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January 26, 1925 – Actor and racing driver Paul Newman is born
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January 26, 1925 – Actor and racing driver Paul Newman is born

Paul Newman with his sleeper VW Paul Newman was an American actor, film director, and entrepreneur, as well as a passionate auto racing enthusiast. He was born on this day in 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Newman began his acting career in the 1950s and went on to star in over 50 films, including "The Hustler," "Cool Hand Luke," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." He was nominated for an Academy Award eight times and won once, for his role in "The Color of Money." In addition to his successful acting career, Newman was also an avid auto racing enthusiast, a passion sparked by his role in the film "Winning." He began racing in the early 1970s and quickly made a name for himself on the track. He competed in various racing series, including the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-A...
January 25, 2015 – Annual North American International Auto Show closes following Ford GT and Acura NSX debut
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January 25, 2015 – Annual North American International Auto Show closes following Ford GT and Acura NSX debut

On this day in 2015, the annual North American International Auto Show closed following more than a week of exciting debuts. At the show, spectators and press were treated to the public debut of a number of vehicles. Should you have attended you may have witnessed the unveiling of cars such as the 2016 BMW 6 Series M6, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2015 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG, 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, 2016 Range Rover Td6 and the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country. There are a few interesting cars on the list, but not much to write home about. Of course, if you saw them pull the cover off of the 2017 Ford GT or the 2017 Acura NSX you'd like prefer to drive one of those home. 2017 Ford GT 2018 Ford GT. By Ruben de Rijcke - CC BY-SA 4.0 The first generation Ford GT is a two s...
January 24, 1860 – The jumping spark engine is patented
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January 24, 1860 – The jumping spark engine is patented

Patents for internal combustion engines date back to as far as 1807, but none were considered commercially successful until engineer Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir of Mussy-la-Ville, Luxembourg, in modern day Belgium, came up with his own design. His design was the first to burn a mixture of coal gas and air ignited by a “jumping sparks” ignition system. The advances in his engine design entitled him to a patent for his internal combustion engine, which he received on this day in 1960. Lenoir Gas Engine on display at Quartier Des Arts-Et-Metiers, Paris. By Daryl Mitchell. CC2.0 While the engine was mostly used for stationary purposes, such as power plants, printing presses, water pumps and tooling, Lenoir applied the engines to a few automobiles between 1860 and 1863, most notably ...
January 23, 1914 – Alex Tremulis, Cord, Duesenberg & Tucker designer, is born
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January 23, 1914 – Alex Tremulis, Cord, Duesenberg & Tucker designer, is born

Alex Tremulis with his Ford Thunderbird Mexico 3/8 scale concept. Designing a successful, timeless automobile is no simple feat. It takes intuition, vision, a steady hand and an incurable desire for perfection. Automobile designer Alex Tremulis, who was born on this day in 1914, appeared to have all that -- and so much more. His ability to adapt to changing tastes resulted in the design of numerous iconic cars built between the 1930s and 1980s. It all started when a 19-year-old Tremulis landed, who was born in Chicago to Greek immigrants, landed a design job at Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg. The catch? He had no formal training in the art of automobile design. The lack of education perhaps was a gift for Tremulis, who applied his own vision and techniques to the projects that he was assig...
January 22, 1950 – Preston Tucker is not guilty
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January 22, 1950 – Preston Tucker is not guilty

Decades of work in the auto industry taught Preston Tucker that change was constant and necessary. His experiences provided the world view he needed to create an astonishing new car for the post WWII world. What he developed in the late 1940s was the Tucker 48, a futuristic vehicle that featured such innovations as a padded steering wheel, safety glass, a roll bar and center cyclops headlight, all powered by 334 cubic inch (5.47l) aircraft engine. For Tucker, the future had arrived. There was much public interest in his vehicle, but even after securing $17 million in funding and purchasing a factory, he was still short on cash for further development and production. To raise money, Tucker sold dealerships and automotive accessories, including seat covers and luggage, before pro...
January 21, 1981 – First DeLorean DMC-12 is complete
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January 21, 1981 – First DeLorean DMC-12 is complete

