Timo Bernhard is a professional sports car racer from Germany. He was former Team Penske driver and a Porsche factory driver, but was seconded to Audi for selected events in 2009 and 2010, he has raced for the CytoSport in the 2010 American Le Mans Series season and is a winner of the Triple Crown in endurance racing. On 29 June 2018, he became the first person in 35 years to break the all-time Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record, set since Stefan Bellof's in 1983 with a Porsche 956, in a derestricted Porsche 919 Evo with a time of 5:19.546. Bernhard was born in Saarland, he debuted in karting in 1991. He finished; the next two years, Bernhard was 3rd at the German Karting Championship. In 1998 he moved to formula cars as he join the Formula Ford, finishing 6th in both the German series and the Eurocup en 1998. In his last year in open-wheelers, 1999, Bernhard finished 3rd at the German Formula Ford. For 2000, Bernhard drove in Porsche Supercup as a UPS Porsche Junior driver, finishing 3rd in the championship.
In 2001, he made his American Le Mans Series debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring, where he finished 2nd in the GT class with Randy Pobst and Christian Menzel, driving for Alex Job Racing. He made four other ALMS starts, won the Porsche Carrera Cup championship. In 2002 he began, he finished second overall at the 24 Hours Nürburgring driving for Alzen Motorsport. The crowning achievement of the year was winning the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Kevin Buckler and Lucas Luhr, he finished 3rd in the Carrera Cup, won his first ALMS race and finished 4th in the championship. Bernhard began the season by winning the 24 Hours of Daytona outright in a Porsche 911 GT3-RS, driving with Buckler, Michael Schrom, Bergmeister. Bernhard and Bergmeister won 3 ALMS races, including Petit Le Mans, finished second in the championship, he finished 3rd at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. In 2004, Bernhard again partnered with Jörg Bergmeister in the ALMS; the duo won the GT class driver's championship. Their successes included class wins at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, both time joined by Sascha Maassen.
Bernhard finished 4th overall and 2nd in class in the Spa 24 Hours. He finished on the podium at the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the 3rd straight year, finishing in third in a Manthey Racing Porsche. Bernhard joined Romain Dumas in the ALMS for 2005, they scored four class wins, Bernhard won four poles, but finished second in the championship. Dumas finished 2nd in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving with Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long. In 2006, Bernhard moved to Penske Racing who owned and captained by legendary owner Roger Penske and the new Porsche RS Spyder in the LMP2 class of the ALMS, again partnering Dumas. After a frustrating start to the season and Dumas took advantage of the Audi R10's absence from the series to take the overall win at Mid-Ohio; this was the first overall win for an LMP2 class car, the first win for an under-class car since 2003. Bernhard won the LMP2 class at Petit Le Mans, took four class victories in total and finished 3rd in the championship, he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring outright, partnering Lucas Luhr, Marcel Tiemann, Mike Rockenfeller.
Bernhard and Dumas moved to Joest Racing, in which he ran the new Audi R15 TDI. Along with Alexandre Prémat, the #3 car finished 17th in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. Along with Dumas and Rockenfeller, Bernhard took the overall win in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans; this was the first win for either driver and set records throughout and after the race, including breaking the 1971 distance record of 5,335.313 km. Bernhard partnered Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder to second place at Road America, the seventh round of the 2010 ALMS season. ALMS LMP2 class champion: 2007, 2008 ALMS GT class champion: 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans GT class winner: 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans Overall winner: 2010, 2017 12 Hours of Sebring GT class winner: 2004 12 Hours of Sebring Overall winner: 2008 Petit Le Mans LMP2 class winner: 2006 Petit Le Mans GT class winner: 2003, 2004 24 Hours of Daytona overall winner: 2003 24 Hours of Daytona GT class winner: 2002, 2003 24 Hours Nürburgring winner: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion: 2001 * Season still in progress.
Official website Timo Bernhard career summary at DriverDB.com
Driving Park is an urban residential area on the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio just south of Interstate 70. A middle-class, predominantly African American neighborhood, Driving Park and its surrounding neighborhoods consist of an area of 17,730 residents. Driving Park received its name from its historic past as a large racing complex, first for horses and for automobiles. Driving Park received its name from its historic past as a large equine racing complex for horses and automobiles during the 19th and early 20th centuries; the Columbus Ohio Driving Realty Company bought the land in 1892. Columbus residents traveled to Driving Park to enjoy the exciting horse races being held in the area; when automobiles came on the scene during the 1900s, the track was converted to allow auto racing. The flat, stretched oval design made it possible for drivers to set many records at the racetrack. One major event was the world’s first 24-hour endurance race in 1905; the community of Driving Park at the time was a small community consisting of employees of the racetrack.
