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Second Thursday Talk – The Evolution of Gasoline Quality

The National Automobile Museum’s topic for the November Second Thursday Talk will feature a discussion on The Evolution of Gasoline Quality.

It will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 1:30 – 2 p.m., in the Museum’s Theatre. Enjoy a 30-minute talk, Q&A, refreshments and a unique piece of history.

Cost: Free to Museum members. Included with paid admission. Otherwise, $5 per person to attend the talk.

Talk: The Evolution of Gasoline Quality
Presented by Museum Docent Chair Rod Smith

Speaker: Rod Smith

Rod Smith heads the docent program at the National Automobile Museum and is retired from Chevron after 34 years in refinery and pipeline management. He served as Operations and Maintenance Manager of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium and lived in Russia from 1998 until retirement in 2001, building an oil pipeline from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea. Other positions with Chevron included engineer in the Richmond Refinery, Chief Engineer of the Hawaiian Refinery, Division Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s Salt Lake Division, President of the Utah Petroleum Association, and Business Unit Manager of Chevron Pipeline’s California operations.

Smith was recently appointed by the Governor to the State Petroleum Fund Review Board. He has served in various capacities with the National Automobile Museum since joining in 2002, including President of the Volunteer Organization, and has been involved with the Reno Rodeo for 10 years. Smith holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and served two years as a Lieutenant, US Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has a small collection of collectible automobiles and participates in various auto-related events.