The groundbreaking for Dick’s Classic Car Museum was held onsite at the corner of Hunter Road and Stagecoach here in San Marcos. The founder of the museum, Dick Burdick, was in attendance with members of his family as well as the Mayor, many other officials, and local area car clubs.
Rick Menchaca, the San Marcos City Manager, introduced the speakers and gave comments thanking all the parties who participated in bringing this project to reality, including Mayor Narvaiz and many other officials and city council members.
Dan Roy, of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, gave the first speech. “On behalf of over one thousand members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce,” commented Roy, “it is my privilege to extend our appreciation and congratulate Mr. Burdick, and the entire Burdick family. We are all grateful for your long-standing commitment to this community, and we are delighted to share your dream to bring a classic car museum to San Marcos, Texas.”
“Tourism is vital to our economy. Each year over 175 million dollars is spent on tourism in Hays County alone,” Mr. Roy continued. “How fitting that this amazing tribute to the automobile will itself become a catalyst for tourism and economic development in San Marcos.”
Mayor Narvaiz, who spoke second, expressed her delight at being present at the groundbreaking. “Dick Burdick and the Burdick family means a lot to San Marcos,” said the Mayor. “It is very exciting to have a new venture of the Burdick family coming to San Marcos. This museum promises to be a wonderful attraction to local residents and tourists alike.”
As the key speaker at the groundbreaking and founder, Dick Burdick was the last to speak. “I’ll say one thing, if it weren’t for Susan Narvaiz, this museum wouldn’t be here. This museum would be in Arizona.”
“The passion for automobiles doesn’t just stop with the car itself,” said Burdick. “It’s the people who created them, and the vision that those people, like Ford and Chevrolet and names as long as you can remember, what they did and how it affected the way we live. There’s nobody in this audience who isn’t somehow or another affected by automobiles.”
“What today is, and what this museum is, is an opportunity for me to share a passion that I’ve had since I built a Model T when I was in high school,” stated Burdick. “It goes back that far.”
“What we are attempting to do is help Susan Narvaiz, and the city in general,” he went on, “realize her dream of being a destination city. Once you have enough things here to get people to stay overnight, then the tax revenues start to roll in, and the opportunity to grow and develop and do the things that make a city a city, comes to pass. I hope that we’re making some viable contribution to that dream and to San Marcos.”
After the speeches, instead of actually breaking the rocky ground with a traditional shovel, three cars were unveiled as the first display of the museum. Once completed, the 43,000 square foot structure will house more than 60 of the Burdick family’s classic vehicle collection. These cars will be on rotation and include many classics from the 1920s to the 1950s.
The museum is slated to open in the spring of 2009.
by Sarah Stevens
Digital rendering of completed museum.
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