Though the racetrack was abandoned in the 1930s, the community continued to grow. During the 1950s, the construction of I-670 and I-70 resulted in demolition of much of Columbus’ predominantly African-American neighborhoods to the east. At one point the community was thriving with a theater and many diverse commercial outlets along E. Livingston Avenue and E. Whittier Street. Historic neighborhoods exist on the south side of E. Livingston Avenue bordered by Frebis Avenue, where many middle-class families reside. On the corner of E. Livingston and Linwood Avenue stands a 19th-century mansion, a stop on the Underground Railroad; the area has many beautiful small middle-class homes built during the 1940s and many have been kept up by the residents. Larger, older houses called "foursquares" built during the 1900s or 1930s still remain as either single family or partitioned as doubles. Similar to other areas of Columbus, such as Victorian Village and the Short North, this area has many beautiful 19th-century homes that were owned by notable residents.
In fact, the style of the homes vary to include echoes of German Village to the west part of the neighborhood, Olde Towne East to the north, Bexley to the east. Driving Park was among the city’s first streetcar suburbs, developing with the extension of streetcar lines to what used to be outlying areas of Columbus. Residents living in the Driving Park area are requesting that the area be renamed the “Streetcar District,” to spark interest and promote the history of the area, it neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Old Oaks Historic District, Bryden Road Historic District, the King-Lincoln Bronzeville District, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor, part of one of Columbus' first streetcar suburbs. When the neighborhood is referenced, its boundaries consist of Mooberry Street on the north, Alum Creek Drive on the east, East Whittier Street on the south, Kelton to the west; the Driving Park Area Commission recognizes the neighborhood's borders as I-70 on the north, N&W Railway on the east, East Whittier Street on the south, Struder Avenue on the west.
Further reference places the community directly in between German Village. The Central Ohio Transit Authority has Local Lines that run through the district including lines 1, 7, 11. Line 1 connects to Line 1 Cleveland at High and Broad Streets. From there the bus travels to Ohio Health, Grandville Rd. and Reynolds Park and Ride. Line 7 has a stop on Whittier that travels to downtown, the courthouse, a US Post Office. Line 11 has a stop at the corner of Oak and Bryden that travels to downtown, Grant Medical Center, Columbus Metropolitan Library, DeVry Institute of Technology, Alum Crest High School, Eastland Mall, Gender Road Town Center; the Columbus Driving Park is a cultural landmark. The Columbus, Ohio Driving Realty Company bought the land and located it in between Ellsworth and Seymour Avenue, it is most famous for holding the first 24-hour automobile race on July 3, 1905. The race was held only ten years after the first automobile race and only two years after Ford Motors was created. There were three cars including drivers Charles and George Soules, Oscar Lear and Feasal who drove 1,015 miles throughout the whole race.
The Soules brothers won the race and their prize was a silver cup said to be worth $500 at the time. There were eleven other supporting races held at the track including The Columbus Motor Derby and The Novelty Race. Among the many races held at the track there were many other noteworthy events held in this heart of the neighborhood including the Franklin County Fair in both 1910 and 1917 and became a landing strip for the test flight of the Model B airplane built by the Wright Brothers. In the early years of Driving Park, the jobs offered by the racetrack brought in its first residents. What started; when the racetrack was sold to the Driving Park Realty Company in 1926, the land was subdivided. Unique homes began to rise west of Fairwood Avenue, attracting middle-class shop owners and professionals. Today, the neighborhood is marked with boarded-up homes; as of January 2012, there were a total of 218 vacant homes in Driving Park according to the city's code-enforcement office. Current residents are hopeful that the Nationwide Children's Hospital expansion and improvements along Livingston Avenue will attract hospital employees to the area.
The Driving Park and Recreation Center is located next to the railroad
Keith Jack "Jackie" Oliver is a British former Formula One driver and team-owner from England. He became known as the founder of the Arrows team as well as a racing driver, although during his driving career he won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the Can-Am championship. Oliver began a long career in motorsport in 1961, he upgraded to a Lotus Elan and entered GT racing, scoring some excellent results, having a difficult time in Formula Three, where his natural speed was blighted by mechanical failures. For 1967 he was drafted into the Team Lotus Formula Two team, which saw him making his Grand Prix debut in the F2 class at the German Grand Prix, where he came fifth overall and won the F2 class. In 1968, he was called up by Colin Chapman to take over the works Formula One seat for Team Lotus after the death of Jim Clark, his contract did not include an F2 drive. In discussions with Tony Rudlin, a failed racing driver, at that time responsible for running the Herts and Essex Aero Club for ex-world motor cycling champion, Roger Frogley, a deal was struck to run in the club's colours.
