58th annual Petit Jean auto show set to open June 14

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The 58th Annual Petit Jean Auto Show will begin on Tuesday (June 14) and run through Saturday (June 18) from the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton.

The 2016 event will be open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., promising 900 antique automobile-related swap meet spaces along with spaces for arts and crafts (60) and collectible cars (500).

The June 18 date will feature an antique car show and an open car show with full details, including application info, available from the website.

The Museum of Automobiles was founded by former Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Its opening day was Oct. 18, 1964, and it today features Rockefeller’s 1951 Cadillac that he drove to Arkansas in 1953 when he decided to make the state his home; his 1914 Cretor’s popcorn wagon; and his 1967 Cadillac with a sterling-silver Santa Gertrudis hood ornament.

The Museum features eight automobiles that are more than a century old, with the eldest being a 1904 Oldsmobile French Front. Its “newest” cars include a 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 Ranchero and a 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood 75. It also welcomes motorcycle enthusiasts with seven classic bikes dating from 1913 to 1969, and boasts a variety of miscellaneous exhibits including antique guns, license plates and arcade machines.

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