Peter Gleeson at America’s Car Museum

Peter Gleeson beside an M1 speaking to the crowd

For our first meeting of the new year, on January 28th, we were treated to a presentation of some of Peter Gleeson’s cars on display at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. Peter is a chapter member and has a world-class collection of BMWs. But he also collects other marques and his display at ACM is pretty eclectic. This display is part of the Museum honoring Peter as a ‘Master Collector’ but it also coincides with the year-long BMW display to celebrate BMW’s Centennial. Many visited the Museum last May when we had our chapter’s Centennial Celebration.

This time, Peter’s cars were displayed on one of the ramps in the Museum. Peter walked the crowd of about one hundred down the ramp, explaining the history and significance of each car as we went. BMWs in the display included: the M1 Art Car painted by Frank Stella for Peter Gregg, the Dexter Brown-painted 3.3Li, a Z4 race car from Japan, a 3.0 CSL Batmobile, a red Z1, the Johnny Cecotto M1 street car and a couple of BMW motorcycles. Non-BMWs included a very special Aston Martin, a beautiful Series 1 Jaguar E-type and a 1939 Lincoln streamliner hot rod with nary a 1939 Lincoln part on it.

Upstairs the BMW Centennial exhibit is still there but not for much longer. Make the trek to ACM if you haven’t seen the show yet or wait another hundred years.

Thanks for Peter Gleeson for sharing his enthusiasm of the marque and care in general.

BMWs parked on the America's Car Museum plaza

The poster for the Peter Gleeson Master Collector exhibit

Long shot of the plaza, full of BMWs