Lotus supplied and ran the car, supplied the mechanics and acted as competition managers while Rudlin was team manager. The F2 team was reasonably successful. At the end of the year the team was invited to compete in the four races making up the Argentine Temporada; the Herts and Essex Team finished third overall in the series. The F1 season would turn out to be difficult, with Oliver struggling for finishes, he led the British Grand Prix until an engine failure, would only finish twice, his best result being third place at the season-closing Mexican Grand Prix. With Jochen Rindt signing for Lotus for 1969, Oliver switched to BRM, he was to suffer disappointing two years at the Bourne team, which would kill off his Grand Prix career. In two years, he would muster just four finishes, with his only points scores being sixth place in the 1969 Mexican Grand Prix, fifth in the 1970 Austrian Grand Prix. However, in 1970, he led much of the Race of Champions holding off Stewart and was a strong third for most of the Dutch and British GP.
The poor result in the Austrian GP which Team boss, Louis Stanley thought he should have won, saw the best car go to Pedro Rodríguez from on, but Oliver still led some laps at the slipstream Italian race. Stanley described Oliver, as'good, but not nearly as good as he thought'; the majority of his other races saw the BRM break down. Most pundits and sponsor, were surprised and disappointed after Oliver was sacked by BRM. Jackie Stewart, judged Oliver a good GP and Can-Am driver, his best results in these seasons would come from endurance racing, in John Wyer's Gulf Ford GT40, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans events with Jacky Ickx in 1969, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1000 km Monza in 1971 with Rodríguez. In 1969, he debuted in CanAm for Autocoast in the TI-22, for Don Nichols' Shadow team. 1971 saw him out of a full-time Formula One drive. 1972 saw him concentrate on CanAm with Shadow, though he would take a one-off drive for BRM at the 1972 British Grand Prix, where he retired.
For 1973, Shadow entered F1, Oliver was nominated as team leader. The Shadow DN1 proved a difficult chassis, once again his season was blighted by mechanical errors. However, in the Canadian Grand Prix he ran well, many believe he won the race, but the lap charts were thrown into confusion by a rain shower meaning multiple pit-stops, a staggeringly inept deployment of a pace car by the organisers; as it was, Oliver was classified third, his only points finish of the year. 1974 saw. He was becoming more involved in the management side of Shadow, but would compete in Formula 5000 for the team for three seasons, briefly returned to F1, finishing fifth in the 1977 Race of Champions, taking 9th in the Swedish Grand Prix. At the end of 1977 he left Shadow along with financer Franco Ambrosio, designers Tony Southgate and Alan Rees, engineer Dave Wass and driver Riccardo Patrese to form the Arrows Grand Prix team. Arrows would become famous for competing in a record 382 Grands Prix without achieving a single victory.
However, the team would always have well-presented cars which would be competitive, if not front-runners, would give breaks to talented drivers - besides Patrese, Thierry Boutsen, Gerhard Berger, Marc Surer and Martin Donnelly would all drive for the team early in their career. Oliver sold much of his stake to the Japanese Footwork Corporation in 1990, remaining as director, but the team failed to move forward and the company pulled out at the end of 1993 due to financial trouble. Oliver had his team back, but money was tight, in 1996 he again sold most of his shares to Tom Walkinshaw's TWR group. Oliver remained on the board until 1999. "DRIVER: Oliver, Jackie". Autocourse Grand Prix Archive. Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007. "Jackie Oliver". Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007. Widdows, Rob. "Jackie Oliver: Nearly Man". Motor Sport magazine archive. P. 85. Retrieved 4 December 2017
Vincenzo Florio Jr. was an Italian entrepreneur, heir of the rich Florio economic dynasty, one of the wealthiest Italian families during the late 19th century. An automobile enthusiast, he is best known as the founder of the Targa Florio, he was the son of the Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, Ignazio Florio Sr. and baroness Giovanna D'Ondes Trigona. He was born in Palermo and was named after his grandfather Vincenzo Florio Sr. who founded the Florio wine and spice company. He was the younger brother of Ignazio Florio Jr.. Not inclined to business, he loved traveling and was a frequent visitor of Paris, Nice and Cannes. Luxury boats were one of his passions: in the family they owned five yachts. In 1909 he married principessa Annina Alliata di Montereale. After her death to cholera in 1911, he married Lucie Henry of France, a year later. An automobile enthusiast, he initiated the financial basis and the engineering plans for the "Brescia Motor Week" in Brescia, Lombardy, he had finished third in the 1904 edition, generously funding the 1905 race, renamed Coppa Florio.
