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Another "Trike" dispute?.............When you loan a collectable car to a Chicago museum for 50 years can you be surprised when "schoolchildren" carve their initials in the aluminum finish, ? Personally I thinking it's amazing it had not been made into a Hoopty with 29s all around and hydraulics. if that's the car that went in the (heavy salt drink) at the end of the run. Im thinking that could account for the tweaked frame and panels - not that they might be trying to pull one off on the museum.


It's full speed ahead for a lawsuit filed against the Museum of Science and Industry for allegedly damaging a record-setting jet car on display for 50 years.
A Chicago federal judge last week ruled that Craig Breedlove can move forward with his claim the museum caused more than $395,000 in damage to his historic Spirit of America car.
The museum previously succeeded in getting claims of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty dismissed, but the court left the door open for Breedlove to take a second crack at it.
Breedlove's amended complaint, filed in October, included supporting documents on standards and best practices from the American Association of Museums, of which the Museum of Science and Industry is a member.

Craig Breedlove set the land speed record of 526.26 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in 1964. His car, the Spirit of America, was displayed for decades at the Museum of Science and Industry. He is suing the museum over alleged damage to the car.
Steven Young, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing Breedlove, said Monday the AAM standards "made clearer to the court" that the museum was negligent in its handling of the vehicle. "They didn't live up to museum standards," Young said.
Breedlove sent his jet car to the museum in 1965 after breaking land speed records and the 500-mph barrier. The car was returned to him in 2015 with graffiti, a rewelded frame and a missing seat, among other damage, according to the lawsuit.
In his ruling, Judge Ronald Guzman cited a section from the AAM standards on stewardship:
"Stewardship is the careful, sound and responsible management of that which is entrusted to a museum's care. Possession of collections incurs legal, social and ethical obligations to provide proper physical storage, management and care for the collections and associated documentation, as well as proper intellectual control."
Guzman's ruling also rejected the position that the AAM, now known as the American Alliance of Museums, had not yet produced its standards in writing at the time the museum took possession of the jet car.
A spokesman for the AAM, which was founded in 1906, said Monday that stewardship standards existed prior to publishing its manual in 2008. The Museum of Science and Industry has been accredited by the AAM since 1975.
"The museum takes its responsibility to care for items in its collection very seriously," Museum of Science and Industry spokeswoman Renee Mailhiot said in an email Monday. "We are not able to comment further on pending litigation."
The lawsuit, originally filed in June, seeks for the museum to pick up the hefty repair bill
Breedlove, now 79, designed, built and piloted the world's fastest car while still in his early 20s. In 1963, he took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and became the first to cross the 400-mph threshold. The following year, he set a new record, clocking in with a speed of more than 526 mph before crashing into a saltwater pool far beyond the course. It was the last time he drove the car.
In 1965, Breedlove lent his jet car to the museum, entering into an "oral agreement" that the car would be returned to him in the event it was pulled from display, according to the lawsuit.
Fifty years later, the museum notified Breedlove in writing it intended to return the car. It arrived at his Rio Vista, Calif., home in October 2015, but in far less than the "mint condition" stated in the museum's letter, according to the lawsuit.
Damage included exterior panels that no longer fit, stretched intake duct mountings for the jet engine and graffiti where schoolchildren carved their initials in the aluminum finish, the lawsuit said.
In addition, Breedlove said the vehicle's frame had been cut and "unprofessionally" rewelded, and the driver's seat was missing. The car was taken to a professional restoration shop, which estimated repair costs at $395,000.
The museum and Breedlove have a settlement meeting set before the judge on Jan. 23. Young said he would like to see the case resolved without either the museum or Breedlove having to "spend more money," but said a settlement is unlikely.
"If it doesn't (settle), we will go forward ... and ultimately, we will see the museum in court," Young said.
Breedlove, now 79, designed, built and piloted the world's fastest car while still in his early 20s. In 1963, he took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and became the first to cross the 400-mph threshold. The following year, he set a new record, clocking in with a speed of more than 526 mph before crashing into a saltwater pool far beyond the course. It was the last time he drove the car.
In 1965, Breedlove lent his jet car to the museum, entering into an "oral agreement" that the car would be returned to him in the event it was pulled from display, according to the lawsuit.
Fifty years later, the museum notified Breedlove in writing it intended to return the car. It arrived at his Rio Vista, Calif., home in October 2015, but in far less than the "mint condition" stated in the museum's letter, according to the lawsuit.
Damage included exterior panels that no longer fit, stretched intake duct mountings for the jet engine and graffiti where schoolchildren carved their initials in the aluminum finish, the lawsuit said.
In addition, Breedlove said the vehicle's frame had been cut and "unprofessionally" rewelded, and the driver's seat was missing. The car was taken to a professional restoration shop, which estimated repair costs at $395,000.
The museum and Breedlove have a settlement meeting set before the judge on Jan. 23. Young said he would like to see the case resolved without either the museum or Breedlove having to "spend more money," but said a settlement is unlikely.
"If it doesn't (settle), we will go forward ... and ultimately, we will see the museum in court," Young said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-jet-car-breedlove-0110-biz-20170109-story.html
 

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The fact they're not showing the "supposed" damage(s) makes me really wonder about the $395,000 in claimed damages. Hell man in Chicago it's surprising it was not a gutted frame on milk crates, especially with aluminum panel's that would end up with soda/beer cans at the scrap metal dealer
 

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My college roommate turned out to be a big-wig with NASA. I went to KSC and got the grand tour from him. Never will forget he showed me a Mercury space capsule on display that had large sheets of Plexiglas shielding to keep wandering hands off it. There was a small section where you could reach a couple fingers in and touch the re-entry shield - wandering fingers of lord knows how many friggen people (that actually discovered the knee level spot) had actually worn a very noticeable 3/8ths-1/2" deep groove into the heat shield.
 

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Watch him dust it off and go 550
 

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Don Garlits Swamp Rat XXX AA/FD was once in the Smithsonian.... I seriously thought it was permanent display


Swamp Rat XXX on display in 1988 at the National Museum of American History (vehicle no longer on display).

Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Jeff Tinsley, Negative #: 88-8682​
 

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Fortunately Judge's have the right to look for the weakest-link in a "story" . If The Judge determines you Bull-Shit on one thing --- EVERY THING you said is questionable.
Skip the court and asking for $395,000 Just put the case on Judge Judy


WHY would the frame be cut and rewelded.............by the museum?... :smt102

Did somebody try to "retag" the VIN?... :rolleyes:
 

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Fortunately Judge's have the right to look for the weakest-link in a "story" . If The Judge determines you Bull-Shit on one thing --- EVERY THING you said is questionable.
Skip the court and asking for $395,000 Just put the case on Judge Judy
FUCK Judge Judy and by that I do NOT mean "make love with her!!!"
 
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