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CAR FUN FACTS

  • The 1st automobile racetrack in the US was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which consists of 3 million cobblestones.
  • In its 1st year the VW Beetle sold only 330 cars in the United States.
  • Women spend more than $65 million on new cars and trucks, influence 80 percent of all new car purchases, and will buy 60 percent of new cars in 2001.
  • In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.
  • 135 million cars travel the nation's roads and interstates each day.
  • The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
  • One seventh of the new auto/truck sales in the US are in Southern California.
  • The average 1999 model year automobile cost $5,674 per year to own and operate.
  • In the 1970's cars were scrapped almost twice as often as small trucks, but over the years cars have become more durable and in 1999 the scrappage rate was almost equal.
  • The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong.
  • Windshield wipers were invented by a woman.
  • The brake light in the rear windows was put there after a suggestion by Elizabeth Dole.
  • The first person to win the Indianapolis 500 at a speed of over 100 MPH without a relief driver was Billy Arnold who won in 1930 with an average speed of 100.448 MPH.
  • The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At the time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
  • In 2002 30% of the cars sold were SUVs.
  • The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.
  • The New York City Police Department used bicycles to pursue speeding motorists in 1898.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
  • In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.
  • The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.
  • In 1923, 173 new inventions by women for cars had been reported. Among these inventions were a carburetor and an electric engine starter.
  • The first car radio was invented in 1929.
  • Buick introduced the first electric turn signals in 1938.
  • The Peanuts characters were first animated in 1957 for a Ford Fairlaine automobile commercial.
  • Most American car horns beep in the key of F.
  • The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today.
  • The car is one of the most recognizable inventions of the modern era. Without cars there would be no suburbs, car trips, endless drop-offs and pick-ups most parents are all to familiar with.
  • The first car tires were white! One tire manufacturer wanted his tires to look more distinguished than other tires. He asked the Peekskill Chemical Company in Peekskill, New York, to see what they could do to make a tire that was a silver gray color.

The Color of Tires

Joseph Binney had founded the Peekskill Chemical Company in 1864 and specialized in producing black and red colors and paints. The red he created was used on barns all across the American countryside and was made with the same red iron oxide that the cavemen had used to make their red paint. The Peekskill chemists succeeded in creating a darker color for the tire manufacturer. More importantly, they discovered that by adding carbon black as an ingredient to the rubber they not only got a darker tire, but one that lasted four to five times longer than white ones! And from there you know how this story ends, except for one little detail. The Peekskill Chemical Company later became known as Binney & Smith, the makers of Crayola Crayons!

The History of Gasoline

A gas gauge was an "extra" in a Model T and the gas tank was under the front seats. But where did you get the gasoline to fill the tank? Of course today there are gas stations everywhere, but when cars were first invented gas stations weren't around yet. People actually bought their gasoline at the general store. They filled their own buckets with gasoline and used a funnel to pour it into the car's gas tank. As more and more companies got into the business of making gasoline, stations began to appear. Some of them were just a single gas pump right alongside the curb with an attendant ready to help when you drove up. Unlike the automated gasoline pumps today, old- fashioned ones took some muscle to hand pump, but at least you didn't have to slosh a bucket around. Customers pumped their own gas and the station attendant wrote up the bill on a piece of paper.

Starting in 1920 stations got fancier. Some put up neon signs to advertise their name and many added water fountains and vending machines for thirsty customers. New pumps offered two grades of gasoline without hand pumping. The new pumps had glass covered gauges that displayed the amount of gas being dispensed and the cost. It took a long 8 minutes to fill the small 5- gallon car tanks that were common in those days. While the tank was filling up, the gas station attendant wiped the windshield, checked the oil and water for you, and if necessary, cranked the engine to get it started again. Sometimes called a "gas jockey", the station attendant worked 13 days in a row before he got a day off. Customers would often tip a gas jockey 10 or 25 cents for his service.

In the 1950s when Della Deluxe and Hank Hot Rod were the most popular cars, gas jockeys could work part time and it was a fun job for high school boys. They would service the car and pump the gas too. Pumps were more efficient and could fill the larger 14-gallon gas tanks quickly. When a gas shortage caused prices to go up in the 1970s, customers wanted the best price they could find. To keep prices down, gas stations changed over to self-serve and gas jockeys became a thing of the past.

Today convenience stores are a part of many gas stations. Now, instead of working as gas jockeys, high school students can work part time as store clerks and help ring up your sale. Drivers can make one, quick stop for gas and snacks and be back on the road in no time at all. It kind of reminds you of the days when gasoline was sold at the general store.

What Roads Are Made Of

In the year 1900 there were only ten miles of paved road in the United States. Today, there are two million miles of paved roads and streets! Unlike early drivers, you don't have to consider whether or not a road exists to your destination. You just get out the map, plot your course and take off. You can make a quick trip downtown, head out to the seashore or up to the mountains. Hit the interstate and you can visit your uncle in Kalamazoo, Michigan, see Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, or visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida. You never run out of road!

Did you ever stop to wonder what all those miles of road are made of? Wherever you go in the world, and as far back as 4,000 BC, stone is the common ingredient in roads. Simple stone roads were often rough, uneven, and pitted with ruts and holes that filled up with rain and mud in the winter. It wasn't until the 1700s that the smooth, even roads we know today became possible. We have three Scottish engineers and their improved road building techniques to thank.

Although he was blind, John Metcalfe was able to design and build firm, three-layer roads. First he placed large stones on the bottom layer, then he took the materials excavated from the roadbed such as smaller rocks and earth and used them for the middle layer, and finally he spread a layer of gravel on top.

A second Scottish gentleman by the name of Thomas Telford designed a way to raise the center of the road so that rainwater would drain down the sides. He also devised a method to analyze how thick the road stones had to be to withstand the weight and volume of the horses and carriages that were common in his day.

The last of the three, John McAdam, mixed the necessary road stones with tar. The tar "glued" all the stone together and created a harder and smoother surface for the carriage wheels to roll on. "Tarmacadam roads" became the standard used everywhere until the 1870s. "Tarmacadam" was a mouthful, so eventually people shortened the word to "tarmac".

A natural rock known as asphalt had been used to construct buildings for many years. In 1824 large blocks of natural asphalt rock were placed on the wide boulevard in Paris known as the Champs-?lysées. This was the first time this type of rock was used for a road.

In the United States during the 1870s, a Belgian immigrant by the name of Edward de Smedt created a man-made asphalt that was of a higher density and quality than the natural stone. And like the tar that McAdam used, asphalt could harden and smoothe the road. Smedt's new product was soon put to the test on Fifth Avenue in New York City and on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Today almost all the roads in the U.S. are surfaced with this man-made asphalt. Asphalt comes from the processing of crude oils. Everything that is valuable in crude oil is first removed and put to good use. Then what remains (hydrogen and carbon compounds with minor amounts of nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen) is made into asphalt cement for pavement.

Ribbons of firm, well-drained, smoothly paved roads and highways are ready to take you and your family anywhere you want to go this summer, thanks to the construction methods pioneered by three Scottish engineers and the invention of man-made asphalt.