2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

Being more so people who better enjoy looking forward than back , despite being early Twentieth Century automotive industry historians and artifact preservationists, we thought it novel for us to include a "year in review" article to take stock of just some of the major milestone accomplishments of the year that was as it draws to an end.

So many things took place for us that it is hard to decide on a format to conveniently and concisely express it all, but here goes . . .

JANUARY -

                   MotometerCentral achieves one million plus views/hits in its first full year

                   of  operation.

                  MotometerCentral's founder and president, Francis G. Clax was

                   selected as to be a featured speaker at the Society of Automotive Historians

                   (SAH) Eleventh Biennial Conference to be held  April 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

                   MotometerCentral's founder and president, Francis G. Clax was

                   nominated for the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) Carl Benz Award

                   for the "best presentation of automotive history appearing in a periodical for

                   his article that was published in the Antique Automobile Club of America's

                   (AACA) 2015 September/October  Issue of the Antique Automobile magazine. 

                   Francis' article was titled "More Than A Hood Ornament."  This article is

                   available online via the AACA Library & Research Center's website.  Click here,

                   "More Than A Hood Ornament" to view and read the article.

FEBRUARY -

                  Shortly after permitting website customers the opportunity to list their

                  motometer-related items in our CLASSIFIED AD service our first client listed

                  his Marmon - logo BOYCE MOTO-METER.  We are happy to report that the

                  MOTO-METER sold in a few days.

APRIL -

                 Francis was contacted by a wonderful lady, Ginny Cusenza who wanted to

                 donate a motometer that had belonged to her late husband, Frank.  Frank was

                 a devout auto enthusiast who truly lived his passion and interest.  Frank's

                 former motometer was made a permanent member of our permanent

                 collection in his honor.

 

                 MotometerCentral's founder and president, Francis G. Clax gave an

                  extremely well-received presentation on Motometer history as a featured

                  speaker at the Society of Automotive Historians'  (SAH) Eleventh Biennial

                  Conference held  April 14-16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

                  A small but very comprehensive assembly of ultra rare motometers was

                  placed on display for first-hand conference attendee viewing and inspection,

                  including the oldest known surviving example and lone surviving BOYCE

                  MOTO-METER " Jobbers' Salesmen's (Confidential) Selling Data" catalog and

                  several others that best epitomize those manufactured throughout the

                  product's lifecycle to the delight of the crowd.

                  Templar Motors museum owner/operator, Dave Buehler donated a

                  Templar Motors  BOYCE MOTO-METER to Francis.

                 MotometerCentral's motometer collection exhibit at the Antique

                 Automobile Club of America's (AACA) headquarters in Hershey, Pennsylvania

                 drew to a close after a year.

JUNE -

                 MotometerCentral's exclusive newsletter, "The Monitor" launched and was

                 distributed to website subscribers. 

 

                 "The Monitor" is a currently a semi-annual dpublication that furnishes behind-

                 the-scenes insights into the activities of MotometerCentral and motometer

                 collector tips on "How" to build a better (quality) collection among others.

JULY -

                 Francis G. Clax was selected to be a featured speaker at the Historic

                 Vehicle Association's (HVA) 2016 Driving History conference to be held October

                 21-22, 2016 at the newly opened HVA Laboratory in Allentown, Pennsylvania's

                 NB Center for American Automotive Heritage.

AUGUST -

                 MotometerCentral introduced a Video Gallery to its ever evolving website

                 features.

SEPTEMBER -

                 Francis G. Clax was selected to be a featured speaker at the 2016 second

                  annual Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History

                  to be held November 11-12, 2016 at the International Motor Racing Research

                  Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen, New York.

                 The Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium is organized by the IMRRC and the SAH,

                 which recognize the many contributions of the Argetsinger family to auto

                 racing, preservation of its history and heritage including the construction of

                 the Watkins Glen racing facility.

                 On September 29th MotometerCentral lost Martin "Marty" Schultz a

                 highly valued, praised and sorely missed friend and member of our family.

OCTOBER -

                 Francis spoke at the HVA Driving History Conference the theme of which was

                 "Protecting Our Overlooked Automotive Heritage in the Twenty-first Century."

                 The conference was held on October 21-22, 2016 at the recently opened HVA

                 Laboratory within the illustrious NB Center for American Automotive Heritage

                 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

 

                Francis aptly spoke and presented on the subject of "Motometers: The

                 Overlooked and Misunderstood Origins of early Twentieth Century

                 Automobile Engine Temperature Indicating Devices"

NOVEMBER -

                 Francis spoke on November 12, 2016 at the Second Annual Jean S. Argetsinger

                 Symposium on International Motor Racing History held at the International

                 Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York.

                 Francis presentation was titled "Motometers and their Racing Association"

                 wherein he spoke and displayed illustrative examples of the role(s) played by

                 motometers on race cars during events held around the world.  Several

                 artifact examples were were on-hand for conference attendees to physically

                 examine.

                 MotometerCentral announced a new partnership with Paul Taylor's

                 Acrylicsnmoore business of Moore, South Carolina to furnish acrylic materials

                 used to produce its exclusive patent pending Motometer Pedestals.

                 In close association with this announcement MotometerCentral exclusive

                 patent pending Motometer Pedestal saw an immediate increase in sales of

                 more than 500% followed by n increase of 250% the month after.

                 We also observed many MotometerCentral Motometer Pedestal customer

                 motometers come to market extolling the aesthetic beauty and utility that

                 they associated with owning our pedestals and displaying their items upon

                 them.

DECEMBER -

                 MotometerCentral summorized the many brilliant presentations that took

                 place at the Second Annual Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium on International

                 Motor Racing History.  MotometerCentral's founder and president,

                 Francis G. Clax, was among the international field of distinguished speakers

                 at the event.

                 MotometerCentral announced several changes to the lineup of monthly

                 featured articles and advance notices of some service price increases for the

                 new year.

                 We experienced a large number of people contacting us from around the

                 world seeking information on their motometers.

                 And, we observed an equally large number of persons referencing highly

                 select portions of our website information to attempts to aid the sale of their

                 motometer-related item(s).

                 All-in-All it was a very good and productive year for MotometerCentral for

                 which we are truly thankful and look forward to better serving our

                 constituency next year and the years that follow.

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