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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Strong and Fast – NASCAR is Founded

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 week, on February 21, 1948, NASCAR was founded.

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How the ‘Vette Was Won

This week, on January 17, in the year 1953, General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Corvette at the Motorama Auto Show in New York City and the world had no idea the impact that one such strange little car was going to have.

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100 Years of Car History

It is important, and uniquely interesting, to look back at where we came from, and to explore just what a century of time means in one of the fastest-growing, most influential industries on earth. Let’s take a look back at the world, the automotive world and the world at large, at the beginning of 1918, one hundred years ago.

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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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