Cars That Matter

39 - Diane Parker and the Historic Vehicle Association

Nov. 16, 2020

After an introduction, Robert asks Diane to explain the goals and purpose of the Historic Vehicle Association (0:59), the qualifications that a car must meet to be included in the National Registry (3:47), and the process the vehicles must go through for documentation (5:07). Robert asks what types of vehicles are up for consideration (7:25) before Diane shares the stories of two of the most recent inductees: a 1921 Duesenberg Straight 8 (9:24) and a Dodge Challenger with a very special history (12:15). Then Robert rewinds to the first inductees: a Shelby Daytona Coupe (14:22), a 1964 Meyers Manx (15:18), and the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Special" (16:21).

After a short break, Robert and Diane discuss a recent addition to the Register--The Jenkins' Bus--an iconic vehicle marking an important time in the Civil Rights Movement in America, as well as all the work and love that was required to preserve its special history (18:12). Before moving on, Robert asks to discuss just two more cars that caught his eye: a 1964 Chevy Impala called 'Gypsy Rose' (23:36) and, the 'star' of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the 1985 Modena Spyder Ferrari (26:34). Robert brings things to close by asking how listeners can engage with the HVA--from suggesting cars to events, such as Cars on the Capitol and the Drive History Conference (29:19)--before Diane concludes with her own story of how she developed her love for cars (35:35).

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