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Episode 39 - Diane Parker and the Historic Vehicle Association

Diane Parker, Vice President of the Historic Vehicle Association, discusses the organization, its purpose to document and preserve the history of American automobiles, and share some personal stories about the cars that have already been placed on the National Registry. 

After an introduction, Robert asks Diane to explain the goals and purpose of the Historic Vehicle Association (0:59), the qualifications that a car must meet to be included in the National Registry (3:47), and the process the vehicles must go through for documentation (5:07). Robert asks what types of vehicles are up for consideration (7:25) before Diane shares the stories of two of the most recent inductees: a 1921 Duesenberg Straight 8 (9:24) and a Dodge Challenger with a very special history (12:15). Then Robert rewinds to the first inductees: a Shelby Daytona Coupe (14:22), a 1964 Meyers Manx (15:18), and the Maserati 8CTF "Boyle Special" (16:21).

After a short break, Robert and Diane discuss a recent addition to the Register--The Jenkins' Bus--an iconic vehicle marking an important time in the Civil Rights Movement in America, as well as all the work and love that was required to preserve its special history (18:12). Before moving on, Robert asks to discuss just two more cars that caught his eye: a 1964 Chevy Impala called 'Gypsy Rose' (23:36) and, the 'star' of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the 1985 Modena Spyder Ferrari (26:34). Robert brings things to close by asking how listeners can engage with the HVA--from suggesting cars to events, such as Cars on the Capitol and the Drive History Conference (29:19)--before Diane concludes with her own story of how she developed her love for cars (35:35).

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Produced & Edited by: Chris Porter

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