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An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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On This Day

Friday 31st May 1929

92 years ago

The Ford Motor Company signed a "Technical Assistance" contract to produce cars in the Soviet Union. Ford supplied many of the production parts for car manufacturers in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. Soviet factories also used Ford plants as their construction models. The agreement between Ford and the Soviet government also meant that Ford workers were sent to the Soviet Union to train the labour force in the use of its parts. Many labourers, including Walter Reuther, returned form the Soviet Union with a different view of the duties and privileges of the industrial labourer. Reuther, the UAW's president for many years, claimed to have been galvanised by the spirit of the Soviet workforce. It was over a decade, however, before labour unions won major victories in the U.S. Although the labor activists were for the most part not Communist, nor even Communist sympathisers, Ford officials nevertheless used this threat to keep them at bay for years. During McCarthyism, many of the labour officials who had been in the Soviet Union were cited as perpetrators of "un-American activities."

The first Ford assembled under license in the USSR leaves the GAZ factory in 1932.

The first Ford assembled under license in the USSR leaves the GAZ factory in 1932.