DeLorean DMC-12 Before starting the company that bears his name, John Zachary DeLorean (1925-2005) was an engineer and executive at Detroit's biggest brands. While working at General Motors he quickly rose through the ranks to become a top executive. While doing so he earned credit for creating some of the company's most iconic cars, including the Pontiac GTO, Firebird, and Grand Prix. In the early 1970s, DeLorean left General Motors and founded DeLorean Motor Company with the goal of creating a new type of sports car that would be both affordable and technologically advanced. The results was the DeLorean DMC-12, the first of which left the factory on this day in 1981. The car famously featured a stainless steel body and a futuristic design that earned it a lot of initial hype. The...
January 20, 1946 – Kaiser Frazer debuts
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January 20, 1946 – Kaiser Frazer debuts

Following WWII, many entrepreneurs foresaw the need for new commodities, such as houses and automobiles. Successful shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser was one of those businessmen, and set his sights on the auto industry. To build vehicles, Kaiser partnered with Graham-Paige Motors to create the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in August 1945. The name came from combining Kaiser's name with Graham-Paige CEO Joseph Frazer. It was on this day in 1946 that non-running prototypes of the new Frazer and its counterpart, the Kaiser K85 front wheel-drive car, debuted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.  Development of the front wheel drive vehicle proved difficult to the extent that the idea died. Instead, the same body of the Kaiser would be planted on both the initial Frazer and Kaiser...
January 19, 2010 –  First official photos of the new Mini Countryman released
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January 19, 2010 – First official photos of the new Mini Countryman released

First generation Mini Countryman First introduced in 1959 by the British Motor Corporation, the original Mini designed by Alec Issigonis captured hearts and minds for a generation. It remained in production nearly unaltered until 2000, when regulations forced change. Beloved for its compact size and regarded for its excellent fuel efficiency, and sporty handling, it was not lost on BMW that the Mini brand held immense value. A few years before the end of the run, BMW acquired Mini and the reimagining of the small car began. The result came to market in 2001. While it grew in stature, it maintained its iconic design and fun-to-drive character. What also grew was the Mini model lineup. On this day in 2010 Mini unveiled the production version of the Mini Countryman. The Mini Countryman...
Celebrity Car Collections You’ve Got to See to Believe
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Celebrity Car Collections You’ve Got to See to Believe

Rowan Atkinson, AKA Mr. Bean, racing his classic Jaguar Mark VII M Many celebrities are known for their extravagant lifestyles, and for a lot of the ones who fit the category, that includes a love for luxury cars. Here are five celebrities with some of the biggest car collections in the world. Jay Leno Car Collection Jay Leno in 1993 in his Hispano-Suiza Aero. By Alan Light, CC BY 2.0 It's no secret that the comedian and former host of "The Tonight Show" is a well-known car enthusiast. What you may not know is that the joker's collection includes more than 150 vehicles. Some of his most notable cars include a 1931 Duesenberg Model J, a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K, and a 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport. Jerry Seinfeld Car Collection (therichest.com) Another funnyman with...
January 18, 1919 – Bentley is founded
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January 18, 1919 – Bentley is founded

1931 Bentley during the 2019 Peking to Paris race While touring the French DFP automobile factory, Walter Owens Bentley noticed an aluminum paperweight and had the idea of using the same material to produce lighter cylinders. W.O., as he was known, took the idea home to his factory in North London and began producing that product for the Sopwith Camel airplane during the Great War. His success in manufacturing led to the founding of Bentley Motors Limited on this day in 1919.  W.O. Bentley The first of his vehicles would be delivered in September of 1921 and featured an innovative 4-valve per cylinder engine designed by Clive Gallop. Bentleys were soon tearing up the tracks in hill climbs and races at Brooklands. In some of the brands first major competitions, a Bentley plac...

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