2012 Hagley Car Show

1940s Ford pickup truck at the 2012 Hagley Car Show

On Sunday, September 16th, I had the privilege of attending the seventeenth annual Hagley Car Show. Held on a gloriously cool and sunny day, the show was a great success, attracting about 5,000 people and a field of over 600 cars. This year’s show focused on a hard-working and much- beloved vehicle that has become an American icon: the pickup truck. This year’s theme proved to be very popular, and a large and diverse contingent of vintage pickup trucks turned up for the show.

Lineup of pickup trucks, including a mockup of Mater from the Pixar movie Cars, at the 2012 Hagley Car Show

In addition to providing automobile enthusiasts with an opportunity to show off their vehicles, the Hagley Car Show presented us with an opportunity to display items from the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection. The Vinson table was set up in front of the library building and exhibited several trade catalogs for a number of pickup trucks, including a few which were present at the show. We also displayed trade catalogs for other types of vehicles that are found in the Vinson Collection.

Trade catalog for the 1957 Ford Ranchero from the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection

Over the course of the day, a number of show attendees stopped by the Vinson table to learn more about the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection. Those who did showed great interest in the collection and were delighted to have the opportunity to look at the various trade catalogs we had on display. We had a great time talking with these automobile enthusiasts and listening to their tales about the vehicles they owned over the years.

If you are interested in learning more about the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection, we strongly encourage you to regularly check back with this blog to see some of the unique and rare items in this collection and to learn about the latest project developments. If you were unable to attend the show but would like to view individual items from the collection, we encourage you to visit the Z. Taylor Vinson Digital Archives Preview on the Hagley Museum and Library’s website.

Kenton Jaehnig is the Project Archivist for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.

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