Society of
Automotive Historians

Meet Our Members

The biographies on this page are part of an ongoing project to record the profiles of people who have made a significant contribution to automotive history over the years.

Steven Rossi

Steven Rossi has worn an impressive number of hats of different makes and models reflecting the all-things-automotive arena in which he has both worked and played practically his whole life, including being an SAH member since 1980. His work life as an engine development engineer at Ford began in 1976, after he’d earned his mechanical engineering degree. Two years later

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Don Capps with car

Don Capps

Don Capps has been a member of the SAH Board of Directors since 2014 and is now the immediate past president of the Society. He is a member of the Historian’s Council of the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, New York and is the co-chair of the Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium for International Motor Racing History. He

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Jay Leno

Society of Automotive Historians honorary member Jay Leno may be best known as a comedian, but it is appropriate to also consider him an automotive historian in the best sense of the term. When it comes to his car collection, he is a serious guy. He is a major collector—he owns about 200 vehicles which he houses in a beautiful

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Robert H. 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!” As a youth, Bob describes his “interests were fickle: Chevrolet one day, Lincoln the next, De Soto the

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Karl Ludvigsen

“Although I began my career as a writer about current events in the car world,” said Society of Automotive Historians honorary member Karl Ludvigsen when accepting the Friend of Automotive History Award, “I was always interested in what had gone before.  I stood, as they say, on the shoulders of the men – and they were chiefly men – who had

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Michael Lamm

Michael Lamm Michael Lamm (0042H) became a member of the Society of Automotive Historians over 50 years ago. As he recently observed, “It’s been a long ride, and that’s one of the advantages of advancing age: “We duffers gain more time to do what we love.” Mike went on to express that: “In my experience, the great accomplishment of the

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