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When the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T on October 1, 1908, Detroit, MI, was already a bustling hub for automobile development with factories producing sleek new Detroit Electrics, Cadillacs, Hudsons, and Oldsmobiles. Michigan's "Motor City" did not have a monopoly on automobile manufacturing, though, as many legendary automobiles called other states home. For example, Indianapolis, IN, was home to Duesenberg, Stuz, and Marmon, and Auburns were manufactured in their namesake, Auburn, IN. Metz and Orient automobiles were built in Waltham, MA, and Connecticut factories produced the Locomobile in Bridgeport and Mercer in New Britain.
Although factory workers are no longer manufacturing Mercers and Duesenbergs, the automobile manufacturing and sales employed nearly 4 million people in August 2014. Some of these employees were responsible for building Teslas in Fremont, CA, Nissans in Smyrna, TN, and Cadillacs in Arlington, TX. In 2012, the total value of shipments for the automobile manufacturing industry was $108.8 billion, up 28.4 percent from 2007, and more than 3,000 percent since the first Model T rolled out of Ford's Piquette Avenue factory in 1908 [PDF 139KB].
From Appersons to ZiLs, automotive history is on display in Hershey, PA, when the Antique Automobile Collectors Association hosts its 2014 Fall Meet October 8-11, 2014. This annual event is considered one of the largest antique car shows and flea markets in the United States.
On October 13, 1904, approximately 50,000 spectators watched George Heath win the innaugural Vanderbilt Cup Race after achieving an average speed of 52.6 mph on the 284.4 mile course in Nassau County, NY. Auto racing has grown considerably in the 110 years since Heath's victory, with approximately 4.4 million [PDF 61.9KB] people attending NASCAR or other automobile races in 2009.