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We are a group of automotive enthusiasts from around the globe who are passionate about researching and recording automotive history.  This website reflects our varied interests and has a “members only” component with digital records of past SAH publications as well as high definition photography of vehicles from around the world.  Nearly all significant automotive authors past and present have been or are members. 

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Paul N. Lashbrook

October 6, 1940 – June 28, 2015

SAH has lost one of its most decicated members.  Paul Nathan Lashbrook was born in Wisconsin to Ruth Elizabeth and Jack W Lashbrook.  His father was a minister who frequently moved the family to Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Canada and Barbados.  Our condolenses are extended to his wife Bonnie, Mother and brothers James, John and Roger.

Eighteen years of teaching in Ohio and Florida were followed by a civil law practice in Florida.  Paul graduated from Asbury University in 1962, continuing on to a masters degree in education from Florida Atlantic University in 1974 and a law degree from Nova University Law School in 1983.  Paul met his wife Bonnie at Asbury and they married in 1964.  Their only child, Lisa, was born and died in 1971.

Like most of us, Paul’s passion was automobiles involving membership in a dozen clubs.  Paul has been a long-term member of the SAH board and has also held the treasure’s role.  He was first elected in 1992.  Bonnie claims we have no idea how much SAH meant to Paul, but those of us who were greeted by Paul at the Hershey SAH tent may have had an inkling.  Nobody is likely to have shaken more SAH member hands than Paul.  Besides running the tent and providing all the refreshments, he also organized the author signing events, ensuring a crowded gathering of enthusiasts.

Paul will be remembered for his quiet, compassionate spiritualism combined with optimism fortified by determination.  His failing health over the past 15 years was not allowed to interfere with his Hershey tent duties.  Paul was always sure to thank SAH participants for their contribution to SAH.  Now it is our turn to thank and recognize Paul for the wise counsel on board matters and long serving role he has played for SAH.  The Hershey tent will not be the same without you Paul.

 

Photograph: Kirk Gibson

 

Annual Meeting of Members & Gala Awards Banquet

Friday, October 9, 2015

Traditions Dining Room

Hershey Country Club

1000 East Derry Road, Hershey Pennsylvania

6:00 PM Hydra-Matic Social Hour                           Cash Bar

7:00 PM Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet                          $55.00 per person incl. tax & gratuity

Horch d'ourves

Braised Porsche with horseradish sauce

Marinated Chicken Gläser with braised red cabbage

Grilled Zündapp Sausage with sauerkraut

Potatoes, noodles and matching vegetation

Bavarian desserts

Regular and ethanol-free coffee and tea

 

Join us for fellowship and presentation of the publication, service,

and Friend of Automotive History awards.

Keynote Speaker is Tom Cotter, Author of the "... in the Barn" Series with Previous PR Roles in Motorsport.

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While on the Hershey pavements, stop at the SAH tent for

rest, rapport and light refreshment.

Book Fair: author signings and more, Friday, Oct. 9, 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Our Orange Field location, spaces OBB 17-19

Deadline for banquet reservations September 30, 2015.

Late reservations only as space available – cancellation refunds after the deadline

only if your tickets can be resold prior to the banquet.

Banquet reservation hotline: (810) 639-4547 until Monday, October 6.

Directions: From the flea market area, take Hersheypark Drive east to Laudermilch Road. Turn right, over the railroad overpass, left at next stop sign. Country Club is the first driveway on the right. The dining room is in the main building. 

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    Eleventh Biennial Automotive History Conference

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

When                          April 14 through 16, 2016

 

Where                         Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel, 4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, OH

 

Entry Deadline          October 31, 2015

 

 

 

The Society of Automotive Historians is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at its Eleventh Biennial Automotive History Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, from April 14 through 16, 2016.  The conference will take place at the Cleveland Airport Marriott Hotel, 4277 West 150th Street, where a block of guest rooms has been reserved. 

 

The conference theme is “Automotive History: Beginnings and New Beginnings” and will focus on the first steps of the nascent motor industry and the later worldwide assimilation of the motor vehicle as a national icon seen in contrast to the revolutionary events of the early twenty-first century.  Cleveland has been chosen as conference venue because of its important position in the development of the American industry.  It was the home of early producers such as Winton, White, Peerless and Stearns and now boasts an important collection of turn-of-the century cars as well as an archive of related documents at the Crawford Auto Museum at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

 

Papers may address the beginnings of the automotive industry, the role of independent foundries, machine shops and carriage builders enabling the rapid growth of thinly-financed manufacturers followed by the early consolidation of the industry into a small number of major producers and their efforts to secure control of equipment suppliers and set up financial subsidiaries to facilitate sales.  The rise of national industries offering vehicles designed, built and sold to reflect local preferences was a parallel development.  Over the past quarter century these former certainties have been overturned.  The industry, until recently believed to be entering a phase of business consolidation, has expanded to embrace many new producers, a process that could only have been made possible through innovations in production technology and international trade agreements.  Meanwhile the automobile itself has become a standardized product, some would say ‘mature’, wherever it is produced or sold. 

 

It is our intention to examine the history of the motor vehicle throughout its brief but turbulent period of growth and with reference to its future prospects.  Proposals for papers on automotive subjects unrelated to the conference theme will also be considered.  Following the presentations we will tour some of the surviving sites of Cleveland automotive history and conclude with a visit to the Crawford Auto Museum where the curator, Derek Moore, will accompany us.

 

Two keynote speakers will share their understanding of these trends.  James Rubenstein, Professor of Geography at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he lectures on the Geography of the Auto Industry and serves as an industry consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  His ground-breaking book, Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Automotive Industry, was among the first to explore the impact of recent trends.

 

Our second keynote speaker will be Bernard J. Golias, automotive historian and longtime Cleveland resident.  He is co-author of Famous But Forgotten, the definitive history of the Winton Motor Carriage Company and its successors, and will speak about the beginnings of the industry in Cleveland at the time when it was thought that this city might become the home of the American industry.

 

Following the conference, a certain number of the conference papers will be selected for publication in Automotive History Review, the journal of the Society.

 

The Society of Automotive Historians is a unique interdisciplinary organization devoted to all aspects of automotive history – engineering, design, economics, the lives of automotive pioneers and innovators, the history of motorsport competition, the integration of motor vehicles into modern life and the culture of cars.  In its publications and conferences, historians of technology, business historians and social historians interact to share their knowledge and perspectives.   

 

Proposals should include the title of the submission, names and affiliations of presenters, chairs, participants, etc., together with addresses, phone/fax numbers, email addresses of contact personnel, proposed format (paper, panel, workshop, etc.) and a one-page abstract describing the content of the presentation.  Proposals must be received by October 31, 2015; notification of preliminary acceptance is anticipated by November 30.  Proposals should be submitted by email to Arthur W. Jones, Conference Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..