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Motometers began to get more stylish as automakers added knobs, wings, and other decorations.
In the 1920's, temperature gages moved to the inside of the vehicle and Motometers started becoming unnecessary. Radiators were also now protected by a grill. Despite this, the radiator cap was kept outside of the hood, at the top of the grill turning the Motometer from a necessity into a classic design element.
The iconic "Angry Duck" featured on the hood of Martin Penwalds Mack truck has been a symbol of the spirit of adventure and renegade lifestyle from the movie.
Director Quentin Tarantino loved the film Convoy so much he used the same hood ornament on the main vehicle in his 2007 movie Death Proof. This further cemented the Duck's status as the coolest hood ornament of all time.Shop for The Angry Duck in our store!
Years later in 1932, Alfred Fellows Masury, a chief engineer at Mack Trucks, was in the hospital for surgery. Not one to be idle for long, during his recovery, Masury hand-carved the first model of the now iconic Bulldog hood ornament out of a bar of soap. Once released from the hospital, Masury applied for a patent on his design. The patent was granted Oct. 11, 1932. Masury was killed in the crash of U.S. Navy airship Akron in 1933, the same year the Bulldog hood ornament began adorning Mack trucks. The hood ornament functions as a grip for opening the hood of the truck.
"For 80 years, the Bulldog hood ornament has been a symbol of the durability and reliability customers expect from Mack," said Kevin Flaherty, president, Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. "We're proud of our heritage and that the Bulldog has become so widely recognized - and we tip our hats to Alfred Masury for his contribution to our legacy."
Packard was an American luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958.