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Old 23rd June 2008, 23:05   #76
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June 24th 1900
Oliver Lippincott became the first motorist in Yosemite National Park, when he drove his Toledo Automobile Company-built car to the South Rim from Flagstaff. Lippincott would start a trend with his visit, as motorists increasingly chose to drive to National Parks, avoiding the more time-consuming train and coach rides. By 1901, a number of other motorists had made the trip to Yosemite, mostly in Locomobiles.

June 24th 1928
The rocket-powered Opel RAK 3 debuted on a section of railroad track near Hanover, Germany. With approximately 20,000 spectators looking on, the rocket car recorded a rail-speed record of 157mph on its first run. The result of a rather odd experiment, the RAK 3 carried a caged cat as its driver. Tragically, on the car's second run, too many of its rockets fired at once and the car crashed, killing its feline pilot.

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June 25th 1956
Last Packard car was produced at Connor Avenue plant in Detroit. Packard would continue to manufacture cars in South Bend, Indiana, until 1958, but for those familiar with Packard the last 1956 is considered the last true Packard car.

June 25th 1964
John Paul Herbert was on born June 25, 1964 in Romford, London, England. He is a former racing driver from England. He competed in Formula One, winning three races, and also in sports cars winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991 driving a Mazda 787B. They only non-european car to win Le-Mans that too with a rotary engine.

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June 26 1906
The first French Grand Prix, the first race of that kind to be held anywhere was staged in Le Mans by the Automobile Club of France and won by Hungarian driver Ferenc Szisz in a 90hp Renault. The race covered 1,200 kilometers over two days, and was run under a new set of rules that would become a standard element of Grand Prix racing.

June 26th 1925
After two years of stock acquisitions by Walter Chrysler and Harry Bronner, Chrysler Corporation was incorporated in Delaware, Later it took over Maxwell Motor Corporation with Walter P. Chrysler as president and chairman of the board.

June 26th 1971
Massimiliano "Max" Biaggi, Italian motercycle racer was born in Rome, Italy. Biaggi is also known as the Roman Emperor and Mad Max and is notorious for his difficult relationship with the press, team personnel and other riders.

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June 27th 1909
Mercedes Benz introduced three-pointed star symbol.

June 27th 1955
Illinois, the 21st state of United State enacted first automobile seat belt legislation.

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June 28th 1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, Bosnia, while riding in an The 1911 Gräf & Stift Double Phaeton (Austro Daimler)that was chauffeured by Otto Merz, a Mercedes team driver. The assassination resulted in the outbreak of World War I.

June 28th 1926
Benz & Cie. and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) merged to form Daimler-Benz AG.

June 28th 1931
Robert Glen Johnson Junior famously known as Junior Johnson was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He was a legendary moonshiner (bootlegger) in the rural South who became one of the early superstars of NASCAR in the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. In the 1970s and 1980s he became a highly successful NASCAR racing team owner. He sponsored such NASCAR champions as Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. He is credited with discovering drafting/slipstreaming

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June 29th 1902
Marcel Renault won the four-day Paris-to-Vienna race, driving a car of his own design. The early city-to-city races were the largest sporting events of that era. Some three million people turned out to cheer Renault on to victory during the 15-hour, 615-mile race. These races were discontinued in large part due to Renault's fatal accident the following year at the Paris-Madrid race.

June 29th 1932
Audiwerke, Horchwerke, Zschopauer Motorenwerke - DKW, Automobile Division of Wanderer merged to formed Auto Union AG (second-largest motor vehicle manufacturer in Germany.). The new company's logo, four interlinked rings, one for each of founder companies was adopted. Horch was on supervisory board of Auto Union.

June 29th 1956
President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the Highway Revenue Act of 1956 which outlined a policy of taxation with the aim of creating a fund for the construction of over 42,500 miles of interstate highways. The plan called for $50 billion over 13 years to pay for the project. A system of taxes, relying heavily on the taxation of gasoline, was implemented. Eisenhower thought of the Federal Interstate System as his greatest achievement.

June 29th 1957
Giuseppe Bacciagaluppi, managing director of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, staged the first race at his newly remodeled track, a match race between the top 10 Indy Car drivers and the top 10 Formula One drivers in the world. Monza enjoyed the reputation of being Europe's fastest racetrack. Jimmy Bryan of the United States won the Two Worlds Trophy in a Salih roadster at 160mph. The race did little to settle the dispute as to where the world's best drivers reside, on the high-speed ovals of the United States or on the curvy Grand Prix tracks of Europe. In those days, many racers bridged the gap between the two worlds-- like Jim Clark, who won at Indy in the same year he captured the F1 crown. Today it is widely held that the world's best drivers compete on the F1 circuit, though the specialized cars of today make the two types of racing more difficult to compare.

