Why a Historic Vehicle Register?

Why a Historic Vehicle Register?

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), the largest ownerês group in the world at more than 300,000 members, created an automotive position in the National Historic Register at last yearês Washington Auto Show. HVA President Mark Gessler told the WAS CARtalks that the HVA has been working with the Heritage Documentation Programs of the Department of the Interior to create criteria for inclusion in the Register.

Vehicles may be considered for inclusion if they are associated with important persons or events or they demonstrate unusual craftsmanship. The HVA is the first to create a permanent archive of significant historic automobiles in the Library of Congress. The HVA staged an event on the National Mall last year to celebrate the heritage of the American car, the first event of its kind, Gessler said.

Last year at the WAS, a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe was the vehicle that became the first in the NHR. This year, General Motorsê 1940 Futurliner No. 10 became the first truck to be part of the Register. John Steinbeckês truck, featured in his memoir of driving across America with his dog, Travels with Charley, is also on the Register.

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