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      by Published on 09-07-2011 06:48 PM
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      The Model A Ford is still alive, and is eager to move into a new museum home. At present there is no museum wholly dedicated to this storied car, even though over 4 million A’s were produced from 1927 through 1931. Now, more than 80 years later, the establishment of a permanent Model A Ford Museum at the Gilmore Car Museum west of Dearborn in Hickory Corners, MI is in the works—but your help is needed.

      The Model A Ford Foundation was established to preserve the Model A era (cars, fashions, historic events) and 100,000 Model As are said to be in garages and still ready to roll today. The Foundation finds itself short of the amount needed to break ground on a Model A museum. Over the years the Foundation has raised $700,000 of the $900,000 needed to build a museum on the campus of the multi-brand Gilmore Car Museum.
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      by Published on 09-07-2011 06:33 PM
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      The Matchbox Toy Show Returns to Hershey at the AACA Museum

      September 25, 2011




      Hershey, PA (August 31, 2011) If you're a collector or fan of Matchbox cars then we have just the event for you. The Diecast Toy Exchange is hosting a Matchbox Collector's show here at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum (AACA) on Sunday, September 25 from 9AM to 4PM. The event will allow visitors to add to or begin a Matchbox collection as all cars will be for sale. Vendors will be showcasing toy cars from the entire history of Matchbox -- from the first car in the 1950's all the way through present day vehicles. To support this event, the AACA Museum is offering $5.00 admission (half the normal admission price) to encourage visitors to attend this one-day show.

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      by Published on 09-07-2011 06:17 PM
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      Syd Mead was one of the world’s best transportation and architectural designer artist of all times. Syd was born on July 18, 1933 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1959, Syd graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His first job was at Ford Motor Company’s advance Styling Studio under the direction of Mr. Elwood Engel.The concept artist also worked with Mr. Alex Tremulis, designer of the Tucker automobile.
      In 1957, Alex and Syd designed a concept car for Ford called the Gyron, which was a two-wheeled vehicle of the future. However, after only two years with Ford's design team, Syd left Ford's studio to pursue a career in illustrating books and catalogs for other manufacturing companies such as United States Steel, Celanese, and Allis Chambers. In the 1960s, the United States Steel provided books that were very inspiring and had superb transportation design art work for review.
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      by Published on 09-01-2011 05:08 PM
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      History sometimes takes place in a small and obscure location. The history of the following community describes how a culture that stood the spanse of time and considered the horse as a means of transportation came to a sudden halt. The story of the Village of Fairview takes place in roughly 7.2 square miles of real estate. This area was the birthplace of the automotive industry and marked the changeover from an agrarian horse-driven society to the modern industrial based urban world. Street names often reflect how a community came into being, and ushered a change so revolutionary, as to affect a way of life. This change was the internal combustion engine. Streets named after the original French settlers of Detroit have long since passed on except for a few, such as St. Jean, Beniteau, and Cadieux. Other streets in the area were identified with prominent families and property owners, such as Lycaste, Hillger, and Lillibridge.
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      by Published on 08-25-2011 05:27 PM
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      On New Year’s Day of 1966, the original Dodge Charger made its debut as the “Leader of the Dodge Rebellion”. It was an instant hit among the buying public. However, it was the Dodge Charger II prototype that was displayed earlier to crowds in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tampa that generated a multitude of Charger fans. The Dodge Charger II show car was not only displayed to highlight the styling and engineering, but also to determine reactions from the buying public on such a unique model design.
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      by Published on 08-12-2011 12:31 PM
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      Carroll Shelby was born on January 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas. When Shelby was ten years old his family decided to move to Dallas, Texas. While growing up in Dallas, Shelby participated in his share of street racing. However, World War II soon took him from the driver's seat of a car into an airplane cockpit as a flight instructor. Although Shelby didn’t have his heart set on being a race car driver and designer, he soon gravitated toward the field after a number of other ventures proved unsatisfactory. In 1954, Shelby won his first professional prize of $2,000 for finishing fifth place at Monza. After a four race tour of Europe, Shelby returned to the United States to set records at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah in an Austin-Healey sports car. During 1957, Shelby won nineteen races straight, won his first National SCCA Championship, and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine as “Driver of the year”.
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      by Published on 08-03-2011 12:26 PM
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      If you’ve ever owned or played with a Hot Wheels car, you owe Elliot Handler a debt of gratitude. Handler, the “el” in Mattel and creator of Hot Wheels, died Thursday in his Southern California home. He was 95.

      In 1945, Handler, his wife Ruth, and friend Harold “Matt” Matson founded Mattel (named for Matt and Elliot); Matson was quickly bought out. Starting with picture frames, Handler started a side business building doll houses using scrap wood. The Handlers were a formidable team: With Elliot’s ability to create fun toys and Ruth’s marketing savvy, including turning to the new medium of television to get the word out, Mattel quickly grew. Their first blockbuster hit was Barbie, in 1959, which almost single-handledly landed Mattel on the Fortune 500.
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      by Published on 08-03-2011 12:16 PM
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      On Saturday, July 30, RM's sale held in conjunction with the Concours d'Elegance of America took place at its beautiful new location, The Inn at St. John's. A rare 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan, delivered new to famed American entertainer Al Jolson for $6,600, broke the magic million-dollar mark, selling for $1,100,000 before a packed house. One of just two built and virtually unseen for nearly half a century, the sporting Packard with coachwork by Dietrich spurred a lively bidding war in the room and on the phones to achieve the top-sale of the day. ...
      by Published on 08-03-2011 11:49 AM
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      The DMC-12, most famous for its role in the “Back to the Future” film series, was a famous sports car produced by John Z. De Lorean. After spending his early career with Packard, Mr. De Lorean moved onto General Motors to work on some of the 1960s Pontiac vehicles including the GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix. While at General Motors, the Detroit native worked with Mr. Bill Collins and soon approached him in the early 1970s about the possibility of designing and building their own car together. DeLorean ventured from General Motors in 1973. In October 1974, Mr. Collins joined the De Lorean automotive team. The De Lorean Motor Company was founded in 1975.

      The DMC-12 model was produced on a 72 acre site in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. Employees on the assembly line within the DeLorean plant performed several different tasks. Work toward assembly on the DMC began in October 1978, however, engineering problems and budget overruns delayed production until early January 1, 1981. The vehicle offered gull wing doors and a stainless steel one piece body with a rear engine compartment design. To save weight and increase overall strength, the DMC-12 had integral or monocoque construction, in which the body also serves as frame. Its lower structure was composed of two main elements bonded to each other: a full length floor pan, a superimposed layer forming the front trunk area, cockpit shapes, and engine bay. To this base structure, the exterior body parts are attached and bonded. These body and frame components were made of fiberglass.
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      by Published on 08-03-2011 11:42 AM
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      The Cadillac motor car was one of the first General Motors products that led the way in engineering, manufacturing, and design before World War I. The Cadillac was immediately established as one of the finest cars built in America and soon received two Dewar Trophies for its world-wide fame. Few automobiles have remained true to their original purpose and standard like Cadillac.
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