February 23, 1958 – Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped

Argentinian race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio dominated the first decade of Formula 1, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times in the 1950s, a record which stood for 47 years. But he wasn’t in the driver’s seat when he made headlines on this day in 1958. It was

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February 21, 1948 – NASCAR is founded

NASCAR’s roots intertwine with those of smuggling moonshine during America’s prohibition era. Drivers who delivered illegal alcohol needed fast cars to outrun police, so they regularly tuned their vehicles for more power and better handling. Following prohibition, these drives continued to possess a need for speed. They organized races

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February 20, 1909 – Hudson is founded

When eight businessmen from Detroit approached department store founder Joseph L. Hudson requesting an investment for a new automobile company he was likely a bit confused. He dealt in suits, not cars, after all. Regardless, their pitch sold him on the idea. He put up the necessary capital to

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February 19, 1954 – Ford Thunderbird concept is completed

Ford Motor Company knew it needed a response, and fast, when Chevrolet rolled out the Corvette prototype in January 1953. The concept for its Thunderbird was born the very next month. From idea to rolling reality in just one year, the Ford Thunderbird prototype received its finishing touches this

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