Chapparal Gallery at the Petroleum Museum
April 15-17, 2004
In April 2004, I had the great pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the new Chaparral Gallery at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas. The Museum honored home town hero Jim Hall with 3 days of celebrations to officially open the new multi million dollar facility which will permanently house the legendary and revolutionary Chaparral race cars of the 60's, 70's and 80's which were built and developed just a few miles away.
- Paul Zimmermann
The dramatic entrance of the Chaparral Gallery features an elevated Chaparral 2K, illustrating the ground effects tunnels featured on the 1980 Indianapolis 500 winner.
As you enter the main hall, you're met by a some of Jim Hall's most innovative machines. Trophy cases and giant photographs decorate the perimeter.
The main Hall features the Chaparral 2, 2E, 2H and 2J.
A replica garage has been constructed on the side of the display and is where you'll find the Nurburgring winning Chaparral 2D.
The Chaparral Gallery also contains several interactive displays to teach future engineers the principles behind Jim Hall's revolutionary winged and ground effects racing cars.
The Chaparral Gallery provides that once in a lifetime experience of sitting in a replica Chaparral 2E by yourself or with your son or daughter.
We were quite impressed with the Chaparral Gallery. It's one of the finest tributes to a marque that we've seen.