By G. Wayne Miller
In motor vehicle Wars, G. Wayne Miller, writer of Toy Wars: The Epic fight among G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the corporations That cause them to and males and velocity: A Wild experience via NASCAR's Breakout Season, takes readers again to the wild and wooly years of the early vehicle era—from 1893, whilst the 1st U.S.-built car was once brought, via 1908, whilst common vehicles used to be based and Ford's version T went out there. The motor vehicle used to be new, paved roads few, and devotees of this fascinating and unregulated know-how battled with voters who inspiration the auto a perilous scourge of the rich which was once shattering a extra peaceable lifestyle. because the computer reworked American tradition for higher and worse, early company battles for survival and industry proportion remodel the commercial panorama. one of the pioneering rivals are: Ransom E. Olds, founding father of Olds Motor Works, inventor of the meeting line (Henry Ford copied him), and author of a brand new corporation known as REO; Frederic L Smith, cutthroat businessman who grew to become CEO of Olds Motor Works after Olds used to be ousted in a company strength play; William C. “Billy" Durant of Buick Motor corporation (who may quickly create common Motors), and genius inventor Henry Ford.
The fiercest struggle pits Henry Ford opposed to Frederic Smith of Olds. Olds was once the early winner within the race for dominance, yet now the Olds empire is in difficulty, its once-industry best industry percentage shrinking, its funds dwindling. Ford is simply revving up. yet this is often Ford's 3rd try at a winning automobile company—and if this one fails, particularly in all likelihood his final. So Smith fights Ford with the guns he understands most sensible: attorneys, blackmail, intimidation, and a vicious ads smear crusade that eventually backfires.
Increasingly determined, wanting miraculous PR that might support trap shoppers to his showrooms, Smith phases the main outrageous stunt of the period: the 1st vehicle race around the continental usa, with of his Olds autos. The race pits the rushing author Percy Megargel, a prosperous New Yorker, opposed to Everyman mechanic Dwight B. Huss, a strong Midwesterner—men who proportion a fondness for experience and the hot computing device. lined breathlessly by way of the clicking and witnessed via millions within the groups they go through, Megargel and Huss stumble upon surprise, mishap, clash, and probability on their wild 3,500-mile race from long island to Portland, Oregon, such a lot of it via areas missing paved roads—or any roads at all...Meanwhile, the Ford/Smith conflict develops within the newspapers and court dramas. Its end result will form the yank vehicle for a century to come.
Car Wars is a page-turning tale of pop culture, enterprise, and game on the sunrise of the 20th century, choked with compelling, larger-than-life characters, each one an American unique
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Native Sons 33 Henry Ford driving his 1896 Quadricycle. From the Collections of The Henry Ford. xyx “It was considered something of a nuisance, for it made a racket and it scared horses,” Ford later recalled. “Also, it blocked traffic. For if I stopped my machine anywhere in town, a crowd was around it before I could start up again. If I left it even for a minute some inquisitive person always tried to run it. Finally, I had to carry a chain and chain it to a lamp post whenever I left it anywhere.
By that year, they were bitter enemies. xyx As 1904 began, Olds Motor Works seemed a company to envy: for three straight years now, it had reigned supreme. But out of public view, Fred Smith and Ransom Olds had been locked in a deadly struggle. Smith wanted to rule. Olds would not hand over the throne. The founder had sensed Smith’s ambition to run the company as early as the spring of 1901, when Ransom was hospitalized for some unrecorded illness so severe that an acquaintance urged him to buy life insurance.
He received patents for the machine in Germany and in France. Working separately, Benz, who also had been inspired by the Otto engine, mounted an engine to a tricycle. He tested it in 1885 and perfected it the next year, whereupon his Benz PatentMotorwagen was granted German patent number 37,435. ” Useful, perhaps—but these first automobiles from Daimler and Benz did not operate dependably and were not immediately popular. Steam carriages enjoyed greater favor, and electric vehicles, whose roots lay in the first half of the nineteenth century, were also being manufactured.
Car Crazy: The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age by G. Wayne Miller