Second International Drive History Conference

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Date & Location

Event Date:
April 12-14, 2018

Event Location:
Historic Vehicle Association, National Laboratory
862 North Fenwick Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109


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$450 for Late Registration (until March 30, 2018)

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Driving History

Putting Automotive Heritage on the Road

The Second International Drive History Conference on the preservation of automotive heritage, April 2018, as part of Automotive Heritage Month, organized by:

  • The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)
  • College of Charleston (Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program)
  • Society of Automotive Historians
  • The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage
  • The Revs Institute®

The International Drive History Conference is the first international academic event of its kind known to have taken place in North America. The event is bringing together scholars, practitioners, hobbyists, students, among others, who are interested in the history and preservation of motor vehicle heritage. At the conference, we hope to exchange ideas and learn from one other about how the preservation of motor vehicle heritage can be made a more centrist part of the historic preservation field in respect to both tangible material culture and intangible traditions.

Conference Schedule

Hotel Information

The HVA does not have a block of rooms reserved, but here are suggested hotels within a four-mile radius:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Allentown-Bethlehem Airport
2031 Avenue C
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(610) 264-7500

Distance: 3.3 miles

Holiday Inn Allentown Center City
904 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 433-2221

Distance: 2.8 miles

Renaissance Allentown Hotel
12 N 7th Street
Allentown, PA 18101
(484) 273-4000

Distance: 2.5 miles

Residence Inn Allentown Bethlehem/Lehigh Valley Airport
2180 Motel Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 317-2662

Distance: 2.3 miles

Hilton Garden Inn Allentown Airport
1787 Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109
(610) 443-1400

Distance: 1.5 miles

Conference Organizers

Barry L. Stiefel

Associate Professor, College of Charleston

Mark Gessler

President, Historic Vehicle Association

H. Donald Capps

Society of Automotive Historians

L. Scott George

The Revs Institute

Review Committee

Robert Casey

Society of Automotive Historians

Ed Garten

Society of Automotive Historians

Amanda Gutierrez

McPherson College

John Heitmann

Society of Automotive Historians

Bruce Judd

Goucher College

Casey Maxon

Historic Vehicle Association

Richard O'Connor

Chief, National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program, Dept. of the Interior

Michael Shanks

Stanford University

Fred Simeone

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Organizers & Sponsors