This page contains some useful but odd information about the industry – perhaps these could be used in trivia or pub quizzes! This page was last updated on the 18th May 2018.
|1||In the second series of of the British TV series, “The Saint”, what was The Saint’s car?||Ian Ogilvy was the second version of The Saint, Roger Moore being the first (or Patron) Saint. In the second edition filmed during the 1970s, the main character drove a white Jaguar XJS.|
|2||What car was the basis for the Bristol 400?||The Bristol 400 was based heavily on the pre-war BMW 327. Bristol had a licence to build this model from Frazer Nash who had acquired the plans as “war reparations”! No mean feat at the time as the factory was in American hands and they wanted all the tooling shipped to the US!
This is why the early Bristols had a similar “kidney” grille to the BMW’s however there was a big price difference between them!
|3||What British car did Maxwell Smart drive in “Get Smart”?||Maxwell Smart’s British car was a Sunbeam Tiger – the go faster version of the Alpine. Instead of a 1.6 litre 4-pot engine, Sunbeam shoe-horned in a 4.3 litre Ford Windsor V8 with twice the power. Just over 7,000 were built between 1964 and 67 with the second series having a 4.7 litre V8 fitted.|
|4||Can you name all the Maserati brothers?||Carlo, Bindo, Alfieri #1, Alfieri #2, Mario, Ettore and Ernesto. Mario was the only brother who wasn’t involved with the company – apart from being an artist and the originator of the marque logo, Neptune’s trident from a statue in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore.|
|5||What do the initials AMC stand for?||The answer is the American Motors Corporation, an amalgamation of several brands, including Jeep. My father’s Jeeps were from the AMC days prior to them being acquired by Chrysler. It is not to be confused with the Amalgamated Motor Cycles company from Britain!|
|6||Name two items that Coventry Climax manufactured?||There were several products connected to motoring and racing!
The most notable product was an F1 engine that powered many drivers to wins and Championships during the 1960s, mostly in British cars competing against Ferrari! They had been supplying engines to many companies during the pre-war years and they also made fire pumps and even fork lifts!
They were bought by Jaguar in 1963 and ultimately were swallowed up in the whole BMC/BLMC/BL group before being spun off again.
|7||Which driver scored Honda’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix win?||It was Richie Ginther at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix – incidentally his only F1 win as well.|
|8||Which high end sports car manufacturer provided engines and technical assistance for the old A1GP series during the 2008/09 season?||Ferrari|
|9||Who scored Toyota’s 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win? Name the driver.||It was Kyle Busch in 2008 driving in the Cobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway driving a Camry.|
|10||What was so special about John Steed’s Jaguar in the British TV series “The New Avengers”?||It was rumoured to be an ex-Broadspeed racing Jaguar XJ12 Coupe. Others have said it was a test “mule” that Jaguar used for development purposes. In August 2015 it came up for sale. A collector had bought the car after filming had stopped and kept it in a shed. £12,000 was the asking price.|
|11||In the TV Series "Bergerac", what car did the title character drive?||It was a 1947 Triumph Roadster fitted with a 1.8 litre motor, which was in production for 2 years before getting a 2-litre motor. This was the last sports model before Standard bought Triumph to get sports car to try and compete against the Jaguar XK140. Little did they know that within 15 years they would be stable mates!|
|12||Who was Lionel Martin?||Lionel Martin was one of the founders of Aston Martin – Aston was named after Aston Clinton where popular hill climb competitions were held.
Martin’s co-founder was Robert Bamford, who I believe was the Great Uncle of JC Bamford who founded the JCB earthmoving equipment company.
