automotive history

Turn Left At The Bridge That Used To Be Painted Yellow

"The best commentary on the road between Santa Fe and Albuquerque is that it took us less than three hours to make the sixty-six miles, whereas the seventy-three miles from Las Vegas to Santa Fe took us nearly six." Emily Post, By Motor to The Golden Gate, 1916. The...

In The Beginning: Forty Years That Changed The World

Carlos F. Hurd was a reporter that had gained international notoriety in 1912 for his series of interviews with survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. He was no stranger to disaster, to stories of human suffering and to gut wrenching stories of family tragedy....

A Man Named Carter

The Cartercar, not to be confused with the Cartermobile manufactured in Hannibal, Missouri or the Cartermobile manufactured in Hyattsville, Maryland, was promoted in marketing campaigns as "The Car of A Thousand Speeds" and "The car with no gears to strip, no clutch...
Extra! Extra! Chevy Began As An Import

Extra! Extra! Chevy Began As An Import

Okay, I may be stretching a point here. It may be like making the argument that the wheel bearing is connected to the muffler. Still, technically, the origins of Chevrolet are as an import. The story kicks off on Christmas day, 1873. The was the day that Louis Joseph...

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Immortality Or Something Damn Near Like It

Immortality Or Something Damn Near Like It

There is a pantheon of automotive pioneers that obtained a dubious form of immortality as the reward for the transforming of obscure concepts and ideas into realities. As with Jello or Kleenex, it is as a brand name that they are remembered while their first names, as...

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The Fine Line

The Fine Line

The electricity had cut out at around 3:00 in the morning. Outside it was like being in a snow globe. After a bit of work with a shovel the venerable old Jeep did a bit of slipping and sliding but found enough traction to keep moving forward. Our friends Tahoe...

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Glimpse Of The Future Or Just Plain Crazy

Glimpse Of The Future Or Just Plain Crazy

The new Tesla Cybertuck debuted to mixed reviews. It was but the latest manifestation of Elon Musk's eccentric genius and vision. There is, however a question. Was this revolutionary truck a glimpse of the future or was it just plain crazy? Back in 1934 a vehicle that...

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Back Roads Adventures & The People You Meet

Back Roads Adventures & The People You Meet

An argument could be made that U.S. 12 in southern Michigan, the former Chicago-Detroit Road and before that the Sauk Trail is the oldest road in America. There is evidence to indicate that its origins were a game trail, a path through the nearly impenetrable forest...

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No Hill To Steep, No Sand To Deep

No Hill To Steep, No Sand To Deep

Road conditions in the United States during the first decades of the 20th century were less than optimal for use by automobiles. As late as the summer of 1915, Edsel Ford noted in his travel journal that the drive from Williams to Kingman, Arizona, a distance of less...

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Eat, Sleep, Drive, Beat Gums and Repeat

Eat, Sleep, Drive, Beat Gums and Repeat

Two weeks and four days. One minor blizzard. Torrential rain. Fascinating people. New discoveries. Just a hair over 5,000 miles driven. Endless road construction. Excellent pie (and huevos rancheros, tacos, stew, omelettes, Greek food, hamburgers, Polish food, beer …) and some very poor food. Book signings. A couple of conferences. A boondoggle presentation. Old friends. New friends. And lots of time for thinking. This is a bit of a long winded post but I do hope that you will read it in its entirety. 

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