Walter P. Chrysler Museum Welcomes Auto/Photo Experts For Two Enthusiast Series Programs – Sept. 18 and Oct. 6

By Auto News Log • September 7th, 2010

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., is hosting two enthusiast presentations this fall – one highlighting the back stories of several of the vehicles within its collection and the other featuring tricks of the trade for taking pictures like a pro.

Both programs are presented by Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Walled Lake, Mich.

Under the Hood is slated for 9:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, Sept. 18 and Professional Motorsports Photography is set for 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6. Both programs are part of the lecture-workshop series the Museum launched earlier this year.

Admission for each presentation – including refreshments – is $12 per person in advance and $15 at the door, with reduced admission of $10 and $14, respectively, for Museum members. The Museum now accepts advance registration online.

Under the Hood will reveal the inside stories about many of Chrysler’s most iconic vehicles. The program will kick off with a brief historical overview of the Museum’s collection with Chrysler Group LLC’s Vehicle Collection and Archives Manager Brandt Rosenbusch and introductory remarks by Chrysler retirees, all engineers or executives whose long careers and enthusiast passion are intertwined with the vehicles on exhibit.

The majority of the Under the Hood session will enable attendees to informally tour the Museum’s three floors to talk one-on-one with eight Chrysler retiree experts – positioned throughout the Museum – on the following automotive and heritage topics:

o Burt Bouwkamp, Director of Body Engineering – early Dodge Chargers and Challengers
o Burke Brown, Chief Engineer, LX Program – 1930s era vehicles, as well as truck evolution
o Bill Carry, National Turbine Service Supervisor – 1963 Chrysler Turbine
o Jeff Godshall, Senior Design Manager – Chrysler corporate heritage, as well as early vehicle design
o Marv Raguse, Sr. Mgr. Vehicle Build Operations – 1957 Plymouth Fury
o Larry Shepard, Mopar Performance Engineer – race vehicles
o Jack Smith, “Father of the Road Runner” – 1968 Plymouth Road Runner
o Bruce Thomas, Corporate Historian – Chrysler during the World War II era, early Dodge trucks and the Dodge Power Wagon

Professional photographer Michael Levitt, owner of LAT USA, will lead Professional Motorsports Photography on Oct. 6, sharing advice for capturing automotive shots like a pro.

LAT USA is the largest motorsports photo agency in the United States covering the NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am and ALMS series. Levitt’s photographs appear in numerous national enthusiast publications, including AutoWeek.

Projecting his images on the Museum theatre’s large screen to illustrate Photoshop techniques, Levitt will break down the technical elements and process of shooting spectacular images, featuring:

• equipment choices;
• exposure;
• shooting techniques;
• focusing;
• post production; and
• transmission.

Levitt will also share his experiences in working with drivers as well as the dangers of motorsports photography.

Additional information and advance registration for both presentations is available by contacting the Walter P. Chrysler Museum at, or 248-944-0450.

Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – the Biggest Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealer in Walled Lake – has been serving residents and businesses of Walled Lake and the surrounding communities since 1955. Consistently ranked among the top 25 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealerships nationwide in terms of new vehicle sales volume, Shuman is located at the northwest corner of Pontiac Trail and South Commerce Road. The dealership dramatically expanded in 2007 to accommodate the new and pre-owned vehicle sales and service and parts business generated by its staff of 50 professionals. For more about Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, visit or call 248-669-2010.

Source: Chrysler


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