The SAE Mobility History Committee (MHC) is exhibiting at the 40th Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St John’s , Plymouth MI, on 28 & 29th July 2018.
Our friend and colleague, Gary Witzenburg, has been a racer, auto journalist, engineer, PR guy and now he is back to automotive journalism. Gary is one of the hardest working guys in the business. We spend some time talking about the Concours d’Elegance he founded at Michigan State University, and a variety of our shared auto media experiences.
Ed Lucas, auto heritage expert and the voice of many of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance in the country, talks about these world-class antique, classic and collector car shows and some of the ones he has worked in and around the last few months. We agree on the Amelia Island event being the best in many ways. We also talk about the collector car auction scene - what’s hot and what’s not. His deep knowledge of automotive history and his rich baritone voice will grace our upcoming Automotive Heritage Awards program at the Concours d’Elegnce of America at St. John’s.
The VW Atlas is assembled in a nearly 2-million square foot, gleamingly modern plant near Chattanooga. Our plan was to tour the plant on our way back from the Atlas road trip, but they were temporarily shut down for upgrades and changeover to a new Passat. So instead we visited the Volkswagen Academy where they not only train their workers but also host apprenticeship and alternative education programs. Academy director, Albert Grasser tells us all about it.
We’re just back from a 2,500-mile road trip to Florida in the new-for-2017 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size, three-row crossover. VW has been concentrating on making vehicles more to the tastes of U.S. buyers and the Atlas is one of their best efforts. We talk to VW product communications guy, former A-list auto journalist, Mark Gilles about the Atlas.
While in Austin for the XC40 launch A Shunpiker's Journal got an update on the new Polestar project, Volvo’s new luxury, performance electric division. Actually, they’ve spun Polestar off into its own company. Host Steve Purdy caught communications boss John Canton just back from introducing their first car - a 600-hp, hybrid couple with stunning design - at the Geneva Motor Show.
We recently participated in the launch of the new Volvo XC40 small crossover in Austin, Texas where we recorded this interview with Jim Nichols, product PR guy for the XC40. It is an amazing small vehicle with all the sophistication and performance of its award-winning larger siblings.
Another chat at the recent Chicago Auto Show with one of our regular and favorite guests, Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance and the amazing Lingenfelte Collection. Ken talks about the cars they’ve brought to Chicago and what’s new at the collection.