Show registration in advance, at the park; free to view. Also featured will be awards and live entertainment. Fridays through September, Grand Avenue, Escondido. Open to all cars, trucks, race cars and motorcycles. Motive power came from Chevrolet’s 235.5ci (3.8-litre) overhead-valve straight six and, unusually for a sports car, there was automatic transmission, a feature that attracted much adverse criticism at the time.Intended as competition for the T-Series MG, the Corvette cost way above the target figure, ending up in Jaguar XK120 territory but with an inferior performance.
The standard wrap was nylon; leather or Irish linen was available as an option. Building on the success of the MR Series, the B Series consisted of sixteen new models utilizing a wider variety of hardwoods (Bolivian walnut, Michigan maple, East Indian rosewood, West African ebony) attractively displayed in the inlaid points and employing a removable weight screw in the butt.
Introduced for 1963, the Sting Ray sported a totally new ladder-type chassis and for the first time there was a Gran Turismo coupé in the range.
As had been the case with the previous (1956-62) generation of Corvettes, development proceeded slowly, being characterised by annual facelifts and few engineering changes of note.
Cooley Museum, 4233 Park Blvd., North Park, off El Cajon Boulevard. The museum specializes in early years of automotive history and features 24 cars in original condition, including three early Cadillacs. Tuesday-Saturday: Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 3190 Lionshead Ave., Carlsbad. The building is a state historic landmark, the former general offices of the California Southern Railroad. Wednesday-Saturday: San Diego Police Museum, 4710 College Ave., noon-4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. The display includes 15 cars, trucks and automobilila.
Monday through Friday; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. This old-truck museum has weatherworn hulks and some restored rigs, heavy equipment, light trucks and more dating back to 1912. Thursdays through Sundays: National City Depot Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 23rd St., National City (Mile of Cars exit from I-5). Old street cars on display, large model railroad, pristine museum exhibits and more. There are features on heroes, history, mysteries and more. 17: “Japanese Steel,” a special display at the San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. The museum is free to all San Diego County residents and military with ID on fourth Tuesdays, but a fee is charged on some exhibits during Free.