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The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation explores automotive heritage, its place in society, and the ways we might preserve and conserve it.
Drawing on contributions from academics and practitioners around the world and comprising six sections, this volume carries the heritage discourse forward by exploring the complex and sometimes intricate place of automobiles within society. Taken as a whole, the book helps to shape how we think about automobile heritage and considers how that heritage explores a range of cultural, intellectual, emotional, and material elements well outside of the automobile body itself. Most importantly, perhaps, it questions how we might better acknowledge the importance of automotive heritage now and in the future.
The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation is unique in that it juxtaposes theory with practice, academic approaches with practical experience, and recognizes that issues of preservation and conservation belong in a broad context. As such, the volume should be essential reading for both academics and practitioners with an interest in automobiles, cultural heritage, and preservation.
About the Author
Barry L. Stiefel is an Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program at the College of Charleston. He is interested in how the sum of local preservation efforts affect regional, national, and multi-national policies as well as preservation education. Recently he has taken an interest in automobiles as a metaphor for rethinking the way we approach the preservation of the built environment. Dr. Stiefel has published numerous books and articles. Originally from southeastern Michigan, where the automobile industry was key to the region’s identity, Dr. Stiefel now resides in South Carolina with his family and where his primary mode of transportation is a bicycle.
Professor Jennifer Clark is Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research areas in automobility include motor museums, roadside memorials and the motoring life. She is the editor of Safe and Mobile (1999), author of Aborigines and Activism (2008), The American Idea of England, 1776-1840 (2013) and editor with Adele Nye of Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (2018). She is currently the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project on the social histories of Holden.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Alfeiri Maserati
Driven Heritage: Introduction, by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark
Part One: Defining Automotive Heritage from Other Forms of Heritage Studies
Chapter 1: Preservation Education and Automotive Heritage: A Holistic Approach, by Barry L. Stiefel
Chapter 2: The Treatment of Historic Automobiles and Buildings: Conservation Charters and Impacts on Practice, by Jeremy C. Wells
Chapter 3: Archaeology and the Automobile, by Miles Collier
Part Two: Conservation and Preservation of Historic Vehicles and Associated Built Environments
Chapter 4: The "Original Car": Conservation, Preservation, and the Dilemma of Mass Production, by Luke Chennell
Chapter 5: Customized Vehicles as Material Culture: A Tale of Two Hot Rods, by Forest Casey
Chapter 6: Thinking before Restoration: Case Studies from France's National Automobile Museum – Schlumpf Collection, by Richard Keller
Chapter 7: Restoring the "Unrestored": New Challenges in the Preservation of Historic Vehicles, by Gundula Tutt
Chapter 8: Made in England: How the British Set the World Standard in Preserving Motorcycle History and Historic Motorcycles, by James J. Ward
Chapter 9: Adaptive Reuse: Parking, Zoning, and Shopping Malls, by Paula Nasta
Part Three: The Future of the Automotive Museum
Chapter 10: Motoring Museums in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, by Pal Negyesi
Chapter 11: Do You Wear White Gloves When Changing a Tire? The Role of Museums in Historic Vehicle Preservation, by Alexander Gates
Chapter 12: Rolling Sculpture: Fine Cars as Fine Art… It’s About Time, by Ken Gross
Chapter 13: A Shared Heritage of Modernity: Telling Inclusive Motoring Stories in the National Motor Museum of Australia, by Jennifer Clark
Part Four: The Significance of Experiencing Intangible Automotive Heritage
Chapter 14: Sociologizing Automotive Heritage: Traditions of Automobile Folklore, by Tomasz Burzyńsk
Chapter 15: What Moves Us: Differences in Cultural Attitudes towards Automotive Preservation and Use between Scandinavia and the United States, by Katya O. Sullivan
Chapter 16: Pebble Beach and Barrett-Jackson: The Nexus of Auotmobile Heritage and Tourism, by Michael V. Conlin and Lee Jolliffe
Chapter 17: Golden Boy in a Brave New World: Mike Hawthorn and Motor Sports Heritage on a Cultural Landscape, by Jonathan Summers
Chapter 18: Car(acter) in Cinematic Culture, by Marcin Mazurek
Chapter 19: Driving in the Dark: Automobilities in Film Noir Landscapes, by Gary Best
Part Five: Car Design and Heritage Identity Making
Chapter 20: Branding an American Icon: Cultural Heritage and the Corvette Community, by Virginia D’Antonio
Chapter 21: Casting Values: Moulding the Israeli National Car, by Doron Oryan
Chapter 22: Driving Patriotism: The Shaping of British Nationalism and Nostalgia in Motor Sport Magazine, by Hernan Tesler-Mabé
Chapter 23: From Hobby to High End via Heritage: Becoming "Bentley", by Elton G. McGoun
Part Six: Sustainable Futures for Personal Mobility
Chapter 24: What Will Remain of Automobilism and Car Culture?: Current Issues of Global and Local Automotive Heritage, by Mathieu Flonneau
Chapter 25: It’s the End of the Car as we Know it: The Transformational Impact of Autonomous Cars, by Anna-Lena Berscheid
Chapter 26: In Search of the Greenest Car: Automobility and Sustainability, by Barry L. Stiefel and Amalia Leifeste
Heritage Driven: Conclusion by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark
Afterword by Restoration, Preservation, Mentorship (RPM) Foundation, by Diane Fitzgerald and William Hall
Biographies of Contributors