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A Look Back…Celebrating 90 Years

Feb 29, 2008

As NJ CAR celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year, the Coalition wants to take a look back at our history. Throughout the course of the year we will be diving into our archives, which reach all the way back to 1907 and the Newark Automobile Trade Association (NATA), and pull out interesting pieces of information or items that offer a snapshot of what the industry was like 10, 30, 60 or 90 years ago.

NJ CAR traces its history back to 1918 and the creation of the New Jersey Automotive Trade Association (NJATA). NJATA and NATA relied heavily on each other for more than 25 years, until 1944, when two separate dues structures were introduced.

In 1947, the State association, NJATA, was official incorporated and remained that way for twenty years. In 1967, the name was changed to the New Jersey Automobile Dealers Association (NJADA) and finally to its current name, New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR), Inc., in 1995.

We hope you’ll enjoy a look back into the history (and pre-history) of your Coalition.

· The 10th Annual Newark Automobile Show was held in 1918, the year NJ CAR’s predecessor was founded

· The NJATA issued a document entitled “Winning the War” in 1918.

· In 1920, the price to enter the Newark Automobile Show was increased from $.50 to $.75, including the War Tax.

· According to minutes from June 1920, dealers discussed how much they paid mechanics. The going rate was between $1.25 and $1.50 Per Hour.

Look for more fun and interesting pieces of NJ CAR’s 90-year history in NewsLetters throughout the rest of 2008.

And…Don’t forget to “Save the Dates” for NJ CAR’s Annual Meeting & Business Expo 2008—October 15 & 16, 2008—at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison