February 03, 2006

Today in Automotive History

1881 The New World

On this day in 1881, Joseph A. Galamb, a Ford Motor Company engineer and a member of the team of engineers that developed the Model T, was born in Mako, Hungary. The Model T design would change automotive history with its reliability, affordability, and capacity for mass production. "If you freeze the design and concentrate on production," Ford explained, "as the volume goes up, the cars are certain to become cheaper." Thanks to men like Joseph Galamb, the design for the "Tin Lizzy" met her maker's expectation to bring automobiles to the masses and guaranteed that the New World would become even newer for the next wave of immigrants. On February 3, 1981, the citizens of Mako, Hungary, paid tribute to Galamb, honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Posted by Quality Weenie at February 3, 2006 08:08 AM | TrackBack

Off topic - but do you realize I'm actually going SEE you in 2 weeks?!?!?!

Holy Cow!! ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at February 3, 2006 08:36 AM

Thank you, Machelle, for posting my father, Joseph Galamb, on Feb 3. (Google found him on your blog for me)... We Hungarians gotta stick together...! And no, I'm not dead - just kinda old, but good!


Posted by: Gloria at February 6, 2006 05:25 AM

Thanks for stopping by Gloria, and any Ford Engineer that was also a Hungarian has to be a great man!

I am also Hungarian! Gives me great pride to call him a "countryman".

Posted by: Machelle at February 7, 2006 02:41 PM

Okay, it's been 11 days since you've posted. 3 more days and I can start the proceedings to have you declaired legally dead and claim Quality Weenie in the name of Miasmatic Review. :)

Posted by: Contagion at February 14, 2006 08:48 AM

That is soooooo coool that the Galambs found you!

I thought of you late last night as I was watching the history of Fiat and Ferrari during the Torino Olympic coverage. They have a model T in their museaum.

Really cool stuff. Happy Valentines Day BTW!

Posted by: Michele at February 14, 2006 10:48 AM