Monday, April 21, 2008

This Day in Auto History:

Automobile Quarterly
Automobile Quarterly

William K. Vanderbilt Jr., driving a Mercedes-Simplex at Ablis, France, makes land speed record runs of 67.78 mph and 69.04 mph - although setting a new standard for gasoline-powered cars the runs were not officially recognized and failed to exceed Leon Serpollet’s 8-day-old record of 75.06 mph in a steam-powered Serpollet
Charles McGee Pigott of Paccar, Inc. is born in Seattle, WA
Henry J. Fuller of Rolls-Royce of America, Inc. dies at age 82
The Timken Roller Bearing Company changes its name to The Timken Company
Joe Thompson, Ford stylist involved with the Ford Model A and the Lincoln-Zephyr, dies in Glendale, CA at age 92 - he is credited with developing the clay modeling technique for automobile styling

Source: Automobile History Day By Day, by Douglas A. Wick

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