Category Archives: History

Scarborough’s Tour Book, 1917

Early motorists faced many challenges – awful roads, angry farmers who detested their presence, mechanical breakdowns, a dearth of filling stations, etc. – but one of the biggest challenges was just finding one’s way.  Until 1917 there were no official, … Continue reading

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George Barris Batmobile Sells for $4.2 Million @ Barrett-Jackson – A Look At The First Batmobile

Editor’s note: Earlier this evening, the Batmobile that customizer George Barris built for the 1960s Batman television show hammered off at $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. That’s as good excuse as any to republish one of our … Continue reading

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Playing by the Old Rules

Several weeks ago when I scored a 1925 Wisconsin highway map on ebay I thought I had struck gold.  It was in very good condition and came packaged in the folder that Gimbel’s Department Store of Milwaukee prepared as a … Continue reading

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Happy Chanukah, Third Night – Rosenberger, Ross & Rose

Adolf Rosenberger was a gentleman racer whose success in business was duplicated on the track at the wheel in the 1920s, racing Mercedes and Benz cars, including two wins at the famed Avus track. In 1931, he founded Porsche GmbH … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail of Wisconsin Road Maps

I’m a maphead.  I became interested in old maps when I was researching older, historic alignments of U.S. Highway 51 through Wisconsin in my (successful) attempt to plot a modern day road trip on those old alignments.  The oldest such … Continue reading

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John Fitch 1917-2012, R.I.P.

To view the entire photo gallery in your choice of 2D or stereo 3D formats, click here for a Flash player or here for an HTML applet Any one of John Fitch‘s many accomplishments would have made him a man worthy of note. … Continue reading

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Boss 302 Prototype, Revisited

In August I posted a story about a car that was displayed in Mustang Alley at the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise.  The owner, John Grafelman, a farmer from southern Illinois, said that the car had served as the design prototype … Continue reading

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Chris Economaki 1920-2012 R.I.P.

  Chance are, if you’re older than 30 and if you’ve watched any motorsports on television or read about it in the media, you’ve been the beneficiary of the work of Chris Economaki. His voice was as much the sound … Continue reading

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Rock County Thresheree, 2012

  This isn’t automotive, per se, but it is impressive. The Rock County Thresheree is a celebration of 19th century machines and technology.  It has been held on Labor Day weekend every year since the 1950s.  This is a working … Continue reading

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Building the First Cobra, 1962

Amazing what you can find on the internet. While looking for a photo of Carroll Shelby for our post on his passing, I came across some terrific historical photos that you probably haven’t seen before. Dave Friedman has had a … Continue reading

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