In Car Years

Imagine a world in which Henry Ford had gone from madman tinkering in his garage to a household name with more than 25 assembly lines producing household vehicles for the American people with such ease that a company which had originally produced just a few cars a day did not even notice the one millionth mile marker.

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A Unique Thanksgiving Tradition

Everyone has their Thanksgiving traditions. Dinner with the family, of course, but maybe also going to the Macy’s parade, or listening to Alice’s Restaurant, or watching “Turkey’s Away” from WKRP in Cincinnati. For us, it’s Laurel & Hardy’s 1933 classic March of the Wooden Soldiers and, once the big meal is digested, a trip to Wall Stadium Speedway for the annual Turkey Derby.

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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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A Sedan By Any Other Name

We may not be able to define crossovers now, but that’s hardly new territory. Car types have had unique and interesting origins since well before the automobile hit the road. Let’s take a look at what a few of them are.

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Ride-Sharing Apps Lyft Congestion in an Uber Way

Nashville is not the first small city to turn down such transit initiatives, meaning it will not be the only small city to regret such a decision in the next decade, when booming development and the related ubiquity of traffic and ride-sharing apps create an impossible to untangle web of downtown congestion without reprieve.

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Trends From the Nashville International Auto Show

Unlike larger events of its ilk, the Nashville International Auto Show was housed in one room of the Music City Convention Center, with test driving options to take enthusiasts around the city. The smaller event did provide more opportunity to interact with each vehicle and speak with representatives, however, and here are a few key takeaways from the show.

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A New Event for an Old Track

On a comfortable but damp early Fall evening, the American Flat Track Series presented the “Meadowlands Mile,” the season finale for its single- and twin-cylinder motorcycles.

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The Mad Motor Maker

The hyperactive, workaholic genius with little thought to self-preservation beyond the latest hedonistic indulgence, will eventually be brought to heel by his own hubris. Naturally, it’s a tale we’ve all heard before.

And not for the first time within the automotive sphere.

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The Beetle Final Edition and the End of an Era

Through oil shortage and parts shortages, through overreaching government regulations, and through a history of scandal most recently culminating in the emissions disaster of 2015, Volkswagen has weathered its fair number of storms.
But they are about to embark upon a new journey with one less ship in their fleet–and it is the most iconic of them all.

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  • In Car Years
    Imagine a world in which Henry Ford had gone from madman tinkering in his garage to a household name with more than 25 assembly lines producing household vehicles for the American people with such ease that a company which had originally produced just a few cars a day did not even notice the one millionth mile marker.
    Read more...
  • Ride-Sharing Apps Lyft Congestion in an Uber Way
    Nashville is not the first small city to turn down such transit initiatives, meaning it will not be the only small city to regret such a decision in the next decade, when booming development and the related ubiquity of traffic and ride-sharing apps create an impossible to untangle web of downtown congestion without reprieve.
    Read more...
  • Not Exactly What We Had in Mind… and Not a Problem
    Cotter did not coin the term “barn find,” but he has popularized it and in effect made a career of it, chasing down leads to acquire neglected cars of significance and sharing the stories of those cars and their discovery in several well-received books.
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  • An Ode to the Chatterbox Diner
    And yet, despite how far away it actually was, the Chatterbox was an incontrovertibly important part of my childhood.
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  • Speed Read: Car Design(ed to Educate and Inspire)
    “The moral is clear,” Lewin writes. “Creativity is the lifeblood of the car business, but innovation must be carefully prepared to have a chance of success.”
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  • A Sedan By Any Other Name
    We may not be able to define crossovers now, but that’s hardly new territory. Car types have had unique and interesting origins since well before the automobile hit the road. Let’s take a look at what a few of them are.
    Read more...
  • You Take Shotgun
    Our technology, design, and industry has evolved so rapidly that it is often challenging to reconcile the early days of our history with the modern automobile, but perhaps they are not quite so far apart as they would seem on the surface.
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  • Who the Heck is Bertha Benz?
    Today, in 1944, Bertha Benz died. And anyone who loves cars, knows cars or has ever sat in a car, you should care.
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  • Mess With the Bull
    On April 28, 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the madman behind what would become one of history’s most iconic brands ever, was born.
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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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