On this day in 1998 President Bill Clinton declared some 10,000 square miles of Michigan the Automobile National Heritage Area. The site commemorates the role of the automobile in U.S. history. The location received designation largely because of metro Detroit‘s primary role in the promotion and production of the
The United States gubernatorial, house and senate elections took place throughout the United States on November 5, 1918. One of those races would elect a new Class 1 U.S. Senator from the State of Michigan. Running was the former Secretary of the Navy, republican Truman Handy Newberry, and industrialist
At the time of his death on this day in 2000, Harold E. LeMay had amassed one of the largest personal collections of automobiles ever recorded. It contained upwards of 3,000 cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles, buses and other modes of transport. It also included thousands more pieces of
The first modern auto show began at Madison Square Garden in New York City on this day in 1900. This was not the first auto show, nor was it even the first show at Madison Square Garden, but it was the first big show. Like, really big. It was
A few years before automotive executives Lee Iacocca and his Mustang sidekick Hal Sperlich found themselves kicked to the curb outside of Ford headquarters, the two spearheaded a new concept car known as the Carousel. Henry Ford II, who tended to butt heads with Iacocca, was less than impressed.
Studebaker introduced the Hawkon this day in 1955 for the 1956 model year. Described as a “family sports car,” the line included the Golden Hawk, Sky Hawk, Power Hawk, and Flight Hawk, the lowest priced model. The Hawk cars, which succeeded the Studebaker Speedster, were all two door, four
Toyota began invaded the American car market on this day in 1957 when the company established its American headquarters. They set up shop in an old Rambler dealership in Hollywood, California. Executives believed that the Toyopet, also known as the Toyota Crown, would be the first choice for a
When Enzo Ferrari refused to see a wealthy customer who had some concerns about his recently purchased Ferrari, that customer pledged to build his own sports car out of spite. The dissed customer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, stood by his word, sparking one of the greatest rivalries in automotive history. Ferruccio’s