Revs Institute Founder Miles Collier Honored with Bob Akin Award
Road Racing Driver's Club Highest Honor
The Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award, honoring the person who exemplifies the very best in sportsmanship and tradition in road racing, was given to Revs Institute for Automotive Research founder, Miles C. Collier in an award ceremony at the opening of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 24th. Mr. Collier’s name will join motor racings illustrious list of past Akin Award recipients, including Sam Posey, John Fitch, Cameron Argentisnger, and Augie Pabst, and will be inscribed on the permanent Steuben glass trophy on display at Watkins Glen.
Welcome to the Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc., library and archive Web site. We are an educational organization that advances the scholarly study of automotive history at The Collier Collection in beautiful Naples, Florida. Numbering more than one million items, these distinctive and highly specialized research books, documents and images are collected by Mr. Miles C. Collier to record the history of the automobile and the individuals and organizations associated with it. Scholars, journalists, automotive connoisseurs, hobbyists and preservationists will find our holdings formidable—an automotive history library and archive with few peers.
The automobile plays a quintessential role as a transformative agent in modern history. As a practical technological device, its impact is enormous. Initially resisted and then succumbed to, it stimulated the social metamorphosis of Europe and the United States over the course of the 20th century, affecting economically developed modern states. It is now transforming developing societies, particularly in Asia, as they enter the 21st century.
The research materials in The Collier Collection illuminate the complex and intertwined facets of the automobile, which range from its function as individualized transportation, its manufacturing, its force as an agent for social change, its psycho-social personification, its recreational and sporting use, and a gradual but sustained critical appreciation of the best automobiles as legitimate objects of applied art equaling in significance the finest architecture or furniture.
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