An Open Invitation to Automotive History

What’s Happening

It’s been 4 years since I last wrote for the Automotive History Preservation Society. I was the editor and writer for the Society’s No Limits eMagagine. A lot has happened in those 4 years but one thing is constant— the Society has gotten bigger and better with more historical documents and articles than ever. If you’re reading this article, you’ve been on the Society’s new web site and it’s great.

I’ve been busy over the period. With Covid and the pandemic, I concentrated on finishing (finally) a restoration and enhancement of my 1968 Mustang fastback. One of the resources I used was the wealth of factory information on the 1968 Mustang found on the site. Additionally, the hundreds of photos from past car shows gave me a great look at other Mustangs to see ideas and mods that I liked. I’ll be looking forward to showing it come the warmer show weather.

Speaking of history, I’ll be updating my series called “Performance Chronicles”. It ended in the 2010 decade and a lot has transpired since then. Another series I’ll be updating is the “Back from the Dead” series on the never ending mods to my 1967 Oldsmobile 442.

In my discussions with staff at the Society, we spent a lot of time trying to decide exactly what preserving automotive history means and entails. We all agreed that it most certainly means preserving the paper documents from times gone by. Particularly those from the automobile manufactures past and present. But it also means preserving the people, companies, events and automobiles from past times. The Society has interviews and articles about many influential and important figures from earlier years. The site contains articles about folks like Tom Hoover – the Father of the Hemi and a Ramchargers icon. Companies like Petronics that made points ignitions obsolete decades ago. Specialty museums such as the Cobra Experience which has the most awesome collection of Cobras, Shelby GT350’s, Ford GT 40’s and related Ford/Shelby offshoots such as the Sunbeam Tiger and Dan Gurney’s Cooper Cobra.

For eye candy, there are descriptions of many of the Goodguys shows, plus other shows from around the country—all with photos of the cars !!

So what’s your interest/passion in the automotive landscape ? History is alive and well at the Society and we’re making it more complete, robust and expansive every day. So sit down, pour a glass of your favorite beverage and spend some time scrolling the site. I’m sure you’ll find some “History” that you never knew (or at least never knew in detail).

As for me, I’ll be writing more articles about cars, people, companies and events that deserve to be preserved. Here’s a hint—I’m am fascinated by the AA/GS – “Gassers” of the late 50’s and into the 60’s. The likes of Stone Woods & Cook and “Big John” Mazmanian with their thunderous 33 and 41 Willys coupes running supercharged and injected big blocks were a sight to see and hear. I’m getting more history and photos on this era.

So join the Society and enjoy history !

Eric White Digital Library

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