Happy Anniversary, LeMay – America’s Car Museum!

LeMay, America’s Car Museum, is celebrating their one-year anniversary this weekend with an evening gala, and exhibit debut.  One year ago this weekend, LeMay proudly opened its doors in Tacoma, showcasing the largest automobile collection in North America.  Even before the grand opening, El Gaucho has been excited to work alongside the LeMay team and partner with them on many functions.

The El Gaucho Tacoma team at a recent LeMay event

The El Gaucho Tacoma team at a recent LeMay event

“We have catered everything from their Hard Hats pre-grand opening, to their Grand Opening Gala, and even an employee appreciation dinner here at the restaurant, not to mention countless parties hosted in their banquet facilities and club auto,” explains El Gaucho Tacoma General Manager James Capangpangan.  “I look at our relationship as more of a partnership to bring a unique service to the people of Tacoma.  Where else can you see 300 hundred cars in a building that is over 165,000 square feet and then finish off your day getting pampered with service and a great steak?” he asks.

To celebrate the big anniversary, the museum is hosting an evening gala, “Jazz,” a ’40s and ‘50s-themed event with a live-auction, live music, and sit-down dinner provided by El Gaucho.  The weekend festivities also include an exhibit debut, “Legends of Motorsports: The NASCAR Story.”

LeMay is a fantastic centerpiece of automotive history that also serves as an education center and library for the history of the automobile, displaying how cars have shaped the American experience, as well as its society. It is truly remarkable that the LeMay collection is the accomplishment of a local businessman from Tacoma, WA; it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned collection in the world, with over 3,000 vehicles and artifacts.  Harold and Nancy LeMay built the collection over their lifetime; Harold was always an entrepreneur and businessman interested in the automobile.  His businesses included solid waste and recyclables, a towing company, automotive restoration service, and auto wrecking, among many others. Harold passed in 2000, but the collection continues to grow today through the direction of Harold E. LeMay Enterprises, Inc.

Even if tomorrow’s “Jazz” gala at LeMay doesn’t work into your plans, the museum is open year round.  For the car lover in all of us – come check it out, and then join us for a steak and live music at El Gaucho Tacoma!

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