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Automotive Historians Australia kindly invite submissions for papers for their 4th annual conference, the theme is set as 'The Joy of Motoring’. This theme is inspired by one of the 20th century’s most celebrated motorists, Mr Toad of Wind in the Willows, whose uninhibited and reckless enthusiasm for motoring at high speed encapsulated that century’s enthusiasm for automobility. 


We would like to make it clear that for the 2019 conference, we welcome both formal academic papers and less formal presentations, in any format which reflect generally on motoring and automotive culture. We particularly seek contributions that derive from the experience of owning, racing, designing, restoring or building an automobile (or motorcycle), experiences that often rely on tacit knowledge accrued over a long period of time which remains hidden and is never recorded. Similarly, experiences of rallying, time trials, long-distance road trips, the open road were welcomed. Bringing this knowledge to the fore is an ambition of the conference and the experiences and knowledge of women in this space was particularly encouraged. More details will follow in early 2019 from co-conveners Professor Harriet Edquist and Dr Simon Lockrey


Important dates to note are as follows:

Abstract deadline (New date) Friday 29 March 2019

Submission of full paper for academic review (New date for academics) Friday 28 July 2019

Submission of all final papers and presentations for publication (New date) Friday 30 August 2019

The conference will be hosted by RMIT School of Design and RMIT Design Archives, in Melbourne on 18-19 October 2019



Hosted by the RMIT Design Archives and School of Design the exciting conference program includes:

Conference paper sessions, enthusiast presentations, and AHA Annual General Meeting 18th-19th October

Third Ron Tauranac Lecture: H. Donald Capps (Director of the Society of Automotive Historians, USA), 18th October

Joan Richmond Cocktail Party, RMIT Design Archives, on the night of the 18th October

Fisherman's Bend tour by  Norm Darwin, 19th October

Conference dinner, on the night of the 19th October


Here is a taste of the action last year, with the 2018 Ron Tauranac Lecture delivered by Graeme Davison

Please visit our YouTube channel for more full filmed versions of each of the paper presented from all of our conferences.

To get exclusive access to the recordings of our 2018 papers and panels, you will need to join up as a member here.