automotive history

Just A Flu

The world had been ravaged and forever transformed by an unprecedented war that was in its final act. And so something as inconsequential as a bout of influenza garnered little attention. After all it was just the flu, something people dealt with most every winter....

The Quest

It was a perfect morning for a bit of reflection and some desert exploration. I was alone with my thoughts for the first time since hearing that my pa had passed, and there was a hint of a chill in the air as the light of dawn chased the shadows. Seldom do I sleep in...

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...
A Man Named Carter

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...

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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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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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