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A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal, hosted by Steve Purdy, covers the stories of its host and others who shun the turnpikes and freeways of America to better enjoy the businesses and life that revolve around the automobile.

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The Automotive Heritage Foundation Call for Entries & Industry Updates – AHF Bulletin #5

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 21, 2020 4:00 PM

The “AHF Bulletin” is meant to keep the Automotive Heritage Foundation community informed about what’s happening throughout our spheres of interest. Please join us in promoting and celebrating automotive history, culture and aesthetics, by becoming a member, and send us the news you’d like to share.

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U.S. Auto Industry Begins Measured Relaunch

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 19, 2020 4:00 PM

Opening day jitters, supply chain concerns abound

Editor-in-Chief ,   AutoBeat Daily

It will be slow-going this week as the auto industry’s U.S. assembly plants ease back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 ConcoursUSA Postponed

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 16, 2020 12:00 PM

2020 ConcourUSA Postponed to 2021

The Concours d’Elegance of America has been closely monitoring the news of the Covid-19 pandemic facing our state and nation. After careful consideration and following the Governor of Michigan’s guidelines, the Board of Directors have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Concours d’Elegance of America to July 23-25, 2021.
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Automotive Hall of Fame | The Building is Closed, But the Engine is Still Running!

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 11, 2020 4:00 PM

IF IT'S MAY, ROGER PENSKE IS RACING!
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Detroit Cancels 2020 NAIAS Auto Show

A Shunpiker's Journal
April 2, 2020 9:00 AM

This year’s Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has been canceled but will return in June 2021.

Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center), which normally anchors the show, is to be converted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers into a 900-bed emergency hospital to help handle Michigan’s rising number of COVID-19 victims.

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You're invited to CAR Management Briefing Seminars 2020

A Shunpiker's Journal
March 9, 2020 2:00 PM

You are invited to CAR MBS 2020.

The Center for Automotive Research returns to Traverse City this August. Secure your pass for three days of inspirational speakers, opportunities for valuable connections, and a front-row seat to understanding the current and future of the automotive and mobilty industry, to be held at the Grand Travese Resort & Spa.

Register NOW and save $200

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Automotive Hall of Fame | From New York to Paris

A Shunpiker's Journal
February 12, 2020 1:00 PM

Last month the Automotive Hall of Fame got the chance to work with the Celebrated Alumni, George N. Schuster's Great Grandson, Jeff Mahl to write a fantastic blog post about Schuster's race from New York to Paris in 1908! This is a story of the trials and tribulations of Schuster and his team's win. On this day, 112 years ago, the race began...

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The Automotive Heritage Foundation Announces the 2020 Automotive Heritage Awards

A Shunpiker's Journal
February 3, 2020 11:00 AM

The third annual Automotive Heritage Awards will be presented at 10 AM on July 26th in the Brembo media hospitality tent on the grounds of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns. Four distinct competitions comprise the AHA: the Automotive Heritage Journalism Competition, Future Collectible Vehicle of the Year, Concept Vehicle of the Year, and the Automotive Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award. The Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation will also present a scholarship award at the event.

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Hagerty: Never Stop Driving | A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal
September 23, 2019 11:00 AM

Our friends at Hagerty, purveyor of classic and collector car insurance, largest private employer in Traverse City, just published a fascinating book celebrating the joy of being on the road in our cars titled Never Stop Driving, an anthology of stories by Hagerty content manager Larry Webster and other well-known contributors. One section of the book asks famous car guys and gals what would be their last drive. We talk to Jonathan Klinger, Hagerty senior PR manager, during the book launch event at M1 Concours in Pontiac. Listen next time for interviews with McKeel Hagerty and Larry Webster.

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An Interview with Kiekert | A Shunpiker's Journal

A Shunpiker's Journal
September 23, 2019 10:00 AM

On these segments of A Shunpiker's Journal with host Steve Purdy is Kiekert. Kiekert is a 160+ year old German tier-one auto supplier making latches and latch assemblies. They are also the presenting sponsor of our Automotive Heritage Journalism Awards at the Concours d’Elegance of America. Keikerts general manager and global sales director, Mike Hietbrink, talks about his company’s innovative products, their activities in the Detroit area and involvement in our awards project.

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