One reason why the world is populated over so much of its land mass is the desire of humans to find nirvana or a better place to live within their own community sharing common values - and often groups of like-minded people have started afresh. The Quakers did it and even in the 1960s Belgium had a new town built to allow two groups to live separately: Leuven (the Flemish/Dutch old town) and Louvain-la-Neuve (the French new town). In the 1920s Henry Ford decided it was time to build his idea of nirvana with the citizens obeying his moral standards. When he started the second Ford company (see my article on Henry Leland) he made sure that his workers were looked after, paid reasonably well and were educated where necessary to ensure they built quality products. Like the Quakers before (Cadbury and Rowntree for example), Ford wanted to encourage good conditions - hoping this would pay off in increased sales through better product and also the fact that people respected him for his … [Read More...]
The Silent Knight Engine was an evolution of the internal combustion engine that was in production for a few decades before being overtaken by other more efficient or powerful units.
The very first car engines were boxer motors – Karl Benz used one in his pioneering car. Today they are still used by Porsche and Subaru.