History on the road: Cars at the Capital returns to the National Mall beginning Aug. 31

1918 Cadillac Type 57 on display at the National Mall. Photo by Historic Vehicle Association, 2018.

The “Cars at the Capital” exhibition by Hagerty Drivers Foundation, will return this year to the National Mall, Thursday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 11. 

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.  

1937 Cord 812 Convertible Phaeton Sedan – Chassis No. 1714 (Owned by Amelia Earhart)
1952 Porsche America Roadster (Type 540)

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
Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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