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A Diary from the road – Days 9/10: 2,484 Miles Later — Rode Hard And Put Away Wet

By Rock Jenkins, State Farm, The Drive Home II and III Driver

The final 250 miles from Cincinnati were fairly ordinary, except for one thing we hadn’t seen on the trip: rain. North of Cincy we stopped in a downpour at a Dunkin Donuts Cars and Coffee where Chris Zimmerman welcomed our Drive Home III team with coffee, breakfast sandwiches and – of course – donuts. Continue reading “A Diary from the road – Days 9/10: 2,484 Miles Later — Rode Hard And Put Away Wet”

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Fueling Up for 2018

By Adam Langsbard, CEO – America’s Automotive Trust

You may or may not be aware that approximately one year ago, we established America’s Automotive Trust to champion the vision of securing America’s automotive heritage and promoting the continued enjoyment of the automobile. The Trust manages entities you may be familiar with: LeMay – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto, the Concours Club and, in the future, other like-minded organizations. Each one of these groups undertakes a uniquely important aspect of our collective vision.

Like a well-tuned engine, each entity has a distinctive and significant role but the sum of these parts wouldn’t be complete without you. The AAT family relies on a foundation of donors and supporters to achieve our shared vision of ensuing that America’s automotive legacy is celebrated, and that vintage, collectible and modern vehicles will be driven and enjoyed for generations to come. As we set our sights on growth and extension into the touchpoints of lives and organizations that matter to this cause, we must also grow our foundations to ensure our continued success and impact on the future.

Before 2017 comes to a close, I ask you to help us secure America’s automotive heritage by making a year-end tax-deductible gift. Any amount is thankfully accepted, however gifts of $50 and above will receive an America’s Car Museum one-year membership as a special offer. With benefits too numerous to mention in this post, and unlimited admission, ACM membership puts you on the fast track to enjoy new exhibits, invitations to an increased number of events in 2018 and, of course, amazing vehicles!

Thank you in advance for your generous support and the important role you play in celebrating America’s love affair with the automobile. Together, we are ensuring that the generations which follow after us, will enjoy the benefits of our hard work.

Give Now

Sincerely,

Adam Langsbard
CEO – America’s Automotive Trust

Donations $50 and above include ACM Membership. ACM is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law.

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Through the Lens: Counting the Votes

By Scot Keller, Curator of Exhibitry 

A month and a few days ago we launched a new exhibit named Through the Lens – Cars Defined by an American Century. The premise of the display is based on the notion that automobiles are an excellent “lens” to view American history and culture. This idea inspired an exhibit that explores which cars best reflect American history and culture of the time.

Our approach to bringing the idea to life was to create a summary of the decades 1910-2010 and present an automobile that was, arguably, a product that best defined that period. Some choices were simple, like the Willys MB US Army Jeep (41-45) and others, not so easy. Continue reading “Through the Lens: Counting the Votes”

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Happenings at ACM

“˜Tis the season for creating special memories with loved ones”¦and your favorite vintage vehicles! December is a wonderful time to visit ACM and this guide will help you to take advantage of all the Museum has to offer.

Santa at ACM

Skip the mall! If you’re looking for a unique photo with Santa, ACM is the place to be! Did we mention the photo is complimentary with Museum admission? Continue reading “Ho-Ho-Holiday Happenings at ACM”

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Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Six: Pub Life

A highlight of our travels through Scotland has been the variety of small pubs and taverns we have visited along the way. Inevitably every village has at least one pub at a crossroads or several in close proximity in larger towns. They’ve always got fascinating names that make one wonder their origin: The Crown, The Anchor Inn, The Highlander, The Royal Thistle, The Golden Stag.

Continue reading “Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Six: Pub Life”

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Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Six: Magical Landscapes

By David Madeira, ACM CEO and AAT President & CEO

I have been fascinated by Scotland since I was a young boy living in New England. An elderly friend of my father’s, Dugald Caves, an immigrant from Scotland told me endless stories of his rugged homeland in my frequent visits to his carpentry shop, where I also watched him work with wood on his lathe. Mr. Caves, with his thick white hair and equally thick Scottish ‘brogue’ told me tales of the clans, the highlands, of Rob Roy McGregor and of battles with the English. Since those days I’ve always wanted to visit this land where I find myself 60 years later. Continue reading “Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Six: Magical Landscapes”

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Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part 5: The Perks of Scotland Roadways

Coastal View

By David Madeira, ACM CEO and AAT President & CEO

I am really amazed by the quality of roads in Scotland and how much fun they are to drive. They make the U.S. roads look as pathetic as most of them are. If someone wants to have fun driving and not worry about damaging his or her car due to potholes, ruts\ and worse, come to Scotland and kiss America goodbye. Continue reading “Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part 5: The Perks of Scotland Roadways”

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Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Four: The Northern Highlands

By David Madeira, ACM CEO and AAT President & CEO

When we awoke this morning and made our way to the kitchen, our Balvenie hosts once again had breakfast waiting for us this time served by Sarah, a young woman working there part time while going to law school. We enjoyed a traditional breakfast with homemade pastries and a gorgeous fruit compote with homemade yogurt. Then it was time to depart to drive further north into the highlands to Inverness on the eastern coast. Continue reading “Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part Four: The Northern Highlands”

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Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part 3: The Glenfiddich Distillery

By David Madeira, ACM CEO and AAT President & CEO

Little did we know how ever-present whisky is in the highlands. Just as we pair wines with food in the U.S., the Scots are masters at pairing their favorite Single malts or blended whiskies with every meal–even breakfast! We resisted the latter but not without struggle for it was easy to see how a malty Balvenie with light fruit, honey and caramel overtones might nicely accompany a traditional Scottish breakfast with smoked salmon, cured meats and cheeses and oatcakes. Continue reading “Into the Scottish Wilds with CEO David Madeira, Part 3: The Glenfiddich Distillery”

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Into The Scottish Wilds With CEO David Madeira, Part Two: The Balvenie Distillery

By David Madeira, ACM CEO and AAT President & CEO

We arose to a cold gray rainy Scottish morning as we drove north from Aberdeen into the Highlands. Yet we were excited for today we would visit The Balvenie distillery founded by William Grant in 1892. Balvenie, the official Scotch of America’s Automotive Trust pulled out all the stops for us – their hospitality and their fabulous single malts provided much needed warmth for cold travelers. Continue reading “Into The Scottish Wilds With CEO David Madeira, Part Two: The Balvenie Distillery”

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