Automotive Trivia

Weekly Trivia at Wayne's Garage.

Wayne's Garage is an Auto Repair shop serving Eugene and Springfield Oregon

Willys Jeep

Willys Jeep - Recent Trivia Question


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Question for this week: (New question on Wednesdays- answer on Friday)

Q: At one time automobiles were not allowed into Yosemite National Park, most park visitors traveled by train to the park and then took scheduled stagecoach tours. What year did it become legal to drive an automobile into the Park?

A: Automobiles were legally allowed to enter Yosemite National Park, California, for the first time in 1913.

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Studebaker President

1928 Studebaker President - Recent Trivia Question


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Recent Questions:

Q: What was the Make and Model of the world’s first production diesel passenger car?

A: Mercedes-Benz debuted the world‘s first diesel passenger car – the 260D in 1936.

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Q: In 1914, two brothers famous in the auto parts industry founded a car company, and began work on their first automobiles. Their vehicles were known for their quality and sturdiness, and by 1919 they were among the richest men in America. Unfortunately in 1920 both brothers died in the flu epidemic. Who were they and what was the company?

A: John F. and Horace E. Dodge - Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company.

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Q: The American Bantam Car Company was one of many small car companies that struggled during the depression and later went out of business. What famous vehicle owes its existence to this company, although wasn’t built by them?

A: The Willys Overland WW2 jeep. The Bantam car company had the best design for the Army’s jeep but could not meet the Army’s production demands of 75 vehicles per day. The Army gave Ford and Willys the Bantam’s blueprints and they produced the vehicles the Army required. Ford and Willys fulfilled the Army’s contracts for 600,000 Jeeps for World War II.

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Q: What contribution to the automotive industry did Sylvanus Bowser give us?

A: He invented the first U.S. gasoline pump for refueling cars in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pump held one barrel of fuel, and used marble valves and a wooden plunger. It was built in Bowser's barn, and patented in 1887 for kerosene and in 1905 he manufactured the first self-regulating gasoline pump. In some countries the gasoline pump is stilled called a Bowser.

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Q: Macy's first Thanksgiving Day parade in 1924 featured large performing platforms that, because they were attached to specially outfitted automobiles concealed beneath them, seemed to float down Broadway. In 1927 the first large animal-shaped balloons appeared. What character was the first balloon?

A: Felix the Cat.



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Cars we Repair and Service:
Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GEO, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infinity, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

We do not work on cars older than 1985.


A little history of car makes we service.