Classic Cars for a New Year
If you didn’t get a new car with a giant red bow like you saw in the holiday adverts all December, we’ve got the perfect gift. A trip to a seven-acre former missile-manufacturing facility in Portsmouth, that (since 2017) has found new life as the Newport Car Museum.
It’s a thrilling place to visit, even if you’re not a car buff. There are over 75 iconic cars, carefully curated to appeal to all ages – from the famed muscle cars of the 1960s to sculptured works of art both slightly older and much newer. And while you can’t take them out on the road, you can do the next best thing – the Museum has eight Playseat driving simulators, which allow you to try your skills on famed courses like Le Mans or the Cork Screw drop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Museum has won numerous awards; Hemmings Motor News – the car collector’s bible – has called it “a notable addition to the classic-car world.”
The Newport Car Museum is open daily from 10 am- 5 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for students, seniors and military; $8 for kids. If you haven’t gotten your fill of cars, it should be noted that the Audrain Automobile Museum, which displays a rotating collection of 1899 to modern day autos in a gorgeous vintage facility, is also right in Newport (222 Bellevue Ave) and just opened a new exhibit (The Past to the Present: Power & Speed with Style) on January 11.