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Profiles, Bill France Sr.
February 6, 2017

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Profiles, Bill France Sr.</br>February 6, 2017

From his gas station on Main Street in Daytona Beach, Fla., the sunny city off highway A1A where he moved his family and began his new life, William Henry Getty France was a large man with grand plans.
He dreamt of fast cars, a quick buck and afternoons of velocity without the moonshine. He couldn’t have known the dream would be so real.

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Profiles, Alain Prost
January 30, 2017

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Profiles, Alain Prost</br>January 30, 2017

On the days when Alain Prost couldn’t outdrive Ayrton Senna (who was his Formula One teammate for a stint) he still had a way of finding his way to the podium. They called him ‘Le Professeur’ for that very reason. But more more than 20 years ago, before he walked away from a top racing league, it was not uncommon for Prost to more than occasionally become cornered in the smallest restaurant in the smallest town in the tiniest corner of a country.

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Profiles, Karl Benz
November 7, 2016

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Profiles, Karl Benz</br>November 7, 2016

It was a big day when Karl Benz was granted a patent for his moving vehicle, but a day 14 years earlier is the one to remember most. Benz thought he saw something in Bertha Ringer, a quiet but determined German woman. What he couldn’t have imagined on that afternoon in 1872 when the two were married, was a partnership that helped plant the seeds for an empire. What’s the real secret behind Karl Friedrich Benz, a man often credited as the inventor of the motorcar? Bertha Benz.

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Profiles, Colin Chapman
October 17, 2016

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Profiles, Colin Chapman</br>October 17, 2016

Colin Chapman had a term for making life as easy as possible. To not overdo it. He said that if you don’t ‘simplicate’ that you’ll only end up complicating things.Chapman, generally considered once of the most brilliant minds in auto industry, was the the master of keeping it simple.
He came from a simple existence. His father was a hotel manager and the family lived a relatively frugal existence in England during the 1920s.

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Profiles, Carl Hahn
October 10, 2016

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Profiles, Carl Hahn</br>October 10, 2016

Take a cruise through this sleepy industrial city of 125,000 souls and there are Volkswagen Golfs everywhere. There are so many that Wolfsburg is affectionately known as Golf Town.
It’s no secret the little car helped build Wolfsburg, Volkswagen’s central headquarters in northern Germany, and vice versa. The Golf made the brown smokestacks that still rise out of nothing in the German countryside churn and burn. Carl Hahn made them burn hotter.

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Profiles, Ken Tyrrell
October 3, 2016

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Profiles, Ken Tyrrell</br>October 3, 2016

If you have never heard of Ken Tyrrell, it’s a good bet you have heard of the drivers he helped make famous.
He was the team owner who launched the racing career of three-time Formula One champion Jackie Stewart. He made Italian F1 driver Michele Alboreto. He found Martin Brundle and countless others. You could say that Tyrrell had an eye for talent. He was to racing what the unrecognized, hard-working, drive-through-the-night scout is for the best teams in major-league baseball.

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Profiles, Roy Warshawsky
September 26, 2016

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Profiles, Roy Warshawsky</br>September 26, 2016

Roy Warshawsky, a gritty, bespectacled business-savvy kid from the south side of Chicago, Ill., couldn’t have imagined it at the time, but his innocent call to an advertising department of a national magazine turned the family’s small scrap-metal yard into an automotive powerhouse.
The year was 1937 and the 22-year-old Warshawsky had a concept.

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Profiles, Jacky Ickx
September 19, 2016

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Profiles, Jacky Ickx</br>September 19, 2016

In more than 25 years of racing on the world’s biggest stage, Ickx became the greatest driver Belgian fans had ever known. Between 1968 and 1972, when his equipment was just as good as his often-underappreciated talent, he beat some of the best drivers of his era in open-wheel racing’s top tier: Formula One.
Twice a runner-up in the F1 championship standings and an eight-time race winner, Ickx established himself as a legitimate threat to the Jackie Stewarts and Emerson Fittipaldis of the world, even if he never won a title.

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Profiles, Battista Pininfarina
September 12, 2016

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Profiles, Battista Pininfarina</br>September 12, 2016

Henry Ford wanted him, an auto world would revere him and everyone would come to know him as the definition of Italian automotive design. And if the name Battista Farina doesn’t ring a bell, there’s good reason.
He wasn’t known as Pininfarina until much later in his life, long after he had transformed an industry, built multiple companies and had his name changed by order of the president of Italy.
In the world of design, Pininfarina would become a name to remember.

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Profiles, Roy Chapin Jr.
September 5, 2016

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Profiles, Roy Chapin Jr.</br>September 5, 2016

If you don’t know who Roy Chapin Jr., it’s a good bet that you know the Gremlin, Hornet and the Pacer. They were his cars.
Even 40 years later, the mention of those names in car circles is enough to provoke a chuckle or two. Some still collect the American Motors Corporation cars and proudly call them timeless classics. Others would prefer to quite literally look the other way. Chapin Jr., the gentlemanly and highly intelligent son of one of the pioneers in the car industry, kept a business afloat with them.

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