Automotive Trivia

Weekly Trivia at Wayne's Garage.

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

1941 Crosley

1941 Crosley - Recent Trivia Question

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Question for this week:

Q: 75 years ago our cars had big, heavy inefficient generators to charge the battery. What model of car came out with the first alternator?
A: 1960 Plymouth Valiant.

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Henry Ford, Thomas Edison - Woodrow Wilson

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, President Wilson - clip from Henry Ford's Mirror of America Documentary - Recent Trivia Question

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Recent Questions:

Q: What inventor who among his many accomplishments, such as creating the most powerful radio station in the world in 1934 at 500,000 watts and building the first refrigerator with shelves in the doors produced one of the few economy cars made in the big car era of the 1940’s and 1950’s?
A: Powell Crosley, owner of the Crosley Car Company.

Q: In 1960 a new TV program aired its first episode featuring Buz and Tod driving a Corvette on a famous highway. What was the names of the actors playing Buz and Tod?
A: Martin Milner and George Maharis in Route 66.

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Q: What car company once had one of the largest film studios outside of Hollywood?
A: Ford Motor Co. In 1914 Henry Ford established the Ford Motion Picture Department. Ford began releasing films on a weekly basis, first a newsreel called The Ford Animated Weekly, and then The Ford Educational Weekly. At its peak, the company newsletter, The Ford Times estimated that over 20 miles of film left their factory every week.

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Q: What TV show from the 1980's featured a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by an artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car?
A: Knight-Rider, starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, the car was a Firebird Trans-Am modified.

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Q: What was the first known use of the word “Automobile”?
A: An editorial in the New York Times made a reference to an "automobile" on January 3, 1899. It was the first known use of the word.

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Q: What special vehicle does the Dutch Monarch ride in to deliver the Speech from the Throne?
A: The Golden Coach. It is made of teak wood and covered in gold leaf and decorated with paintings. The coach was built in 1898 and is pulled by eight horses when the reigning monarch is being carried.