Publisher, Automobilia Resource
The Revs Institute
Amelia Island Concours 2019
Sharon Spurlin has been a part of the classic car media business since 1989.
From graphic design to ad sales, from website creation to selling subs in a vendor stand, there’s really no aspect of the media business she hasn’t mastered.
She lives in Southwest Florida, drives a Mini Cooper Clubman (much too fast around corners for her Husband, Allen) and collects classic car & beer signs. She is currently publisher of AutoMobilia Resource Magazine and AutoMobiliaResource.com
Some of Sharon's articles:
The Revs Institute - The Premier Destination for Automotive Research Issue #3 Jan/Feb 2019
Special Presentation of Automotive Mascots
A recent visit to see The Revs Institute special presentation of automotive mascots, turned into a challenging, and exhilarating full day of, how can I possibly say everything there is to say about this wonderful institute in one short story?! The simple answer…. I can’t.
The sheer volume of quality automobilia merits numerous visits and stories, not just one. Revs has the largest digitized collection of over 500,000 historic automotive photographs available to the public, with requests answered within 24 hours - yep, there’s a story. In addition to that, they have a climate controlled archival library with over 1000 posters, over 24,000 books, and amazingly original 1950s and ‘60s Porsche manuals. Yep, there’s another story...or three!
"Freewheeling": An Automotive Art Exhibition at The Bascom
Issue #16, May/Jun 2021
A special exhibition at The Bascom Museum in Highlands, North Carolina, will celebrate automotive art from May 11 to Aug 21, 2021. The show, “FreeWheeling – The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art,” will feature the artwork of thirteen renowned international automotive artists working in a variety of mediums, including canvas, paper and sculpture.
Artist Spotlight: David Townsend Uniquely Revealing Art
Issue #16, May/Jun 2021
David Townsend grew up around cars, picking up wrenches and helping his dad work on his Triumph TR3 long before he was able to (legally or otherwise) drive. He kept bending wrenches as a teenager and has owned a parade of mostly sports and performance cars, the bulk of which have been British, with a sprinkling of German, French and even some American iron.
The 1960s at GM: Behind the Scenes with the First Woman Exteriors Design Artist, Joan Klatil
Issue #17, Jul/Aug 2021
In 1965, Joan Klatil, all of 20 years old, was interning at General Motors. She was one of nine students who had been chosen from top design colleges nationwide – and the only female who was selected for GM’s Summer Design Program that year. She worked with David Rossi, a talented model maker, and Bob Verizer, who was her director for three months.
In June of 1966 Klatil was hired full-time by GM and placed into the Design Development Studio under the direction of Chief Designer David North. Six months later she was moved into Production Cadillac, making history as GM’s first woman exterior designer.
Larger than Life Racing Legends from Robert Carter
Issue #19, Nov/Dec 2021
Robert Carter grew up in London, England. When he was 13 years old, he went to the Tate Gallery in London on an educational school outing and fell in love with art. He didn’t want to leave, and his schoolteacher not only allowed him to wander the gallery for several hours but fanned this spark of interest by arranging and encouraging him to take many more field trips to numerous museums and art galleries throughout the city.