Gordon Eliot White speaks to the NAAM Conference about his experiences in automotive colle
Speedway Motors and the Museum of American Speed were thrilled to host more than 60 members of the National Association of Automobile Museums for the 2013 NAAM Annual Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Held March 19-22, the 2013 NAAM Conference brought together representatives from more than 35 museums from across the country to further the organization's mission of elevating professionalism in the automobile museum field and creating recognition for its members. The conference included meetings and workshops on an array of topics ranging from creating strategic plans to digital archiving. In addition to touring the world-class Museum of American Speed, conference attendees visited the nearby Strategic Air & Space Museum and an extensive private collection of specialty automobiles.
Award-winning journalist, historian and racing enthusiast Gordon Eliot White, who serves as automotive advisor for the Smithsonian, provided the keynote address at the conference's Friday night banquet. White shared entertaining tales from his career and his automotive pursuits, while reinforcing the value of significant cars and automotive achievements as "mechanical art" and "representations of men and women striving to achieve."
NAAM Conference attendees tour the Museum of American Speed on the Speedway Motors corpora
On Thursday evening, "Speedy" Bill Smith helped welcome guests to the Museum of American Speed, a collection he founded with his wife, Joyce, more than 20 years ago to preserve, interpret and display historically significant racing and automotive items. Smith related stories of how he began collecting automotive parts - even before they were considered historic - simply because he was fascinated by the ingenuity and creativity required to develop and manufacture them. Acquiring racing artifacts and sharing them with others has been a byproduct of his unwavering passion for racing and automotive performance, Smith said.
For more information on the National Association of Automobile Museums and the 2013 Annual Conference, visit naam.museum. For details on the Museum of American Speed and photos from the conference, visit MuseumofAmericanSpeed.com, or check out the museum's Facebook page at facebook.com/MuseumofAmericanSpeed.