(Updated 2/27/13 )

A Salute to Black History Month - 2013

NHRA Top Fuel Driver Antron Brown Made His Mark in Black History

(Photo Taken from Natl Dragster Magazine)

Antron Brown became the first African-American to win a major U.S. auto racing championship title when he won the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel Championship at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona on November 11, 2012.
In 2012 Antron raced to six victories in 11 final rounds; claimed three No. 1 qualifying positions and set the national E.T. record at 3.701 seconds at Reading;
qualified for all 23 events; earned two wins in three finals in Countdown playoffs.

Antron Brown expresses his excitement as he wins the
2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel Champion

at the Auto Club Finals held in Pomona, CA on November 11, 2012.


Antron Brown at The 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Awards
Ceremony held on November 12, 2012

NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Antron Brown Added to
the 2013 Editon of "The Grio's 100" List.
This list features African-American industry, sports and
community leaders. The Interview aired on
NBC Today Show on February 8, 2013.


Driven: A Tribute to African-American
Achievement in the Automotive Industry

(Video Taken from YouTube - Uploaded by Michigan Chronicle)

Published on Feb 7, 2013
Who's Who Publishing and Real Times Publishing presents the third edition of
DRIVEN, A tribute to African-American achievement in the automotive industry.

DRIVEN celebrates African American trailblazers who have paved the way, today's contemporaries who
are revitalizing the industry, and the emerging leaders who will catapult it into the next generation.

The stories you will read are inspirational and uplifting. The professionals profiled in the book
represent an intricate and impressive mosaic of success in an industry where the
African-American contribution has been all but redacted. Here are a few of the
industry leaders you will find in the third edition of DRIVEN.
For more information about the DRIVEN, contact Real Times Media at (313) 963-8100.

Black Inventors Who's Inventions Have Been Beneficial to Drag Racing

Edmond Berger
Some historians have reported that Edmond Berger invented an early SPARK PLUG on February 2, 1839. However, Edmond Berger did not patent his invention.

Jack Johnson ( 1878-1946)
Jack Johnson was born John Arthur Johnson on March 31, 1878, in Galveston, Texas.

The world's first African American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson patented improvements to the WRENCH on April the 18, 1922.

Garrett Augustus Morgan
(1877 - 1963)

The son of former slaves, Garrett Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky on March 4, 1877.

After witnessing a collision between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, Morgan took his turn at inventing a TRAFFIC SIGNAL. Other inventors had experimented with, marketed, and even patented traffic signals, however, Garrett Morgan was one of the first to apply for and acquire a U.S. patent - November 20, 1923.

Morgan sold the rights to his device to the General Electric Company for the astounding sum of $40,000.00 and it became the standard across the country. Today's modern traffic lights are based upon Morgan's original design.

Richard Spikes (1884-1962)

Richard Spikes was an African-American engineer from San Francisco, California. He discovered a system of AUTOMOBILE DIRECTIONAL SIGNALS, which he installed on a Pierce-Arrow car in 1913. In 1932 he received a patent for an Improved AUTOMATIC GEAR SHIFT device..
(The first automatic gear shift was invented in 1904 by the the Sturtevant brothers) (Spikes' Improved Version was Invented February 28, 1932 and a Patent issued December 6, 1932). His object was to develop a gear shift where the gears for the various speeds were in constant mesh. Richard Spikes invented a novel clutch mechanism for his gear shift, he used levers to shift gears. For his innovative designs of transmission and gear-shifting devices, Spikes received over $100,000.00 in the 1930s.

Richard Spikes patented or developed
other Automotive inventions:

Frederick M. Jones(1893 – 1961)

Frederic M. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 17, 1892. He was an African American inventor, entrepreneur, winner of the National Medal of Technology and inductee of the Nationa Inventors Hall of Fame. Jones received a U.S. Patent on the
2-CYCLE GAS ENGINE on May 29, 1945 & again on March 11, 1947

Frederic Jones patented other Automotive inventions:

  • U.S. Patent ssued on December 21, 1943
    Means for automatically stopping and starting gas engines.
  • U.S. Patent issued on May 29, 1945 & March 11, 1947
    Two-cycle gas engine.
  • U.S. Patent issued on July 12, 1949
    Starter generator.
  • U.S. Patent issued on July 12, 1949
    Means operated by a starter generator for cooling a gas engine.
  • U.S. Patent issued on July 26, 1949
    Means for thermostatically operating gas engines.
  • U.S. Patent issued on September 26, 1950
    Engine actuated ventilating system.
  • U.S. Patent ssued on September 2, 1958
    Control device for internal combustion engine.


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