When you think of places important to the history of the car, your mind might flit to Stuttgart or Maranello; Coventry even. But really the most important single city is Detroit. Around Detroit and its satellite towns grew up the greatest automotive manufacturing industry the world has ever seen, vast factories pumping out millions of cars. One, the Ford Model T, did more to democratise the car than any other before or since, and put a large part of the world on wheels. No wonder they called it Motor City.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: Is the Detroit Motorshow dying?
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.