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Peter Gleeson, on the right, with his 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile in the background
Peter Gleeson, on the right, with his 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile in the background

Peter Gleeson Recognized as ‘2016 Master Collector’ by America’s Car Museum


Renowned car collector Peter Gleeson has been named the 2016 Master Collector by America’s Car Museum (ACM), which will feature his collection at the Tacoma-based Museum to guests throughout the next year. The Master Collector exhibit opens to the public on Sept. 11.

Gleeson is a well-known member of the Seattle automotive community and an avid BMW road car and motorcycle collector. His 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile was recently the runner-up in the 100 Years of BMW class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“They say you need to pinch yourself sometimes when wonderful things you cannot believe happen, I am still pinching myself, trying to understand how this street urchin from South London could be mentioned in the same breath as the previous recipients of this award—let alone uttering the words Master Collector—thank you everybody at ACM,” Gleeson said. “I cannot explain how surprised I was to be chosen and what an incredible honor it is to be recognized in this humbling way for simply doing what I love to do. Pursuing a passion that was a way-out-there crazy dream as a kid, and sharing that passion with other like-minded folk, is a very lucky life to have.”

A portion of Gleeson’s collection will remain on display for ACM visitors throughout the year. The vehicles in the 2016 Master Collector exhibit include:

  • 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Hot Rod
  • 1964 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1974 BMW CSL
  • 1975 Dexter Brown BMW 3.3Li Art Car
  • 1978 Frank Stella BMW M1 Art Car
  • 1980 BMW M1
  • 1989 BMW Z1
  • 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Zagato
  • 2006 BMW Z4M Patronas Race Car
  • 2009 Lee Quinones Ford Flex Art Car

“Peter is a tremendous person and important member of the collector community,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “He was instrumental in formulating our BMW exhibit, and we want to recognize him as this year’s Master Collector to offer our guests a year-long display exclusively featuring his cars.”

Previous Master Collectors include Nicola Bulgari, Ken and Patty McBride, Peter Hageman, Al McEwan, Glenn Mounger and Stephen R. Plaster.

For more information on current exhibits at ACM, visit americascarmuseum.org.

 

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