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The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation

ISBN 9781032083315
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
408 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, this 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, this volume should be essential reading for both academics and practitioners with an interest in automobiles, cultural heritage, and preservation.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Foreword by Alfieri Maserati

Driven Heritage: Introduction, by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark

Part I: 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 II: 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's 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 III: The Future of the Automotive Museum

Chapter 10: Motor 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 IV: The Significance of Experiencing Intangible Automotive Heritage

Chapter 14: Sociologizing Automotive Heritage: Traditions of Automobile Folklore and the Challenges of Risk Society, by Tomasz Burzynski

Chapter 15: What Moves Us: Differences in Cultural Attitudes toward Automotive Preservation and Use between Scandinavia and the United States, by Katya O. Sullivan

Chapter 16: Pebble Beach and Barrett-Jackson: The Nexus of Automobile 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 in 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 V: 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 VI: 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

Chapter 27: Heritage Driven: Conclusion by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark


Afterword by Diane Fitzgerald and William Hall


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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 affects regional, national, and multinational 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 with his family in South Carolina, where his primary mode of transportation is a bicycle.

Jennifer Clark is the 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), the author of Aborigines and Activism (2008) and The American Idea of England, 1776-1840 (2013), and the editor, with Adele Nye, of Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (2018). She is currently researching social histories of Holden.