FAU to Host Free Classic Car Exhibition at Stadium
Lecture on Economic Impact of Automobile, Showing of ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ also Scheduled
BOCA RATON, FL (March 9, 2012) – A collection of vintage automobiles will be on display at Florida Atlantic University’s new football stadium on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to this family-friendly event, which will also include a lecture titled “The Automobile and the History of Florida,” an exhibition of books containing exquisite illustrations of many generations of cars and a showing of the award-winning feature film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” starring Jeff Bridges. The stadium is located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Food vendors will offer a variety of lunch and snack items for sale.
From 20 to 25 cars provided by members of the Antique Automobile Club of America – Fort Lauderdale Region will be on display, including a 1958 Buick Special Convertible, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, a 1932 Chevrolet Coupe, a 1954 Chrysler Imperial, a 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and a 1951 Mercury.
Students from FAU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science also will be on hand to display two Formula SAE® race cars that they designed, fabricated and built. The students compete in races against other universities around the country.
“Over the years, automobiles have played a very important role in the growth of Florida Atlantic University,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “Our original student body consisted entirely of commuters, and even today the majority of them live off-campus. Through the decades, FAU’s parking lots have been filled with cars of every conceivable kind, and all of them have played a key role in allowing students to earn degrees. The automobile is FAU’s partner in education, and we are proud to host an exhibition showcasing some vintage makes and models. This will be a wonderful event for people of all ages.”
A lecture by FAU economics professor emeritus William E. Stronge titled “The Automobile and the History of Florida” followed by a showing of the film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts on the third floor of FAU’s Wimberly Library. The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas, recounts the true story of maverick car designer Preston Tucker’s ill-fated attempt to launch a revolutionary new American car, the 1948 Tucker Sedan.
“We are delighted to offer this unique exhibition to classic car enthusiasts and the community,” said Arthur Jaffe, founder of FAU’s Jaffe Center for Book Arts. “In addition to the cars on display, we have assembled a superb collection of artists’ books and prints on the subject of automobiles. The exhibition will offer the community an opportunity to view some fantastic automobiles and see the amazing work that FAU’s engineering students are doing in designing and building Formula-style race cars.”
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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.