He donated a Cup for the winner. His greatest fame came from creating the Targa Florio race in 1906, based on discussions with James Gordon Bennett Jr. and Henri Desgrange. The Targa claimed to be a worldly event not to be missed. Renowned artists, such as Alexandre Charpentier and Leonardo Bistolfi, were commissioned to design medals. A magazine was initiated, which aimed to enhance, with graphic and photographic reproductions of the race, the myth of the car and the typical character of modern life, speed. Florio raced himself, his best result was the win in the Targa Rignano 1903, named after Count Rignano, thus inspiring Florio to pick the surname-based Targa Florio. His own racing team, got Felice Nazzaro to leave Fiat and join as driver, who had won the 1907 race. In 1913 Vincenzo Florio founded the Automobile Club of Sicily, of which he remained president for a long time, he died at Épernay. He is buried in the family chapel, in the cemetery of Santa Maria di Gesù. Florio was a painter; the exhibition Vincenzo Florio – A taste for modernity was on display in Palermo in 2003
In motorsport, a safety car or pace car is a car which limits the speed of competing cars on a racetrack in the case of a caution period such as an obstruction on the track or bad weather. The aim of the safety car is to enable the clearance of any obstruction under safer conditions for marshals and/or await more favourable track conditions weather-wise. During a caution period the safety car enters the track ahead of the leader. Depending on the regulations in effect, competitors are not allowed to pass the safety car or other competitors during a caution period, the safety car leads the field at a pre-determined safe speed, which may vary by series and circuit. At the end of the caution period, the safety car leaves the track and the competitors resume normal racing; the first reliance on this safety measure occurred with the deployment of a pace car during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. The use of a safety car has the effect of bunching up competitors together, such as to eliminate any time and distance advantage that a leading driver may have had over the remaining field of competitors.
This effect can make racing more competitive upon full race resumption. Subject to the racing regulations in force, it is not uncommon for drivers to be allowed to make pitstops during safety car periods; this situation may provide a strategic advantage since any scheduled refueling, tire change or maintenance may be carried out while other competitors are lapping at lower speed, the drivers who pit simply rejoin a queue of cars all running together. During normal racing conditions, such interventions would involve losing significant terrain over those drivers that remain on-track. Another notable effect of safety car periods is that racing cars consume less fuel until full race resumption, which can allow competitors to run longer distances on a tank of fuel than would otherwise have been possible and/or reduce the number of pitstops required for the duration of the race. In Formula One if an accident or inclement weather prevents normal racing from continuing safely, the Race Director will call for a "safety car" period, which would see marshals wave yellow flags and hold "SC" boards, pending the car in question entering the track.
From 2007, all Formula One cars must have LEDs and/or displays fitted to the steering wheel or cockpit, which inform the driver which flags are being waved. A yellow LED is illuminated; the safety car has both green lights mounted on its roof in the form of a light bar. The green lights are used to signal. From 2015, the safety car is not required to wait until all backmarkers have caught back up to the queue; when the safety car is ready to leave the circuit, it will turn off its orange lights to indicate that it will enter the pit lane at the end of the lap. Drivers must continue in formation until they cross the first safety car line, where circuit green lights and flags will indicate they are free to race again; the safety car is piloted by professional drivers on-board high-powered modified vehicles supplied by Mercedes-Benz, must maintain a reasonable speed so as to ensure that the competitors' tyres are as close as possible to operating temperature and their engines do not overheat. The driver of the safety car is accompanied by a co-driver to assist with operations and communications.
For incidents during the first three laps, the safety car has an advantage over the traditional red flag. With regards to the time limit, the race is being scored and the time is counting while the safety car is on the track, the race resumes; the first use of a safety car in Formula One is reported to have taken place at the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix, where a yellow Porsche 914 was called for duty following various incidents under treacherous weather conditions. Controversially, on that occasion, it took several hours after the race to figure out the winner and final results since the safety car driver had placed his car in front of the wrong competitor thus causing part of the field to be one lap down incorrectly; the sport introduced safety cars in 1993, after trials were conducted at both the French and British Grands Prix during the preceding 1992 season. Since 1996, as part of promotional arrangements, the supplier of safety cars has been Mercedes-Benz, unlike previous years that have seen cars of different brands being used throughout the season and depending on the track visited.
