The Society of Automotive Historians

Who We Are

        If you are an automotive enthusiast who is passionate about learning, researching, recording and reading automotive history, we invite you to join the Society of Automotive Historians.  Our membership spans over 20 countries around the globe. Many automotive authors, past and present, have been or are members. 
        Autohistory.org reflects our varied interests and has a Members Only section with our digital Membership Roster, searchable pdf’s of all past SAH publications, and high-resolution photographs of vehicles from around the world.
        To read what Mark J. McCourt wrote about the SAH in the March, 2019 issue of Hemmings Classic Cars, click here.

SAH News

The SAH annual awards for 2021 have been designated. We will announce the results in the next few days, once we have  contacted all of the nominees.  (10/5/21)

The SAH Fall Board of Directors Meeting took place virtually via Zoom on Monday, October 18th, 2021 from 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM EDT.  All Officers and Directors were in attendance.  The minutes will be posted in the members-only section of the website in a few days. (10/18/21)

What To See On Our Website

Members Library

The MEMBERS LIBRARY includes digital copies of all publications of the Society of Automotive Historians over the past half-century, including indices; over 7,000 high definition images of automobiles from around the globe available to SAH members to use permission free in their publications; unpublished manuscripts; and self-publishing advice.

For instructions on setting up a username and password to gain access to the Members Library and the Members Only sections of the SAH website, click HERE

Links/Resources

The LINKS/RESOURCES page is the most popular part of this website because of the links to a vast array of automotive history resources listed under various category headings.

SAH Awards

The AWARDS page lists the various awards bestowed by the SAH, including the $ 500 annual cash prize for the winning student paper.

Chapters & International Organizations

The CHAPTERS and INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS  pages link you to the SAH Chapters, and to organizations from around the world similar to the Society of Automotive Historians.

Authors/Books

The AUTHORS/BOOKS page provides details of books authored by our members, sorted by marque and other categories.

The Society of Automotive Historians at Hershey

2021 Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet in Hershey, PA. 

Wednesday October 6 to Friday October 8, 2021             

The SAH Book Signing on Thursday, October 7th at our Orange Field tent, and the Annual Banquet at the Hershey Country Club the evening of Friday, October 8, were regretfully cancelled due to lingering pandemic concerns.   These decisions were made with the health and safety of our members, tent visitors and Banquet attendees foremost in mind, while recognizing our valued long term relationships with the AACA, the Hershey Region of the AACA, the Hershey Country Club and the “Hershey Week” experience in general. Our Orange Field presence was reduced this year to one table under a small pagoda tent.  (10/12/21)

Presentation of the 2021 Annual SAH Awards

The 2021 awards have been designated and will be announced on this website and via an email blast in a few days, once we have contacted all of the award nominees. This is in lieu of presenting the awards at our Annual Banquet, which was cancelled for 2021. We intend to present the 2021 award plaques during our 2022 Annual Banquet in Hershey.  (10/12/21)

We look forward to resuming our customary big-tent presence at Hershey in October, 2022. See you then !

Upcoming Events

International Drive History Conference

The 2020 and 2021 Drive History Conferences both had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, after extensive event planning.  

Information on a possible 2022 Conference will be announced, as it becomes available.

Third European Automotive History Conference
Turin, Italy, April 1 - 3, 2022

Together with the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile and the AISA, you are invited to the
Third European Automotive History Conference, to be held in the
Mauto, Corso Unità d’Italia 40, Turin, Italy, from April 1 to April 3, 2022.

To further international discourse, conference presentations will focus on subjects which have a cross-border European or International interest, or are of general interest to automotive historians.
The provisional program is as follows:
Friday 1 April: arrival, informal dinner in the hotel.
Saturday 2 April: conference in the museum starting at 9am, with a break for lunch, followed by dinner.
Sunday 3 April: a morning session of further papers, finishing at midday.
Speeches should be made in English, with accompanying Powerpoint presentations. The length of each presentation is provisionally set at 30 minutes., with 10 minutes for questions and discussions.
Please note that the program is subject to change. The organizers reserve the right to cancel any part of the program.

