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Museum hosts Princess Di tribute exhibit; will open doors for free Thursday

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-08-28

VOLO — One year before her tragic Aug. 31, 1997, death — during what would be her final visit to the United States — Princess Diana toured Chicago and Evanston in a specially equipped and royally appointed Rolls Royce Silver Spur. For the last decade, that car has been a cherished gem of the Volo Auto Museum, although one that has spent much of its time in museum founder Greg Grams’ private collection — out of public view. Officials of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road will remember the much-beloved princess Thursday, Aug. 31, through ...

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Volo Auto Museum adds Trump limo to collection

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-08-23

  Volo’s latest celebrity car one ‘yuge’ find   VOLO — Love him or hate him, there’s no denying President Trump’s stratospheric fame.    So, what’s an auto museum director who features eclectic celebrity cars to do when he comes across a one-of-two-in-the-world Trump edition Cadillac limousine formerly owned by none other than Donald J. Trump himself? He buys it, of course.   “We’re not making a political statement one way or the other,” said Brian Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road. “We display rare, interesti...

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Volo Auto Museum takes movie cars to a new level

Erin Ben-Moche Posted on 2017-08-21

  What was once a 110-year-old farm became a classic car museum in 1960 where people could purchase and view old time vehicles. Volo Auto Museum offers 33 exhibits including a Movie and TV tour that lets tourists........   CONTINUE READING AND TAKE THE QUIZ HERE

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Volo to debut life-sized model cars, model car contest

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-08-08

  VOLO — Anyone into model car building back in the 1960s likely is familiar with Tom Daniel’s Red Baron — one of the most popular model kit cars Monogram ever sold.   “The model did so well, there was a real car made based off of it,” said Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, which recently acquired one of the few life-sized versions in existence. The Red Baron — featuring its trademark German World War I helmet as the crazy coupe’s roof — was in customizer Keith Dean’s shop in California for restoration work, Grams said.   ...

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Kids Club kickoff this weekend at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-07-28

  Hey, kids. Love cars and fun? Join the club!   VOLO — Kids 12 and younger are invited to join an exclusive club that will pay off in ice cream treats and much more at the Volo Auto Museum.    The new Volo Auto Museum Kids Club will offer the museum’s youngest car enthusiasts the chance to participate in members-only events, with treats and privileges aplenty. It all kicks off this weekend, July 29-30, with bounce houses, a disc jockey, dance contests, an inflatable obstacle course — and even an inflatable safari for the toddler set....

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Director’s nuptials will make July 22 especially sweet date for visiting museum

Cynthia Wolf / Wolf Wordsmithing Posted on 2017-07-14

Director’s nuptials will make July 22 especially sweet date for visiting museum     VOLO — Wedding bells are ringing Saturday, July 22, for Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams and his bride, Lesa DeAngelis, and they’re out to share their joy with all who visit the museum that day.    “We’ll be giving out free cake from noon to 3 in celebration of our big day and in conjunction with our Jewel-Osco Classic Cakes and Cars giveaway promotion,” said Grams, director of the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road.    “Everyone who visits can l...

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Volo Auto Museum’s Adam West celebration to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-07-05

  Volo Auto Museum’s Adam West celebration to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital     VOLO — Evildoers beware: Saturday, July 15, will be all about the Caped Crusader at the Volo Auto Museum.    Those visiting the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road on Saturday, July 15, will enjoy a “Celebration of Adam West,” with 20 percent of the day’s admission receipts going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, said Brian Grams, museum director. West, who portrayed the Caped Crusader in the classic 1960s “Batman” TV se...

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Volo Auto Museum to Get Cable TV Spotlight

John Gunnell Posted on 2017-07-03

  During a recent visit to the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, THE SHOP discovered that the 56-year-old collector car business is set to be the focal point of a new reality TV show on The History Channel. Volo: House of Cars will be the name of the show that executive producer Julian Taylor came up with after meeting the Grams family—owners of Volo—when they appeared in an episode of his show South Beach Classics. In that episode, Brian Grams helped Ted Vernon find a low-mileage, red anniversary edition Lamborghini Countach. Taylor ...

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Final car show on Volo Auto Museum grounds promises to be fitting tribute to end of era

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-06-29

    Final car show on Volo Auto Museum grounds promises to be fitting tribute to end of era   VOLO — The final car show ever to take place on Volo Auto Museum grounds is happening this Saturday, July 1, and organizers are promising to go out with a bang.   Members of the VooDoo Kings Kustom Car Club are coordinating the event, with show entry and dunk tank proceeds set to benefit Compass to Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps parents pay travel expenses to bring their children to cancer treatment destinations.   Up to 250 pre-1...

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Volo Auto Museum remembers ‘Batman’ legend

Cynthia Wolf / Wold Wordsmithing Posted on 2017-06-10

Volo Auto Museum remembers ‘Batman’ legend   VOLO — The Volo Auto Museum has been a part of numerous celebrity appearances, supplying film cars for major events like World of Wheels throughout the U.S. But opportunities to attend events with Adam West were especially memorable, museum officials said.    “It is a sad day for us and for the Batman community,” Museum Director Brian Grams said Saturday in response to the news that West had died Friday night at the age of 88.    “We always looked forward to events with Mr. West,” Grams cont...