From the Archives: Dodge Bros Make History at Hamtramck

In 1914, after spending the bulk of the year feverishly toiling away over design sketches, engine manufacturers John and Horace Dodge announced they would be producing their first automobile. Insisting that only the highest quality products bear the Dodge moniker, the brothers built a 1,204 foot-long test track at the north end of their rapidly expanding Hamtramck plant. Constructed of creosoted wood planks and featuring a 40-foot hill climb, the Hamtramck test track earned Dodge the honor of being the first domestic automotive manufacturer to erect a dedicated test track.