The 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy, the prototype for what would become known around the world as the U.S military Jeep, and later would spawn an entire automotive brand, has been selected as the eighth vehicle to be recorded in the Historic Vehicle Association’s National Historic Vehicle Register.
A documentary is in the works for a piece of military history on display in Huntsville. A rare, unrestored Ford Pygmy is inside the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum on Airport Road. It’s believed to be the world’s oldest remaining military jeep. Ford began producing the Pygmy prototype in 1940. They were shipped to Europe and Japan during World War II. On Wednesday, staff of the Historic Vehicle Association from Washington, D.C., was at the museum to gather data and video on the vehicle.
To battle the latest overhead-valve V-8s in stock car racing the early 1950s, one didn’t need correlating power. Rather, it took innovative chassis design, an unconventional engine builder and one of the most dominant drivers in stock car history, all of which helped make Herb Thomas’s No. 92 Hudson Hornet “fabulous” and which led representatives of the National Historic Vehicle Register to decide to include the Hudson on their list.
A 50th anniversary party for the original dune buggy, the 1964 Meyers Manx, highlights the Historic Vehicle Association’s inaugural Cars at the Capitol automotive heritage celebration this weekend at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The first Manx, known as “Old Red,” was hand-built by Bruce Meyers in his Newport Beach, California, garage and will be present Saturday morning during the opening remarks at the National Mall. Meyers, an active 88 year old, also is expected to attend.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce that President Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow Presidential Limousine is once again on the road; this time traveling to the National Mall in Washington D.C. where it will be on display as part of the Celebration of National Automotive Heritage and Culture.