Classic

This 1955 Pontiac is one of 70 vintage vehicles inside Bennett Classics Auto Museum. The museum reopens Friday with abbreviated hours of operation.

FOREST CITY — Bennett Classics Auto Museum will open beginning this weekend, thanks to the Little Detroit Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Plans call for the award-winning museum to reopen on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

The new schedule starts Friday (April 16). Bennett Classics first closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then founder Buddy Bennett died in January, leaving operations of the museum in limbo.

Bennett’s family has since asked the Little Detroit Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America to reopen the museum, according to Gary Barnette, board member of the club.

“The family asked us to keep the museum open in his (Buddy’s) name,” Barnette said. “We have decided to open it back up on Friday and Saturday.”

Volunteers with the club will man the museum during the hours of operation.

Opened in 2007, the museum houses as many as 70 various vehicles (trucks, cars and tractors) dating back as far as 1913.

“A lot of unrestored originals from Model T’s to Mack Trucks, a Shelby mustang, to the retired Forest City American Lanfranc Fire truck, and it is ever changing including a new addition 1963 Ford Mayberry Sheriffs Car Signed by Don Knots (A.K.A Barney Fife) which is a must see! The museum is about preserving the automobile history for generations of the past, present and future, here under one roof in Rutherford County,” according to its website.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-15, with kids under 7 admitted free of charge.

Bennet Bennett Classics Auto Museum is located at 241 Vance St. (just off Main Street) in Forest City. Visit www.bennettclassics,com for more information.