The Herreshoff Marine Museum Lecture Series presents

"Progress of Propulsion: Development of Engine and Drive Systems in Automobiles and Boats, 1800s - WW1"

presented by Evan Ide

January 18, 2024

An overview of the birth of mechanized power for transportation. From the beginnings with steam, to the practical development of electric and gasoline. Why the three were equally popular early on and what led the internal combustion engines dominance. A focus on the technical developments of these power systems and what technologies dominated the era.


Evan Ide is an automotive historian, author and restorer specializing in automobiles built prior to WWII. He is a Vice President, Senior Specialist with Bonhams Cars auction house and is the founder and principal of Historic Vehicle Services restoration shop. For nearly 20 years Evan has been intimately involved with early automobiles and brings an unusual perspective of being both a historian and a professional restorer. In the early 2000s Evan served as Curator of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. During this time he published two books and continues to have a strong involvement with Museums internationally. Evan was selected to author a section of “The Stewardship of Historically Significant Automobiles” the first book ever published on the subject of preservation. Evan is a member of the selection committee for the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Evan’s restoration/conservation work primarily focuses on pre WWI and WW2 vehicles. Historic automobiles he has restored and prepared have received ten awards at the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance including multiple best in Class prizes. The restorations undertaken by HVS are heavily reliant on in-depth research and are typically unique or ultra rare automobiles. 50% of HVS work is preformed on vehicles belonging to museum collections. Evan has been an international adviser to the Louwman Museum in The Hague, NL for more than a decade.

As a historian Evan has lectured frequently including three different presentations at the Royal Automobile Club London, lectures at the Blackhawk Museum, CA, Simeone Foundation PA, University of New Hampshire, Heritage Museum and Gardens, MA, and the Audrain Automobile Museum, RI. Additionally Evan is a frequent contributor to a variety of media including a recurring role on televisions Chasing Classic Cars.

An avid collector himself with a largely pre-war collection.


January 18, 2024

In-Person Reception begins at 6pm. Lecture begins at 7pm, Eastern.


Virtual Tickets: Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 In-Person Tickets: Members: $15, Non-Members: $20

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Gallery 26, 2nd floor of The Machine Shop, 26 Burnside St

Evan Ide portrait. Possibly the simplest of all machinery shown this year was the 1900 De Dion Bouton Tricycle entered by Rob Kauffman. It won the FIVA Prewar Trophy. © 2022 Rex McAfee

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