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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Classic Cars: Karl H. Martin's Wasp

Posted December 21, 2009 10:51 AM by dstrohl

What's amazing about automotive history is that in the first half of the 20th Century, when gazillions of backyard tinkerers thought they could be the next Henry Ford, there were automotive factories scattered all over the country, in just about every town that had an enterprising blacksmith. Thus, automotive history can be a local pursuit, not one confined to Detroit and its surrounding suburbs.

Taking that to heart, we went in search of the one automotive factory in Bennington, Vermont, the world headquarters of both Hemmings Motor News and Karl H. Martin's Wasp, a car built here from 1919 to 1924. In SIA #74, Keith Marvin wrote a great account of driving a Wasp – the same one that currently resides in the Bennington Museum – but nothing about the factory. So here's the rest of the story.

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12/21/2009 11:20 AM

Nowadays, Bennington's main involvement with the auto industry (besides Hemmings, of course) is the NSK Steering Systems America plant there. Still, when most people think of Vermont, they think of skiiing and maple syrup - not steering columns. Interesting that an automaker once graced the city.

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