Moving Stories Blog

  • By Leah Minadeo, AHF digital asset manager One of the artifacts on display at the Automotive Hall of Fame is the Ransom E. Olds birthday book, which contains more than 600 letters compiled by the Lansing Rotary Club in 1944. It was presented to 1968 AHF Inductee and Oldsmobile founder Ransom Olds on his 80th birthday. It includes well-wishes from everyone from 1967 AHF Inductee Henry Ford to J. Edgar Hoover to dozens of Lansing-area business
  • The most recent addition to the Automotive Hall of Fame is this charming 1903 Holley Motorette, thanks to the Edelweiss Foundation! This diminutive early car was the work of 1995 AHF Inductees George and Earl Holley and was a successful early effort of 600 runabouts. The company moved into production of carburetors for the Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout, which revolutionized gasoline engine development. Holley‘s fortunes rose with a new Ford contract to produce carburetors that continued for
  • In July, we were honored to induct C.R. and Frederick Patterson into the Automotive Hall of Fame. This father and son team were the owners of the only known Black automobile manufacturer in North America. On November 16, 2021, AHF Principal Historian Brian Baker and Alumni Relations Specialist Nick Gargaro visited Greenfield, Ohio, the Patterson’s home town. They spent the day with Tom Smith, who has been collecting and restoring Patterson artifacts for more than 30 years, and Harold Shultz, past president of the Greenfield Historical Society. The
  • The two glass plate negatives below were recently discovered in our collection and feature 1997 AHF Inductees Walter, Windsor, and Rollin White. The brothers developed White Steamer cars and trucks that were known for their quality and performance in the early 1900s. A White Steamer car was The White House’s first automobile, put into service during Taft’s administration in 1909. The first image, dated 1904, shows a White Steamer car during the Sealed Bonnet Contest

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