In 1937 Soichiro Honda founded a company to produce piston rings for Toyota. The walls soon came tumbling down. At first, he had to forfeit the production contracts due to poor quality of his parts. After conducting further manufacturing research the deal was reinstated in 1941. The global war
The Crystal Palace circuit, a motor racing circuit in Crystal Palace Park in south London, England, saw its final professional race on this day in 1972. Club events would continue through 1974 before the track closed indefinitely. The circuit opened in 1927 with a motorcycle race on May 21.
You never know what you’ll find cruising through Craigslist ads from around the country. This selection is sure to have something for just about everyone, even if you prefer to fly than drive. It’ll be up to you to verify the “barn find” status of these rides, but each
On this day in 1893 brothers Frank and Charles Duryea debuted their first automobile on the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts. The first test drive came to a sudden halt after just a few hundred feet due the failure of the transmission. Frank made a slight adjustment to the design
On this day in 1903 American car designer, engineer and inventor Preston Tucker was born in Capac, Michigan. Preston is best known for the Tucker 48, but his legacy in the auto industry has much greater reach. Tucker got his start in the car business as an office boy
Industry giant Lido “Lee” Anthony Iacocca was elected chairman of Chrysler on this day in 1979, 10 months after joining the company as president. It was Lee’s career at Ford Motor Company that would lead him to the top of Chrysler. As a vice president at Ford more than
On this day in 1887 Dr. Graham Edgar, developer of the octane rating system, was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. During the pioneering era of the early automobile it was impossible to tell if a gasoline would cause engine knocking due to irregular combustion. Knocking was the result of non
On this day in 1955 Ford produced its 2 millionth flathead V8 engine, 23 years after its introduction in the 1932 Model 18. The valve-in-block design was the first independently manufactured V8 from Ford. The first rendition of the flathead engine had a displacement of 221 cubic inches and