Teresa’s Garage Radio show airs weekly at www.americamatters.us and covers topics on everything Automotive and features special guests. Listeners are encouraged to call in, come in or tune in the Reno, Nevada area at 101.3 FM Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00 PM and 1180 AM. Or you can listen to previous shows right here on Teresa’s Garage website.
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Cars That Shaped America
It is hard to imagine America without automobiles, since they are a huge part of everyday life. As we sit and watch old Westerns, we see that the source of transportation was once the horse and wagon. But transportation actually began with the horse, giving individuals the opportunity to travel a distance from their home.
So, what were the beginnings of the automobile? Depending on the type of vehicle you have a passion for, history shows that Henry Ford was the biggest influence in helping to shape America.
The first car was built in 1886 by Benz. In the initial stages, the car makers were going through several trial and error periods. With the discovery of oil, gasoline, and steel, a whole new world opened up to inventors.
In 1901 Henry Ford manufactured his first automobile. Henry failed at first, but was driven to keep going until he perfected his idea of driving an automobile. It didn’t take long for him to make a prototype that could withstand the rugged terrain. The best way to prove the vehicle’s soundness was to race the best drivers, which in turn, gave him great recognition.
The one downfall of the early automobiles, was the weak ignition systems. This gave inventors even more ambition to perfect it.
In the early 1900’s, cars and horses did not mix. Until the invention of the automobile, people would not travel more than 50 miles from their homes.
Once Henry Ford introduced the Model T, the world changed forever. Untouched territory across America was being discovered. The Roaring Twenties gave the automobile a huge lift – the type of car you drove expressed your lifestyle. The automobile industry was going strong until the great depression of 1929, which seemed to halt America and the automobile manufacturers.
Because of Henry Ford and his strong hold on the automotive industry, Chevrolet, Chrysler and Dodge were created. The Dodge Brothers actually worked for Henry Ford in the early years until they became disgusted with him taking all the credit for the vehicle designs, so they started Dodge. General Motors started not as an automotive company, but as a horse carriage manufacturer. Since they were being phased out by the Model T, the owner of GM decided it was time to design his own cars. Chrysler worked for GM until there was a falling out with the GM owner and he started his own company.
After the depression, cars were in full swing again until a brief stop in production during the First World War, when car manufacturers were instructed to stop making cars and turned to making military vehicles.
After the war ended, automobile production resumed and increased more than ever. Henry Ford, because of his passion for the Model T, could not see beyond it and because of that, the other manufacturers were in full swing and gained ground, knocking Ford to the second largest automobile company.
So looking back to this one invention, the automobile, this single most important of all inventions, shaped America. Without them, we can only imagine what the world would look like today. But today we are falling behind foreign automobile manufacturers. We need to nurture inventors and innovators. We need to encourage our young people to create and look far beyond their cell phones. We need to spark their creative side and become visionaries.
History tells us that when others questioned their inventions, people such as Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, Ford, and even Steve Jobs, all had visions for the future. Nothing good comes easy. If you believe in yourself, in your dreams, and your future, just imagine what might and can evolve from it.
Autonomous cars appear to be the future and many individuals are skeptical, but as you look to the past, so was their future. Happy Motoring.
FLAT TRACK RACING
Coming up, Saturday August 19, 2017 will be Flat Track Racing in Carson City, Nevada being held at Fuji Park. Check out the flyer and mark your calendar for an evening of great racing. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will be interviewing one of the best racers who will be competing in this specific race, so go to Teresa’s Garage Facebook Page and keep checking when the interview will take place during the beginning of August.
This is more than just a race, this is a life style for these racers. Competing in these types of events are not cheap and maintaining all of your equipment can take a chunk out of your wallet. But that is not what drives these ladies, it is the excitement, the commitment, dedication and doing something they are passionate about.
More and more young women are taking to the track and letting their hair fly and their talent shine. A must see event.
Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts
Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women.
Recently I was invited to attend a national conference in Reno, Nevada being hosted by Automotive Parts Associates (APA) consisting of several automotive aftermarket parts companies.
APA is a group of aftermarket companies working together to bring quality and competitive pricing to the consumer when dealing with aftermarket parts in the automotive industry.
I was impressed with the concept of the conference because it was not just about bringing companies together and meeting each other, but to also discuss employee morale, how to maintain good employees, strategies and looking to the future in the automotive industry.
Many of the big players were present at the conference; here is just a small list: KYB, TYC lamps, Loctite, Seymour Paints, Purolator, Valeo, Desno, AC Delco, Delphi and Federal-Mogul, who actually owns many of the aftermarket companies we have come to know and love. Like, Fel-Pro, Wagner Brakes, Anco Blades, Sealed Power, National Oil Seals and Bearings, Champion Spark Plugs, just to name a few.
I had the pleasure of chatting with the folks from Federal-Mogul for almost an hour, and came away with a great understanding of their commitment to the automotive industry, their employees and their products.
In this day and age, finding qualified technicians is becoming more of a challenge by the day. The industry as a whole needs to do more to inspire the young, up and coming employees who want to embrace becoming an automotive technician.
So how can they accomplish this?
This was discussed at the conference with knowledgeable guest speakers focusing on this very topic and how to execute it, to include maintaining your current employees.
I recently learned the high school I attended and graduated from, is thinking about removing Auto Shop from its curriculum. Not because students are failing, but because no one is signing up for the class.
To me, taking Auto Shop is more than just that; it teaches beyond auto repair, it offers teamwork, mathematics, problem solving, computer skills, working with your hands, communications, reading, writing and showing the students how to finish something you start and seeing the end result.
With the future of automobiles leaning towards autonomous cars, engineering and robotic technicians will be in high demand. Tesla’s plants are already in the process of hiring a few thousand with these very skills.
The conference embraced the fact that they need to be proactive in the future rather than wait until it is too late to hop on board. So working together to brainstorm and show off their newest products was a great sight to see.
I did also manage to meet several women from these various companies and discuss their roles within their prospective employers, “Laura, Key Account Manager for Valeo”, Lisa, Sales Manager for Seymour Paints’, Cheri, Marketing Manager for Federal-Mogul; and Carol, Sales and Customer Service Manager for Stempf.
All of these ladies I spoke to expressed their dedication and desire to inspire other women to join them in this industry. We all seemed to agree, women are still a small minority within the automotive industry, but those numbers are climbing. You do not just need to think of yourself as a mechanic, the automotive industry offers other positions, like Engineers, Accounting, and Service Advisers to Specialists.
Many of these companies offer scholarship programs for students, and sponsor contests for all types of automotive enthusiasts: they will offer a sponsorship of cash and prizes to several contest winners, and a year sponsorship for the top winners in each class.
So the next time you are in need of an auto part, make sure you choose a company that stands behind its product and offers quality to the name. When it comes to your automobile, your life depends on it. And if you know someone who would be perfect for this industry, give it a mention and help us to inspire.
Here is an interview with Rebelle Rally founder and Racer Emily Sturges Miller. Emily was recently a special guest on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show which airs live out of Reno,Nevada on 1180 AM KCKQ. Emily explains “My Journey” and how the Rally was born. Click link to listen