This Week in Motorhead History: The First Porsche

At the 1949 Geneva Auto Show a revised Porsche 356, with a rear-mounted engine, made its public debut on March 17, 68 years ago this week. It is this car that is widely recognized as the first series-production Porsche, and it is the car that put Porsche on the map of the world automakers.

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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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This Week in Motorhead History: 109 Years in New York

In 2014, General Motors agreed to move Cadillac's world headquarters from Detroit to New York City.  The next year, Cadillac opened “Cadillac House” in Manhattan’s SoHo district.  Cadillac House is not a dealer, and you can’t buy a car there.  And it’s not even a...

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This Week in Motorhead History: The Death of Ernie Kovacs

55 years ago, in the early morning hours of January 13, 1962, pioneering television comedian Ernie Kovacs crashed his car on rain-slick roads at the corner of Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Boulevards in Los Angeles. Driving alone, the 42-year-old Kovacs was killed as his car spun into a telephone pole.

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Long Live the Tin

The Ford Motor Company produced its one millionth car on December 10, 1915, thanks to the ingenuity, forward thinking and innovation of Henry Ford and the Ford Model T.

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