Welcoming Tabetha Hammer to AAT

Recently, an exciting change has taken place in America’s Automotive Trust— Tabetha Hammer has been appointed CEO and President of the Trust. AAT has several member organizations, including LeMay– America’s Car Museum, RPM Foundation, America On Wheels Museum, Concours Club and Club Auto Powered by Hagerty.

“Our goal to preserve and to celebrate car culture is in good hands with Tabetha,” said Trust Chairman, Michael Towers. “She has performed well in numerous capacities on our Board of Directors since 2016. Her passion, knowledge and expertise are key to achieving our goals to honor and expand America’s automotive heritage.”

Hammer, a 2009 graduate of McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration program, has always been captivated by vehicles of all types. Her passion for collector vehicles and restoration started with antique tractors when, in high school, she participated in the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. She won the National Grand Championship in 2003– becoming the first female to win the Championship— and went on to win it again the following year.

Tabetha has been active in the collector vehicle community most of her life. She served a three-year Board of Directors term with the Antique Automobile Club of America, competed in several Hemming’s Great Race time-speed-distance rallies, and has worked closely with the Historic Vehicle Association. In addition, she has judged at numerous Concours d’Elegance events. In her spare time, she enjoys time under the hood and behind the wheel of her 1973 Mini, or any other fun car, and tinkering with and riding her all-original 1964 Suzuki K-11 motorcycle.

“I can’t think of work more exciting and meaningful to me than that of America’s Automotive Trust,” Hammer stated. “I’ve been fortunate to work with many enthusiastic people and organizations to bring recognition and relevancy to collector vehicles and our amazing automotive heritage. I have seen first-hand the value of what America’s Automotive Trust is doing. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to work closely with our member entities, donors and partners for the greater good of all.” 

“What an amazing story. Tabetha progressed from a barnyard tinkerer in Colorado to a national award winner. Then from college student and RPM Foundation grant recipient to a Board Member,” says America’s Automotive Trust Vice Chair and former CEO, David Madeira. “She is now on to the CEO role. I’ve been impressed by Tabetha’s passion and successes over the last decade and could not be more excited for her– or us– in this next step forward.” 

Powering the Future’ Learning Lab at ACM

America’s Car Museum (ACM), Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust will open a new learning lab – “Powering the Future” – to educate visitors to the Tacoma-based Museum on the many energy sources for the cars of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The innovative space will also explore the impact that science, technology, engineering and math careers have made on automotive design.

As students work their way through the five interactive components included in Powering the Future, they will explore the history of what fuels have powered automobiles and how energy discoveries, technological advancements and unforeseen events have shaped our energy consumption habits.

“The Powering the Future learning lab is one of our boldest interactive exhibits yet, teaching students about a variety of power sources for cars of the past and into the future,” said America’s Automotive Trust CEO Adam Langsbard. “We embrace our responsibility to continually produce and promote STEM-related education for the next generation – we may, one day, be inspiring a future workforce for the auto industry by way of sparking interest in young people’s fascination with future technologies.

The interactive learning experience will encourage students and visitors to think critically about important questions of our time: what will power the future, how we can meet our current and future energy needs for transportation in a sustainable way and how we can make choices to meet our needs without compromising the needs of future generations?

“Powering the Future is an excellent example of a creative way to introduce students to important concepts like engineering and science,” said M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Executive Director Steve Moore. “We are pleased to support and partner with LeMay – America’s Car Museum as they generate enthusiasm for learning among today’s youth and their families.”

Additionally, students from Tacoma schools – including the Science and Math Institute (SAMI), the Industrial Design and Engineering Arts High School (IDEA) and the School of the Arts (SOTA) – will engage visitors in the gallery and lead outreach lessons at local elementary and middle schools.

“We’re excited to be partnering with America’s Car Museum to not only celebrate the history of the automobile but also where the industry is heading,” said Puget Sound Energy’s Vice President Andy Wappler. “PSE has committed to reducing its own carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040, and by supporting innovation and things like ACM’s Powering the Future learning lab, we are helping to create a better energy future for all.”

