearance! For more information call 610-367-2090 or visit www.boyertownmuseum.org.