Hemmings Motor News

Hemmings Motor News (HMN) is a monthly magazine catering to traders and collectors of antique, classic, and exotic sports cars. It is the largest and oldest publication of its type in the United States, with sales of 215,000 copies per month, and is best known for its large classified advertising sections. The magazine counts as subscribers and advertisers practically every notable seller and collector of classic cars, including Jay Leno and his Big Dog Garage,[2] and most collector car clubs are included in its directory. The magazine was started by Ernest Hemmings in Quincy, Illinois, in 1954, then purchased by Terry Ehrich, who moved the operation to Bennington, Vermont in the late 1960s. Ehrich published the magazine until his death in 2002. The company was then acquired by American City Business Journals.[3] Hemmings Motor News currently has 100 employees at its Bennington, Vermont headquarters[4].

Starting in 1970, HMN published Special Interest Autos (SIA), a bimonthly periodical focused primarily on American collectible automobiles. From 2000 to 2003, they published the muscle car and hotrod magazine Hemmings Rods and Performance. In 2003, it was relaunched as Hemmings Muscle Machines, with muscle cars as its sole focus.

In 2004, shortly after the release of Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings ended publication of SIA and began to develop its successor, Hemmings Classic Car, launched in October of that year. That was followed in 2005 by Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car.

Hemmings Motor News magazine also contains an approximately 80-page section of editorial content. Content includes coverage of collector-car shows and auctions, sports cars, touring cars, classic cars, pre-war cars and historic racing cars, as well as family-type automobiles.

HMN also sells a large line of calendars, clothing, signs, and other items relating to automobile collecting and memorabilia, and maintains a public display of 25 cars at their headquarters.

Hemmings Motor News
Total circulation
(December 2012)
FounderErnest Hemming
Year founded1954
CompanyAmerican City Business Journals
Based inBennington, Vermont

Hemmings Classic Car

Hemmings Classic Car, published by Hemmings Motor News, is a monthly magazine and successor of Special-Interest Autos, covering the topic of American-built collector cars, targeting enthusiasts, owners, collectors, dealers, restorers and parts manufacturers.

Hemmings Classic Car captures several distinct collector-car audiences in a single publication, with an emphasis on early post-war 1946–1960 American automobiles. Other categories include the pre-1916 Brass era cars, pre-war cars, CCCA-recognized Classic cars, and cars from the 1960s through the early 1980s.

Hemmings Classic Car features photography showcasing these American automobiles at their best. In-construction photographs of the entire restoration process show readers what it takes to produce a concours-quality, show-winning restoration. It is the best-selling old-car magazine in the world.[5]

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, published by Hemmings Motor News, is an automobile enthusiast magazine with content consisting solely of collector cars built outside the U.S. In 2008, it was the fastest growing automotive title in the U.S. In March 2017 Hemmings sent a letter to subscribers of Sports and Exotic Car informing them that the May 2017 issue would be the last, much to the disappointment of their loyal followers. They cited "financial reasons" for the cancellation.

Hemmings Muscle Machines

Hemmings Muscle Machines is a monthly periodical published by Hemmings Motor News focused on the postwar muscle car era. Content includes original cars, restorations, modified cars and new-production muscle cars.

Racing activities

In 1979, a team from Hemmings participated in the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.[6][7] In 1986, the same team of Terry Erich, former BMW factory motorcycle racer Justus Taylor and Hemmings editor-in-chief David Brownell entered the Great American Race,[8] and Hemmings later became a primary sponsor of the race. In 2007, Hemmings ended their participation in what was now called the Great Race, and began participating in the Hemmings Vintage Car Rally.[9] Hemmings' sponsorship of the Great Race resumed in 2011.[10]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Hemmings Blog
  3. ^ "American City to acquire Hemmings Motor News". 15 April 2002.
  4. ^ Hemmings' People in Vermont
  5. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulation 2008 financial year data
  6. ^ Brock Yates (2003). Cannonball! World's Greatest Outlaw Road Race. Motorbooks International. ISBN 0-7603-1633-3.
  7. ^ ’’Special Interest Autos’’ #52, ISSN 0049-1845
  8. ^ ’’Special Interest Autos’’ #96, ISSN 0049-1845
  9. ^ Hemmings Branson Vintage Rally Archived 2009-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Great Race Launches From Chattanooga On June 11, The Chatanoogan.com, May 16 2011 Archived 2011-09-19 at the Wayback Machine

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Academy of Art University Automobile Museum

The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum is a non-profit museum located in San Francisco, California. The museum serves both as a conservator of automotive history and as a tool for students in the industrial design department at the Academy of Art University, particularly those in the Automotive Restoration program. Forbes has estimated the value of the museum's collection to be $70 million. The museum is accessible for the public by appointment at scheduled times.

