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Fall 2015 351


January 6, 2015

SAAC member John Kiewicz of

Los Angeles, California was killed in a

motorcycle accident in Malibu, Califor-

nia. His death was a shock to everyone

who knew him and to a person he was

described as “a real car guy.” If you

talked to “Kiwi” you would never know

he was a test driver for Hennessey and

held more than a dozen world records

including a Guinness Book of World

Records for 0-300 mph in one a Hen-

nessey street car unless you read it

somewhere or someone else told you.

You wouldn’t hear it from him. He was

that kind of a guy.

Kiwi had a deep appreciation and

knowledge of cars of all kinds but he es-

pecially liked Shelbys and Cobras. He

was tremendously clever and had a

wicked sense of humor. He served as

senior editor at

Motor Trend

for ten

years and had expensive experience in

automotive public relations, corporate

communications and advertising. He

was also ad Adjunct Professor in pho-

tography at the Brooks Institute.

In 2006

Motor Trend Classics


azine did an extensive article on the

movie “Gumball Rally” which Kiwi par-

ticipated in.We contacted him after see-

ing it to ask permission to use parts of

it in

The Shelby American

and he could

not have been more helpful. The back

and forth with him was most enjoyable.

Everyone who came into contact with

him will certainly regret the loss. John

was 44.


February 25, 2015

There isn’t a car enthusiast worthy

of the name who hasn’t heard of


mings Motor News

. But almost no one

knows the origins of the publication. It

was started by Ernie Hemmings in

Quincy, Illinois. He was born in 1926

and passed away in a Quincy nursing

home in February from hypertension

and congestive heart failure. He had

been in failing health and died in his

sleep. He was 89.

In 1945 Hemmings took over his

father’s parts business in Quincy, sup-

plying Model T and A Ford parts before

these cars were considered “col-

lectibles.” When he returned from

Korea in 1952, interest in collecting

and restoring older cars was increas-

ing. Hemmings transformed a mimeo-

graphed mail order catalog into a

monthly newsletter that initially ac-

cepted free classified ads. It struck a

cord and the subscription list gradually

grew from 200 to more than 40,000.

Issues also grew to more than 500

pages with a color cover and more than 80

pages of editorial content. It was printed

on newsprint so thin you could practically

see through it and the type was so small it

gave many oldtimers headaches. The mag-

azine eventually billed itself, accurately, as

the world’s largest antique, classic, vin-

tage, muscle, street rod and special in-

terest auto marketplace

.” Putting each

issue together consumed so much of his

time and energy that Hemmings was

never able to have a project car of his

own. His son Trent recalled that over

the years he had an assortment of vans

and pickup trucks and all types of

American sedans. Most were common

and unadorned. His biggest extrava-

gance was when he purchased a car

with heated seats.

In 1969, classic car enthusiast

Terry Erich purchased the magazine

and moved it to his hometown of Ben-

nington, Vermont. At that time Hem-

mings had 40,000 subscribers. Today’s

circulation is over 200,000. The maga-

zine has 100 employees. Erich passed

away in 2002 and the publication was

purchased by American City Business

Journals. An online version includes

19,000 classified ads, mostly from deal-

ers. The printed version is still popular.

Ernie Hemmings was 89.