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The Surprising Scarab Lecture with Ron Schneider & Ken Gross

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Evening Lecture with Ron Schneider & Guest Curator, Ken Gross

Join us Wednesday, June 8 at 7 PM in Savoy Theatre for an evening lecture!

Come hear Ron Schneider, who owns two of the five surviving Stout Scarabs, and historian, Guest Curator Ken Gross as they reveal the secrets behind a curious car that was decades ahead of its time. Inspired by Egyptian mythology, invented by William Bushnell Stout, a legendary pioneer aircraft engineer, styled by renowned Dutch designer John Tjaarda, and arguably the first Minivan, the 1936 Stout Scarab is an Art Deco masterpiece and it’s a rare collectible with a fascinating tale to tell.


Meet the Speakers 

RON SCHNEIDER, a lifelong automobile enthusiast, operates his family’s business which was founded 80 years ago. His primary interests include the automotive industry, especially Ford Motor Company and Ford-related products, spanning from the mid-1900s to the present day. Most of the cars in Ron’s collection are Ford products, along with post-war sports and race cars. Ron has completed more than a dozen auto restoration projects in the past 50+ years and others are pending. A member of numerous antique automobile clubs as well as the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH), Ron owns two rare Scarab automobiles out of the five surviving cars.


KEN GROSS, Historian and guest curator for the exhibitions at the Savoy Automobile Museum served as Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His thirteen critically acclaimed automobile exhibitions have appeared at major Fine Art Museums across the United States. A 31-year Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Chief Class Judge and a member of the Selection Committee, Ken is a founding member of ICJAG, (The International Chief Judges’ Advisory Group), and he judges at many North American and European Concours. The author of twenty-four books, and countless magazine articles, Ken is a recipient of The Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation, The International Motor Press Association’s Ken W. Purdy award, the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Bachelor Award and the Lee Iacocca award. He lives in Hamilton, VA.


Regular admissions applies.

General Admission: $15, youth (ages 3 – 12): $5

Children 2 and under and active military (with ID) receive COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION.

Members receive unlimited COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION. Not a member yet? Become a member today, by clicking here!

Purchase tickets here, in-person at the front desk, or call 770.416.1500.

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