American Sports Car Culture Topic of Owls Head Talk

By Owls Head Transportation Museum | Apr 12, 2012

On Saturday, April 14, join sports car aficionado, author and historian Richard Knudson for his presentation The Birth of the American Sports Car Culture at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The program begins at 1 pm. Admission is free.

There are those who think that the American fascination with sports cars began after World War II when returning GIs brought home some European cars known for their ability to go fast around corners. In addition these cars featured bucket seats and four-on-the-floor transmissions. American manufacturers picked up on that appeal, and the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird appeared shortly thereafter. But was that the beginning of the American sports car culture? Speaker Richard Knudson makes the case that the movement began a decade earlier in, of all places, Concord, New Hampshire.

Richard Knudson is the most commonly associated with British sports cars, namely MGs. He is the founder of the New England MG T Register, an international organization dedicated to the preservation of vintage MGs.  Knudson is a retired English professor and is also the author of a number of books related to the MG.

The Birth of the American Sports Car Culture is the final program in the 2012 Winter Education Series offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street (off Rt. 73) in Owls Head, just two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org.

 

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