Hermanus is usually a destination known for whale watching, but on 26 September 2009, all eyes will be on the gleaming vehicles at the Whales n Wheels 2009. As a part of the Hermanus Whale Festival, this spectacular auto show brings the past to life with over two hundred and ninety vintage vehicles, veteran tractors and motorcycles from a bygone era. Car dealerships will also have some of their latest contributions to the motoring industry on display, allowing those in attendance to take a walk from the 1920’s into the present.
More information in regard to the show and the line up for the day, is available of the shows’ website at http://www.whalesandwheels.com/.
Date: 26 September 2009
Venue: Hermanus Primary School
Country: South Africa
One of the most notable awards in the automotive industry is the Automotive Executive of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. The award publicly recognizes excellence in automotive leadership from OEM executives and this year Carroll Shelby joined a long list of notable past winners.
Carroll Shelby, a design innovator and racing legend, was presented with the much esteemed award at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) on 16 April 2008. Shelby was very pleased to receive the award and he highlighted his partnership with Ford Motor Co. during the course of his acceptance speech. It was Shelby’s collaboration with Ford Motor Co. in recent years that brought about the resurrection of the Ford Shelby GT500KR. The award is sponsored by the AIAG and DNV Certification.
From replies Shelby made to the many questions he received, it is easy to see that he looks to the future of automotive design rather than the past. His passion for his job was clearly evident and he seemed to indicate that Ford and Shelby Automobiles had a number of plans to bring back some of the legendary cars of the past. He also called hybrid technology a ‘stop-gap’ and told the audience that Shelby would never have a hybrid car. He also commented on his belief that America would go on to enjoy a successful future in the automotive industry.
However cars are not the only thing that Shelby is passionate about. Shortly after having a heart transplant almost fifty years ago, Shelby started the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundationâ„¢. The foundation has since provided much needed coronary and renal assistance to disadvantaged children.
Shelby goes on to join a list of excellent Automotive Executive of the Year Award winners. The award was instated in 1964 and has been won by Rick Wagoner, Jim Press, Bill Ford, Roger Smith, Harold E. Poling, Jr., Dieter Zetsche, Lee Iacocca, John DeLorean, Henry Ford II and Robert Eaton. The award ceremony was attended by more than 200 leaders in the automotive industry. Meanwhile, Shelby will not rest on his laurels but instead looks forward to an exciting future in the field.
One of the prime international auto shows in the world, the 2008 NAIAS, is set to take place from Saturday 19 January through to Sunday 27 January 2008. Companies in the automotive industry will have the opportunity to attend a preview of this much anticipated auto show on Wednesday 16 January and Thursday 17 January 2008, before it is opened to the general public.
The NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) started way back in 1907 as the Detroit Auto Show, which was a regional event with seventeen exhibitors. Over the years since then the show has grown to be an international world class event with more than 60 exhibitors representing well respected manufacturers and suppliers in the auto industry. The NAIAS has grown in popularity among auto enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to attend this well organized event.
Auto racing fans are no doubt looking forward to the Sprint Racing Day which is scheduled for Friday 25 January 2008 as part of the NAIAS. Auto racing drivers that will be present to sign autographs include American Le Mans Series driver Bryan Herta, IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle. Racing enthusiasts, young and old, can experience the thrill of auto racing while testing their driving skills in one of four three-quarter scale racing car simulators. Fans can expect to see exclusive video footage of the exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. There will be plenty of giveaways and a number of surprise appearances by some of the auto racing industry’s top drivers. Car displays will be put on by several top automotive manufacturers. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series racing leagues will be represented in this motor sport celebration.
The NAIAS Automotive Education Day hosted by State Farm Insurance is scheduled for Wednesday 23 January starting at 8:30 am. The program will provide high school students with a unique opportunity to explore career paths within the auto industry.
There will be a number of contests running throughout the 2008 NAIAS including a photo contest, poster contest and the innovative “Courageous Persuaders” – a contest where high school students produce a video highlighting the growing problem and dangers of underage drinking. The judges of the competition include middle school students, thereby exposing them to responsible role models, sending a meaningful message.
With so much on offer for every member of the family, whether they are auto racing fans or not, the 2008 NAIAS is an event that should not be missed.