Award-winning automotive journalists Thos L. Bryant, editor emeritus of “Road & Track,” and Ken Gross, “Playboy’s” contributing auto editor, were named 2013 co-guest curators of America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Wash.
“America’s Car Museum is about illustrating America’s love affair with the automobile in unique, memorable ways,” said David Madeira, president and CEO of ACM, in a press release. “To achieve this, we’ve partnered with Tom Bryant and Ken Gross, two of the auto industry’s most knowledgeable, well-respected journalists and storytellers, to curate fresh exhibitry. Tom and Ken have known each other for years, and their rapport and expertise will help us transcend the conventional museum model and further cultivate ACM’s reputation as a must-see attraction for people across the country.”
Bryant has more than 36 years of experience in the auto industry, including 20 years as editor-in-chief of “Road & Track” and as a longtime honorary judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He is currently developing a motorsports exhibit for ACM, which will debut in spring of 2013.
Gross is a Lee Iacocca Award recipient, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, and guest curator for critically-acclaimed automotive exhibitions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the ACM press release noted.
Founded earlier this year, ACM features more than 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles. Many of the cars displayed are from the famed Harold LeMay collection, which reached a peak of 3,500 vehicles in the 1990s. The 165,000-square-foot, four-story museum has a 3.5-acre show field, theater, gift shop, banquet center and café, an educational center/library and rotating/interactive exhibits.