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Louis Renault
Legends June 13, 2016

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Louis Renault</br>Legends June 13, 2016

Louis Renault was the last of five children, but the first one interested in all things mechanical. Born in 1877 to a family of Paris merchants, electricity and engines were his passion and, during a time of technological changes, he was on the cutting edge. By the time he turned 20, he had converted his De Dion-Bouton tricycle into a small, four-wheeled vehicle. The “direct drive” followed, the first gearbox that eliminated the transmission chains and cogs that had been used until then.

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Bruce Meyers
Legends June 6, 2016

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Bruce Meyers</br>Legends June 6, 2016

Bruce Meyers’ life has been full of ups and downs, not unlike the sands his quirky little buggies once dominated. Considered by many to be one of the most groundbreaking automotive designs ever built, the fiberglass dune buggy wasn’t as much a car was a lifestyle. Bruce Meyers used backyard engineering to build something that broke convention and plowed through sand dunes. Meyers grew up in California during the early days of surfing, drag racing and beach combing.

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Saleen S7
Legends May 30, 2016

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Saleen S7</br>Legends May 30, 2016

One of the most prestigious cars in the world didn’t have aristocratic heritage or an exotic Italian name. Instead, it was the product of Steve Saleen, a California business major turned professional race-car driver who made his reputation primarily by turning stock Ford Mustangs into race-winning track cars. But Saleen always had a dream to build an American supercar. Completed in just 18 months, the S7 made its debut in August 2000.

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Sir Alec Issigonis
Legends May 23, 2016

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Sir Alec Issigonis</br>Legends May 23, 2016

The designer of the Mini broke every rule in the book and helped establish the British Motor Corporation (BMC) as a major producer and exporter of automobiles. But creator Alec Issigonis never seemed bothered by rules. He simply combined sound engineering with creativity to arrive at the necessary result. The Suez crisis of 1956 had choked off the canal that joined the Red and Mediterranean Seas, restricting supplies of crude oil to Great Britain.

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Bentley Speed 8
Legends May 16, 2016

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Bentley Speed 8</br>Legends May 16, 2016

Although known as a builder of over-the-top luxury cars for the rich and famous, Bentley’s illustrious motorsports history is no less significant. It all began in 1919 when Walter Owen Bentley, a young railroad engineering apprentice and racing enthusiast, formed his own company. His high-performance cars quickly established the “Bentley Boy” as contenders on the European racing scene. In fact, they won the yearly and prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) endurance race four time between 1923 and 1931.

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Soichiro Honda
Legends May 9, 2016

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Soichiro Honda</br>Legends May 9, 2016

He grew up helping his father repair bicycles in the little Japanese town of Komyo. By age 22 in 1928 he has opened his own store. At the same time, Honda began racing anything he could get his hands on. But a violent crash a few years later convinced him it was time to focus on his work. According to biographer Robert L. Shook, Honda reluctantly attended classes in automotive mechanics in hopes of receiving a formal education, but stubbornly paid little attention to anything that did not relate to piston rings.

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Chip Foose
Legends May 1, 2016

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Chip Foose</br>Legends May 1, 2016

Perhaps best known for the TV show Overhaulin’, award-winning designer Chip Foose is quite possibly the first of his breed to acheive mass recognition. On the show, where an owner’s vehicle was made over in a short timeframe, it’s also important not to label Foose as a king of the quick hit. In fact, he has created a legacy of rolling automotive art well beyond his 52 years of age.

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’57 Chevy
Legends April 25, 2016

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’57 Chevy</br>Legends April 25, 2016

It’s one of the most recognizable icons of the 1950’s, but it’s also a car that charted a new performance course that forever changed the way the buying public perceived this General Motors division. Until the ’57’s arrival, Chevrolet sportiness had been left to the Corvette, which could be enjoyed by only two people at a time. With Corvette muscle-its V8 engine-made available to the every-day buyers, performance could be enjoyed by the masses.

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Gone in 60 Seconds – Eleanor
Legends April 18, 2016

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Gone in 60 Seconds – Eleanor</br>Legends April 18, 2016

She was a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang code-named Eleanor, the 50th and final vehicle that Nicolas Cage, who played retired-car-thief-brought-back-into-action Randall “Memphis” Raines, had to steal and deliver to a ruthless crime boss. For car nuts, Gone in 60 Seconds – a remake of the 1974 movie that also featured a Mustang – is precisely 14 minutes long, the exact length of the movie’s climatic car chase, timed from the moment Eleanor enters the picture to the moment she’s delivered. . .

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Ferruccio Lamborghini
Legends April 11, 2016

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Ferruccio Lamborghini</br>Legends April 11, 2016

Although he was a fan of fast cars, Ferruccio Lamborghini actually had no plans to build them. Raised on a farm in Italy where he showed an aptitude for everything mechanical, Lamborghini went on to study industrial engineering. After serving in World War II, he set out to build a better tractor by using parts from military vehicles. Soon after, his workhorses became known as the best in Italy.

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