The Third International Drive History Conference

Celebrating 50 Years of the Society of Automotive Historians

Deadline for Early Discounted Registration – March 15, 2019

April 11-13, 2019, NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, Allentown, Pennsylvania,

The Historic Vehicle Association in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Historians and the College of Charleston together with supporting sponsors will be presenting the Third International Driving History Conference.  The same event last year received rave reviews and below you can read about some of the activities that made the conference so spectacular.

What other car event can you attend which allows you to drive pre-World War II cars?  The NB Center has its own network of roads.  Last year we spent the morning rotating through the following cars: A 1933 V16 Marmon, 1922 Oldsmobile V8, 1933 Graham, 1920s Yellow Taxi, 1941 Buick with less than 5,000 miles and several others including a post-War Jeep.  That experience alone could justify your attendance.

Various talks will be given both of an academic nature as well as restoration challenges.  The schedule and topic of these talks will be published shortly.  Last year we heard from Miles Collier of the Rev’s Institute and the restoration of a historic Porsche racer while Fred Simeone of the Simeone Collection queried the attendees whether to leave a 1922 French Rally sports racer in its preserved state or restore it.  We heard from Sean Kiernan and his family ownership of Steve McQueen’ s Bullitt Mustang as well as the history of a preserved WWI Cadillac and its service in France.  Also from France was Patrick Rollet of FIVA, the international body regulating collector cars of all ages.  In all we had thirty talks and papers but this may be reduced because the only suggestion for improvement was to prevent having to choose between two topics of interest to attend..

Included in the attendance price are three breakfasts and three lunches plus two dinners, one of which was truly 5-star.  Immerse yourself in the company of people with gasoline in their veins who live and breathe so many aspects of old cars.

A registration fee will be required for the conference ($400 early bird [March 15]/$500 late registration) at,  which will include  a one-year membership with the HVA. For currently enrolled students traveling more than 100 miles to Allentown, Pennsylvania assistance with travel and accommodations for the conference will be considered. Please provide documentation of your current course schedule, a budget of what you need assistance with in your proposal, as well as what other resources from which you anticipate receiving support.

Conference Organizers:

Barry L. Stiefel, Associate Professor, College of Charleston

Diane Parker, Historic Vehicle Association

Donald Capps, Society of Automotive Historians