America’s Automotive Trust Announces Affiliation with The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and brings America On Wheels Museum on as Member Entity
TACOMA, Wash. (January 27, 2021) – America’s Automotive Trust announces major affiliations that provide it with important East Coast partners. At its recent Executive Committee Meeting, the Trust approved a major agreement to formally affiliate with The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and to bring the America On Wheels Museum into the Trust as one its members along with LeMay—America’s Car Museum and the RPM Foundation.
?We are delighted to formally affiliate with The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage to further our mutual vision to secure America’s automotive heritage’, said David Madeira, Vice Chairman of America’s Automotive Trust. ?That vision is the life passion of Nicola Bulgari, Vice Chairman of Italian luxury retailer, Bvlgari. The Center is testament to his efforts to secure that vision’. Renowned for his collection of American cars, Bulgari has served on the Trust’s Board since 2003 and creating this partnership between the Trust and The NB Center is a culmination of considerable planning and discussion.
?Nicola was delighted when I called him with the news’, said Gary Gartner, Mr. Bulgari’s attorney and Managing Director of The NB Center, ?this agreement affirms his long-held belief that those who care about America’s automotive heritage should cooperate rather than compete. It is why he joined the Trust’s Board years ago, why he created The NB Center, and why he has supported America On Wheels.’
An equally important aspect of the agreement is bringing the America On Wheels Museum into the Trust as a member entity. America On Wheels broad focus on transportation and its strong regional presence in the Mid-Atlantic region provide an important addition to the Trust. ?America On Wheels provides the Trust an important physical presence in the East’, said Madeira, enabling us to more successfully pursue our mission to promote automotive heritage efforts’. Keith Flickinger, AOW’s President, noted that membership in the Trust will also strengthen the America On Wheels’ curatorial, marketing and development efforts ?transforming AOW from a regional museum into part of a national enterprise’.
The Agreement took effect on January 1, 2021 and leadership and staff of the three institutions has begun implementation discussions. The first meeting of the combined Board of Directors will take place later in the month.
America’s Automotive Trust was founded with the goal of securing our automotive heritage for future generations. We bring together like-minded organizations that honor the past, celebrate the present, and drive the future of car culture to make a greater impact. Founding member organizations LeMay – America’s Car Museum, RPM Foundation, Club Auto, and Concours Club work together to foster a strong community where any enthusiast can thrive – from the classroom, to careers, to the open road. America’s Automotive Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.americasautomotivetrust.org.
About The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage
The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage is dedicated to preserving America’s automotive heritage through its commitment to craftsmanship, education, and good stewardship. The NB Center is located on 27 acres in east Allentown, Pennsylvania, on the site of the former Boulevard Drive-In Theater. The campus houses over 150 vintage American automobiles, restoration shops with experienced craftsmen training interns and apprentices, a dedicated track for the ready to-be driven collection, and the Historic Vehicle Association’s National Laboratory. The NB Center collection of automobiles is also shared with enthusiasts at public car shows and events, as well as by loan to various institutions.
About America On Wheels
The America On Wheels Museum inspires and educates multi-generational audiences by exploring history. Travel is adventure, visit America On Wheels based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The entertaining and educational venue tells the story of the past, present and future technologies of the automotive industry and introduces the joys, benefits, and need to preserve our historic and iconic vehicles to younger generations. America On Wheels Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.americaonwheels.org.