Strange Facts – Automobiles

By | Jun 24, 2010

David Buick, who started Buick Motors was originally a plumber. He invented a process where porcelain could be annealed onto iron, which made possible the production of the white porcelain bathtub.

The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran from Chicago to Evanston. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 71.5 miles per hour.

Early Ford cars were made with engines made by Dodge. It wasn’t until 1914 that the Dodge brothers, John and Horace, began building their own vehicles. Before their association with Ford they also produced transmissions for the Olds Motor Works.

In Detroit, couples are banned from making love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property. (Loony Laws” by Robert Pelton)

“Scientific America” carried the first magazine automobile ad in 1898. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH, invited readers to “dispense with a horse” for the $1,000 car.

Motorola was the brand name of the Gavin Manufacturing Corporation. The Motorola radio was one of the first car radios and the term comes from combining Motor for motorcar and Ola for sound. The company has been sound in motion ever since.


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