Welcoming Tabetha Hammer to AAT

Recently, an exciting change has taken place in America’s Automotive Trust— Tabetha Hammer has been appointed CEO and President of the Trust. AAT has several member organizations, including LeMay– America’s Car Museum, RPM Foundation, America On Wheels Museum, Concours Club and Club Auto Powered by Hagerty.

“Our goal to preserve and to celebrate car culture is in good hands with Tabetha,” said Trust Chairman, Michael Towers. “She has performed well in numerous capacities on our Board of Directors since 2016. Her passion, knowledge and expertise are key to achieving our goals to honor and expand America’s automotive heritage.”

Hammer, a 2009 graduate of McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration program, has always been captivated by vehicles of all types. Her passion for collector vehicles and restoration started with antique tractors when, in high school, she participated in the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. She won the National Grand Championship in 2003– becoming the first female to win the Championship— and went on to win it again the following year.

Tabetha has been active in the collector vehicle community most of her life. She served a three-year Board of Directors term with the Antique Automobile Club of America, competed in several Hemming’s Great Race time-speed-distance rallies, and has worked closely with the Historic Vehicle Association. In addition, she has judged at numerous Concours d’Elegance events. In her spare time, she enjoys time under the hood and behind the wheel of her 1973 Mini, or any other fun car, and tinkering with and riding her all-original 1964 Suzuki K-11 motorcycle.

“I can’t think of work more exciting and meaningful to me than that of America’s Automotive Trust,” Hammer stated. “I’ve been fortunate to work with many enthusiastic people and organizations to bring recognition and relevancy to collector vehicles and our amazing automotive heritage. I have seen first-hand the value of what America’s Automotive Trust is doing. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to work closely with our member entities, donors and partners for the greater good of all.” 

“What an amazing story. Tabetha progressed from a barnyard tinkerer in Colorado to a national award winner. Then from college student and RPM Foundation grant recipient to a Board Member,” says America’s Automotive Trust Vice Chair and former CEO, David Madeira. “She is now on to the CEO role. I’ve been impressed by Tabetha’s passion and successes over the last decade and could not be more excited for her– or us– in this next step forward.” 

The Great Race Joins with the RPM

RPM Foundation, a member of America’s Automotive Trust, is proud to announce that they have joined forces with the Great Race! RPM will work with the Great Race to administer their X-Cup Grants, Scott Henderson X-Cup Scholarship Awards, and the new X-Cup Team Choice Award.  

The Great Race is a timed, controlled-speed, endurance rally based on precision driving and  navigational skills in classic, antique, and vintage automobiles covering exciting routes like the  historic Route 66. Their student division, known as the X-Cup, is designed for High School,  Technical School, College and qualified Youth Group Teams to compete in this special Division of  the Great Race.  

“X-Cup has provided the youth of America the opportunity to learn first-hand about vintage  vehicles and to travel to every corner of the United States and parts of Canada while involved in  friendly competition,” Great Race Director Jeff Stumb said. “We are proud to join forces with RPM  to make the program even better and to reach new groups of young people giving them the chance  to earn scholarships and to broaden their horizons by traveling to new places in old cars.” 

“The RPM Foundation is honored to be a part of the Great Race,” says RPM Interim Director Nick  Ellis. “The X-Cup Division’s goal of introducing young people to the precision, ingenuity, and  teamwork necessary to compete in this vintage car rally fits in perfectly with RPM’s goal of  identifying and inspiring the next generation of restoration professionals.” 

Funding possibilities and awards for X-Cup participants are: 

X-Cup Grants: Each qualified X-Cup Team will be given a $1000 debit card at the starting  line in San Antonio. This may be used to cover fuel, food and other necessary X-Cup Team  expenses. 

Scott Henderson X-Cup Scholarship Awards: Qualified Team members are eligible for  advanced automotive education scholarships. 

Team Choice Award: NEW for 2021, at the conclusion of Great Race each X-Cup Team  will vote for their choice of one qualified X-Cup Team which best exemplifies the student spirit of X-Cup and qualities of sportsmanship it represents. The winning Team’s Institution  will be awarded a cash grant to help further their automotive programs. 

The 2021 Great Race route begins in San Antonio, TX and follows a 2,000 mile route through  Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina before finishing in Greenville, SC, where the  RPM Foundation will be on hand to announce the X-Cup Division Winners, Scholarship Awards,  and Team Choice award. To find out more about the X-Cup, visit www.greatrace.com/x-cup. 

America’s Automotive Trust

The Future of America’s Automotive Heritage


“It’s important that vintage and modern collectible vehicles continue to be restored, driven and enjoyed,” says David Madeira, CEO of the new not-for-profit America’s Automotive Trust. The work of AAT, which was announced this summer, will be to ensure that “our nation’s automotive legacy is celebrated” and that the skills and knowledge necessary to sup-port the future of the collector community are transferred to the next generation.According to Madeira, AAT has four founding institutions: Le-May – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto and Concours Club. He emphasizes that collaboration in strategic planning and programs reduces redundancies and facilitates the first concerted efforts to secure America’s automotive heritage. He adds that organizations interested in preserving America’s automotive legacy are welcome to join and benefit from AAT’s capabilities.Each of the founding organizations has a distinct role within AAT as part of the Trust’s larger heritage effort, as outlined by Madeira:

  • LeMay – America’s Car Museum: ACM is the repository for automotive treasures and a gathering place for enthusiasts, with educational programs for all ages, rotating exhibits and events.
  • RPM Foundation: Formerly known as the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, the foundation helps accelerate the growth of the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen through formal training and mentorship.
  • Club Auto: Promoting America’s automotive legacy to a broader audience, Club Auto produces driving days, race events, track days and other activities for enthusiasts of collectible and modern vehicles.
  • Concours Club: Members of this high-level philanthropic organization are the ambassadors and advisers to the Trust, and are essential to ensuring a vibrant future for auto enthusiasts

“By creating an alliance of like-minded organizations, our vi-sion for continuing America’s rich automotive pastime can have a greater impact on the millions of collector car enthusi-asts around the globe,” concludes Madeira. “A coalition … is vital to securing America’s automotive heritage and building an endowment to support those that share in that vision.”


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