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Cars at the Capital


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 Casey Maxon | Historic Vehicle Association

Casey Maxon | Historic Vehicle Association

An exhibition of five historically significant automotive treasures will take place in the Nation’s Capital starting this month.  The Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) annual Cars at the Capital has been expanded in 2018 and will take place March 30 through April 30.  A total of five vehicles will be displayed during the month-long one-of-a-kind exhibition in the HVA’s lighted glass display case.  Located on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is free to the public.  Vehicle display schedule is as follows:

March 30 - April 2: 1985 Modena Design & Development Spyder – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari.”  The twenty-second vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is one of three replica Ferrari vehicles built in 1985 by Modena Design and Development, specifically for use in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) movie.

April 3 - 9: 1927 Ford Model T Touring – Fifteen-Millionth Ford.  The twenty-third vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is on loan from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Marking the symbolic end of Model T production after 19 years, the fifteen-millionth Model T was driven out of Michigan’s Highland Park Ford Plant by father and son, Edsel and Henry Ford, in May 1927.

April 10 - 16: 1984 Plymouth Voyager – The First Chrysler Minivan.  The twenty-fourth vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is on loan from FCA North America LLC in Detroit, MI.  This first-production Chrysler mini-van, pioneered under the direction of Lee Iacocca, was launched at a press conference in November 1983 and established a disruptive movement in redefining automotive versatility.

April 17 - 23: 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback –  Bullitt – ‘559.  The twenty-first vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register was announced in January 2018.  Emerging after decades, the suspicions of whether this iconic vehicle existed were laid to rest at the North American International Auto Show. Piloted by Steve McQueen in Bullitt (1968), the Mustang Fastback has been owned by the Kiernan family since Bob Kiernan purchased it through a Road & Track ad in 1974. To this day, “Bullitt” maintains much of the original modifications from its days of filming on the streets of San Francisco.

April 24 - 30: 1918 Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X.  The fourth vehicle previously announced on the National Historic Vehicle Register is a remarkable example of preservation. The Type 57 seven-passenger touring car arrived in in Europe before the American Expeditionary Force under the leadership of General John J. Pershing. It was used to transport soldiers and officers, then was used by Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., during her two-month mission to find and create leave locations for soldiers.

Two additional events during the exhibition not to be missed are:

April 17: Tuesday, April 17 marks “National Mustang Day.”  In celebration, join the HVA, supporting partners, and numerous dignitaries by the glass display case starting at 9:00 a.m. Hear from the owner of the 1968 “Bullitt” Mustang, Sean Kiernan, about his personal journey through a father/son project destined to be finished alone.  Also, hear from Mark Gessler, President of the HVA about the importance of documenting our national automotive heritage; and come out and experience The Drive with Alan Taylor, an award-winning radio and TV host. Brought to our Nation’s Capital and presented by Shell, Alan Taylor puts you in the driver’s seat for a unique, fast paced look at today’s automotive industry.

“Shell is excited to once again work with the HVA in presenting this line-up of extraordinary examples of our automotive heritage,” said Mark Henry, North America Marketing Manager, Shell Lubricants. “The cultural impact of these automobiles cannot be understated and we’re proud of the role Shell played in helping shape this truly unique American cultural experience.”

April 21: On Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the HVA will host “Cars at the Capital & Coffee.” This exclusive event will have all five vehicles on display together for just two hours – the only time this will take place during the length of the exhibit! This event is weather permitting. Please note, while we are excited to have you cruise to D.C. in your classic, you will not be permitted to bring your personal vehicles onto the grounds of the National Mall where the exhibition is taking place. Parking around the National Mall is quite limited so if you do plan to bring your personal automotive treasure, please plan accordingly.

Through this annual exhibition, the HVA shares the rich history and the importance of our automotive past. “The vehicle has made an indelible mark in shaping our history through decades of innovation, design and engineering and we are pleased to share this one-of-a-kind exhibition on the National Mall,” said Mark Gessler, President of the HVA.

The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage.  In 2014, the HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs and Library of Congress to document historically significant automobiles in America’s past.  The HVA is supported by over 400,000 individual historic vehicle owners, key stakeholders, corporations and benefactors. Please visit: historicvehicle.org

About Shell Lubricants

The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 11 percent of global lubricants volume.* The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®. http://www.shell.com/

*Kline & Company, “Global Lubricants Industry November 2017: Market Analysis and Assessment.” BULLITT and all related characters and elements © and ™ Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. (s18)

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