Photographer's Note

Celebrating 100

One hundred years ago in 1911, William Durant and the famous Swiss race car driver Louis Chevrolet formed the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Their car was named Chevrolet to take advantage of Louis Chevroletís racing fame and reputation for speed. The first cars Durant and Chevrolet built were large impressive cars for the wealthy and too expensive for the average man. Louis Chevrolet only wanted to make expensive cars while Durant wanted to enlarge the company and make cars for the common man. Durant and Chevrolet ended their partnership with Durant buying Chevrolet out in 1915. This was a bad move on Chevroletís part because if he had held on to his shares for a few years he would have been rich rather than dying penniless. Durant went on to produce less expensive cars which made him enough money to buy a major share in General Motors in 1916 and become president of the company by 1917.

In 1918, General Motors (GM) bought Chevrolet Motor Company and made it a separate division of its company. From that point on, General Motors and Chevrolet were up and moving with a reputation for top engineers who were responsible for a steady stream of inventions and innovations in the car industry to this day.

Chevrolet also widely known as ďChevyĒ is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Chevroletís current model range includes several classes of vehicles, from (sub) compact cars to SUVís, including commercial trucks and vans. Besides the United States, Chevrolet vehicles may be acquired in Australia, Japan, India, Thailand, Mexico, the Middle East, and all over Europe.

The 1996 Chevrolet Suburban pictured here is a work horse with 327,000 + miles of travel to: NYC, DC, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. It is still running well.

This is my 100th post on TrekEarth. The photo is dedicated to E.M.

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