|13||Which company invented - and was the first to sell - radial tyres?||It was Michelin, the French tyre company. They first released the radial tyre in 1946 and in the early 50s it was called the Michelin X.|
|14||Which car company was the first one to put power steering into a production model?||It was Chrysler who finally got it into a production model in 1951. It was first seen on the Imperial and Custom Imperial models and was called Hydraguide.|
|15||Who founded the constructor called Lola?||It was Eric Broadley. Founded in 1961, Lola has built numerous race and championship winning sports and single seater racing cars.|
|16||What does FIAT stand for?||Fabbrica Italiano Automobili Torino and was founded in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli.|
|17||In what year did the first Lotus Europa appear?||It was initially released for sale late 1966 with shipments starting early in 1967 in France and fitted with a Renault 1.5 litre engine.|
|18||What car did Dan Tanna drive in the series Vega$?||Dan Tanna, the lead character played by Robert Urich, cruised Vegas in a 57 Thunderbird – a red classic!|
|19||Where did the name Bridgestone come from?||The founder of Nihon Tabi which was renamed Bridgestone, was Shojiro Ishibashi. He wanted an English style name, as foreign goods were perceived to be of a higher quality. Ishibashi in English means Stone Bridge. He didn’t think that was OK, so he re-arranged it to Bridgestone!|
|20||Who founded Citroen?||The founder of Citroen was Andre Citroen who started building cars in 1919 after being a supplier for the war effort in WW1.|
|21||What car did Magnum PI drive in the Hawaii based TV series?||It was a Ferrari 308 GTS – one of the most desirable of the Ferrari family.|
|22||As at 2016, which manufacturer has had the most outright victories in the Le Mans 24 hour race? Ignoring class wins.||It's Porsche – with 18 wins. Audi is 2nd with 13, Ferrari is 3rd with 9 closely followed by Jaguar with 7 and Bentley with 6.|
|23||Where did the name Chevrolet come from?||The name Chevrolet comes from Switzerland and probably France at some point. It is a French based name and Louis Chevrolet who co-founded the car company emigrated from Switzerland (via France & Canada) to the US to race cars.|
|24||For which manufacturer did Enzo Ferrari run a racing team before creating Scuderia Ferrari?||The manufacturer that Enzo Ferrari ran a racing team for is Alfa Romeo.|
|25||Who founded Motor Racing Development?||It was Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac.|
|26||What do David Brown, Henry Ford and Ferruccio Lamborghini have in common?||They all manufactured tractors before going on to develop cars.|
|27||Who was the Tesla electric car named after?||It was Nikola Tesla – an electrical engineer whose research is at the heart of the Alternating Current.|
|28||Who founded TVR?||Trevor Wilkinson in 1947 after he built his first car in Blackpool, England.|
|29||Which major name in the US auto industry owned the pre-cursor to Cadillac?||It was Henry Ford! Cadillac was originally the Henry Ford Company!|
|30||What was the Red Flag Act?||In the mid 19th century the British Government was concerned about the increasing use of mechanical equipment on the roads and created the "Locomotives on Highways Act" that forced early steam powered vehicles like traction engines to drive at 10mph (16 km/h) or 5 mph in town. In 1865 this was changed to the "Locomotive Act" (commonly referred to as the "Red Flag Act") because it required each vehicle to have three people: a driver, a stoker for the boiler and a man walking 55 metres ahead with a red flag to warn people that a mechanical monster was coming! The speed limit was reduced to 4 mph in the country and just 2 in town.|
|31||In what year did Hyundai sign an agreement to build Fords under licence in South Korea?||1968, one year after Hyundai Motor Company was founded although the parent, Hyundai Engineering and Construction was founded in 1947 originally to repair cars and undertake post war reconstruction.|
|32||Which manufacturer created the Skyline and Gloria models after developing and building the Zero fighter aircraft?||Prince, a Japanese manufacturer that was bought by Nissan in 1966. They started to build cars in the late 1940s and the Skyline and Gloria models were merged into Nissan’s product lines.|
|33||Who did the Kwaishinsha Motorcar Company become?||The founders started to build cars under the name of DAT in 1914. They renamed themselves Kwaishinsha in 1918 then DAT Motorcar in 1925. It was renamed Nissan around 1931 after some changes of ownership.|
