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Remembering Those Great GM Motorama Shows
By Robert Tate- Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images - courtesy of General Motors Archives
Known as one of the most influential and exciting shows in automotive history, General Motor’s Motorama was made popular during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. The journey of Motorama shows started in 1950, at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Remembering the Levacar Mach I by Ford
By Robert Tate- Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images-Courtesy Bob Tate's collection
During the 1950's, Mr. Andrew A. Kucher, who was Ford's Vice President of engineering and the head of the Scientific Laboratory was the visionary a new concept model called the Levacar Mach I by Ford Motor company.
Remembering The Early Days Of Corvette Racing
By: Rober Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Photographs courtesy - The National Automotive History Collection
Corvette models have always been a major influence in Motor-Sports racing. When you look back throughout automotive history, Corvettes have a long history of being one of the greatest leaders in road racing.
A History Of African -Americans Featured In Automotive Advertising 1957-
By- Robert Tate-Automotive Historian/Researcher.
Images-courtesy of Bob Tate's collection.
The journey of African Americans in automotive advertising starts with the year 1957. The 1950's was a period of change and style within the automotive market as more people of all cultures were beginning to purchase new homes as well as new automobiles.
One Hundred Years: A Highlight of Women In the Automotive Industry
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
This story highlights the professional careers of a several women and their significant contributions over the last one hundred years to the automotive and trucking industries.
Remembering The Early Days of Art Center College of Automotive Design
By Robert Tate Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images-courtesy of "The National Automotive History Collection"
With Mr. Tink Adams serving as the Director, The Art Center College of Design School started its journey in Los Angeles California in 1930. By 1935, the school had already started its’ photography department under the direction of Mr. Fred R. Archer which paved the way for many other great academic programs to follow.
1962 Chrysler Imperial
By: Bob Tate
This story highlights the glory of the 1962 Chrysler Imperial models, a vehicle of style, class, and innovation. All of Imperial models produced in 1962 were commissioned under the styling direction of Mr. Virgil Exner, Chrysler's design Chief stylist during the 1950's and early 1960's. For the buyers’ convenience, each automobile offered great new styling features and significant engineering improvements that caught the attention of hundreds.
The BlackHawk Automotive Museum
By: Robert Tate
On September of 1988, BlackHawk Automotive Museum opened its doors to the public. One of the unique properties about the museum is that it is located in Danville, California unlike most automotive museums that reside in the state of Michigan. The museum began its journey in 1982 from the partnership between benefactor, Ken Behring and Don Williams. The museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 private operating foundation.
1965-1966 Shelby Mustang GT-350
The production of the Shelby Mustang GT-350 models, later nicknamed the Cobra, were built and manufactured at the assembly plant in California. ¬The Shelby Mustang models were first introduced to the public on January 27, 1965 at Riverside Raceway among many fans and automotive enthusiasts. The models became an instant success for Ford Motor Company.
Remembering Mr. Larry Shinoda
By: Robert Tate
Many automotive historians will refer to the GM 1963 split window Corvette design as the most beautiful Corvette produced during the 1960s. One man in particular who was highly involved with the popular 1963 Corvette development and styling theme was Mr. Larry Shinoda. His journey began in 1930 when he was born and raised in Southern California. When he was just a student in grade school, he developed a great deal of artistic talent for drawing automobiles.