January 4, 2011 – The final Mercury

Introduced by Edsel Ford in 1938 for the 1939 model year, Mercury was promoted as a premium brand from Ford Motor Co that filled the gap between Ford and Lincoln. Following an initial push of the all new car, Mercury became an option hound. Meaning, by the 1942 model

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January 3, 1926 – Pontiac debuts

On this day in 1926 General Motors officially introduced Pontiac at the New York Auto Show, a companion brand to their modestly priced Oakland line. Soon after Pontiac sales began, the brand far outsold its partner. The increasing sales figures led GM to shut down Oakland in 1932 and

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Dodge SRT4

January 2, 1994 – Introducing the Neon

Chrysler introduced the Neon on this day in 1994. At various times, the name would find itself on Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth cars until production ended in 2005. While the US only saw Dodge and Plymouth Neons, Chrysler carried the name in Canada and Europe. The compact car offered

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Tony Kanaan

December 31, 1974 – Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan is born

Brazilian race car driver Antoine Rizkallah “Tony” Kanaan Filho, better known as Tony Kanaan, was born on this day in 1974. Kanaan’s career highlights include winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 IndyCar Series championship. During the 2004 IndyCar season he completed 3,305 laps, making him the first

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December 29, 1800 – Charles Goodyear is born

Charles Goodyear didn’t found Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, but it is named after the self taught chemist. Goodyear, born on this day in 1800, became obsessed with natural rubber and its properties. Commonly referred to as gum elastic in the 1830s, rubber made up many products at the

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