This year proved to be one of the busiest years the Historic Vehicle Association has seen yet. With 2016 promising to be even bigger, we thought we’d take a look at the last 12 months and provide this brief recap of what has proven to be a momentous year.
Wasting no time, 2015 kicked off with a bang at the Washington Auto Show with the announcement of the 1940 Futurliner No. 10 inclusion into the National Historic Vehicle Register. Originally used by GM to showcase the latest in science and technological innovations, the massive vehicle again drew scores of onlookers and admirers. Dwarfing the other cars in attendance, the Futurliner proved quite a sight during the two weeks it was on display.
March saw the HVA returning once again to the Amelia Island Concours, an event that has time and again proven to be one of the highlights of the year. Having announced the first Meyers Manx’s addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register last year, this year we bestowed the honor on the 1954 Mercedes-Benz Type 300 SL (198 040 4500003). With its iconic gullwing doors and sleek, stylish design, the 300 SL has long been a crowd-pleaser and this year was no exception.
The HVA Hits The Open Road
Perhaps the biggest HVA story this year was the Road Trip Century Celebration. Beginning in July, members of the HVA drove a 1915 Ford Model T Touring from Detroit to San Francisco, retracing the route taken by Edsel Ford a century prior as he made his way west to attend the Pan-Pacific International Exposition.
Along the way, we had countless memorable experiences and met a host of welcoming individuals who helped ensure a safe and enjoyable passage across the country. Traveling roads rarely seen by modern road trippers, the Model T rumbled its way across nearly a dozen states and 3,700 miles, all the while showing why it became the favorite of many when it first appeared. Full coverage of the trip is available over on our blog, drivehistory.org.
For The Love Of Jeeps
Following this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the fall saw more buzz surrounding the National Historic Vehicle Register as we prepared to unveil the next vehicle — the 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy. Traveling to Detroit and Huntsville, Alabama, we spoke with the staff at the U.S. Veterans’ Memorial Museum as well as Ed Welburn, Sr., a WWII veteran/mechanic and one of the first to work on the now iconic war-era jeeps. At the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, we got to experience the oldest surviving jeep up close along with a host of other great jeeps and military implements.
Condensing these past months into a few paragraphs does little in the way of justice to all the great happenings in 2015. But we’d like to thank all those we met along the way, our members, Hagerty Insurance and Shell Lubricants for their continued support. Onward and upward into 2016!