The Petersen Automotive Museum and Hot Rod & Restoration are pleased to announce that the Ford family will be honored with the 2007 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award. Part of the ninth annual Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show held March 1-3, 2007 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, the award presentation will take place during the "Breakfast of Champions" co-sponsored by Meguiar's at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2007. The award will be accepted on behalf of the Ford family by Edsel B. Ford II.
"This is the first time the award has honored an entire family instead of an individual. There couldn't be a more fitting family member to represent the Ford family than Edsel B. Ford II," states Dick Messer, director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. "His grandfather, Edsel B. Ford (son of Henry Ford), oversaw the design of the 1932 Ford coupes and roadster, now nicknamed the 'deuce.' Those vehicles are the roots upon which the hot rod niche market has been built."
Robert E. Petersen states, "Next year marks the 75th anniversary of Ford's breakthrough 1932 vehicles. The most popular models, the three- and five-window coupes and the roadster, have become true hot rod icons. An entire industry, all represented at the business-to-business level at the Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show, has grown from the personalization of those vehicles. There couldn't be a more appropriate time or a more appropriate place to honor the Ford family. The '32 Ford roadster remains the most popular body style among hot rodders and has long been recognized as America's quintessential hot rod. These vehicles formed the foundation for the hot rod movement."
Edsel B. Ford II is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960 to 1980. Edsel B. Ford II is a member of the board of directors of the Ford Motor Company. As a consultant to the company, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations.
Launched in 2002 at the Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show, the inaugural Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award has previously been awarded to NHRA founder Wally Parks and automotive legends Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Vic Edelbrock Jr., and Andy Granatelli. Petersen selects the annual recipient based upon their contributions to the business and sport of hot rodding and restoration. A perpetual trophy displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the award is a beautifully executed bronze sculpture by automotive artist Steve Posson, aptly titled "Running At The Lakes."espite rumors-and actual statements from the company itself-Industrial Chassis will remain in business. More importantly, Industrial Chassis
History Of American Racing Equipment At NHRA
The history of American Racing Equipment (ARE), one of the most dominant wheel companies in the automotive aftermarket, will be presented in a special exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. "50 Years of American Racing Wheels" is set to run at the motorsports center at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, from October 20, 2006, through January 28, 2007.
"We're proud of our 50-year history and the role we've played in American car culture and motorsports," said Eric Carr, vice president of marketing and product development at American Racing. "Having the exhibit at the Parks museum is a real honor." Carr added that the exhibits will feature race cars, hot rods, and other vehicles, along with company memorabilia and artifacts.
"Everyone knows American Racing," said Tony Thacker, executive director of the museum. "With their rich 50-year history and countless innovative styles, they are, without question, the most famous wheel company in the industry. American Racing's significant story is one the museum is very pleased to tell."
Innovation has been ARE's calling card since company founder Romeo Palimides rolled out the first wheel in '56. Much of that innovation will be on display, both for racing and street applications. Legendary ARE wheel lines such as the venerable Torq-Thrust will be featured along with some cars you will not want to miss. Since "American Racing Wheels" covers the gamut from street rods to dragsters to musclecars to imports to trucks/SUVs, several vehicles will be featured highlighting their classic wheels.
"50 Years of American Racing Wheels" is one of two new exhibits currently on display at the museum. "Faster: 1960s Photographs of Pomona Drag Racing," running through August 25, 2007, features dozens of dramatic vintage drag race images shot by National Dragster photographers. The exhibit was originally developed by the California Museum of Photography, and is presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. For further information on special exhibits, museum events, or directions, call 909-622-2133 or visit http://museum.nhra.com
Industrial Chassis Still At ItDespite rumors-and actual statements from the company itself-Industrial Chassis will continue to produce its innovative Dodge Dakota-based crossmember kits for classic trucks. Thanks to a pending business partnership with local Phoenix fabricator Adam Young (well known for dropping forged I-beam axles, among other things), Steve Syszmanski and Industrial Chassis will continue on their merry way-only now with bigger and better equipment and an expanded crew of talented fabricators. The new phase for Industrial Chassis is slated to be under way by the first of the year. For more information, please contact them at 3536 W. Osborn Rd., Ste. 5, Phoenix, AZ 85019, 602-278-6800.