CALL FOR PAPERS:
The closing date for submissions of papers for consideration by the organizers is October 1, 2021, please supply an abstract or outline, including estimated length and number of slides. Please contact:
Anders Ditlev Clausager, 62 Viceroy Close,
Birmingham B5 7UT, England
Telephone +44 (0)121 440 4745   email: sahb.secretary@btinternet.com

Also of interest:

The Techno Classica will be held in Essen, Germany from March 23 – 27, 2022.  Further details:
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SAH Publications

SAH Membership - Please Join!

$20 Annual Digital Membership   Anywhere

Digital pdf’s of the SAH Journal & the Automotive History Review delivered via email.

$50 Annual Print Membership      US/Canada/Mexico

Printed hard copies of the SAH Journal & the Automotive History Review delivered via postal service.

$60 Annual Print Membership      Overseas

Printed hard copies of the SAH Journal & the Automotive History Review delivered via postal service.

All amounts expressed in US funds

ALL OF THE ABOVE ANNUAL SAH MEMBERSHIP LEVELS INCLUDE THESE BENEFITS:

  •  Six Bi-Monthly Issues of the SAH Journal https://issuu.com/legalimit/docs/sahj273-4-issuu
  •  One Issue of the Automotive History Review
  •  Advance notice of SAH-related conferences & events
  •  Access to Members Only sections of the SAH website, which includes:
      1. Digital Membership Roster which is searchable by member, location and interests.
      2. 50 years of back issues of the SAH Journal and the Automotive History Review, and their predecessors.
      3. Thousands of current-day photos of historic vehicles for SAH member use, at no charge, in their articles and books.
      4. Research sources
      5. Advice on self-publishing
      6. Unpublished manuscripts

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Past Events

The Third International Drive History Conference was held by the Historic Vehicle Association in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in April, 2019.

McKeel Hagerty at the Second Rive History Conference at the wheel of a 1910 Packard Speedster

McKeel Hagerty at the wheel of a 1910 Packard Speedster.

For a recap of the Second European Automotive History Conference, held at the Louman Museum at The Hague in March, 2019, click HERE.

1936 Toyota AA 1936 Toyota at the Louman Museum; reportedly the oldest Toyota in existence.
 
 

Automobile Quarterly Back Issues

Ever wondered what happened to the back issues of Automobile Quarterly after AQ went out of business in 2012?  Well, the SAH has tracked them down and they are available by clicking Here

SAH Member Profiles

Bob Ebert

Robert R. “Bob” Ebert traces his fascination with all-things automotive to the arrival of the January 1957 issue of Motor Trend magazine, although he does note that his mom always told anyone who would listen that his first word had been “car”! In turn, SAH celebrates and salutes Bob as its 135th member who has remained active and involved to this day.

As a youth, Bob describes his “interests were fickle: Chevrolet one day, Lincoln the next, De Soto the next, and Rolls-Royce the week after that.” Today we’d assess that not as fickleness but rather part of learning and discovery. But even as the learning was going on, Bob kept returning to one car that had particularly caught his fancy; the ’57 Packard whose maker by then was an amalgamation of Packard and Studebaker.

The very next year, still in high school, Bob had bought stock in the company, visited the factory and persuaded his dad to buy stock too. As a stockholder he received the annual reports and other literature which he dutifully and carefully saved. As a high school senior, he wrote a term paper as well as a book-length manuscript covering Packard’s history. His college master’s thesis was an economic analysis of Packard’s decline. And his lifelong fascination, curiosity about, and focus on understanding, studying and writing about Studebaker and Packard is as strong today as it was then.

Bob is a Professor Emeritus of Economics of the Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where he taught from 1967 to 2010. He has authored several automotive histories that include two books and three articles on Studebaker and Studebaker-Packard. Bob has served the SAH continuously since 2000, first as a director and then as secretary. Currently he helps to choose the Cugnot, Scharchburg, and Bingham annual awardees, and he is a member of the Nominating Committee, which annually selects and vets candidates for SAH Board and Officer positions. Bob’s community service includes 25-years as a member of the Board of the Fairview Hospital, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic network.

Bob and his wife Marcia are also long-time collectors of antique mechanical musical instruments, enjoying the society and activities of that collector community. The instruments they collect—music boxes, organ grinder organs, and player pianos—play by the turn of a crank or the wind of a key.