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When Oldsmobile Was New

This innocuous factory scene is home to Old Motor Works, the second incarnation of Olds Motor Vehicle Company, founded on August 21, 1897, the earliest ancestor of the Oldsmobile.

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Anarchy of the Early Auto

I’ve come to a deep and abiding love and respect for early autos, not dissimilar from the love and respect you might feel for a child attempting to learn to walk. It is chaotic and insane and goes against every natural instinct, but miracle upon miracle, they might actually succeed.

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Racing Interruptus

The world of racing, just like all other sports and just about everything else, has been impacted seriously by the Coronavirus pandemic. The postponement and outright cancellation of major events, to include Formula One Grands Prix and the Indianapolis 500, are stark evidence of the disruption caused by Covid-19.

But cancellation of major racing events, while rare, is not unprecedented.

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What Does the Hertz Bankruptcy Mean?

Hertz, the 102-year-old and iconic car rental company, filed for bankruptcy protection on May 22, the repercussions of which have affected, and continue to affect, the auto industry and the markets for new and used cars.

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    By 1957, troops had pulled back, but Egypt hardly remained a safe or peaceful place for British ex-patriots like Raymond and Neville Flower, who had been working to develop a racing scene halfway across the world from home.
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    On March 17, 1834, Gottlieb Daimler was born in Germany. Had he been born 100 years later, he would have seen an automotive industry the likes of which early automakers could hardly dare dream, and yet, had he been born 100 years later, that very auto industry might never have come to pass.
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  • Happy Birthday, Janet Guthrie
    I could tell you that her driving suit and helmet are at The Smithsonian Institute, or that she became one of the first athletes in The Women’s Hall of Fame. I could list a hundred races, speeches and boundaries forever changed by her influence. But I won’t do that. I won’t tally her accomplishments like a grocery list, honoring her checkpoint by checkpoint as a celebration of her many years. That’s not what this is about.
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    Despite the need for an obvious distance between cars and cups, one of the most important, influential and long-standing elements of the car industry is deeply indebted to the prohibition era and the rum runners who provided America’s degenerates with drink for so long. This month, on February 21, 1948, NASCAR was founded.
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