June 29th 1985
Jim Pattison purchased a custom-painted Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine that had belonged to John Lennon for $2,229,000. Lennon had purchased the car in 1966 and asked a friend to paint the car with a period-typical psychedelic design pattern. The auction sale price was 10 times Sotheby's initial estimate.

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June 30 1926
GM traded 667,720 shares of its own stock, at market value of $136 million to acquire remaining 40 percent of Fisher Body to make Fisher Body Division of GM.

June 30th 1953
The first regular-production model of Corvette rolled out. In the First production year, just over 300 Corvettes were assembled by hand in Flint, Michigan. About half of them sold, rest given away to company executives and VIPs. The first Corvette was unveiled in New York City at GM Motorama show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 17th January the same year, whereas prototypes were built on 22nd Dec 1952 which GM spent between $50,000 and $60,000 to build. The name "Corvette" came from a type of small, lightly armed warship used by most Allied navies during World War II.

June 30th 1969
The last U.S. produced Rambler (an American Rambler) rolls off the production line in Kenosha. A total of 4,204,925 had been made.
The Nash Rambler had originally been developed by George Walter Mason after World War II. Mason realized before anyone else that the postwar "seller's market" would evaporate once the market was again saturated with cars. He foresaw the difficulty that independent car companies would experience once they were faced with head-to-head competition with the Big Three's massive production capabilities. It was Mason's theory that to compete with the Big Three, the independents needed to market a different product. He developed a number of smaller cars, including the Rambler, the Nash-Healey (a collaboration with British Healey), and the Metropolitan. None of the cars managed to capture the American market. But years later, after Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson merged to become AMC, the Rambler finally caught on as a sub-compact car. George Romney, Mason's protÉgÉ, coined the term "gas-guzzling dinosaur" to describe the Big Three's products. Romney led a personal ad campaign promoting the AMC Rambler as an efficient, reliable car. His campaign was immensely successful, and the Rambler single-handedly kept AMC alive during impossible times for independents.
The Rambler marque was continued in numerous international markets. Examples include AMC Hornets and AMC Matadors assembled by the Australian Motor Industries (AMI) from CKD kits that continued to be badged as Ramblers until 1978. The Rambler nameplate was last used on automobiles in 1983 by Vehiculos Automotores Mexicanos (VAM) in Mexico.
In Argentina, the Rambler American became the IKA Torino in 1967. It then became the Renault Torino and was offered until 1980.

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July 1st 1913
Carl Fisher, President of Prest-o-lite, formed Lincoln Highway Association with headquarters in Detroit, MI. Henry Joy, President of Packard Motor Cars, came up with the idea of naming the highway after Abraham Lincoln to build coast-to-coast paved road; envisioned improved, hard-surfaced road that would stretch almost 3400 miles from coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, over shortest practical route; promoted road using private, corporate donations; Henry Joy elected as president. Carl Fisher elected vice-president.

July 1st 1948
Achille Varzi, an Italian Grand Prix driver who died during practice runs for the 1948 Swiss Grand Prix during light rain. His car skidded on the wet surface, flipping over and crushing him to death. Varzi's death resulted in the FIA mandating the wearing of crash helmets for racing, which had been optional previously. He used to race for Buggati and Alfa Romeo.


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July 2nd 1910
Frank D. and Spencer Stranahan incorporated Champion Spark Plug Company in Toledo, Ohio in accordance with manufacturing contract with Willys-Overland Company.

July 2nd 1992
Original Corvette engineer Zora Arkus Duntov drove the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette off of the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event was monumental to both America's first sports car and the man that made the car possible.
The color choice for the one millionth Corvette - white with red interior and black roof - was appropriate. This was a nod to the 1953 Corvette, whose entire production run of 300 units featured the same livery

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Zora Arkus-Duntov (left) and Dave McLellan, the past and present Corvette chief engineers.
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July 3rd 1909
Hudson Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan began production with the Model 20. The company had several 'firsts' for the auto industry: self starter, dual brakes, first balanced crankshaft which allowed the Hudson straight-6 engine to work at a higher rotational speed while remaining smooth, developed more power than lower-revving engines.