From 2007, new procedures were applied for the first time during the Bahrain Grand Prix. The pit lane was closed upon the deployment of the safety car. No car could enter the pits until all cars on the track had formed up in a line behind the safety car, they passed the pit entrance, the message "pit lane open" was given. A ten-second stop/go penalty was imposed on any driver who entered the pit lane before the pit lane open message is given
West Germany the Federal Republic of Germany, referred to by historians as the Bonn Republic, was a country in Central Europe that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the western portion of Germany was part of the Western bloc during the Cold War. It was created during the Allied occupation of Germany in 1949 after World War II, established from eleven states formed in the three Allied zones of occupation held by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, its capital was the city of Bonn. At the onset of the Cold War, Europe was divided among the Eastern blocs. Germany was de facto divided into two countries and two special territories, the Saarland and divided Berlin; the Federal Republic of Germany claimed an exclusive mandate for all of Germany, considering itself to be the democratically reorganised continuation of the 1871–1945 German Empire. It took the line. Though the GDR did hold regular elections, these were not fair. From the West German perspective, the GDR was therefore illegitimate.
Three southwestern states of West Germany merged to form Baden-Württemberg in 1952, the Saarland joined the Federal Republic of Germany in 1957. In addition to the resulting ten states, West Berlin was considered an unofficial de facto 11th state. While not part of the Federal Republic of Germany, as Berlin was under the control of the Allied Control Council, West Berlin politically-aligned itself with West Germany and was represented in its federal institutions; the foundation for the influential position held by Germany today was laid during the Wirtschaftswunder of the 1950s when West Germany rose from the enormous destruction wrought by World War II to become the world's third-largest economy. The first chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who remained in office until 1963, had worked for a full alignment with NATO rather than neutrality, he not only secured a membership in NATO but was a proponent of agreements that developed into the present-day European Union. When the G6 was established in 1975, there was no question whether the Federal Republic of Germany would be a member as well.
Following the collapse of communism in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, symbolised by the opening of the Berlin Wall, there was a rapid move towards German reunification. East Germany voted to dissolve itself and accede to the Federal Republic in 1990, its five post-war states were reconstituted along with the reunited Berlin, which ended its special status and formed an additional Land. They formally joined the Federal Republic on 3 October 1990, raising the number of states from 10 to 16, ending the division of Germany; the reunion did not result in a brand-new country. The expanded Federal Republic retained West Germany's political culture and continued its existing memberships in international organisations, as well as its Western foreign policy alignment and affiliation to Western alliances like UN, NATO, OECD and the European Union; the official name of West Germany, adopted in 1949 and unchanged since is Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In East Germany, the terms Westdeutschland or westdeutsche Bundesrepublik were preferred during the 1950s and 1960s.
This changed once under its 1968 constitution, when the idea of a single German nation was abandoned by East Germany, as a result West Germans and West Berliners were considered foreigners. In the early 1970s, starting in the East German Neues Deutschland, the initialism "BRD" for the "Federal Republic of Germany" began to prevail in East German usage. In 1973, official East German sources adopted it as a standard expression and other Eastern Bloc nations soon followed suit. In reaction to this move, in 1965 the West German Federal Minister of All-German Affairs Erich Mende issued the Directives for the appellation of Germany, recommending avoiding the initialism. On 31 May 1974, the heads of West German federal and state governments recommended always using the full name in official publications. From on West German sources avoided the abbreviated form, with the exception of left-leaning organizations which embraced it. In November 1979 the federal government informed the Bundestag that the West German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF had agreed to refuse to use the initialism.
The ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code of West Germany was "DE", which has remained the country code of Germany after reunification. ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 are the most used country codes, the "DE" code is notably used as country identifier extending the postal code and as the Internet's country code top-level domain.de. Accordingly the less used ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code of West Germany was "DEU", which has remained the country code of reunified Germany; the now deleted codes for East Germany, on the other hand, was "DD" in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 and "DDR" in ISO 3166-1 alpha-3. The colloquial term "West Germany" or its equivalent was used in many languages. "Westdeutschland" was a widespread colloquial form used in German-speaking countries without political overtones. On 4–11 February 1945 leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union held the Yalta Conference where future arrangements as regards post-war Europe and strategy against Japan in the Pacific were negotiated.