|34||Which two car companies did Henry Leland have a major input in?||Mr Leland was employed by the investors of the Henry Ford Company to restructure it after Ford had left, Leland renamed it Cadillac, in honour of the founder of Detroit. He sold it to General Motors in 1909. After leaving GM, he formed the Lincoln Motor Company to build aircraft engines and after WW1 he retooled the factory to build cars. The company became insolvent in the early 1920s and he sold the company to Henry Ford. Incidentally before Cadillac, Leland ran a company supplying engines to the company that would become Oldsmobile!|
|35||Prior to being the sports brand in the GM empire, what company did Pontiac come under – also within GM?||Oakland - based in Pontiac, Michigan was fully acquired by GM in 1909. Oakland was slotted in between Chevrolet and Oldsmobile in price range and in 1926 released the Pontiac model. Pontiacs sold so well that after 5 years GM dropped the Oakland brand in favour of Pontiac!|
|36||How long was Robert McNamara President of Ford before taking up the bigger role of JF Kennedy’s Secretary of Defence?||It was around 10 weeks – he took over as President of Ford in November 1960 and took the Government job towards the end of January 1961.|
|37||In what year was General Motors founded?||1908 – September to be slightly more precise.|
|38||Which car company gave up car manufacturing to become a brewery?||It was the US Peerless Car Company. They were founded in 1900 but by the 1930s they saw a brighter future in beer, so they bought a licence from Carling to produce their Red Cap and Black Label beers.|
|39||Which Italian manufacturer owned a sizeable chunk of Citroen for about 8 years in the late 1960s and early 1970s?||FIAT. They bought a chunk of Citroen from Michelin in the late 1960s to share technology.|
|40||Where did Zagato get the doors for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato?||They were originally from a Maserati Bi Turbo but re-skinned!|
|41||Where were DeLorean's built?||Northern Ireland.|
|42||Who won the very first championship F1 Grand Prix, where and which car?||It was Guiseppe Farina at Silverstone in an Alfa Romeo.|
|43||Name the two "names" behind Cosworth?||Frank Costin & Keith Duckworth.|
|44||Who was the inspiration for the "Mercedes" name?||It was Emil Jelinek's daughter.|
|45||What did the Stewart F1 team turn into?||Jaguar Racing.|
|46||Who founded Oldsmobile?||Ransom E. Olds.|
|47||What car did the TV character, Columbo, drive?||It was a Peugeot 403 Convertible.|
|48||Which Italian sports car maker started by manufacturing tractors?||Lamborghini|
|49||Which two brothers, who later founded their own car company, provided the initial investment for Henry Ford's second attempt at manufacturing?||It was the Dodge Brothers!|
|50||Where does the name Detroit come from?||Firstly it means “Strait” in French. Strait as in a piece of water and was built on the Detroit River or Strait of Lake Erie.|
|51||Geographically, what is so special about Detroit?||It is the only US city that looks south to Canada, in fact on the south side of the river is Windsor, Ontario where Ford's Windsor V8 is built.|
|52||In F1, What was so special about the Brabham BT46B?||It was known as the “fancar”. It raced once (and won) the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix before being retired and declared illegal by the FIA. The BT46B had an Alfa Romeo V12 and a fan to allegedly help with cooling but the fan was mounted horizontally and sucked the car to the ground.|
|53||In what country were Minerva cars built?||Well you could have said one of two! They were originally built in Belgium but moved production to the Netherlands for a few years during the First World War.|
|54||What was the original name of Chrysler?||It was Maxwell, or earlier, the United States Motor Company, which was the parent company of Maxwell and other manufacturers. Walter P. Chrysler bought the failing Maxwell and renamed it Chrysler during the early 1920s.|
|55||In what country did Herbert Austin meet Frederick Wolseley before both created car companies?||Australia|
|56||In what year was Mitsubishi Motors founded in Japan?||The answer is actually 1970. Mitsubishi cars though, have been seen on Japanese roads since 1917 when manufacturing was started by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.|
|57||Who was Pontiac named after?||The company was named after Chief Pontiac, a native American.|
|58||Which French company, best known for its F1 team of the 1970s and 1980s has been building microcars for over 20 years?||Ligier|
|59||What two Italian manufacturers have owned Innocenti?||Firstly De Tomaso, who bought it from BMC and then secondly FIAT, who dropped the brand during the late 1990s.|
|60||Where did the rear lights of the Aston Martin DB7 come from?||A Mazda!|
|61||What was the original name of the Messerschmitt company?||It was BFW (Bayerische Flugzeugwerke). The Bavarian Aircraft Works. They are now part of EADS after merging with several companies including Daimler Aerospace. EADS make the Airbus range of passenger planes.|
