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Society Of Automotive Historians Sets The Date

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On: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

Society Of Automotive Historians Sets The Date

A car enthusiast, you say? What’s the difference between a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and your general car buff? The answer, it seems, is somewhat simple: professionalism. The folks down at the SAH take cars seriously. From books, to articles, to archives, the SAH exists for the sole purpose of exchanging knowledge about cars. Members have free access to their extensive resources and also receive the Society’s three publications: the SAH Journal, the Automotive History Review, and the ever-enticing Membership Directory (connecting members of similar interests around the globe). And most recently, the SAH released an announcement of the upcoming Annual Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania to be held October 7, 2011. Chocolate and cars, is there no greater glory?

Kicking off at 6:00PM with a Hydra-Matic Social Hour, guests will find no shortage of conversation in the joint project engine developed by Cadillac and Oldsmobile which, when released, was the first fully automatic engine produced for the mass market.

Later in the evening, visitors can expect a full Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet featuring all of the critical German elements—chicken denzel, cabbage, sausage, sauerkraut, and traditional Bavarian desserts.

But that’s not all. The main attraction, nay, the most compelling reason to do anything in October will be an audio-visual presentation by Jeff Mahl featuring the New York to Paris Race of 1908. Just who is this elusive Jeff Mahl character? None other than the great-grandson of George Schuster, Sr., the winner of the 1908 Great Automobile Race behind the wheel of the raging Thomas Flyer. Mahl will literally be explaining his perspective from his great-grandfather’s first-hand account. To be sure, his re-telling will be a saga for the ages.

And, this isn’t Mahl’s first rodeo. Bruce Wennerstrom, President of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society, lauds Mahl’s presentation as “Incredible…an emotional, spellbinding performance…extremely rare standing ovation!” and S. Selvaggio, the Events Manager for the York Concours d’Elegance, proclaims that “jaw dropping moments…mesmerized the dinner crowd.”

Tickets for the SAH Annual Meeting may be purchased by mail or via PayPal on the SAH website at $45 per person. While the event takes place October 7, guests can get tickets until September 30—provided space is still available.

One thing is for sure. If you’re a car fanatic with nowhere to go, and nobody understands your fascination, the Society of Automotive Historians is the place for you. After all, it’s the only truly professional association for lovers of our automotive past.


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