15 January 2013

Top Ten Famous Automotive Quotes

The automotive world has spawned some memorable lines in business, racing, film and music. Here are some of the all-time greatest:
“I spent a lot of money on booze, [women] and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” — English football star George Best, whose lifestyle in the 1960s and 1970s was compared to that of Keith Moon of The Who.

“What’s behind me is not important.” — Raul Julia as fictional Italian racer driver “Franco” in the 1976 low-budget movie “The Gumball Rally.” As he utters the line, he rips the rearview mirror from his 1972 Ferrari Daytona and cavalierly tosses it over his shoulder.

Hagerty’s 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe pop up video.
“Second place is just the first-place loser.” — Dale Earnhardt. No explanation needed here.
“Ferrari’s a&$ is mine.” — The late Carroll Shelby colorfully vowing to take the world sports car constructor’s championship from Ferrari.
“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” — Enzo Ferrari’s response to the dawn of the aerodynamics era in racing that was ushered in by companies like Jaguar and Porsche.
“I make my cars to go, not to stop.” — Ettore Bugatti, in response to a customer’s complaint about the antiquated cable-operated brakes on the Bugatti Type 35 sports car.
“It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. So, is it the new Bluesmobile, or what?” — Dan Ayckroyd as the character “Elwood Blues,” describing a newly purchased police surplus car to his bother Jake in the classic movie “The Blues Brothers.”
“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” — Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile.

At the other end of the spectrum check out our Stuff Car Guys Don’t Say video.
“It doesn’t cost any more to make something pretty.” — Jaguar Cars founder Sir William Lyons on the design philosophy of his firm.
“We’re gonna push those SOBs back into the Pacific.” — Lee Iacocca advising his friend Carroll Shelby not to invest in a Toyota dealership.

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3 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Fran Endwell January 24, 2013 at 16:13
    The best quote is, "If your under control, your not going fast enough!" Parinelli Jones.
  • 2
    El Cazador los angeles August 11, 2013 at 20:12
    From the film "Days of Thunder" --- so many from which to choose. Here are four favorites: 1) Harry Hogge (played by Robert Duvall): "Cole, you're wandering all over the track!" Cole Trickle (played by Tom Cruise): "Yeah, well this son of a bitch just SLAMMED into me." Harry Hogge: "No, no, he didn't SLAM you, he didn't BUMP you, he didn't NUDGE you... he RUBBED you. And rubbin, son, is racin'." Also, 2) Harry Hogge: "Now, Cole, when you shift the gear and that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads 9000 RPMs, that's BAD." And, 3) Harry Hogge: "When the rear end's loose, the car's fast. Loose is fast, and on the edge of out of control. And, finally, 4) Harry Hogge: "All right. While we're still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car." Cole Trickle: "Hit the pace car?" Harry Hogge: "Yep. Hit the pace car." Cole Trickle: "What for?" Harry Hogge: "Because you've hit every other goddamned thing out there, I want you to be PERFECT."
  • 3
    stevers pa. October 16, 2013 at 22:13
    A caustic but true statement from Earnhardt Sr. when Nascar wanted to reduce speeds even further for safety ; " Speed is what racin' is all about." " If you want to go slower, you better tie kerosene rags around each ankle so ants can't crawl up and eat your candy ass! Richard will always be The King, but Dale was the ultimate Intimidator!
  • 4
    Rick Severn, MD January 24, 2013 at 17:29
    In reference to the Bluesmobile, I liked Jake's follow-on comment - "It needs a cigarette lighter...". (ya gotta watch the movie to 'get it'...).
  • 5
    Rick Severn, MD January 24, 2013 at 17:30
    In reference to the Bluesmobile, I liked Jake's follow-on comment - "It needs a cigarette lighter...". (ya gotta watch the movie to 'get it'...).
  • 6
    Bob Shaw Orange County January 24, 2013 at 17:59
    Carroll told me he never said "Ferrari's......, but it's one of those statements that once started lives on as the truth.....He even sold hats/clothing with that on there...and so it goes
  • 7
    Ray Jacksonville Florida January 24, 2013 at 18:39
    "Gas is for cleanin' parts, alcohol's for drinkin', Nitro is for racin'" Big Daddy Don Garlits at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d'elegance during a panel discussion with Richard Petty and Carroll Shelby.
  • 8
    Dan Detroit January 24, 2013 at 22:33
    I know a guy addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop anytime.
  • 9
    Joe Elliott Seattle January 25, 2013 at 19:09
    I love that Dale Earnhardt makes it onto this list not by saying anything original or clever, but by botching the age-old adage that "Second place is just the first loser."
  • 10
    J.OConnor N.Y. January 25, 2013 at 09:55
    From the Blues Brothers..... Elwood: "I think we threw a rod" Jake:"Is that bad?" Elwood "aaa, ...ya"
  • 11
    Marty Boysen Holland, Michigan January 25, 2013 at 10:31
    Great quotes! I'd like to add: Racing's important to men who do it well. When you´re racing, it's life, anything that happens before or after is just waiting." (Steve McQueen from the movie: Le Mans, 1971).
  • 12
    Skip Lenz boca raton, fl January 25, 2013 at 11:10
    What about one of the very first. "you can have any color as long as its black."Henry Ford Sr.
  • 13
    J. Hordubay Maryland January 27, 2013 at 23:41
    The "quality is remembered long after price is forgotten" quote may have originated with Aldo Gucci and his leather business. Rolls Royce also used it as did Henry Martyn Leland for Lincoln (pre Ford).
  • 14
    Bob Anschutz Saratoga, NY, United States February 12, 2013 at 12:33
    My favorite quote is from Tom McCahill reviewing the original AC Cobra in Popular Mechanics : "This beast can rule the jungle on snarl alone."
  • 15
    Yeah Toast! here February 19, 2013 at 16:11
    Dan, this is what you meant: "Yeah, I drink brake fluid... so what? I can stop any time I want". - comedian Heywood Banks

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