On Thursday, September 22nd, Michigan Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan) introduced the National Historic Vehicle Register Act. If passed, this legislation would officially recognize on the federal level the National Historic Vehicle Register. The NHVR was established by the Historic Vehicle Association 2014 as a joint program with the Department of Interior. Read on.
Last month, some automotive history was made on the U.S. Senate floor when Michigan’s Gary Peters detailed the need for federal recognition for America’s most historically significant automobiles, much like the protected historic buildings and places recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
“The history of the automobile is really the history of American innovators, engineers and developers,“ he said. “This legislation will ensure records of the historic vehicles will be available to inspire the next generation of automotive engineers and celebrate the accomplishments of the automotive industry that continues to be a vital part of our economy in Michigan and across the United States.”
If passed, the legislation would federally recognize the National Historic Vehicle Register, which was established by the Historic Vehicle Association in 2014 as a joint program with the Department of Interior. Peters argued the need to build on the efforts already undertaken by the HVA to help document and preserve the legacy of some of our country’s most historically significant vehicles. The National Historic Vehicle Register Act would afford the official recognition such work deserves, Peters added.
“Few engineering innovations have had the same impact on American society as the automobile, and it is important for us to preserve the stories of vehicles that have played a critical role in American history,” he said.
Echoing this sentiment, HVA President Mark Gessler stated that, “Cars, motorcycles and trucks chronicle our past and help us understand who we are, where we have been and where we may be headed, and the Historic Vehicle Association is focused on ensuring this history is carefully preserved for future generations.”
Click here for more information on the National Historic Vehicle Register and the 14 vehicles already recognized.