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America’s Automotive Trust unites four classic car institutions


The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization's showcase | William Hall photo
The LeMay-America’s Car Museum will serve as the new organization’s showcase | William Hall photo

America’s Automotive Trust, a new non-profit institution to promote, preserve and celebrate America’s automotive tradition, has pulled together four major classic car entities under a single umbrella to share resources and expertise.

The four founding organizations under the new umbrella are:

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum, the country’s largest classic auto collection located in Tacoma, Washington, which will serve as the curatorial repository for the trust.

David Madeira is CEO of the new umbrella group | America's Automotive Trust
David Madeira is CEO of the new umbrella group | America’s Automotive Trust

The RPM Foundation, formerly known as the Hagerty Education Program, which will promote education, vocation and mentorship in the classic car restoration and preservation industry.

Club Auto, which aims to increase and strengthen the collector car community through activities such as tours, track times and social events.

The Concours Club, consisting of major advisors and philanthropists to the trust, whose input will steer and support new group’s efforts. Members will also participate in exclusive international tours and special dining and social events, including an annual summit to address collector community issues.

“It’s important that vintage and modern collectible vehicles continue to be restored, driven and enjoyed,” David Madeira, chief executive of America’s Automotive Trust, said in a news release. “America’s Automotive Trust is committed to ensuring that our nation’s automotive legacy is celebrated and that the skills and knowledge necessary to support the future of the collector community are transferred to the next generation.

“By creating an alliance of like-minded organizations, our vision for continuing America’s rich automotive pastime can have a greater impact upon the millions of collector car enthusiasts around the globe.”

Other museums or organizations are invited to join America’s Automotive Trust, with shared resources as the goal, he added.

“Most importantly, collaboration in strategic planning and programs reduces redundancy of effort and facilitates the first concerted attempt to secure America’s automotive heritage,” Madeira said.

For more information about America’s Automotive Trust, visit the organization website.

William Hall
William Hall
William Hall is a writer, classic car broker and collector based in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He has spent the whole of his professional career in the automotive industry, starting as an auto-parts delivery driver at the age of 16 to working for some of the nation's premier restoration shops. He is a concours judge and a consultant to LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

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