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Auto Hall of Fame Head Wants to Build Tourism

Grandson of Hudson Motor founder says hall needs do more.

by on Sep.15, 2010

Bill Chapin takes a spin on the 1893 replica of the Benz three-wheeler, which normally sits in the Automotive Hall of Fame, but was recently taken out and operated. “That was really exciting,” Chapin said.

Americans have a love affair with their cars that goes back to the creation of the auto industry more than 100 years ago. So it would make sense that they would want to visit the cradle  the automotive industry, Detroit.

But far too many people only think about crime, auto bailouts and bad football when they think of Detroit. They don’t realize Detroit’s role in putting the world on wheels.

That’s where Bill Chapin comes in. As the new president of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Chapin has some ideas about how to get the general public to share his passion for Detroit’s automotive heritage.

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Make History!

AHF is the place to go to learn about the people whose names are on the cars we drive. Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, they’re all there, but so are Honda, Peugeot, Daimler and Ferrari. It’s not as much about the cars as it is about the people who created the automobile, then made it better over the course of history. You can also learn about The Driving Spirit, a theme that describes the unseen force that pushed inventors to think of something better.
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Census Bureau Recognizes Auto Pioneer

GM founder, William Durant, was born today in 1861.

by on Dec.08, 2009

William C. Durant

Durant started making horse-drawn carriages in Flint, Michigan.

We all know what the U. S. Census Bureau does, right? It counts noses.

And those noses, properly scrambled or unscrambled, give marketers targets for selling goods and services, and legions of genealogists clues and info about their ancestors.

But what does it have to do with auto industry?

Perhaps most importantly, the every-ten-years national census ultimately determines how many members of the U. S. House of Representatives there are for each state, and since the number is capped, how they are divided up. States that gain population take Reps away from states that are losing.

So Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois—some of the remaining key domestic-make auto-producing states—are losing population and Sun Belt states are gaining. If Detroit loses a Representative to, say, Arizona, the domestic auto industry will have less a voice in Congress.

All of the above is just to put the Census in perspective for the car guys and gals who read TheDetroitBureau.com, no doubt telling this elite group some things they already knew but probably hadn’t thought about lately. Once again, it’s a “ten” year and the census enumerators will be upon us shortly.

Birthdays, Too!

Birthdays, Too!

Still, we were surprised to see “our” U. S. Census Bureau issue a, gasp, press release today (December 8), extolling this as the birth date of William C. Durant (1861-1947), the super salesman financial wizard who created General Motors in 1908.

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