|62||What is the Triple Crown of Motorsport and who is the only driver to win it?||The Triple Crown consists of the Formula 1 Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and the classic Indy 500. Graham Hill is the only driver to have won all three. He took the Formula 1 title in 1962 driving for BRM, the Indy 500 in 66 in a Lola-Ford, the F1 title again in 68 for Team Lotus and the Le Mans race for Matra Simca in 1972.|
|63||In Formula 1, the Red Bull Racing team has been in existence for many years under two other names – what are they?||Red Bull’s heritage starts in 1997 as the Stewart Grand Prix team running as a factory Ford team. After Ford fully acquired the team they were renamed Jaguar. Since the 2005 season they have been owned by Red Bull.|
|64||In what year did Dino Ferrari die?||It was 1956. Dino was only 24 and suffered from Muscular Dystrophy.|
|65||In what year did Rolls-Royce buy Bentley?||1931|
|66||Which Japanese motorcycle manufacturer helped build Ford’s Super High Output V6s and V8s?||Yamaha|
|67||What two engines manufacturers has Mario Illien worked for?||Cosworth & Illmor (his own company).|
|68||What two companies did Raymond Mays found?||ERA (English Racing Automobiles) & BRM (British Racing Motors).|
|69||Walter P Chrysler created De Soto in 1928. Who did he name the company after?||Hernando De Soto - a Spanish Conquistador.|
|70||In the 1980s Mazda followed Honda, Nissan and Toyota in developing companion brands. What were the new 3 brands that Mazda created?||Many people know that Mazda created the luxury Eunos brand to compete against Acura and Lexus, however they also created the sporty Efini brand and the Autozam brand that specialised in small cars including rebadging some Suzuki models!|
|71||Who have been the only sons of Formula 1 champions to also win the championship?||Damon Hill (Graham Hill's son) and Nico Rosberg (Keke Rosberg's son).|
|72||Which engine and chassis combination did the original GP2 race cars use?||They used an Italian Dallara chassis and a 4-litre Renault V8 delivering 580hp.|
|73||In the TV series, Starsky & Hutch, what did David Starsky drive?||It was a red 1974 Ford Gran Torino coupe. The Gran Torino could be had with a range of engines from a 4.9 up to a 7.5 litre V8! Reports suggest that Starsky’s car was fitted with the 351 Windsor V8, although I have also read that it had a Ford 355 motor and even a 400 Lima – the 7.5 litre powerhouse. It’s quite possible that all were used as several cars were needed for filming.|
|74||What manufacturer was bought to become GM Canada?||It was McLaughlin. They were a very successful carriage maker – that’s horse drawn carriages and they started making cars in 1907 before getting in to bed with William Durant’s Buick Motor Company. In 1918, the McLaughlin family sold out to General Motors to form GM Canada.|
|75||Which concept car by ItalDesign inspired another of their designs: the series one Lotus Esprit?||It was the Maserati Boomerang, both styled by Guigiaro.|
|76||Which Japanese company who makes motorcycles and musical instruments also built the Toyota 2000GT?||It was Yamaha who commissioned the design and tried to sell it to Nissan first!|
|77||How many "Fords" (and "Ford Fords") have had management or board positions at Ford Motor Company?||At least 12 over the years!|
|78||What Middle Eastern country bought Pace Petroleum?||Kuwait|
|79||In what northern Italian town did Bertone and Vignale have their businesses?||Grugliasco - where Maserati are still created!|
|80||Which US car importer commissioned the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and asked Porsche to design a logo for their cars?||Max Hoffman.|
|81||Who created the car whose name in Latin means "I Roll"?||SKF was a ball bearing manufacturer and they created Volvo.|
|82||In 1953, Italmoto, an Italian motorbike and scooter manufacturer was bought by an Italian sportscar icon. Which company bought them and rebranded the 2 wheelers as their own?||It was Maserati, under the ownership of Adolpho Orsi.|
|83||Can you name the source of the Italian car - the DR5 from the DR Motor Company?||It is actually a Chery Tiggo built in China, although much of the technology starts life in Europe thanks to Lotus, Ricardo and several other companies.|
|84||In what year did the Ford F-series truck appear and how many generations have there been?||The first F-Series, the F1 appeared in 1948 and the classic F-100, 200 and 350s were seen in 1953. In all there have now been 13 generations of F series trucks (2015 onwards).|
|85||What car brand did Maurice and Spencer Wilks develop?||Land Rover. In 1947 they were both senior managers at Rover and made the first prototype out of a war surplus Willys Jeep. It used the 80 inch Willys chassis with a Rover engine mated to the US made gearbox from the donor vehicle. The prototype evolved quite quickly into the Series 1 Land Rover.|
