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July 9th, 2009
Dick’s Classic Garage opens Saturday

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The San Marcos community will celebrate the grand opening of Dick’s Classic Garage, Dick Burdick’s museum of classic automobiles, on Saturday, July 11.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday with a special grand opening celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.

Opening day admission will be $8 for adults and$5 for children over age 5. (Children under 5 are free). Proceeds from the non-profit museum are dedicated to the preservation of the vintage automobiles.

The new 43,000 square foot museum is located at 120 Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos and features about 60 of retired industrialist Dick Burdick’s collection of classic cars built from 1929 to 1959.

The classic car museum in San Marcos adds to historic automobile exhibits in the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, founded by the Burdick family in 1980 in Rosanky, Texas as a non-profit, educational foundation.

“This fascinating museum features the most beautiful and unique automobiles ever made in America,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “I know it will quickly become one of the must-see attractions in San Marcos.”

The Burdick family, the City Council and the community will celebrate the grand opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m.

Dick Burdick is the founder and former CEO of Thermon Industries, a manufacturer of heat tracing technologies. He has been a classic car collector for many years and successful competitor in the Great American Race, a cross-country transcontinental antique car rally.

“Anyone who is at all interested in the history of our country and its people will have a natural fascination with the automobile, not only for its mechanical development, but also for the men and women who had the foresight and ingenuity to begin its development,” said founder Dick Burdick. “Just look at the impact the automobile has had on society, not only in our country but around the world. This is why we find the preservation of the automobile so important to this and future generations.”

The museum collection contains dozens of unique automobiles including a

  • 1948 Tucker, number 48 of only 51 futuristic cars built by Preston Tucker
  • 1929 Duesenberg, made for the president of Coca Cola
  • 1948 Buick Roadmaster
  • 1956 Corvette

Dick’s Classic Garage will be open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed on Tuesday. Admission on weekdays will be $10 for adults and $5 for children; Saturday and Sunday admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Children under 5 are free. For more information, call Dick’s Classic Garage at (512) 878-2406.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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