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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:50

Senators Propose Elevated Status for National Historic Vehicle Register

Written by Larry Edsall, The Classic Cars Journal
The Jenkins family Volkswagen van was on display on the National Mall this year during the 'Cars at the Capitol' event. The Jenkins family Volkswagen van was on display on the National Mall this year during the 'Cars at the Capitol' event. HVA photos

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“This bipartisan bill would hold up the American craftsmanship that produced historic motorcycles and cars like the Model T that changed our economy and changed the way we live in such important ways.”

 

Diane Parker, vice president of the Historic Vehicle Association, said, “We are grateful to Senator Peters and Senator Portman for championing the reintroduction of the National Historic Vehicle Register Act.

 

“This bi-partisan legislation would fill a long-neglected gap in recognizing the automobile as part of American technological and engineering legacy, along with its cultural impact over the past 120+ years.”

 

The HVA already has documented 18 vehicles that have become part of the National Register. The most recent are a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray originally owned by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean and a 1966 Volkswagen Microbus used during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and donated by the family of Esau and Janie B. Jenkins to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

“These stories are not just for car guys and girls,” Parker said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. “These are American stories.”

 

We thank The Classic Cars Journal for reprint permission.

 


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