13 August 2012

This Week in Automotive History: Aug. 13-Aug. 19

Aug. 13, 1902

 

Felix Wankel is Born: The inventor of the rotary engine, Felix Wankel, is born in Lahr, Germany. Wankel would be the only 20th century engineer to design a new type of internal combustion engine that would reach production.

Aug. 14, 1893

 

First License Plates Issued: The first automotive license plates are issued in Paris following passage of the Paris Police Ordinance on the same date in 1893. Germany followed suit in 1896.

Aug. 15, 1899

 

Henry Ford Pursues New Career: Henry Ford resigns from his position with the Edison Illuminating Company to build his own car.

Aug. 16, 1984

 

DeLorean Found Not Guilty: DeLorean Motor Company founder John Z. DeLorean is cleared of drug trafficking charges by a Los Angeles jury. He defended himself successfully, contending that the FBI had entrapped him.

Aug. 17, 1939

 

Beverly Rae Kimes Born: Beverly Rae Kimes, an automotive author, historian and former editor of Automobile Quarterly, is born.

Aug. 18, 1940

 

Chrysler Founder Dies: Walter P. Chrysler dies after an illustrious career in the U.S. auto industry, including time at Buick, Willys-Overland, Maxwell and his own Chrysler Corporation.

Aug. 19, 1934

 

First Soap Box Derby: The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio, for boys and girls ages 9-16.

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