Free and open to the public, the annual event offers a rare opportunity for visitors to experience the most recent additions to the National Historic Vehicle Register, an initiative by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation that is the only federally recognized program to document the historical and cultural significance of the automobile.
On display in beautifully lit glass enclosures in front of the Smithsonian American History Museum will be Amelia Earhart’s beloved 1937 Cord Phaeton (aka “Amelia’s Cord”) and the famed 1952 Porsche America Roadster, 1 of 17 racers built by the company in their early days for the U.S. market.
On Saturday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 9, families will have the opportunity to engage in fun activities, such as a tire changing station, activity books, and more while learning about this country’s automotive history. Food trucks will also be available along Jefferson St. for lunch
“Cars at the Capital” Schedule Highlights:
- Sat., Sept. 2 (10am-2pm): Family Festival Day + Food Trucks
- Tues., Sept. 5: Final day for 1937 Amelia Earhart Cord Display
- Wed., Sept. 6: Opening day for 1952 Porsche Roadster America Display
- Wed., Sept. 6 (8:30-9pm): Lighting kick-off w/ vehicle owner
- Sat., Sept. 9 (10am-2pm): Family Festival Day + Food Trucks
- Mon., Sept. 11: Final day for 1952 Porsche Roadster America Display