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Studebaker National Museum hosts trivia competition

Published 8:22pm Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Studebaker National Museum hosts a trivia night March 24.

The event will take place in the AM General Atrium, 201 S. Chapin St. in South Bend.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with all galleries open for touring.  Guests can visit “Sirens of Chrome,”  a pictorial collection of auto show history from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

The exhibit highlights the use of sex appeal and its power to sell automobiles.  Participants can also see two new arrivals to the collection: a 1922 Studebaker Big Six child’s hearse, the only Studebaker children’s hearse known to still exist and a 1932 President St. Regis Brougham.

The first question of 100  in 10 categories will be thrown out at 7 p.m.  Grand prize will be $300 to the winning team.  A cash bar will be provided; bring your own munchies.

To register a team, call the museum at (574) 235-9714 or mail registration with payment to the Studebaker National Museum, 201 S. Chapin St., South Bend, IN 46601.  There is a $150 entry fee per team, and teams may have as many as 10 players.

On exhibit
They’ve been called models, sex symbols and eye candy, as well as informative, knowledgeable and engaging product specialists. The fascinating women (and men) of the auto shows, the progression of their role in selling cars and the distinctly human presence that makes the auto show unique is the focus of a new exhibit, “Sirens of Chrome,” on display at the Studebaker National Museum through April 1.
The traveling exhibit takes visitors on a visual joyride through auto show history and features a treasure trove of rare images of turn-of-the-century goddesses, 1950s sex symbols and today’s highly trained product specialists. The exhibit showcases posters and photographs of human hood ornaments, fast cars and vintage auto show fashions.
“The talent at auto shows throughout the past century have actually gone through as much of an evolution as the cars themselves,” said Margery Krevsky, founder and owner of Productions Plus–The Talent Shop, a nationwide go-to company that recruits, outfits and trains talent for auto shows, and author of the award-winning book, “Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models,” which served as the muse for the exhibition. “Auto show models truly morphed from ‘plaster to poster to person’ and now serve as ambassadors of their brand who entice customers with facts and vehicle comparison information.”
Following the format of the book, the “Sirens of Chrome” exhibit includes many historical photos that have been carefully culled from private collections, auto enthusiast portfolios and the National Automotive Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library that tell the larger story of auto show models and the timeless allure of automobiles.
Attendees of the Sirens of Chrome exhibit will discover whose “body” inspired the Rolls-Royce hood ornament, the Spirit of Ecstasy, and who sat in a “rumble seat” with 1930s silver-screen goddess Joan Blondell. They will see the depth of information included from the Dagmar Bumpers, gawk at the over-the-top opulence of the Somali leopard pelt-upholstered 1950 Cadillac Debutante and view in wonder at the fur-clad model atop a Soviet-built Lada.
In total, the exhibit features nearly 75 pieces, some of which are photographs, posters, auto show programs and automobile magazine covers.

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