American City Business Journals

American City Business Journals (ACBJ) is an American newspaper chain based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ACBJ publishes under 6 brands, which together reach 4 million readers: The Business Journals, which publishes local business news for 43 markets in the United States, Hemmings Motor News, Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily, Inside Lacrosse, AmericanInno, and Bizwomen.com. The company is owned by Advance Publications.

American Underslung

The American Underslung was an American automobile, the brainchild of Harry Stutz and designer Fred Tone, manufactured in Indianapolis from 1905 to 1914 by American Motor Car Company.

Car body configurations

The configuration of a car body is typically determined by the layout of the engine, passenger and luggage volumes. These three volumes can be shared or separate volumes. Often when they are separated, the boundaries are the A-pillar, B-pillar or C-pillar.

Common car body configurations are one-box (eg a van), two-box (eg a hatchback) and three-box (eg a sedan) designs.

Dagmar bumper

Dagmar bumpers (also known as "bullet bumpers") is a slang term for chrome conical shaped bumper guards which began to appear on the front bumper/grille assemblies of certain American automobiles following World War II. They reached their peak in the mid-1950s.

The term is derived from the notable physical attributes of Dagmar, a buxom early 1950s television personality known for low-cut gowns and conical bra cups. She was amused by the tribute.

Don Pilkenton

Don Pilkenton is a car customizer based in Ohio, United States. He has built three cars to win the Ridler Award, in 1993, 1996, and 1999. He was the first builder to win the award three times.The 1993 winner was a 1940 Ford coupé built for Dave Stitzer.George Poteet's 1937 Ford roadster was the 1996 winner. This car would go on to take "America's Most Beautiful Roadster", top prize at the Oakland Roadster Show.In 1999, Pilkenton built a winning 3-window Deuce for Bob Young.In 2007, Pilkenton's custom shop closed.

Dymaxion car

The Dymaxion car was designed by American inventor Buckminster Fuller during the Great Depression and featured prominently at Chicago's 1933/1934 World's Fair. Fuller built three experimental prototypes with naval architect Starling Burgess – using donated money as well as a family inheritance – to explore not an automobile per se, but the 'ground-taxiing phase' of a vehicle that might one day be designed to fly, land and drive – an "Omni-Medium Transport". Fuller associated the word Dymaxion with much of his work, a portmanteau of the words dynamic, maximum, and tension, to summarize his goal to do more with less.The Dymaxion's aerodynamic bodywork was designed for increased fuel efficiency and top speed, and its platform featured a lightweight hinged chassis, rear-mounted V8 engine, front-wheel drive (a rare RF layout), and three wheels. With steering via its third wheel at the rear (capable of 90° steering lock), the vehicle could steer itself in a tight circle, often causing a sensation. Fuller noted severe limitations in its handling, especially at high speed or in high wind, due to its rear-wheel steering (highly unsuitable for anything but low speeds) and the limited understanding of the effects of lift and turbulence on automobile bodies in that era – allowing only trained staff to drive the car and saying it "was an invention that could not be made available to the general public without considerable improvements." Shortly after its launch, a prototype crashed after being hit by another car, killing the Dymaxion's driver. Subsequent investigations exonerated the prototype.Despite courting publicity and the interest of auto manufacturers, Fuller used his inheritance to finish the second and third prototypes, selling all three, dissolving Dymaxion Corporation and reiterating that the Dymaxion was never intended as a commercial venture. One of the three original prototypes survives, and two semi-faithful replicas have recently been constructed. The Dymaxion was included in the 2009 book Fifty Cars That Changed The World and was the subject of the 2012 documentary The Last Dymaxion.

In 2008, The New York Times said Fuller "saw the Dymaxion, as he saw much of the world, as a kind of provisional prototype, a mere sketch, of the glorious, eventual future."


A fastback is an automotive styling feature where the rear of the car has a single slope from the roof to the rear bumper.Some models (such as the Ford Mustang) have been specifically marketed as a fastback, often to differentiate the model from other body styles (e.g. coupe models) in the same model range.

Ford Pygmy

The Ford Pygmy is the pilot vehicle submitted by Ford in response to the U.S. Army's requirement for a "light reconnaissance and command car" during the military buildup prior to World War II, which later became better known as the World War II jeep.

The Pygmy is the only known survivor of the original pilot vehicles tested by the Army.

