Last week the third annual Drive History Conference took place at the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and gave an opportunity for scholars, enthusiasts, and professionals of the automotive world to meet, offer ideas, and share the passion of historic cars.
With 137 attendees, this year’s Conference was the largest to date offering special presentations by McKeel Hagerty, Diane Parker, Ed Welburn, Fred Simeone, Nicola Bulgari, and many others, dinners, cocktail parties, and a historic vehicle driving experience for everyone to get behind the wheel and experience a vintage car.
Fred Simeone, Nicola Bulgari, and Ed Welburn during their discussion on Engineering, Design, and Performance
During the historic vehicle driving experience, registrants had the opportunity to drive eight cars ranging from a 1910 Packard to a 1970 Buick Electra. When asked about this year’s event, Diane Parker, VP of the HVA, said “The fact that we can have a safe environment for people to experience, ride in, and drive the cars makes me happy. What I really love is that we bring all different ages, backgrounds, and missions together. People that are collectors, academia, stewards, etc. together and everybody learns from everyone else. We have the young generation talking to the grey-haired, old car guys of 50+ years and everybody’s learning something and everybody’s having a great time. I just couldn’t ask for more.”
Other events during the Conference included a tour of the restoration facilities and collections of the NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, a discussion by students from the Pennsylvania College of Technology who restored the “Tin Goose” Tucker 48 Prototype, a seminar on researching and verifying the provenance of historic vehicles, and much more.
McKeel Hagerty driving a 1910 Packard Model 30 Gentleman’s Roadster during the Driving Experience
When asked about her favorite part of the Drive History Conference, Pat Sampieri (a Packard owner) said “I can’t say there’s one favorite thing that I had. The presentations are excellent. I like the fact that it draws people from academia as well as people like myself who are car owners. The opportunity to drive some of the cars that are here also puts a smile on your face and you’ll never have that opportunity anywhere else.”
With the third annual Drive History Conference behind us, we’re happy to have brought together incredible people of the automotive world for a weekend of passion and sharing of ideas. We are already looking forward to next year and you can save the date for the next Drive History Conference being held on April 23-25, 2020!
Enjoy our photo gallery from this year’s Drive History Conference below!