The 60th annual Petit Jean Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet is taking place June 12- 16. The event will be on the grounds of The Museum of Automobiles at 8 Jones Lane on Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton.
On site will be hundreds of collectable cars for sale as well as antique auto restoration supplies, auto collectibles and more.
This will be the eighth year for the Open Car Show. This year it will be held on the show grounds along with the original car show on June 16.
Along with the show, there are cars on display inside the museum and all represent an impressive slice of automobile history. Winthrop Rockefeller founded the museum in the 1960s and a few of his cars are now housed there. The museum is also home to the Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association.
There are quite a few notable cars in the museum’s collection.
For an Arkansas tie, check out the 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five. Bearing a license tag with his initials “WR”, this was the personal car of Winthrop Rockefeller and was kept at his home on Petit Jean Mountain. Keep an eye out for the sterling silver bull on the hood of the car—a symbol of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle his Winrock Farms is famous for.
Another Arkansas tie are cars from the Climber Motor Corporation, which was Arkansas’s only automobile manufacturer ( they opened their doors in Little Rock in 1919 and closed production in 1924). The company was known for producing durable cars that could handle the rough roads of the state of the time. The museum, which is located at 8 Jones Lane, is now home to the only two Climber cars known to exist in the world.
The museum is open daily from 10-5 . For more information call 501-727-5427 or visit musuemofautos.com. The museum is on the same road that leads to Petit Jean State Park.