In 1940, tensions again ran high overseas and Dodge began testing military prototypes based upon civilian vehicle platforms. They were put through a battery of tests and simulations, including wheel-miring mud fields, in preparation for large-scale production. In the spring of 1941, Dodge began rapid production of vehicles for the Lend-Lease program. Lend-Lease was the program by which the U.S. supplied the UK, USSR, France, China and other Allied Nations with materials during WWII (194145). Lend-Lease was signed into law 9 months before the U.S. entered…Read More
In the early 1980s, Carroll Shelby received a call from then Chrysler President Lee Iacocca to help resurrect Dodges performance image. Just like Shelby, the Dodge brand basically got out of the hot rod business while the company was going through bankruptcy during this era. Lee knew Carroll was just what the brand needed to get it back in the forefront of the enthusiast market, and since Lee and Carroll worked together back in the 1960s, there was…Read More
He lived life in the fast lane and never got out of the way for anyone. He was outspoken, controversial and did things his way. Last Thursday, Carroll Shelby, legendary race driver, renowned tuning guru and visionary designer, passed away quietly at the age of 89. To say he lived an exciting life would be a massive understatement, as very few people within the auto industry could pull off what he did for over 60 years.
From his humble…Read More