Automotive Trivia

Weekly Trivia at Wayne's Garage.

Wayne's Garage is an Auto Repair shop in 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: 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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Studebaker President

1928 Studebaker President - Recent Trivia Question


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Recent Questions:

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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Q: Actors John Schneider and Tom Wopat drove a car in a seven year TV series. What was the car’s name?

A: The General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Q: What kind of automobile was the “Wogglebug” and what was it famous for?

A: It was the last steam-powered vehicle to claim a new land speed record. American driver Fred Marriott set a new land speed record of 127.659 miles per hour in his steam-powered "Wogglebug" at Ormond Beach, Florida, January 26, 1906.

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Q: Why were Spare tires once outlawed in new cars?

A: Widespread shortages caused by World War II had led to many quotas and laws designed to conserve America's resources. In 1941 the US prohibited spare tires on new cars. Rubber, produced overseas, had become almost impossible to get. A similar ban was also implemented by the U.S. during the Korean War in 1951.



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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.