It is no automotive industry secret that the motometer collection of Francis G. Clax and MotometerCentral™ is by far the best, most extensive and historically significant for this particular automobilia genre.  His collection has been previously exhibited since 2013 at prestigious libraries, automotive museums and industry conferences to great acclaim.


On February 2nd, 2018 our motometer collection will be put on full exhibit at the Ontario County Historical Society Museum in Canandaigua, New York.  More motometer artifacts –all authentic originals – will be on display than at any of the previous exhibitions featuring many ultra rare motometers and lone surviving ephemera, such as signed company documents, patents, catalogs, brochures, etc.


Friday, February 2nd is a V.I.P. reserved Grand Opening gala event with a facilitated guided tour and discussion session by collection owner Francis Clax.  Throughout the months that the exhibition is running Francis will provide seminars on various aspects on or about motometers.  Car clubs and groups are welcome and may request exclusive guided tours by calling (585) 394 – 4975.


The earliest BOYCE MOTO-METERs were originally manufactured not far from Canandaigua in nearby Rochester, NY.  The Clax/MotometerCentral™ Motometer Collection contains four of the seven known oldest BOYCE MOTO-METERs and those of several other Brands.


Located in a historic building completed in 1914, the Ontario County Historical Society Museum (OCHS) is specifically at 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 (www.ochs.org).  The OCHS was founded in 1902 and is a registered 501(C) 3 not for profit.  The museum operates and is open free of charge to the public year around.  It prominently features exhibits on local history and heritage.


Canandaigua, NY is the boyhood home of 2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee John North Willys, founder of the Willys-Overland Automotive Company.


The Motometer Exhibition has an initially scheduled closing date of September 8th, 2018 unless held over.


Canandaigua is in New York’s Finger Lakes region known for its many vineyards, wineries and creameries as well as nearby Watkins Glen International motor racing course, the Watkins Glen glacial formation itself, Rochester’s Strong Museum of Play, the George Eastman Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass making it a great family destination, especially during the week of NASCAR racing (August 2nd – 5th, 2018).


The Clax Motometer Collection is unprecedented, without direct comparison and the only one to ever be so prominently exhibited


The Clax Motometer Collection uses the actual artifacts themselves to tell the story of these devices’ origins; contributions to early automobile development, increase in auto ownership racing; vehicle longevity; through its transition from the radiator to inside the instrumentation dashboard and replacement by purely decorative automotive mascots/hood ornament branding symbols.


This may be the last public showing of this collection so now is the time to see hundreds of rare, fully functional motometers or early Twentieth Century motor heat indicators/automobile radiator-mounted engine temperature indicators.

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