Blackhawk Museum
Calendar of Events

Saturday Morning Speaker Series
Bugatti: Art and the Automobile
A presentation by Evan Ide

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bugatti: Art of the Automobile

Evan will be speaking about Ettore Bugatti’s automobiles and how his approach to design was an artistic one rather than a purely engineering one. Ettore was raised in an artistic household and was not a trained engineer but applied his natural intuitive design sense to the production of some of the world’s most revered motorcars. No other designers approached a design challenge like Ettore. The Bugatti motorcars are truly one man’s obsessive vision for the ultimate machine.

The Speaker Series is Free with Admission to the Museums. Members enjoy free admission year round. Join the Museums today!

Evan has worked with Bonhams in various capacities for more than 12 years and is a Senior Specialist. He received his degree in fine art as well as extensive museum training at the University of New Hampshire. He served first as Curator and is now a Trustee of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Bugatti: Art of the Automobile

He has authored several books including Packard Motor Car Company and most recently was a contributing author of The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles – awarded motoring book of the year in 2013. He currently acts as the American advisor to the Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands.

Evan is deeply involved with all motorcars with strong knowledge of pre-war cars, particularly American makes. In addition to his role as specialist, he is also an award-winning restorer who maintains a workshop in Massachusetts. His dual capacity as specialist and technician provides an extra level of insight for our clients.

A long-time champion of the preservation of original condition cars, he co-founded the Preserving the Automobile sale, held annually at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.

All British Car Show & Swap Meet

Saturday, September 19, 2015

All British Car Show

The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is pleased to host the 2015 All British Car Meet presented by The Mini Owners of America, San Francisco Chapter (MOASF)

2015 marks the 25th year of this annual gathering of all British automobiles and also includes a swap meet area. The event has moved to the Blackhawk Museum & Plaza in Danville, CA and will be expanded to include all British cars and motorcycles.

For car show registration, please visit:

All participating show car owners will receive complimentary admission to the Blackhawk Museum the day of the show The car show event is in open to the public to enjoy.

  • 8am Car Show Placement.
  • 9am Car Show Open to Public.
  • 1pm Awards presentation & Raffle Drawing.



Friends of the Blackhawk Museums presents:
Night at the Museum

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Night at the Museum

Join us for a Wild West themed hoe-down at the Blackhawk Museum in “The Spirit of the Old West” gallery & under the stars to support the Children’s Education and Transportation Fund.





Price: $100 per person

Limited to 150 Guests

Attendees are encouraged to don their choice of Western Wear to join in the costume contest. No Host Bar. Purchase your tickets now and enjoy a great night in the Old West.

Purchase tickets online at:

Or make checks payable to:
Friends of the Blackhawk Museum
Mail to: JoAnne Nissim
3871 Deer Trail Lane
Danville, CA 94506-4652

For more information:

Or Call: (925) 736-9393

Pre War Classics Picnic on the Plaza

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pre War Classics on the Plaza

WHO: An event exclusively for pre-1941 Classic cars representing the best of pre-war automobiles. Limited to 40 select automobiles.

WHAT/WHERE: Tail-gate picnic is encouraged and period theme attire is welcome. Awards will be given for presentations. All cars will be staged on the Cultural Plaza and musical entertainment will be provided during the day.

WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2015 | 10 AM to 3 PM (Car Arrivals at 9 AM)

ENTRY FEE: $25 Advanced Registration (Before September 10th) $40 After

MORE INFO: For information:

HOW DO I SIGN UP?: Fill out the form at

Saturday Morning Speaker Series
Matt Stone
Heroes, Legends & Friends

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 10:30am-Noon

Matt Stone

Matt Stone is a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and former Editor of Motor Trend Classic magazine. He participated in all manner of Motor Trend activities, including road tests, special interest stories, industry news, and MT's world-recognized Car, Truck, and Sport/Utility of the Year programs. His specialties are history, design, and interview features.He has been a professional automotive journalist & photographer since 1990.

Matt enjoys anything with four wheels, though demonstrates a particular passion for sports, performance, and racing cars. He is a Chief Class Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and officiates at other shows and events. He serves his profession as a past Officer and Board of Director member, Keynote Address Committee Chairman, and past-President of the Motor Press Guild (MPG) trade association.

The Museum is thrilled to have Matt Stone in for a presentation, question & answer session and a book signing. On October 10th his new book, Exotic Barnfinds will be published and there will be copies available in the Museum store and for signing.

Part of the Fall Speaker Series, this event is free with admission to the Museum. As always, Members of the Museum are Free.

David Benoit
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Sunday, December 20, 2015 | 7pm

David Benoit Concert

David Benoit's career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit's role as his musical heir.

A Charlie Brown Christmas aired for the first time in 1965 and has become a perennial holiday favorite around the world. The music from this classic holiday production is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

Preferred Seating $65 (Museum Members $55)

General Seating $50 (Museum Members $40)

Reserved Seating is Available for Groups of 10 or more.
For more info, email:

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