WASHINGTON - The National Automobile Dealers Association found a place in history last week.
The association made its first ever cultural grant for an exhibit at the National Museum of American History that depicts the history of the family car. NADA donated $35,000 to fund 'The Family Car' exhibit, which began Saturday, June 21, and continues through Sept. 1.
'This is positive for NADA. So many times, the industry gets painted with a black brush. It is important for people to know what automobiles have meant to the country,' said Paul Holloway, president-elect of NADA and president of Dreher-Holloway Inc. (Buick-Pontiac-Chevrolet-Oldsmobile- Mercedes-BMW-Cadillac) in Exeter, N.H. Holloway said NADA intends to make more cultural grants to other causes.
A large banner over the door of the museum and an acknowledgement on a pillar on the floor of the exhibit hall credit NADA for its contribution.
The exhibit features classic cars, such as a 1929 Oakland sedan and 1928 Gilkie tent trailer in a re-creation of a family trip to Yellowstone National Park; a 1955 Ford Country Squire station wagon at a drive-in movie; and a family shopping trip in a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.