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Patrice Banks Women's Automotive History

PATRICE BANKS

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Patrice Banks was a 30-something-year-old, accomplished engineer at DuPont, pulling in a six-figure income, yet she was frustrated by the intimidation she felt when a 19-year old guy at the oil change shop pressured her to buy a new air filter which she was unsure if she needed. Upon finding that there were no female…

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Damsels of Automotive Design

DAMSELS OF DESIGN Women’s Automotive History

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After WWII, automobile manufacturers began to hire more women to design cars, mostly for interior aesthetics, to help make cars more marketable to postwar suburban households with two-car garages. The most well-known group of ladies was called Harley Earl’s Damsels of Design, at General Motors. The twelve “Damsels” were Gere Kavanaugh, Jeanette Linder, Ruth Glennie,…

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Morgan CLU 81

A Love Story & a Morgan

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Like humans, most vehicles are created full of potential. With the patina of age, automobiles develop personalities imbued by their owners and earned through shared experiences. The cars at the Automobile Driving Museum all have stories. The Automobile Driving Museum’s 1935 Morgan Three-Wheeler, License Plate CLU 81 In March, 2021, the Automobile Driving Museum was…

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Shirley Muldowney Women's History

SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY

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Shirley Muldowney, American Top Gas, Funny Car, and match racer, was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won 18 NHRA national events. She was the first person to win two and three of drag racing’s most prestigious titles, Top Fuel, back-to-back.…

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The Rosies

ROSIE THE RIVETER

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Rosie is known today as the woman in the “We Can Do It” poster used by feminists to symbolize a woman’s capabilities. The artist, J. Howard Miller used Naomi Parker Fraley as a model for the Pentagon’s propaganda poster in 1943. But you may not know that all women in the WW2 workforce, recruited to…

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Bertha Benz

BERTHA BENZ – Women’s History Month

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Bertha was a financial supporter of Karl Benz. By marrying him, by law, she gave up her claim to the investment, but she continued to back his company enthusiastically and financially. Together they built the first car, the Patent Motorwagen, in 1885. However, the public generally did not see the use in the horseless carriage.…

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Florence Lawrence Women's Automotive History

FLORENCE LAWRENCE – Women’s Automotive History

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Florence Lawrence was known as “The First Movie Star”. Early movies were shown without credits to the actors, and she was the first actress to be named on-screen.  She was also an avid automobile enthusiast. Like many of us today, she was frustrated by the inability to know when drivers in front of her were…

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Alice Huyler Ramsey Womens History

ALICE HUYLER RAMSEY

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The first woman to drive across the United States, and be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, was housewife Alice Huyler Ramsey.  In 1909 she was 22 years old, and she drove 3,800 miles from New York City to San Francisco. Only 152 miles of the journey were on paved roads, and there were…

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Muscle Car Show El Segundo ADM

The Biggest Muscle Car Show of the Year at the ADM

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One of the Biggest Muscle Car Shows in California The Automobile Driving Museum hosted one of our biggest car shows on February 20th, 2021. Over 300 cars and 1000+ spectators came out to celebrate Muscle Car Culture at the ADM in the beautiful city of El Segundo. Attendees came from all over Los Angeles and…

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Will Lark PhD Black History

WILL LARK, PhD – Black History Month

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While receiving his Masters at the MIT Media Arts & Sciences Laboratory, William Lark Jr. was a principal designer of the City Car: a shared, electric vehicle that adapts to the driver, road and the city.   The folding car was designed to be used similarly to bike-sharing technology. Time magazine named it an Invention…

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Garret Morgan Black History

GARRETT MORGAN – Black History Month

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Garrett Augustus Morgan owned a sewing machine company in Cleveland. He invented the gas mask, and rescued victims trapped in a tunnel under Lake Eerie. In 1923, after witnessing a horrific traffic accident, he designed a three-position electric traffic signal system. General Electric paid him $40,000 for the invention. Here is a very informative video…

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Charlie Wiggins Black History

Charlie Wiggins – Black History Month

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Born in 1897, Charlie Wiggins started his life with cars as a shoe-shine boy in front of an automotive repair shop. He was eventually invited inside to help work on cars. In 1917 when white American soldiers shipped out for the First World War, Charlie became a chief mechanic. During the 1920s Charlie Wiggins moved…