Ford Thunderbird (second generation)

The second generation Ford Thunderbird (AKA Square Bird) was produced by Ford for the 1958 to 1960 model years as a successor to the popular 1955-1957 two-seater. In response to Ford-conducted surveys two major changes were made to attract potential buyers: two rear seats were added and the level of luxury and features of a full-sized car were incorporated into a mid-size platform.

As a result, sales soared and the new model dramatically expanded the personal luxury car market, winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1958. Over 200,000 units were produced in its three-year model run, quadruple that of the two-seater in its three-year span.

Along with the 1958 Lincolns, the 1958 Thunderbird was the first Ford Motor Company vehicle designed with unibody construction.

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is a form of engine and transmission layout used in motor vehicles, where the engine drives the front wheels only. Most modern front-wheel-drive vehicles feature a transverse engine, rather than the conventional longitudinal engine arrangement generally found in rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel drive vehicles.

Hagerty Insurance Agency

Hagerty Insurance Agency, styled just Hagerty, is an insurance company specializing in classic car insurance based in Traverse City, Michigan, in the United States. The company is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. They have also been recognized as "largest insurance agency for collector cars in the United States."


Hemmings is a surname, and may refer to:

David Hemmings

Deon Hemmings

Eddie Hemmings (cricketer)

Eddie Hemmings (rugby league)

Fred Hemmings

Guy Hemmings

Luke Hemmings

Myra Hemmings

Nolan Hemmings

Tony Hemmings

Trevor Hemmings

Zahra Hemmings

Zeby Hemmings

Aamina Hemmings

Vivek Hemmings

Jerimiah Hemmings

Shay Hemmings

Jacobsen Manufacturing

Jacobsen Manufacturing produced lawn mowers and light-duty tractors in the United States from the early 1920s until around 1975. The name is still used by Textron

Lancia Flat-4 engine

The Lancia Flat-4 engine is an aluminum, pushrod flat-four (boxer) engine made by Lancia for the Flavia from 1960 through 1984. Though it was a pushrod engine, it was advanced for the time. The pushrod version of the Lancia boxer was only ever used in the Flavia, and its derivatives including the Lancia 2000. In 1976, a new overhead cam engine based on a similar layout was designed and brought into production in 2 and 2.5-litre displacements for the Gamma.

Lycoming Engines

Lycoming Engines is a major American manufacturer of aircraft engines. With a factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming produces a line of horizontally opposed, air-cooled, four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines including the only FAA-certified aerobatic and helicopter piston engines on the market.

The company has built more than 325,000 piston aircraft engines and powers more than half the world's general aviation fleet, both rotary and fixed wing. Lycoming is an operating division of Avco Corporation, itself a subsidiary of Textron.

Mercury Cyclone

Mercury Cyclone is an automobile that was marketed by the Mercury division of Ford from 1964 to 1971. Introduced in 1964 as the Mercury Comet Cyclone, the Cyclone replaced the S-22 as the performance-oriented version of the Mercury Comet model line. The Cyclone became a distinct nameplate for the 1968 model year, as the Mercury Montego was phased in to replace the Comet.Within Mercury, the Cyclone was slotted between the Cougar pony car and the Marquis/Marauder full-size two-doors. Though largely overshadowed by the Cougar, the Cyclone was positioned as a muscle car, representing the Mercury brand in racing.

Four generations of the Cyclone were produced, with production ending after the 1971 model year. For the 1972 model year, the Cyclone returned as an option package for the Montego; only 30 examples were produced. Within the Mercury line, the Cyclone was not directly replaced. The Cougar XR7 was repackaged as a personal luxury version of the Montego for 1974.

Theodore Wells Pietsch II

Theodore Wells Pietsch II (September 23, 1912, Baltimore, Maryland ‒ August 24, 1993, Everett, Washington) was an American automobile stylist and industrial designer who, with little formal education, managed to launch a career in automobile design that took him over a period of 38 years to nearly every major automobile company in the nation.

Thor (motorcycles)

Thor was an American manufacturer of motorcycles and motorcycle parts especially engines, founded in 1901 in Aurora, Illinois. From 1901 to about 1907 it made engines under license for Indian motorcycles of Connecticut, which Thor was also allowed to sell on the open market. Thor also sold a large variety of parts and when the agreement finally ended, entered the motorcycle market on its own selling complete bikes until about 1920. Some of its success were supplying engines to many motorcycle manufactures of the period, some record setting bikes in the early 1910s, and V-Twin engine with automatic valves.

Although Thor motorcycles ceased production, it continued as a brand of household appliances by the parent Aurora Automatic Machinery Company which survived. Aurora Automatic Machinery Company had previously made cast metal parts in the late 1800s including bicycle parts.

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