|86||How many F1 championships did Nelson Piquet Snr win?||Three: 1981 for Brabham, 1983 for Brabham and 1987 for Williams.|
|87||In what year did Nico Hulkenberg, win the A1GP title?||It was the 2006/07 season with the German team, SuperNova. He shared the title with Christian Veitoris.|
|88||Who won the very first “Strictly Stock” title, the predecessor of the Sprint Cup?||The year was 1949 and the first titleholder was Red Byron in an Oldsmobile.|
|89||Which Chinese car manufacturer co-owns the company that owns the rights to famous motorcycle brands like Villiers, Norton and Matchless, plus the maker of the even more famous London black taxi?||The answer is Geely Automotive. They are the co-owners of Manganese Bronze Holdings who in turn own LTI who own the brands.|
|90||Who founded Vanden Plas, the luxury name of British Leyland and where was it originally formed?||Guillaume van den plas and his sons found the company in 1898. Van den plas had been manufacturing wheels and axles since 1870.|
|91||Which designer took the humble Ford Escort and turned it into the RS Cosworth?||Ian Callum - prior to his time with Jaguar.|
|92||Who made the automatic gearbox for the early Jaguar XKRs (based on the XK8)?||Mercedes-Benz provided a 5 speed box for the car!|
|93||Who designed the infamous Leyland P76 manufactured in Australia?||Giovanni Michelotti was responsible for the shape and initial design.|
|94||Which former Formula 1 champion had a song written for him by his sons to celebrate his 70th birthday?||The champion is Jackie Stewart and the song and video is called “Fly Free” and features guitar work by Eric Clapton.|
|95||What vehicle won the very first Paris Dakar rally in 1979?||It was a Range Rover driven by two Frenchmen: Alain Genestier & Joseph Terbiaut.|
|96||Name two important products from Plzen in the Czech Republic.||The first is Pilsener beer and the second is a motoring brand famous for rallying and now owned by the VW Group - Skoda.|
|97||Where did the rear lights of the early 1990s Aston Martin Virage come from?||They were originally found on the 2nd generation VW Passat!|
|98||The headlights on the Lamborghini Diablo came from Japan - which car had them first?||They were first used on the Nissan 300ZX - apparently a strip of carbon fibre covers the Nissan logo!|
|99||Who designed the 5.7 litre DOHC V8 in the Corvette C4 ZR-1?||Lotus designed the motor and it was built by Mercury Marine.|
|100||Which manufacturer designed the headlights for the Aston Martin Virage?||They were originally found on an Audi 200 saloon.|
|101||Who built the V8 found in the Lancia Thema 8.32?||It was a Ferrari motor, however it was built by Ducati!|
|102||How many names has the current Mercedes-Benz F1 team had prior to M-B?||It was 4. First it was the Tyrrell Racing Organisation from 1958-1997. Then it was British American Racing (1998-2004). Honda then bought it (2005-08) with Ross Brawn taking it over as Brawn GP for 2009.|
|103||Which two families are most often remembered as the driving force behind Porsche and VW for many decades?||The families are Porsche and Piech. Ferdinand Porsche's daughter, Louise married Anton Piech.|
|104||The Toyota family created the Toyota marque. Why not Toyoda?||The company started out as the Toyoda Motor Sales company. In 1936, the name was changed to Toyota for a number of reasons:
1. Writing Toyoda takes 10 strokes and 8 for Toyota: 8 is a lucky number in many Asian cultures. Ten is not!
2. Ten as a character looks like a plus sign or crossroads which the article described as an uncertain path which in Japanese is not a good omen.
The name Toyoda consists of two characters, one meaning fertile and one meaning rice paddy. The company says that they changed the name for simplicity.
|105||The President and CEO of Toyota was Akio Toyoda. What relationship is Akio to the founder of Toyota?||Akio is the grandson of Kiichiro Toyoda who founded the car company out of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works.|
|106||What is the connection between Australia’s Macquarie Bank and one of the worlds largest oil companies - Royal Dutch Shell.||Royal Dutch Shell was created by the merger of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company of the Netherlands and the Shell Transport and Trading Company of the UK in 1907.
The Shell company was created by the Samuel brothers in the UK as a separate company to the family business M. Samuel, a trading company. They saw the potential in shipping oil and transferred the trading business to the new entity whilst the original company became a financial house. In 1965, M. Samuel and Co merged with Philip Hill, Higginson, Erlangers & Co to form the merchant bank, Hill Samuel. The Samuel family maintained ownership links to both the finance and oil companies throughout the years.
In 1969 Hill Samuel opened an office in Sydney that through a management buyout became Macquarie Bank in 1985.