This Car Matters: The Videos



September 04, 2012

For its This Car Matters movement, the Historic Vehicle Association is asking people to share some memories about those special vehicles that helped shape their lives. Check out these new videos in the series along with information about how you can get involved.

Thinking about life’s greatest moments, chances are pretty good that there’s a car somewhere in the memory—a wedding proposal, a family vacation, a cross-country trip, heading off to college.

Member stories for This Car Matters are presented in two formats: written histories (and photos) submitted by members and HVA-produced videos shot at events across the country.

Watch and listen to the latest videos added to the series, then head on over to the This Car Matters page on our website to find out how you can participate.

 

1966 Ford GT Mk II LeMans racecar. Miller Museum Operations Manager Bill Reinhardt describes the significance of this car, which finished second place at the 1966 24-hour of LeMans during the Ford versus Ferrari war.

 

 

1947 Cisitalia Nuvolari Spider. Bruce Rudin describes this rare, aerodynamic Italian racing beauty – one of very few remaining.

 

 

A preserved 1906 Double Tulip Model M Cadillac. Historian Joe Freeman tracked down a wonderfully preserved model like the first car his grandfather owned.

 

Comments

  1. jim passi hawaii

    when i was a kid my next door neabor used to build carshe had a 29 roadster with a caddy enging with 6= 97 carbs on bo0rd to the jackets i used to hang around there a lot also gave me a ride in farrii race car we went so fast i think we flew . also my first cars were a 53 ford convertable 239 engine stock 3 speed on the tree, hahahha my dad showed me how to tune it up, gave me his old set of tools, they were junk but worked when i got in to hi school i was in auto shop, meatel shop , wood shop,one of my buddys had a few 30's model A 's he would drive to school every day. i went to his house his whole front n back yard was full of old carshe had a wwII plane in there too not sure what kind it was he would drive about 6 different kinds of cars all the time & work on them as well. i saw a picture in a hot rod mag. of a 36 duesenburg & swaid i want one of them it took me 40 years & i saw one on ebay bid on it a few times & got it this guys dad died 10 years before & it was in there basement he called up a hot rod shop they put it on ebay but they dident care about it at all i emailed them asked if it started ran drove all they said we put a charger on it all day at the end of the day it would not start,! i asked did you jump it they said no i thought what kind of hot rod shop was this my wife knows to jump a car! i thought it had a blown engine n they dident want to say. so i looked around for a auburn engine found one about 60 miles away i looked at it they had removed the pan & sat it in the dirt i asked why they did that they said so any one could see in side i said i would have bought it if you did NOT do that. i was going to fly ther rent a truck & car traile drive it home but they were crazy they wanted $800. for truck n trailer & pay some one to drive it back to detroit ! what i called a shipper they dillevered it right to my door they asked whare i wanted it i told they put it with in 1 foot of where i said it was great. i put the battery in from my old truck in it shot a little gas in carb. & it fired right up. i had it running in about 1 minute. ran it for 20 minutes changed oil & filter . had to put breaks & lines they were all pluged.it had a hole in the top i checked around they wanted up to $5,000. i thought forget it i had a camera shop & had a old guy that would fix all kinds of things for me. i gave him the top & in about 2-3 weeks he gave it back wow almost cant tell i thought it mite leek so a friend of mine said goto benjim more paints they have a canvas paint i went there bought some put 3 coats on & it looks like new wow it worked you can bend it any way you want it does not crack that was aqbout 8 years ago still looks ok. i only drive it a few times a year people say wow i never seen one of these before i let young people & girls sit in it . a old friend used to look at it all the time i said sit in it he must have sat in it for a hour or so hahahaha i got it on ebay they had listed it bad called it a auburn boat not a boat tail. there headder picture cut 2 ft. of front n 2 ft. of the back i could tell what it was in 1 second i bid 6 times 3 other bidders i got it for $51 they all emailed n called me offered me more i said no i wanted one for 40 years never thought i would get one.just before we moved to hawaii i found a 79 cabelaro / el camino on craigs list went to see it the guy drove it every day 100 miles to work. i drove it it was like it was new no rattles, tite he wanted $1,500. i said i will take it i could not find reverse gear he had to show me it starts every time runs great it had the factory sticker in glove box. 267 cu. factory 4 speed factory crome wheels. matching numbers wow 150,000 miles. thats my story i think its a great one i am happy & go to car shows 3 times a week. some times more its summer every day in hawaii. it cost's about 15% more than main land we bought our home 2 years ago less than 1 block from beach we go swimming most every day walk to beach jump in. we also go to other beach's around the island theres some great ones.there are some things cheeper than main land we bought a 15 lbs turkey for $3.87 whole turkey we saw a small house across street from water $98,000. needed repairs wife didnot want to live there rundown

  2. Timothy Skramstad Eagan, MN

    I had just called reporting the inappropriate video, "What about the Jews" After forwarding this to you, i checked again. When I clicked the feature video/story on this car matters and then watch the current selection, another screen brings up other videos. The what about the Jews is on the lower right. I do hope your IT people are able to get this off soon. Thanks.

  3. TOM COX MITCHELL, IN

    Love watching the videos of this car matters. I have a 1955 Chevrolet that I have owned for about 32 years. I feel that everyone should see videos like this to remind them of vehicles that changed their lives and changed Chevrolet like the 1955 did.

  4. Roy B Williams Denton, Texas

    I enjoy the videos as well! Hopefully people will show these to their children/grandchildren in order that we may continue this wonderful tradition of ownership of the cars that made America great! I have a 1964 Ford Galaxie500XL fastback that I'm very proud of.

  5. Roger Stinson Atlanta michigan

    Cool

  6. doug finch savannah, ga

    hey jim. loved your boattail and other stories, your butchering of the English language even added a mark twain element, made me want to move to hawaii and attend some car shows with you. the dip in the ocean every day didn't sound bad either. your story left me with a smile. thanks, doug finch

  7. DAVID MILO ROWLEY,MA

    I LOVE THE VIDEIOS AS WELL AS THE READING. I OWN A 72 GTO CONV. I WONDER IF MY CAR MATTERS? LOL

  8. DAVID MILO ROWLEY,MA

    I LOVE THE VIDEIOS AS WELL AS THE READING. I OWN A 72 GTO CONV. I WONDER IF MY CAR MATTERS? LOL

  9. Bob leveland, Oh.

    When I was a kid. first year auto mechanics in High School. My Uncle had a 1958 Buick Special. It wouldn't start. He told me if I got it running, I could have the car. It took me about 5 hours. (my first attempt) to change the starter. The car fired right up. He went with me the following Monday to switch the title. Wish I had that car today.

  10. Tom A San Antonio, Tx

    Ihave a 1969 Chrysler 300 SE convertible I have owned for 39 years. It is a parade car with all accessories and was in two different museums for show. I also have a 1953 MG TD similar to one I had after high school. The Chrysler will go to my daughter and the MG will go to my great grand daughter who is 8 now and will get it when she graduates. She loves to go for rides in the MG.

  11. Matt Strong Sr. New York

    Greattuff these "Cars Matter" stories. I am a writer and do car books and I can tell you that every time I find graeat car I do a feature on it in a magazine. Keep up the good work.

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