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Published: 07.01.2015
“Dandy Dick Landy”, Race Car Legend
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of Robert Tate's Collection

Mr. Richard J. Landy was one of the best automotive Stock Car/Drag racing drivers in the country during the 1960's and 1970's. His memorable career and performances covers nearly five decades of automotive racing. Racing fans from all over the world called him “Dandy Dick”. He and the Sox & Martin racing team dominated their competition which included other racing groups as well as other manufacturers. The popular Hemi engine that was introduced by the Chrysler Corporation during the 1950's helped to launch Mr. Landy's racing career.

Published: 06.24.2015
Jordan Automotive Advertising Designs
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The Jordan Motor Car Company was founded in 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. The factory plant was located at 1070 East 152nd Street near downtown Cleveland. The company was founded by the late Edward (Ned) S. Jordan (1882-1958). During the early parts of his career, Mr. Jordan worked his way through the University of Wisconsin as a newspaper reporter. Later, his career placed him at the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. In 1906, he became advertising manager for the Thomas Jeffery Co., maker of the Rambler automobile. He later would become the company secretary, remaining with the Jeffery Company until 1916, the year his own company was founded.

Published: 06.17.2015
The Illustrations of Thomas Cleland
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection



Some of Cadillac’s most popular and most admired automotive advertising illustrations of1928, were created by the late Thomas Cleland of Brooklyn, New York (1880-1964). Mr. Cleland was an American book designer, painter, illustrator, and type designer. His great works of art are admired by people from all over the world. Mr. Cleland was born in New York City. At the age of 15, he became one of the most gifted and talented artist in the country. His first success as a graphic artist and illustrator came when he submitted a series of drawings to a trade journal, the “American Bookmaker”. Later, he sold an illustrated sample of his work to a sports magazine for five dollars.

Published: 06.10.2015
Dodge Trucks – 1918 to Present
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection



The history of Dodge trucks begins with a fascinating journey dating back to the year of 1918. It was the Dodge Brothers who helped bring about a new way of traveling many consumers and the business community as well. The first Dodge truck was produced for commercial use. The vehicle was advertised at the time using the slogan “Dodge Brothers’ Business Car”. The appearance of the Dodge brothers business cars were so popular that it attracted attention everywhere. People far and wide enjoyed its modern appearance.

Published: 06.03.2015
The Influence of Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940)
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection



The late Mr. Walter P. Chrysler was one of the world’s talented and leading pioneers in our automotive history. A great workman and strong influence in the development of our automotive heritage, His creative style and hard work will be remembered for generations to come. Walter Percy Chrysler was born in Wamego, Kansas on April 2, 1875. In 1878, his family moved to Ellis, Kansas where Mr. Chrysler received his primary and secondary education and began his career.

Published: 05.29.2015
Packard: A Name to Remember
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy Robert Tate's collection



The 1954 Packard models were introduced to the public on January 15, 1954 with the Clipper Special four door sedan added on in March. One of the rarest models produced in 1954 was the Packard Caribbean. The Packard Caribbean was a luxury six passenger vehicle with a handsome design model inspired by the show car the “Pan American”. Designed to be direct competition for Buick's 1953-54 customer market base, The Caribbean was thoroughly enjoyed by Packard's customers.

Published: 05.20.2015
Bill Stout: Engineer to Remember
Written by: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection



This is a story about the great accomplishments and contributions of the late Mr. William Bushnell Stout. Mr. Stout was a great American Aviation Engineer who liked to be called an “imaginer”. Scout, was born in 1880 in Quincy, Illinois. He attended Mechanical Arts High School in St. Paul Minnesota and later helped to develop and build one of the first model airplanes in the country. He was considered to be something like a genius.

Published: 05.12.2015
1968: The Year of Corvette
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection


1968 was a year to remember and a year of some very popular historical notes that took place in American culture. During this year, the Beatles had their popular hit song “Hey Jude”. Perhaps you were listening to the sounds of the late Otis Redding “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. If you're a movie fan like myself, one of the most popular films of the year was “Planet of the Apes” starring the late Charlton Heston along with other talented cast members. 1968 was also the year that the Mattel toy manufacturer released their Hot Wheels line of new products for consumers which were originally intended for children and young adults.

Published: 05.05.2015
From Past to Present: American Service Stations
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/ Researcher
Images: Courtesy of The National Automotive History Collection.

If you're of a certain age, like myself, you probably remember the days when the gasoline service station attendant would come out to your vehicle and ask you or your parents what type of fuel you would like for your automobile. I remember the early days of the 1960's as a young kid my mother would take her 1963 Ford Falcon into many of the local Detroit area service stations and would be greeted by a service station attendant with a great smile. The attendant would then wash the windows, check the oil, the battery, and check the tires at no additional cost. It was a time when great customer service in our country was a high priority.

Published: 04.28.2015
Remembering Ford Trucks: 1930-1934
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection

The 1930’s were a time of economic down turns and also considered a sad time for many Americans who were enduring the Great Depression. For many living in this country, this was a dismal time in their lives and in our country’s history. During the model years 1930-1934, the Ford Motor Company still manufactured remarkable Ford Trucks for the consumer market. Styling changes to the 1930 and 1931 Model A cars and Model AA trucks made them look new and exciting and many business would enjoy their popularity.

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