The Tappet Clatter is the official newsletter of Revs Institute volunteers. Each issue features volunteer activities and training, Tappet Trivia, Video Treats, and Tappet Tech. Become a volunteer to meet new friends, share your passion for the automobile, help fulfill the mission of Revs Institute, and also have fun.

April 2022

  • Revs Institute Volunteers welcomes six new Volunteers. The Membership Committee reports on the support for the Hodges University Car Show benefiting the student veterans support organization. Tappet Trivia features questions about the Stutz Motor Car Company and its founder. Also a report on the March Members Meeting featuring a great report from Chuck Schmitt on the history of the museum’s architecture and a presentation from Nancy Carlson, retired Exxon Mobil motorsports manager on the value of motorsports sponsorship. This issue features a great report on the recently donated 1929 Du Pont Speedster, an article on the “other” Briggs and Part II of the history of racer, car owner and innovator, Lucy O’Reilly Schell. Tappet Tech explains gears and why automobiles use a transmission.

March 2022

  • Revs Institute Volunteers have been busy with three that have completed their Docent training, remarks from two high school volunteers on their volunteer experiences, support for the first Hodges University Car Show to benefit their Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center and a report on our February Volunteers Meeting. That meeting featured a great report from Lauren Goodman on racer, race team owner, and innovator, Lucy O’Reilly Schell. Part one of her article appears in this issue. Also, Part Two of Lodge McKee’s history of the museum and volunteers. In this issue are pictures from Miles Collier Collections cars getting exercised at Brian Redman’s Targa 66 event. This month’s Tappet Trivia goes Italian, so put on your Ferrari cap and dig in. New Volunteer, Bill Vincent gives us a peek at the tip of the “iceberg” of work required to ready a race car to compete in the IndyCar series before the first race. Tappet Tech explores the origin of pneumatic tires and their construction.

February 2022

  • Tappet Clatter showcases our annual Volunteers and Staff Appreciation Awards Banquet summarized with lots of pictures. Ralph Stoesser’s Adopt-A-Car report on the Porsche Tractor becomes an article with some assistance from Morris Cooper. One of the inventors of the technology beneath the automobile’s hood, Charles F. Kettering, is profiled this month. Profiles of our new Volunteers and a summary of hours contributed in 2021. Finally, Tappet Tech explores why engines sound the way they do.

January 2022

  • The January 2022 Tappet Clatter explores what the experts are saying about autonomous automobiles. Are they coming tomorrow? Or is it more difficult than we realize? One of our new Volunteers, shares her first in-person experience attending a Formula One race in Austin, Texas. It is a fun read whether you have attended a major race or not. Also, a look at the early history of electric automobiles in an era when they were dominant and a few reasons why they may have faded from the automotive landscape…for a while. Finally, Tappet Tech explores why some multi-cylinder engines are inline, and some are configured in Vee shapes.

December 2021

  • A  message from our Chairman Chip Halverson. Also featured is a report on the terrific November Volunteers’ meeting with Lodge McKee, Scott George, Mace Wolf and Miles Collier as speakers. There are several links to videos featuring familiar cars and events mentioned at the meeting. Morris Cooper has done a little reading about electric cars being marketed to women as the reason for their demise. It is an interesting take on a changing period in the early automobile market. Also, a look at the maintenance requirements of a typical automobile from 1914. Finally, Tappet Tech explores multi-cylinder engines.

November 2021

  • Welcome Back from Our Curator, Membership Committee, Volunteers’ Meeting with GM’s Sports Car Racing Manager, Laura Klauser, From Fiat to SIMVA to Chrysler to Peugeot to Lee Iaccoca and Chrysler Again (part deux), the Metalworkers Art, What is the Dewar Trophy, Horsepower and Torque, Welcoming Our Newest Members.

October 2021

  • GM’s Sports Car Racing Manager to Speak at Volunteers’ Zoom Meeting, New Face at Revs Institute, Historic Races Honor Bill Wuesthoff, From Fiat to SIMVA to Chrysler to Peugeot to Lee Iaccoca and Chrysler Again, Cars as Canvases Exhibit, Fuel Injection.

May 2021

  • Volunteers’ Appreciation Lunch, Sales Brochure Digitization, Jaguar XK100 Display Engine, Steering Basics.

April 2021

  • Millennial Interest in Cars and Collecting, Roads Scholars Event at Road Atlanta, the Allure of French Cars, Origins of the Electric Starter

March 2021

  • Cars on 5th, Opening Day, Targa 66, Lancia D50, Dennis McCluggage.

February 2021

  • Volunteer Gimmick Road Rally, Cars and Coffee at Mercato, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Henry Ford and Barbeque, Fiat D Multipla.

January 2021

  • Festive Fuel Up, Emeritus Awards, 1938 Race to the Death on the Autobahn

December 2020

  • Cruise to Gypsy Isles, Rookery Bay Car Show, Naples Christmas on Fifth, Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe

November 2020

  • Cruise-In, Cosworth DFX, Motorsports in 2020

October 2020

  • Cruise to Road and Gun Club, Targa Florio, Colonel Waldon and the Checkered Flag, Luxury Cars in the Depression Era