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'Art of the Build' features rolling art at AACA Museum

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HERSHEY, Pa. – A new year will begin with an unusual display at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum from Jan. 24-April 27.

A new featured exhibit The Art of the Build: Rods & Kustoms is a departure from previous exhibits which have typically featured original vehicles or vehicles restored to original standards. The Art of the Build: Rods & Kustoms celebrates the cars and their creators that dared to be different by individually customizing their vehicles.

The exhibit has a total of five Ridler contender cars: “Kracklin Rose,” “The 69er,” “The Handyman,” “SwishAir” and “D-Ranged.” Two of these contenders made it to the “Great Eight” which is the final round leading to The Ridler Award – “D-Ranged” and “The Handyman.”

Also included in the exhibit is a selection of artistically built novelty vehicles and unusual objects including a motorized bar stool and in-line roller skates from the personal collection of Jo and John Robertson. The Robertsons have contracted such legends as George “the King of Kustomizers” Barris, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Boyd Coddington, Posies and other stars of rod and customizing fame to produce one of the most varied collections of such pieces ever assembled. They have a cross section of those builds to display along with numerous original car show photos, programs, circuit souvenirs, car club plaques, drag plates and trophies.

Art of the Build focuses on these individuals, and the rolling art they have created. By treating each custom vehicle as a piece of sculpture, the museum has planned this display as an art installation.

For information, call 717-566-7100 or visit

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