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Speaker Series: John Nikas “Rule Britannia: When British Sports Cars Saved A Nation”
October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
John Nikas was raised in an Anglophile household that cherished the British sports car above all others. This appreciation has led to a life-long study of the British motor industry; owning and vintage racing various marques; writing numerous books and articles on the subject and the Directorship of The British Sports Car Hall of Fame in Petersburg, Virginia. John inspired thousands around the world when he piloted an Austin-Healey 100 more than 340,000 miles over a three year period while visiting sick children as part of the Drive Away Cancer campaign.
‘Rule Britannia’–When British Sports Saved a Nation celebrates the role that these iconic automobiles played in helping to resurrect a British economy that was at the brink of financial ruin following the end of the Second World War.
Displaying the spirit and resolve of the hearty island nation, the British motor industry shipped its products overseas to earn hard currency to pay off the country’s war debt and started an automotive revolution in the process as these humble, yet exciting cars captivated the imagination of enthusiasts around the world.
This compelling story is set amidst the dramatic cultural and historical backdrop of the era and includes invaluable narrative from Lord March, Alain de Cadenet, Robert Cumberford, Timothy Whisler, Graham Robson and stunning studio photography by Michael Furman.
The Speaker Series presentation will be followed by a book signing. Admission to the Speaker Series is included with Admission to the Museums. Members of the Blackhawk Museums are always Free.