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Published: 06.19.2017
Remembering the legacy of Henry Joy
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

During his lifetime, Henry Joy established himself as an industrial pioneer through his success leading the Packard Motor Car Co., but he also was involved with a number of national initiatives - the impact of which can be felt today.

Published: 06.12.2017
Meadow Brook Hall looks back to automotive elegance
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of meadowbrookhall.org

The elegant and ornate mansion and grounds of Meadow Brook Hall offers a look into early 20th century automotive royalty by preserving the story of Matilda Dodge Wilson and her first husband, John Francis Dodge.

Published: 06.05.2017
Portraits of Corvette history - then and now
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection and General Motors' Media

Although the more modern Corvette designs are quite different from the classic 1960 and 1970 models, the design pedigree and heritage of this classic American sports car lives on.

Published: 05.30.2017
Speed Demon: The legacy of Bill Vukovich
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

Bill Vukovich's legendary racing career is remembered from his days in the Midget Car racing circuit to his unprecedented back-to-back wins at the Indy 500, and his final day on the track that made him a racing icon.

Published: 05.24.2017
The importance of supporting our automotive heritage
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Nick DeWolf Photo

In this special edition of Story of the Week, Author Robert Tate touches on the origin of his passion for automotive history and the role of MotorCities National Heritage Area.

Published: 05.17.2017
Oldsmobile's early foray into the truck market
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

While not being well known for its trucks nowadays, Olds Motor Works was one of the first auto brands to manufacture and market trucks specifically to business owners who required shipping.

Published: 05.08.2017
Dodge takes a page from the past with new Demon
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate

Old meets the new with Dodge's recent announcement it will be bringing back the Demon model for 2018. Read about the heritage of this great brand in our latest Story of the Week.

Published: 05.01.2017
Honoring the women of Studebaker
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

During war years and post-war 1940s, the Studebaker Corp. distinguished itself among auto companies by employing and marketing directly to women.

Published: 04.24.2017
Looking back on those famous 1930 Ford models
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The 1930 Ford Models not only reflect a very innovative and prosperous era for the Ford Motor Co., but they also remind us of the early days of the Rouge Complex.

Published: 04.17.2017
Remembering the early days of driver's education
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian
Images courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

In the early days of driver's education, classes were offered to young and aspiring drivers via the school system as part of the normal curriculum. Now, parents must turn to private businesses that offer student driver training.

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