Bakersfield, California – Antique-car writer and restorer Glenn Baechler has been awarded the prestigious Marion Welch Award by the Horseless Carriage Club of America, the first time a Canadian has been so honoured. The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to the brass car hobby (cars built prior to 1916) over a period of time.
Baechler founded the Southern Ontario Region of the international Horseless Carriage Club in 1952. Well-known for his interest in preserving Canadian automotive history, he was a co-author of the 1973 book Cars of Canada, still considered one of the most important on the subject. Some of his restoration projects included the only surviving Wingham automobile, now belonging to the town of Wingham, Ontario; the only Galt Gas Electric, an early form of hybrid, now in the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario; and a rare 1910 McLaughlin Runabout, now belonging to General Motors of Canada, which was originally founded as the McLaughlin Motor Carriage Company.
Baechler is currently working on restoration of a Kennedy, made in Preston, Ontario; he also writes for the Canadian old-car newspaper Old Autos.