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Car Museum to Open New Tuner Car Exhibit…with a Dance Party


America’s Car Museum on Nov. 10 welcomed its newest exhibit with its Let it Glow Dance Party. The new exhibit—Tuners @ ACM—features 17 vehicles that define the category of lightweight, technologically advanced passenger vehicles. 

Tuner cars have a history steeped in customization of engines, chassis modification, suspension and structure, interiors, paint and body. Changes range from mild to wild depending on their owners, who used their vehicles to express their own creativity and uniqueness.

“History has a way of repeating itself,” said Scot Keller, curator for America’s Car Museum. “Just like early hot-rodders, the tuner subculture was primarily driven by young enthusiasts who looked to convey their individuality through their automobiles.”

The tuner subculture, which traces its roots back to the 1970s, has since become a multibillion dollar industry and beloved pastime for countless auto buffs. Tuners @ ACM will feature some of the hottest examples of tuners like APR’s RLMS, a 2018 VW Golf R homage to Touring Car Racing, recently nominated as a Toyo Tires top build at the SEMA Show.

“The automobile has ingrained itself as part of our society’s culture for more than 100 years,” Keller said. “Regardless of the canvas, the one thing that transcends time is that a car can truly be a work of art limited only by owner creativity. We are thrilled to be able to put such a display together for our visitors.”

The featured vehicles in Tuners @ ACM include:

  • 1971 Datsun 240z
  • 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-X
  • 1972 Datsun 510
  • 1978 Toyota Cressida
  • 1982 Nissan 180sx
  • 1983 Mitsubishi Starion
  • 1992 Honda Civic Si
  • 1992 Mazda MX-5
  • 1999 Honda Civic Type-R
  • 2000 Audi S4
  • 2000 BMW M3 Wagon
  • 2003 Mitsubishi EVO
  • 2006 VW GTI
  • 2008 Nissan 350z
  • 2011 Subaru WRX STI
  • 2015 Nissan GTR
  • 2018 VW Golf R
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