Ever since the invention of the wheel, mankind has been searching for better ways to travel faster and more effectively. This process has taken many thousands of years yet one competition has helped to speed it up rapidly: The Great Race which took place nearly a century ago. It spawned a generation of auto racing events that have captured the imagination of car enthusiasts in the United States and internationally.
The Jeep is an auto with a special place in the national life of the United States. This unique type of automobile was born during the early years of World War II. The U.S. Army needed a vehicle for light reconnaissance over difficult terrain. The Jeep from Willys met the specifications very well. The basic objective of Jeep design has remained unchanged in the decades of peace which followed the war. The Jeep is your best choice of auto when you need to negotiate surfaces of uncertain quality.
Imagine making a grand living from your interest in car racing! Well, love for automobiles can spawn an international business. There is a huge and a growing demand for restoring and carefully preserving classic models and famous cars. Collectors are willing to pay the kind of money that you can use to turn an auto racing hobby in to a multi-million dollar business.
Real NASCAR fans look after their cars with the same passion that they have for the sport! Perhaps you cannot attain acceleration or speeds you see on tracks; hopefully you do not encounter the turns and banks of the NASCAR circuit; but you still deserve to get the best out of the investments in your own automobile. A poorly kept set of wheels will not sit well with current knowledge of the latest developments on the NASCAR circuit, racy accounts of events you have seen, and prospects for the best of Nextel!
Car styling through the years has gravitated between racing influences and tributes to the great automobiles of the past. Sometimes it’s both, a case in point being the 1990s Chrysler Concorde with its wide oval grill reminiscent of early 1960s Ferraris. The Prancing Horse has been evoked by other makes as well, such as the 1955 Chevrolet and its Ferrari-inspired grill. The current styling theme seems to be retro – with a vengeance. Some examples of the trend include the Chrysler PT Cruiser that recalls the 1930s, the Chevrolet HHR with its 1940s look and the new Ford Mustang that pays homage to the Mustangs of the late 1960s.
In a land where auto racing has almost the status of a religion, the Indianapolis 500 race is perhaps the most exalted. Perhaps this is due to the long and glorious history of the race that extends back in time nearly a century. It was back in the early 1900s that Carl Fisher saw the need for a facility that would allow the day’s new, powerful automobiles to be tested to the limits of their speed and handling. Fisher also thought that an occasional race might be staged between some of the better cars. So it was that the first race at the then new Indianapolis Motor Speedway was held in 1909.