Seems like I can’t stop myself. Over the weekend I became a member of a small comittee aimed at organising a very nice and exceptional classic car meeting in Balatonfüred. What’s this got to do with my PhD? Oh, a lot.
Allow me to invite you back in time. 18 years ago in 1997 I was in the middle of graduating from the University. As a side job I was writing articles on new and classic cars – mostly in Hungarian, but from time to time in Englis as well. And then an opportunity presented itself and soon I became the editor of a classic car magazine. I was just 24-years-old. Basically I was too young and inexperienced for this task. But we put together 14 beautiful issues – some of them turned out to be pretty good. The publisher of AutoClassic sold the project to a man, named Viktor. Viktor is a Hungarian businessman, who restores classics and collects old Rolls-Royce cars. I am not saying we hit it off immediately, but we had some fun trips together. Eventually the project had to be stopped in 2000. I did not talk to Viktor for 14 years. In 2014 I got wind of news that he’s organising a classic car show in Balatonfüred, which is located like 5 miles from where I live. We reconnected and now I am a member of the organising comittee of the Balatonfüred Concours d’Elegance. How does this relate to my PhD? I would like to kindly ask you to check out the CV of dr Paul Sable. “Dr. Paul Sable is an automotive historian, author, overall car enthusiast… He is a co-founder and was the Director of the Concours of Eastern United States”. I am not comparing myself to him. But his career path is kind of interesting for me. So I believe this new undertaking will look good in my CV.
And let’s not forget my thesis. I will be back in Leicester in late June for my probation. I am excited and a bit anxious. I need to finish my 3rd Context Chapter and come up with a research plan. The 3rd context chapter now sounds like a lot of fun. We have narrowed the topic down to scientific, technology and industrial museum and the construction of national identities in such museums. Have you heard about the Enola Gay controversy? Well, if the answer if yes then you know what I am talking about. For others here’s a quick recap.
I am also in the middle of preparing my first-ever exhibition which will feature the history of motor trade in Hungary. We have some developments on that as well, but I will tell you more in two weeks’ time.