From legislation that recognizes America’s automotive heritage to the first ever car show on the lawn of the National Mall, 2014 proved to be a very busy year for Historic Vehicle Association. Here’s a rundown of HVA highlights and headlines that had car enthusiasts talking this past year.
The National Historic Vehicle Register
At the Washington Auto Show in January, the HVA kicked off 2014 with a huge announcement. Several years in the planning, the National Historic Vehicle Register was designed to honor automobiles in the same manner as historic buildings and preserve their stories for future generations. With its first inductee—the legendary 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe (CSX2287)—the National Historic Vehicle Register was officially unveiled.
Over the next several months, a handful of other historically important vehicles would join the Shelby Daytona at events ranging from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (1964 Meyers Manx) to the Indianapolis 500 (1938 Maserati 8C T.F.), each recognized for their significance impact on America’s automotive heritage.
Cars At The Capital
In May, a dozen vintage vehicles from the 1890s through the 1980s were brought to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a history-making car show hosted by the HVA. Cars At The Capital marked the first time in the Mall’s history cars were displayed on its vast expanse. Representing future additions to the National Historic Vehicle Register, each of the cars gathered met at least one of the requisite Register criteria. Serving to display America’s diverse automotive heritage, vehicles ranging from a rare 1909 Washington Model A-1 to a 1976 Citicar were on display for the hundreds of visitors who attended this groundbreaking event.
Concours d’Elegance of America
On the eve of the 100th anniversary of World War I, one of the few remaining survivors—a 1918 Cadillac Type 57—was inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register and took a place of honor on the show field at the Inn at St. John’s for the 2014 Concours of America. With a detailed history outlining it’s incredible journey from New York to the front lines in France, this 1918 Cadillac understandably drew a crowd and a great deal of interest, not only for its virtually untouched appearance but also for its remarkable story.
Congressional Recognition For The National Historic Vehicle Register
In August, Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI) along with HVA President Mark Gessler introduced H.R. 5366—a bipartisan bill entitled the “National Historic Vehicle Register Act of 2014”—designed to afford federal recognition to the National Historic Vehicle Register. At the press conference held just outside of Detroit, Congressman Peters commended the work of the HVA in helping to establish the National Historic Vehicle Register, as well as noted the automobile’s historical impact on both Detroit and Michigan and the country as a whole. Also in attendance were a handful of future potential additions to Register, including the 1967 Dodge Deora II.
National Automotive Heritage Summit
Following a fairly high-profile summer that also saw coverage of the National Historic Vehicle Register in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, the HVA and a handful of prominent members of the hobby met to discuss the Register’s future and its impact on the hobby. Along with talks on automotive preservation, the event saw the official unveiling of the 1947 Tucker 48 Prototype as the next vehicle added to the National Historic Vehicle Register. While it unfortunately experienced a bit of structural damage prior to being displayed, the car known as the “Tin Goose” proved quite a hit.
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