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"American Muscle celebrates Detroit’s 1960s glory days of speed, sound, and style, when lightweight, mid-sized cars with big engines tore up American roads. The exhibit captures the colorful history of the muscle car, from its origins (whether you believe that was in 1964, 1955, or even 1938) to its sudden demise in the economy-conscious 1970s," a museum spokesperson stated.

The exhibit runs through July 9, 2011.

Yesterday’s opening of the show was in the parking lot featuring competition for categories such as best paint job, loudest engine and best of show. There was food (BBQ), vendors, a kids’ area, music by 96.9 The Eagle, mobile detailing, free giveaways and a Show N’ Shine.

Here’s some of the cars on display.

Nate Hickok receives a congratulatory handshake for winning loudest engine with his 1969 Mustang Mach 1.

For more photos of American Muscle, click HERE>>>

The California Auto Museum is located at 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, California 95818 • (916) 442-6802

Photos | Kati Garner,

( is official photographer for California Auto Museum)