Moving Stories Blog

  • The Automotive Hall of Fame will open beginning June 3 with public museum hours and special events! The Hall celebrates the men and women whose automotive innovations changed the world and revolutionized our way of life. Exhibit galleries with permanent and changing exhibits on the early days of the automobile, the rise of the auto industry around the globe, and the beauty of auto styling and how it has changed every part of our daily
  • By Brian Baker Vice President, Education Principal Historian  Lucy O’Reilly Schell was a successful rally racer, the first woman to compete in a Grand Prix race and the first woman to own Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 racing teams. Just before WWII, Schell, an American heiress living in Paris, set her sights on Grand Prix racing. Hitler had used his anti-Semitic government to fund racing to demonstrate German engineering superiority. The race cars from Mercedes Benz and Auto Union had dominated the Grand Prix series for years. The Germans did not see Schell as a threat,
  • The rise, fall, and re-energizing of the electric car has created curiosity, controversy, and cutting edge technology. These are some of the highlights of its story. 1884 Elwell-Parker Company Electric The first true electric “car” was built by an engineer named Thomas Parker in 1884. Described by some as “the Edison of Europe,” Parker was responsible for the electrification of the London Underground and the trams in Liverpool and Birmingham. His prototype electric cars were
  • Thank you for enjoying our month-long series on the Automotive Hall of Fame’s “Leading Ladies.” For our final installment, we’re featuring Lyn St. James; a Distinguished Service Citation recipient and one America’s most successful female racers. Lyn St. James’s racing resume reads like a bucket list for every aspiring racer. A winner at the 24 hours of Daytona and 12 hours of Sebring, St. James also competed at the 24 hours of Nurburgring, the 24

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