Stanford Presents - Cars: Past, Present, Future

Silicon Valley seems an unlikely place to be discussing Classic cars, but...
Stanford University Campus
Stanford University is the home of The Rev's Institute's educational arm. They've produced a number of videos regarding Classic cars, which we will feature in a series of posts. A point we have become fully aligned with is Preserving Automotive History...One Car at a Time®, as per the following descriptions of the Institute itself and the Stanford based program.

Preserving Automotive History
The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. is the premier destination to study and explore one of the largest archives of automotive history ever preserved for scholars and connoisseurs alike. Our exclusive collection of the finest vintage automobiles and ever-expanding library of rare books, photographs, documents and ephemera uniquely catalogues the evolution of automobile design and the industry's influence on modern culture.

Realizing Our Vision
The Revs Program at Stanford established a new trans-disciplinary field connecting the past, present and future of the automobile. The program aims to put the automobile at the center of the university and raise the quality of academic discourse at Stanford and beyond. The program fosters an intellectual community, bridging the humanities and fine arts, social sciences, design, science and engineering, and the professions.To realize this vision, the Revs Program at Stanford will:
  • Stimulate research within and across disciplines
  • Provide teaching and learning opportunities across the curriculum and beyond the university
  • Create a highly-accessible knowledge repository that captures information on both specific automobiles and automobiles in general with exacting attention to detail and thorough documentation
  • Forge a vibrant, worldwide discussion among scholars and students, collectors and enthusiasts
For our members, readers and followers who enjoy a more intellectual view of the Collector car "hobby", Jon Summers, an automotive historian, talks about why the automobile is so central to modern life. He discusses automotive heritage and describes how caring about the past can aid the future.

"To secure our automotive future, we must preserve it's past"