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.” 

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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

America’s Car Museum celebrates BMW’s Centennial

To celebrate 100 years of BMW, America’s Car Museum (ACM) is opened a new exhibit on May 7 – “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” – to highlight some of the brand’s most gripping vehicles. BMW has amassed a strong sub-culture by redefining performance luxury vehicles, such as the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, 1988 BMW E30 M3 and the forward-looking 2016 BMW i8, which are all in the display.

While BMW began manufacturing airplane engines in 1916, it wasn’t until 1932 when the Munich-based company put together its first automobile. It built a reputation for producing exciting cars at the same time that the German autobahn was conceived.

In the 1970s, BMW began marketing as “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and has used the tagline for countless iconic road cars since. The slogan, coined under the guidance of industry luminary Bob Lutz, is widely recognized as one of the best of all auto manufacturers and has served BMW well for the past 42 years.

To pay respect to such a storied brand, ACM enlisted the help of several of its long-time backers – including ACM Board Member Manfred Scharmach, renowned BMW collector Peter Gleeson and Brooks Motor Works owner Kevin Brooks – to ensure that BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation would have an unmatched assortment of vintage and modern BMWs for guests of all ages.

“A big thanks also goes out to the BMW Car Club of America and all who submitted their vehicles for helping us fill the display, with nearly two dozen vehicles, it is truly a must-see for BMW fans!” Said ACM Curator of Exhibits Scott Keller.

The BMW Car Club of America, which alerted its member-base that the Museum was looking to represent BMW’s history with a wide range of cars and motorcycles, held it’s Puget Sound and Oregon chapters meet-up at ACM on May 15.

“BMW’s centennial celebration is a huge milestone, which we wanted to honor in a big way,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “The support we received from the BMW community resulted in more vehicle submissions than any other display in ACM’s four-year history. It allowed us to secure a robust assortment vehicles and led to one of our best exhibits to date.”

For more information on the BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation and other exhibits currently on view at ACM, visit americascarmuseum.org