July 3rd 1978
Ernest R. Breech, chairman of the Ford Motor Company from 1955-1960, died in Royal Oak, Michigan at the age of 81. Breech had been at the top of the accounting world when Henry Ford II had personally pleaded with him to join the ailing Ford Motor Company and take a chance at reviving one of America's historic corporations.

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July 4th 1894
Elwood Haynes successfully tested one-horsepower, one-cylinder vehicle at 6 or 7 mph at Kokomo, IN. It was one of the first automobiles built and oldest American-made automobile in existence. Currently it is on exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

July 4th 1957
Fiat launched "Nuova 500", cinquecento in Turin. It was designed by Dante Giacosa. it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 2.97 m (9 ft 9 in) long, and originally powered by a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and is considered one of the first city cars.
During the filming of Italian Job (original), the boss of Fiat Motors offered to donate huge number of Fiat 500s in place of the Minis. The director however decided that as it was a very British film, it should be British Minis.

July 4th 2007
Fiat 500 Nuova was launched officially at Murazzi del Po, Turin lexactly 50 year after the launch of the original Fiat 500. With 250,000 in attendance it was the largest launch party held in the last ten years, a testament to the 500's huge popularity. The show was coordinated by Marco Balich, who was also responsible for Turin's 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Several artists performed during the show, including Lauryn Hill, Israeli dancing group Mayumana and others followed by huge firework spectacle. The car was also displayed in the squares of 30 cities in Italy for the launch.

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Elwood Haynes 1894 car at the Smithsonian Museum,considered the oldest American made automobile in existence.
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July 5th 1933
Fritz Todt was appointed general inspector for German highways on this day in 1933. His primary assignment was to build a comprehensive autobahn system. Todt, a civil engineer who was a proponent of a national highway system as a means of economic development, was handpicked for the position in 1932 by Adolf Hitler. The two men were close friends, and Todt remained a Nazi party member throughout World War II. By 1936, 100,000 kilometers of divided highways had been completed, leaving Germany with the most advanced transportation system in the world.
The autobahn inspired U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster a similar American interstate highway system. Having been in Germany during the war, he returned to the United States deeply convinced that good highways were directly linked to economic prosperity.

July 5th 1937
Henry Ford initiated 32 hour work week for his factory workers.

July 5th 1951
[FONT=Arial]Gordon M. Buehrig, of South Bend, Indiana, received a patent for "Vehicle Top Construction" ("to provide a vehicle top construction which is essentially the type providing an enclosed passenger compartment with the attendant advantages but which may be opened to a substantial degree to simulate an open passenger compartment"); vehicle top with removable panels; appeared as "T-top" on 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.[/FONT]

July 5th 1998
Strike at General Motors parts factory near Detroit closed five assembly plants which idled workers nationwide. This standoff lasted seven weeks[SIZE=3].[/SIZE]

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July 6th 1955
Federal Air Pollution Control Act was implemented and federal funds were allocated for research into causal analysis and control of car-emission pollution.

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July 7th 1928
The Chrysler Corporation introduced the Plymouth as its newest car on this day in 1928. The Plymouth project had taken three years to complete, as Chrysler engineers worked to build a reliable and affordable car to compete with the cheaper offerings of Ford and General Motors. The Plymouth debuted with great fanfare in July of 1928, with renowned aviator Amelia Earhart behind the wheel. The publicity blitz brought 30,000 people to the Chicago Coliseum for a glimpse of the new car. With a delivery price of $670, the Plymouth was an attractive buy, selling over 80,000 units in its first year and forcing Chrysler to expand its production facilities drastically.

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#1, Million & 2 Million. Left to right, Harry G. Moock, Plymouth Sales Manager, Verne Orr, California Sales Manager and Mrs. Ethel Miller.
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Ethel Miller with her # 1 Plymouth as she prepared to leave for Chicago to pickup the One Millionth Plymouth at the Century of Progress Exhibition
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July 8, 1907
George Wilcken Romney was born in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. He was chairman of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962. He then served as the 43rd governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 and then the 3rd United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973. Romney was a candidate for President in 1968, ultimately losing the Republican nomination to Richard Nixon.
He entered the car industry as a salesman and eventually became one of the most powerful men in the business, leading AMC in becoming the largest independent car company in the country.

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