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SAE 2006 World Congress Pays Tribute to Automotive History

TROY, Mich., March 29, 2006 - The SAE 2006 World Congress will feature 200 technical sessions on automotive engineering technology – 199 on its future and one on its history.

The historical session, “Glimpses of Automotive History:  Pioneers, Products, Powerplants and Paints,” will present a collection of research papers on the people and inventions that defined the industry.

The session, conducted by SAE International’s history committee, is Tuesday, April 4 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at  Cobo  Center, Detroit.  The five papers to be presented are:

·            The Postwar Car: Its Anticipation and the Reality by James K. Wagner

·            The Two Henrys: Henry Leland and Henry Ford and How They Shaped Modern Michigan by Robert D. Elton

·            The First Century of Automotive Coatings: The Only Constant is Change by Robert R. Matheson

·            Historic Episodes in the First Half-Century of Turbocharging by Charles A. Amann

·            Historical Development of Fuel Cells by Peter Faguy

The committee will also host a booth on the show floor displaying a World War I liberty engine from the  Selfridge  Military  Air  Museum and a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder convertible.

SAE International’s history committee was reorganized in 2004 to encourage the research and presentation of historical materials at SAE events and other appropriate venues.  The committee is led by SAE Foundation Director Vern Meury, Chair Barbara Fronczak, Vice Chair Elton and Secretary Donald C. Siegla.

The SAE 2006 World Congress is a four-day event that annually brings together original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, government officials and academic professionals from around the world to create an international forum providing value-added opportunities to exchange business and technical knowledge for advancing the passenger-car and light-truck industry.

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