Here are your Auto Factoids for the week!!!
2/10/1942 Pontiac stops producing cars for World War II
Eventually all the U.S. car manufacturers halted production, but many turned to creating something else for the war. What did Pontiac make for the war effort?
Pontiac began making an anti-aircraft gun for the U.S. Navy in its sheet metal plant and produced Bofors automatic field guns for the U.S. Army.
Swedish Designed Bofors
Pontiac also supplied front axles for the M-5 tanks built by Cadillac and air-launched torpedoes for the U.S. Navy.
M5 Tank by Cadillac and parts by Pontiac
2/11/1932 – Ford develops it’s new V8
It as developed from 1926 to 1932 and was known as the ‘fatty’. Compared to the straight 6′s and the straight 8′s it was. It was a flat head V8, the first of its kind. Economically produced and was first installed and sold in the Ford Model 18 but the car was referred to as the “Ford V8″
I love the look of these sedans. (Quit hacking them up!!!)
You pony car guys should really appreciate this innovation or else your Mustangs and Camaros would be a lot longer up front!!
2/12/1908 – New York to Paris Auto Race
The race was won by George Schuster driving the Thomas Flyer.
Car that won the first New York to Paris race
2/15/1929 – Graham Hill, British race car driver was born in London. He raced with Lotus, BRM, Brabham, and Hill
racing teams. Graham didn’t pass his drivers test until he was 24 years old. He died when he a plain he as flying crashed in England.
2/15/1944 – SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) was formed – I am card holding member. It’s a great experience
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