Powering the Future is a central component of ACM’s Powering the Future celebration, which include:

  • April 12: Grand opening of the lab, tickets available at americascarmuseum.org
  • April 14: Public opening at ACM, admission coupons available at the 2018 South Sound Sustainability Expo
  • April 16: IC Bus’s ChargE Electric School Bus will be on display as students visit ACM on a field trip
  • April 21: Powering the Future Family Fun Day
  • May 5: Full STEAM Ahead- Educator Training

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (americascarmuseum.org)

 

Lowriders at America’s Car Museum

 

America’s Car Museum (ACM) is cycling 11 lowriders, a couple of lowrider-themed bicycles and various artwork into its Route 66 display to celebrate America’s lowrider pastime.

As one of ACM’s rotating exhibits, Route 66 regularly undergoes change-outs and modifications to tell a variety of stories that define different aspects of America’s motoring heritage – this time giving a nod to lowriders that were heavily influenced by Southern California’s Chicano culture during the ’50s, when this then-new type of motoring hobby started. Past Route 66 themes include hot rods, station wagons, convertibles and more.

“When we began planning the next installment of Route 66, our admiration for the Washington lowrider community was important to share with our visitors,” said ACM Curator of Exhibitry Scot Keller. “They are an important part of our automotive heritage.”

To source vehicles for Route 66 ACM turned to the Lows Traviesos Lowriders Club of Washington, and its members stepped up to have their lowriders on display until April 15.

Another element of the exhibit will be a display of lowrider bicycles, a pedal car and a lowrider stroller – each of which are as well-crafted and unique as the cars.

“It’s important that our curatorial efforts not just celebrate the expensive collectible vehicles seen at concours around the world, but that we address a responsibility to display cultural expression through automotive and car culture’s diversity as well,” said Adam Langsbard, CEO of America’s Automotive Trust which oversees ACM.

For more information on the Route 66 display and other current exhibits, visit americascarmuseum.org.

 

 

 

 

America’s Automotive Trust

The Future of America’s Automotive Heritage

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“It’s important that vintage and modern collectible vehicles continue to be restored, driven and enjoyed,” says David Madeira, CEO of the new not-for-profit America’s Automotive Trust. The work of AAT, which was announced this summer, will be to ensure that “our nation’s automotive legacy is celebrated” and that the skills and knowledge necessary to sup-port the future of the collector community are transferred to the next generation.According to Madeira, AAT has four founding institutions: Le-May – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto and Concours Club. He emphasizes that collaboration in strategic planning and programs reduces redundancies and facilitates the first concerted efforts to secure America’s automotive heritage. He adds that organizations interested in preserving America’s automotive legacy are welcome to join and benefit from AAT’s capabilities.Each of the founding organizations has a distinct role within AAT as part of the Trust’s larger heritage effort, as outlined by Madeira:

  • LeMay – America’s Car Museum: ACM is the repository for automotive treasures and a gathering place for enthusiasts, with educational programs for all ages, rotating exhibits and events.
  • RPM Foundation: Formerly known as the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, the foundation helps accelerate the growth of the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen through formal training and mentorship.
  • Club Auto: Promoting America’s automotive legacy to a broader audience, Club Auto produces driving days, race events, track days and other activities for enthusiasts of collectible and modern vehicles.
  • Concours Club: Members of this high-level philanthropic organization are the ambassadors and advisers to the Trust, and are essential to ensuring a vibrant future for auto enthusiasts

“By creating an alliance of like-minded organizations, our vi-sion for continuing America’s rich automotive pastime can have a greater impact on the millions of collector car enthusi-asts around the globe,” concludes Madeira. “A coalition … is vital to securing America’s automotive heritage and building an endowment to support those that share in that vision.”

LEAH GROUT

For additional information:
americasautomotivetrust.org