March 18, 1933 – Studebaker goes bankrupt

In 1920, under the presidency of Albert Erskine, Studebaker fully committed to the auto industry after building its last horse drawn wagon, a main product of the company since it was founded more than 60 years prior. Throughout the 1920s Erskine led Studebaker through the acquisition of luxury automaker

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March 17, 1948 – Hells Angels MC is founded

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was formed by the Bishop family in Fontana, California on this day in 1948. Composed of members from a number of other area clubs, the Angels name is said to be inspired by WWII fighter pilots and Howard Hughes’ 1930 film “Hell’s Angels” (note

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March 16, 1958 – The 50,000,000th Ford

In 1913, just 10 years after Ford Motor Company was founded, the 1,000,000th Ford, a Model T of course, left the assembly line. With the assembly line now in place, production was essentially on cruise control. Minus a few hiccups involving war and model transition, Ford was able to

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March 14, 1914 – NASCAR great Lee Petty is born

The patriarch of the Petty racing family, Lee Arnold Petty, was born on this day in 1914. Petty got a late start in racing, first taking the wheel in professional competition at age 35. Soon after getting a taste for the dirt, he participated in the first NASCAR sanctioned

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March 13, 1969 – The Love Bug debuts

The Love Bug movie made its official debut on this day in 1969. Starring a pearl white 1963 Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, the movie follows the adventures of Jim Douglas (Dean Jones), a racing driver who can’t catch a break. When Jim finds himself in need of a new

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March 12, 1831 – Clement Studebaker is born

Clement Studebaker and his older brother Henry founded H&C Studebaker Company in 1852 in South Bend, Indiana to build wagons and provide blacksmithing services. Clement, who was born on this day in 1831, was a skilled blacksmith by age 14 after apprenticing under his father. Henry sold his interest

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