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To support women in automotive fields, McPherson College senior Abigayle Morgan has started a scholarship named in honor of Denise McCluggage.

I have proposed to create and grow a scholarship campaign in Denise’s honor to be debuted at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this upcoming March. This scholarship will benefit women at McPherson College with an interest and passion for Automotive Restoration, Journalism, Photography, Communications, Media Arts, and/or Writing.

With the help of donors, I aspire to raise enough money to fund the Denise McCluggage Scholarship to support the women of McPherson College for years to come. I am so proud to be involved in a project that will benefit others, even after my graduation”

* In 1955, three unrelated events convinced the AAA to get out of organized racing, creating a vacuum that USAC filled, as Vintage Sprint Cars wrote this week.

There are many dark chapters in the history of auto racing, but few compare to the devastation and tragedy that took place in 1955. In the same season, horrific crashes overshadowed the Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans endurance race, and the world of show business. Over the course of a few months, the world witnessed the ugliest side of racing, pushing many to protest and demand that all forms of racing be outlawed. The public outcry eventually lead to the American Automobile Association (AAA) dissolving the AAA Contest Board, the auto racing arm of the organization, and subsequently leaving the racing world to fend for themselves. This opened the door for the creation of the United States Auto Club (USAC), and immediately caused an unprecedented shift in the hierarchy of power in open wheel racing in the United States.

* This week marked the end of the line for Lordstown, so the Cleveland Plain Dealer dug through its archives and the Cleveland Memory Project’s archives for a photographic history of the plant. (via)

The Lordstown plant, like the rest of the American auto industry, had its ups and downs. But in 2010, it seemed like it had a bright future. It was selected as the location to produce the new, compact Chevy Cruze.

Times have changed. On Wednesday, March 6, the Lordstown plant will cease production, putting about 1,400 in the plant out of work, as well as numerous suppliers. Due to faster-than-anticipated production, the cessation will take place two days ahead of schedule.

* Speaking of plant closings, the CBC also looked back on the closing of the Hamilton, Ontario, Studebaker plant, which took place 53 years ago this month.

When the plant closed, the final vehicles manufactured there were trucked away with a proud banner proclaiming the creation of “more Studebakers from Hamilton for the world.”

With the closing of the Hamilton plant, “the Studebaker became a classic car,” Copps said.

The plant closure also put nearly 700 people out of work.

* Finally, Andy Hylton’s The Scooterists promises a look at the U.K. scooter scene of today. Note the “I am not a Mod” sticker in the trailer above. (via)

A forthcoming film in production about the U.K. scooter scene, The Scooterists focuses on the theme of scootering being a ‘way of life’ — looking at the history and bringing it up to date with the current scene. This film delves into the world of scootering at its roots and is told passionately by those who ride them. The Scooterists celebrates everything scooter — the lifestyle, the music, and the oil! The movement that’s still moving.