Auto History Week in Detroit

October 13, 2005
More than any other week I can recall, this has been Automotive History Week in Detroit, with three stellar events.

First, the “IX” – that’s Ninth for those of you who flunked Latin -- World Forum for Motor Museums is holding its 2005 meeting in the Motor City with a round of public museums, private collections, lectures, banquets, tours and elbow-rubbing all concentrated on the massive and unique auto history to be found around Detroit. As part of the week-long bash, attendees today welcomed to the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights a Brazilian, Luiz Fanfa, who had driven a 1960 Brazil-built Chevy pickup through jungles, mountains, rivers, deserts and Latin gangs to Detroit in a mere two months. Much of the odyssey had to be carried out in daylight because of nighttime criminal hazards.

Second, the Automotive Hall of Fame had its annual Induction & Awards Night Tuesday the 11th, including invitations to attendees from the World Forum. TCC Publisher TCC Team and the undersigned Mike Davis both serve on the AHOF’s Advisory Council. The Hall of Famers inducted this year were: race driver Mario Andretti, pneumatic tire inventor John Dunlop, Jaguar cars founder Sir William Lyons, auto dealer and distributor Jim Moran (once of Chicago, now of Florida), female drag racing champion Shirley Muldowney, retired GM CEO John E. “Jack” Smith, Jr., South Bend car founder John Studebaker, and Cleveland auto pioneer Alexander Winton. Those deceased were represented at the awards by their great-grandchildren while the others, even near-90 Moran, attended in person to receive the standing ovations.

Third, there’s a wonderful automotive advertising art show opening Saturday night the 15th at the National Automotive History Collection of the Detroit Public Library. The show will be “up” through the end of March, but you can visit it online here.-- Mike Davis

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