2017 HVA Cars at the Capital Exhibition features a Hot Rod, a Radical Custom and a Lowrider
Aside from a few cars built for racing, the National Historic Vehicle Register has yet to include any modified cars, an omission that the Historic Vehicle Association will reverse next month when, ahead of joining the register, three of the most widely recognized lowriders, hot rods, and customs will go on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The historic ’64 Impala will be on display representing Lowrider culture as part of the 3rd annual Cars at the Capital Exhibition
This month, the HVA, along with Volkswagen, honored the Black American Racers Association (BARA) and its contributions to the recognition of African-Americans in motorsport.
Remember when you had to pay extra to have seat belts installed in a new car? How about 90-days warranties, new car “break-in” periods and 30,000-mile tires? It wasn’t so long ago that buying and maintaining a daily driver was really a chore. Here’s a few, fun little reminders of what went into buying and maintaining a new car 50-odd years ago when times were slower and our attention spans longer.
From 1924 to 1936, the Midwest’s best and brightest black drivers and mechanics competed in what became known as the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. Here, we take a look at this important yet nearly forgotten auto-race that altered the course of history for America’s black mechanics and drivers.
Each year, the month of January kicks off the official auto show season with some of the most innovative new car designs being showcased in cities around the globe. While these events remain a fascinating spectacle, they pale in comparison to the hyper-stylized “dream cars” showcased from 1949 until 1961 during General Motors “Motorama.” Some of these cars were preserved, some were destroyed and others simply disappeared under strange circumstances that today tantalize collectors in search of long-lost automotive treasure.
How far we’ve come with automotive navigation in a mere 35 years. With GPS navigation systems built into every mobile phone and standard equipment on many cars, now we can easily answer that timeless holiday travel season question—Are we there yet?—with accuracy down to the mile and minute.
Winner of the very first Indianapolis 500, the Marmon Wasp is an icon of early automotive racing. Check out these five facts to learn more about this fascinating piece of American automotive history.