It is no secret that Long Island loves cars. It is home to more commuters, car clubs and classic and custom cars than any place in America. The Autoseum’s goal is to inform and educate the citizens of Long Island (particularly its youngest citizens) about the history, the industry, the craft and most of all, the people who make this culture of cars a reality.
The Autoseum is the brainchild of two men: Mike Manning and Andy Perillo. Manning and Perillo’s vision for the Autoseum is for it to function as a teaching museum. On permanent display will be some of George Barris’ most famous designs (such as one of the original Batmobile, Aston Martin DB5 from 007 and the Drag-U-La from TV’s Munsters). The Autoseum will also feature regular classes and workshops demonstrating highly specialized equipment and techniques.
Eventually we will have revolving exhibit spaces which will showcase the work of other designers from across Long Island and the country at large. In addition, we also plan to feature a fully functional auto shop, with picture windows to let patrons see every step of the customization process first hand. The garage will employ a rotating staff of interns and apprentices from schools and colleges as well as past students from across Long Island.
Eventually we would also like to offer an on-site restaurant, car club meeting room, event facility, car wash, regular cruise nights, a parts store, swap meets, car shows and other basic automotive services.
With the support of the community the Autoseum is bound to become a premier institution on Long Island for entertainment, education and community service.