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Alicia Boler Davis

ALICIA BOLER-DAVIS – Black History Month

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Alicia Boler-Davis started at General Motors as a manufacturing engineer and soon became the first black woman to become a plant manager there. She has also served as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. She noted, “There were not a lot of people who looked like me, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t do it.”…

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Fredrick Patterson Black History Month

Charles Richard Patterson – Black History Month

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Charles Richard Patterson was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation. After escaping to freedom in Greenfield, Ohio, he learned the skills of a blacksmith and worked in the carriage-making trade. Eventually, he became a prominent and respected citizen of his town, and sole proprietor of C.R. Patterson & Sons, which became the only African American owned and operated…

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Ed Welburn Black History Month

ED WELBURN Black History Month

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With an interest in automotive design spurred from a visit to see the Cadillac Cyclone concept car at the 1958 Philadelphia International Auto Show, Ed Welburn advanced from General Motors brand design studios to become the sixth Head of Design at GM. In 1987, he managed the creation of the Oldsmobile Aerotech concept car which…

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Tia Norfleet

TIA NORFLEET – Black History Month

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Born in 1986, Shauntia Latrice “Tia” Norfleet’s interest in racing is said to have been sparked at age 7 when her father, NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet, doubled the battery power on her Hot Wheels Barbie car, increasing its speed. Tia Norfleet went on to compete in kart racing events, drag racing, and Bandolero car racing…

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Corporate Event Space Rental In El Segundo Show Room Floor

How To Plan the Coolest Corporate Event

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Every business looking to build long-lasting relationships needs to know the intricacies of throwing an incredible corporate event. Given that 48% of event planners start the planning phase 6-12 months in advance, you need to understand the elements of event management to throw a cool corporate event. These elements include research, planning, design, evaluation, and coordination.  Breaking…

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50s themed wedding

The Benefits of Having a Themed Wedding

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Did you know that over 50% of Americans get married each year? Are you planning to get married soon, too? Marriage is a special milestone in our lives. That’s why you must work hard to ensure that it’s memorable, fondly remembering it for the rest of your days. But without professional help, you won’t know what to…

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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private Event Venue to Rent

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Private Event Venue to Rent

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When hosting a private event, one of the major things to consider is where you are going to host it. Choosing the right venue is critical in ensuring that your event is going to be a successful one.  Securing the ideal venue for your function should be top of your list, regardless of whether you…

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Classic Car Rental

Vintage Car vs. Limousine Rental: Which is Best?

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Couples spend an average of $800 on wedding transportation. Why not use that money toward something truly unique with a vintage car rental for wedding transportation instead of a limo? Renting a limo is the classic option, but a vintage car gives you and your wedding guests a unique experience. Before booking your wedding transportation, consider the pros…

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Corvettes, Model Ts, and Hot Wheels Any Color You Want

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  Can’t make it to the Hot Wheels Garage events at the Automobile Driving Museum because you’re staying safe at home? We have a solution for the boredom that may ensue! Print out these coloring pages for the young and the young at heart. Just right-click on the image you want, then hit “print.” The…

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1926 Pontiac Rental

What Is a Speakeasy Party: 9 Tips for a Flappers 1920s Theme Party

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If you remember watching the movie, “Midnight in Paris,” you’ve seen the flappers in a speakeasy party during the 1920s. Velvet and satin gloves. Long feather boas. Sequin and shimmery fabrics, and stringed pearls of every length. Those were the days of the Roaring Twenties. Men like Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald wore three-piece suits, derby hats, and…

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Wife Surprises Husband at Cruise-In!

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Wife surprises husband at Cruise-In with a very special gift! Photo Credit: CarShowSafari.com Cruise-Ins at the Automobile Driving Museum are always full of great surprises, and this month was no exception. Especially for unsuspecting Mr. Ron Washington. His wife, Mrs. Katie Washington, brought him to the June 27th Cruise-In at the museum for his 40th…

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Event Space Rental in El Segundo

Unique Event Space Rental in El Segundo CA

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The perfect unique event space rental for weddings, birthday parties, Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, and corporate gatherings in El Segundo California and surrounding Los Angeles Areas! Looking to host your special event in a unique venue space that everyone will love? Check out our event space rental that is located in a classic car museum filled…

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