Longtime auto dealer shares his love of automobiles, signage and more in new museum in Canal Winchester.

Some rare and collectible corvettes can be seen at the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum.

During my recent visit before the museum opened, work was being done to put up signs and ready the automotives for their public debut during the Grand Opening on July 4. Bob McDorman, who owned a dealership for many years under the same name, has put together a display from his collection at the museum. It will showcase about 100 neon signs, 38 GM cars with an extensive Corvette collection, antique bicycles including a Bel-Air, auto dealership memorabilia, work-related awards and framed press coverage, model cars, vintage gas pumps and more.

McDorman, who has been inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame, has been collecting autos since 1968. He said he's only been "burned" on one deal he's done over the years. He's still adding to his collection and says he rotates it if he finds a rare auto he wants. A few years back, he sold a number of automobiles in his collection to keep the car dealership going, including a number of "Celebrity Corvettes" owned by the likes of Burt Reynolds, Dinah Shore, Dolly Parton, George Strait, John Mellencamp, Ricky Van Shelton, Johnny Carson and others.

Some of the automobiles to be on display include an Indy Pace Car with the serial No. 001, a 1947 Woody with factory options, a 1953 Corvette, 1963 Stingray, 1955 Nomad, 1953 Cadillac El Dorado, 1970 El Camino and a 25th Anniversary Edition Corvette. The automobile related signage is impressive, too.

Be prepared to spend at least an hour looking over the collection. Be sure to really look at the hood ornaments, nameplates, interiors and styling of the vintage automobiles. It's also neat to see all of the gas station names and old gas station signs and pumps, too.

The museum, located at 45 E. Waterloo St. in Canal Winchester, is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for military and seniors and free for children ages 12 and younger. Parking is located in the rear of the building and on the street.

For updates from the museum, check out www.facebook.com/BobMcDormanMuseum.