|06-27-2012, 07:09 AM||#1|
Where did the Bowtie Come From???
Chevrolet Bow Tie
The instantly recognizable Chevrolet bow-tie emblem was created by General Motors and Chevrolet co-founder William C. Durant, but there are various stories as to how he came up with the logo. The long-accepted story is that he was inspired by the pattern on the wallpaper of a Parisian hotel. However, his daughter Margery said in her 1929 book, "My Father," that Durant, always doodling during meals, came up with the image "between the soup and the fried chicken one night." And Durant's wife, Catherine, told an interviewer that he had spotted the logo — possibly used for Coalettes, a refined fuel product from Southern Compressed Coal Co. — while reading the newspaper in a Virginia hotel room.
General Motors introduced Pontiac in 1926 as a companion brand to its Oakland automobile line, which it had recently acquired and which was based in Pontiac, Mich., and within its first year the performance-oriented Pontiac was already outselling its GM sibling. The name "Pontiac" came from an American Indian, Chief Pontiac, who led an unsuccessful uprising against the British after the French and Indian War; this reference was apparent in the brand's original logo of an American Indian headdress. The headdress logo was phased out in 1956, but the American Indian imagery remained with the introduction of "the Dart," a stylized red arrowhead with a silver star in the middle.
Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy
Like all things Rolls-Royce, the marque's signature hood ornament is a study in extravagance. However, the origin of the Spirit of Ecstasy — also called the "Silver Lady" and the "Flying Lady" — is scandalous. The first iteration of the hood ornament was a custom creation by sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes for the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow owned by John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine in the early 1900s. Sykes created a likeness of Montagu's secretary and not-so-secret mistress Eleanor Velasco Thornton, depicting her in flowing robes with a finger pressed to her lips to signify the couple's furtive love.
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