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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History’s Slowest Winner

Much of the Duryea brothers’ early success can be attributed to a Thanksgiving morning in that first year 1895, when they proudly wore the title of another first – the first United States auto race where any of the entrants finished.

And finish they did.

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NASCAR’s Imperfect Perfection

With his championship, Truex gave NASCAR a few gifts: A popular young champion with a backstory full of unfailing determination in the face of professional and personal challenges, and a deserving champion who would have been the titleist even under the old, pre-“playoff” points system.

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Faster Than the Speed of Tesla

The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. The speed of a Boeing 747 is 614 miles per hour. The speed of the new Tesla Roadster is 0-60 in 1.9 seconds at over 250 miles per hour, making it officially the fastest street legal car to accelerate to sixty miles per hour and putting the top speed in a category with the Hennessey Venom GT, Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg CCR.

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What the Hell is a Riker Torpedo Racer?

Riker didn’t just build electric cars, he built electric racecars, which helped him and the company to hold onto their lead in the electric car producing market and won them glory in both long distance and short track racing from the end of the 19th century into the beginning of the 20th.

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Finding New Roads (and Exploring the Old) in Chevrolet Trucks

Mr. Edsall directs some of that life-learned knowledge of the classic car industry to the Chevrolet pickup truck, in his latest release, Chevrolet Trucks: 100 Years of Building the Future. The book, full of images, photographs and a whirlwind of history, explores just how much the pickup truck has influenced American life, and just how much American life has influenced the pickup truck.

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    It's the start of a brand new year and there's no better time to plan out your next car show! Our team here at Car Show Safai loves attending cruises, racing events, cars and coffee events and more, and we're here to share some of our tip, tricks, and ideas for creating a fantastic show
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  • Dynamite Dymaxion
    This week, in 1933, R. Buckminster Fuller, made a name for himself in the automotive world when he applied for a patent for his Dymaxion car. To call the Dymaxion a car would be generous. Though the automotive industry was still in its youth, the Dymaxion was a vehicle unlike anything even the most imaginative automotive minds had ever seen, and though it would see little commercial or critical success, the Dymaxion Car is undoubtedly a symbol that genius and madness both required a boundless imagination.
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  • The Rise & Fall of Automobile Racing at Dorney Park
    In the early 1980s, one of those cutting their teeth in auto racing at Dorney Park was John Andretti, nephew of Mario, who would go on to a winning career in both CART Indy cars and NASCAR Cup cars. Also in the early 1980s, Ray Evernham, who went on to become a Daytona 500-winning crew chief and an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, broke his sternum in a Dorney Park TQ Midget crash.
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  • Nissan Is Named
    On June 1, 1934, the Japanese based automobile manufacturer Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha changed its name to Nissan Motor Company.
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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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    This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate both Irish pride and the arrival of Spring by taking a drive in your 1959 Shamrock.
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