|Nicola Bulgari and few of his cars|
What a conference! Thanks to all at the HVA for a terrific experience. It started on Thursday with drives around the 21 acre HVA Laboratory Track in vintage American automobiles, for the most part from the 1930s and 1940s -- a Buick, Nash, Chrysler Woody, Hudson, and more. Excellent sessions on Friday, along with food and fellowship. The central theme for the Driving History Conference was "When does a car matter?" This theme was thoroughly discussed among members of an interdisciplinary group of historians, museum curators, preservationists, automobile enthusiasts, and other interested parties. Perhaps we need to rethink institutional structures in order to ensure that future generations continue to value the automobile as essential to the understanding of material and human culture.