The conference agreed that post-war Germany would be divided into four occupation zones: a French Zone in the far west.
White Motor Company
The White Motor Company was an American automobile, truck and agricultural tractor manufacturer from 1900 until 1980. The company produced bicycles, roller skates, automatic lathes, sewing machines. Before World War II, the company was based in Ohio. White Diesel Engine Division in Springfield, manufactured diesel engine generators, which powered U. S. military equipment and infrastructure, namely Army Nike and Air Force Bomarc launch complexes, other guided missile installations and proving grounds, sections of SAGE and DEW Line stations, combat direction centers and other ground facilities of the U. S. aerospace defense ring, such as the Texas Towers. During the Vietnam era, the company retained its position within the Top 100 Defense Contractors list, its production facilities, such as the Lansing truck plant in Lansing and the main plant in Cleveland were engaged in production, engineering services and maintenance of thousands of military/utility cargo trucks M39, M44, M600, M602 series trucks, as well as spare parts, such as cylinder heads and gasoline engines with accessories.
About 1898, Thomas H. White found its boiler unreliable, his son, set out to improve its design. Rollin White developed a form of water tube steam generator which consisted of a series of stacked coils with two novel features: the first was that the coils were all joined at the top of the unit, which allowed water to flow only when pumped, allowing control of the steam generation; this second point was critical because the White steamer operated with superheated steam to take advantage of steam's properties at higher temperatures. Rollin White patented his steam generator, US patent 659,837 of 1900. Rollin H. White offered it to, among others, Locomobile, he persuaded his father, founder of the White Sewing Machine Company, to allow the use of a corner in one of his buildings to build an automobile. White's brother, a management talent, joined the business venture, followed by their brother, who became instrumental in the sales and distribution of the product; the first group of fifty cars were completed in October 1900, but none were offered to the public until April 1901 so the design could be tested.
Since the cars were being offered by the automobile department of the sewing machine company, White could not afford to diminish the reputation of the parent company by the introduction of an untested product. It became necessary in 1905 to separate the automobile department from its parent company to accommodate the growth of the business and to physically separate them, as a fire in one could ruin both operations. On July 4, 1905, a racing steam car named "Whistling Billy" and driven by Webb Jay set a record of 73.75 mph on the Morris Park Racecourse. A 1907 White steamer was one of the early vehicles in the White House when Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, allowed the Secret Service to use the car behind his horse-drawn carriage. In 1909, president William Howard Taft converted the White House stables into a garage and purchased four automobiles: two Pierce-Arrows, a Baker Electric, a 1911 White; this $4,000 car was one of the last steam cars produced and proved a favorite of the President who used bursts of steam against "pesky" press photographers.
The 40 hp White Model M 7-seat tourer generated favorable press for the newly formed White Motor Company. Taft's White Model M is housed in the collection at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts; the last steam car was built in January 1911 as the company made a transition to gasoline-powered vehicles. The company continued to show them in their catalogues as late as 1912. About 10,000 White steam-powered cars were built, more than the better known Stanley. White companies' manufacturing facility expanded; the White steamer used unique technology, it was vulnerable in a market, accepting the internal combustion engine as the standard. White canvassed existing gas manufacturers and licensed the rights to the Delahaye design for the "gas car", showing a chassis at an English auto show in December 1908. Rollin became more interested in agricultural tractors, developed designs for tractors derived from standard White truck parts; when the White Company was not interested in producing tractors, Rollin set out to develop his own designs and, with brother Clarence founded Cleveland Motor Plow, which became Cletrac tractor.
In the early 1920s, Rollin produced the Rollin car to diversify the tractor company, but found it could not compete in cost versus price against much larger manufacturers. White was successful with their heavy machines, which saw service around the world during World War I. White remained in the truck industry for decades. White Motor Company began producing trucks; the company soon sold 10 percent of all trucks made in the US. Although White produced all sizes of trucks from light delivery to semi, the decision was made after WWII to produce only large trucks. White acquired several truck manufacturing companies during this time: Sterling, Diamond T, REO. White agreed to sell Consolidated Freightways, Freightliner trucks through its own dealers. White produced trucks under the Autocar nameplate following its acquisition. Diamond T and REO Motor Car Company became the Diamond REO division, discontinued in the 1970s. A White semi performe