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Daily Briefing: Four Wheel Drive Museum hosts open house; Corvettes descend on Bowling Green

Published in blog.hemmings.com

 

Co-Founder William Besserdich on the first four-wheel drive steam vehicle. Photo courtesy of the “FWD Four Wheel Drive Museum” Facebook page. 

The Four Wheel Drive Museum of Clintonville, Wisconsin, will host an event to honor and teach the rich history of the innovative company.

“Four Wheel Drive” in this case refers to the brand by that name, the first marque to patent a four-wheel drive system and one that went on to produce everything from World War I ammunition-transport vehicles to snowplows, firetrucks, and Indy cars.

The event will take place in the museum’s two buildings, one being the original workshop where the four-wheel drive components were designed and built. Visitors will get an in-depth tour of the museum’s vehicles and displays and will hear an oral history of the founders and the brand’s humble beginnings.

Founded by brothers-in-law Otto Zachow and William Besserdich with investment from local attorney Walter A. Olen, the family start-up officially became the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company in 1909, often abbreviated as FWD. The company merged with firetruck manufacturer Seagrave in 1963, and today, continues to produce firetrucks in Clintonsville, Wisconsin, under the name FWD Seagrave.

The event will take place on Saturday August, 10 in Clintonsville, Wisconsin, at the museum’s two locations on East 11th street and East 15th street. For more information, visit Facebook.com/FWD.

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“The first year of Corvette (1953), the 500,000th Corvette, the 1 Millionth Corvette and the 1.5 Millionth Corvette.” Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum.

Corvette owners across the country will come together to form the sixth National Corvette Caravan in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The caravan is unusual, starting in different locations across the United States and Canada, many groups only meeting at the end. The predicted 10,000 Corvette owners will convene in southern Kentucky, at the National Corvette Museum, just across the street from the factory where each and every one of their cars were made. The caravan only happens once every five years, aligning perfectly with the museum’s big anniversaries. This year, the 25th anniversary and sixth caravan conveniently line up with the recent debut of the next-generation C8 Corvette.

Attendees will be treated to a firework show, a concert by Jefferson Starship, touring laps at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, seminars with GM and Corvette designers and engineers, themed dinners, the 2019 Corvette Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and access to a 2,500 square foot “interactive mobile showroom” featuring the new 2020 mid-engine Corvette.

The National Corvette Museum’s 25th anniversary celebration will take place August 28-31 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information on the anniversary celebration, visit CorvetteMuseum.org. For more information on the caravan, visit CorvetteCaravan.com.