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Please visit our YouTube channel for full filmed version of each of the paper presented at our 2016 conference. Below is an example of the quality of work, with Geoff Wardle from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena USA, presenting how a local transport future may look like in his paper 'Driverless Cars Reinvent Australian Car Industry'
Listen to our Secretary Tony Lupton chatting with Jon Faine on The Conversation Hour about 'Who really designed the VW Beetle?', as well as our 2017 conference.
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The Society of Automotive Historians was founded in Hershey Pennsylvania in 1969. We are an international organization with over 900 members scattered across the globe. The Society is an eclectic but serious community of historians that includes academic scholars, automotive journalists and publishers, museum and library professionals, educational and cultural organizations, car collectors and restorers, and enthusiasts. Here is a link to their site and vast automotive network.
The Council of Heritage Motor Clubs NSW Inc. is the State group representing heritage vehicle clubs throughout all regions of N.S.W. Members of these clubs own, restore and preserve cars, trucks, motorbikes, buses and tractors that are over 30 years old. Some vehicles are over 100 years old, some are rare, some are unique and many are everyday vehicles from our nation's transport past. Their owners share one common purpose, to keep alive the sights and sounds of the vehicles that were an integral part of the automotive history of Australia.
The RMIT Design Archives actively collects material relating to Melbourne design from the twentieth century onwards, and is an integral part of a vibrant research centre in the heart of the city. Both digital and material, the collections represent historical and contemporary practices which tell the story of Melbourne as a design city, and provide the resources and support for research into Melbourne’s designed environment, design professions and practices. The RMIT Design Archives houses both the Phillip Zmood (available for online viewing) and Repco archival collections.
Since 1965 millions of people have enjoyed discovering their motoring heritage and the social history of motoring at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia. As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It tracks a social history of the past present and future.
The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain (SAHB) is an entirely independent organisation that was originally established in 1980 as a Chapter of the American-based Society of Automotive Historians that had been founded in 1969. The principal purpose of the SAHB is to ‘encourage research, preservation, recording, compilation, and publication of historic facts concerning the development of the automobile and related items, from its inception to the present day, throughout the world’.
The Automotive Historical Society e.V. (AHG) is an association of professionals who conduct research in the field of automotive history and publish. Historians, journalists, technicians, teachers, chroniclers, archivists, museum operators, curators and private collectors are represented within the AHG. Established in 1997, the association aims to maintain the history of the automobile, through the exchange of ideas between members, the research in the field of automotive history and the publication of research.