It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the joint conference of the World Forum for Motor Museums and the National Association of Automobile Museums.
This international event was originally conceived with the objective of sharing knowledge, to create exceptional possibilities for networking and learning among our automotive peers. This opportunity to spend time with colleagues and discuss and debate key issues is unparalleled, as is the quality of this year’s inspirational program.
We all share the theme of this year’s conference: “The Future of the Past is Collaboration,” and for Revs Institute, this is truly pertinent to our undertaking: to encourage the study and preservation of these important cultural artifacts for generations to come.
Revs Institute’s mission is to advance the study and celebration of the automobile: past, present, and future. We aim to foster a new level of understanding of the car, not only as a technological device, but also as an agent for social and economic change, worthy to be considered among the masterpieces of human creativity.
We are pleased to announce a great line-up of esteemed, globally renowned faculty, to include many old friends and some new ones. We are immensely grateful to all speakers who are generously sharing their expertise. The conference sessions are filled with new insights into museum technology, outreach, and collaborative efforts. Some sessions will be recorded and made available after the conference.
Our Revs Institute staff and volunteers are honored and excited to have made this conference possible, and we thank them for their dedication and accomplishment.
You are welcome to visit the galleries, which house a collection of over 100 historical, exceptional automobiles that meet rigorous standards for importance, rarity and technical, aesthetic or social significance. Please join the behind-the-scenes tours of our unique workshop, parts department, library, and digitization spaces. You will be invited to observe in building and running cars. We look forward to joining you on the sunset dinner cruise aboard the Naples Princess and visiting the famous Edison-Ford Winter Estates.
We extend our grateful thanks to all our many sponsors who have brought you this exciting conference. Special thanks to Sparks, Hagerty, Intercity Lines, Softrim, Big Sea, Collier AutoMedia, MediaPreserve, Konica Minolta, Aldecor Custom Framing, OCLC, CoLibri, and Springshare.
We are incredibly proud to welcome you here, and look forward to spending these valuable hours, sharing insights and enjoying your company.
Miles C. Collier
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all delegates to the 16th World Forum.
The 2022 Forum at the Revs Institute in Naples Florida promises to be one of the most successful in recent years.
The World Forum for Motor Museums arose out of a proposal by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and Michael Ware, Director of the National Motor Museum in summer 1988. They proposed a gathering of museum directors and curators that specifically collected and displayed road transport vehicles as their main objective. The initial aim was to encourage networking, discussion and problem solving under the auspices that a problem shared is not only a problem halved but often a problem solved.
It is unfortunate that with the advent of the internet and the world wide web combined with improved methods of electronic communication mean that this type of conference is becoming less and less popular. However, we at the Secretariat at the Forum are convinced that there is more to a conference than just attending talks and lectures. We have found that more is achieved outside of the lecture room when we network with our fellow delegates, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
Many a problem has been solved during discussions over dinner and yes, even breakfast, so it is vitally important to us that there are several opportunities to network both in the lecture hall and during our well-planned breaks and visits.
It is a great truism that the best way of learning is to incorporate it into play as well as in the classroom. What we offer here is the opportunity to do both in abundance.
To this end Mark Vargas and his team at the Revs Institute has put together an astounding forum where we can all take the opportunity to relax into one of the best learning and truly International networking opportunities available anywhere in the World. I look forward to meeting you all.
Michael Penn CEI Tech Eng ITE, SAHB
Welcome to the 2022 annual conference of the National Association of Automobile Museums held in conjunction with the World Forum for Motor Museums.
Our theme this year, “The Future of the Past is Collaboration,” is a perfect fit for our partnership with the World Forum. The annual conference provides us with our best opportunity to renew old acquaintances and create new friendships as we come together to share our knowledge and achievements.
From these connections comes collaboration, on formal projects and informal consultations. These collaborations make our institutions more effective in pursuit of our respective missions as we work together to produce programs, exhibitions, and publications that meet the highest standards of professional excellence. We are also able to celebrate automotive museums as valuable cultural institutions in our communities.
We’re grateful to Mark Vargas and the team at the Revs Institute for hosting us, and for working to put together an outstanding schedule of sessions and activities.
President, National Association of Automobile Museums