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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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Profiles, Jim Clark
August 29, 2016

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Profiles, Jim Clark</br>August 29, 2016

When Jim Clark slipped the surly bonds of Earth on that April afternoon in 1968, the racing world not only lost a great champion, it lost a trailblazer; and it lost a whole lot more of its innocence. ‘Stunning,’ said Formula One champion Jackie Stewart, remembering when the word of Clark’s death on slick tires and the wet roads of a Formula Two race in Hockenheim, Germany, reached him. ‘He was the driver’s driver. For everybody he was the complete racing driver.’
And he was so much more.

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Profiles, The Volvo connection
August 22, 2016

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Profiles, The Volvo connection</br>August 22, 2016

This story is, as the historians tell it, quite literally a fishy one.
How, exactly, does a premium Swedish car company take root from nothing but a conversation over a plate of cooked crustaceans?
How does a name become synonymous with safety? And how do Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, two men with three simple rules, go down in history as the team responsible for creating the legendary Volvo brand?

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Profiles, Jim Hall
August 15, 2016

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Profiles, Jim Hall</br>August 15, 2016

Jim Hall found out the hard way that racing’s rules, while, open to some interpretation, didn’t allow for ideas that strayed too far from the pail.
This axiom applied to one of lanky Texan’s most ambitious (and controversial) racecars, the Chaparral 2J. This was one of a series of cars he designed and constructed over a 20-year period, most of which broke with the conventional wisdom of their day.

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