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#19 of 26 Re: old man, older Caddy [steve_]
Nov 09, 2012 (10:48 am)
Come back in 2089 and see me at age 124 with my ride!
#20 of 26 Shelby American continues
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2013 (5:03 pm)
"The days of our building 7,000 cars a year are long over," he said. "Carroll always said forget the highs and lows. Identify your sweet spot, and right now, our sweet spot is 400 to 500 cars a year. And as we continue to develop the parts side, we may find that the sweet spot is 300 cars."
Although Luft and Shelby American CEO Joe Conway declined to provide financial numbers for the company, Automotive News recently reported that Shelby American expects earnings this year of about $2.5 million on sales of roughly $22 million."
Carroll Shelby's spirit keeps car company going (Detroit News)
#23 of 26 Re: Father of the Mustang [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 04, 2013 (4:17 pm)
"father" of the minivan.
In all fairness, wasn''t that really Hal Sperlich? But then Loewy took credit for those 50's Studebaker transformations. The guy next to Iaccoca is Don Frey I believe.
#24 of 26 Re: Father of the Mustang [berri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 04, 2013 (5:38 pm)
Yeah, and there were plenty of other people propelling the Mustang to fruition too I'm sure. The guys with the titles (and the purse strings) tend to take the accolades, though Iaccoca was pitching the minivan idea when he was still at Ford.
Sep 09, 2013 (12:42 pm)
"Described as a cross between Dale Carnegie and Slim Pickens, Worthington was best known for his wacky television pitches that had him wrestling with a tiger, flying upside down on an airplane wing or riding a killer whale. His sales antics with his “Dog Spot” drove a career that took him from a three-car lot on a patch of Texas dirt to a multi-make dealership empire that grossed billions of dollars and stretched from Southern California to Alaska."
Showman car salesman Cal Worthington dies at 92 (LA Times)
Interesting guy but his dealerships are still old school. At least the one in Anchorage is, judging by the dealer reviews.
Nov 01, 2013 (8:01 pm)
Ran across this interesting Wiki blurb about the guy responsible for the crash test dummy. His work on fighter seats bled over into car safety.
"At one point, the military objected to funding work they believed was outside their purview, but they were persuaded when Stapp gave them statistics showing that more Air Force pilots were killed in traffic accidents than in plane crashes. The culmination of his efforts came in 1966 when Stapp witnessed Lyndon B. Johnson sign the law making manufacture of cars with seatbelts (lapbelts at that time) compulsory."