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  • Look, too, at our biggest companies today like Apple, Exxon-Mobil, Google, Microsoft, General Electric, and even, yes, General Motors. Can we still maintain, as Engine Charlie kinda/sorta did, that what’s good for those companies is good for America and vice versa?”

    But that was before Ford announced that it has recommitted itself to the Saturday night racer. And the manufacturer has backed up that claim with lots of new products for everyone from the circle track racers to drag racers. Of course, at Circle Track we’re a bit partial to the stock car racers, so when Ford announced the new Boss 351 engine block and brand-new N351 cylinder head castings, we were interested. And of course, we wanted to provide you with a more in-depth look than a cut-and-paste of Ford’s press release, so we hooked up with Ford and race engine builder Charlie’s Automotive to detail a complete engine build specifically for NASCAR’s Late Model Stock class with the new Ford block and heads.

  • Charles Erwin Wilson should not be confused with the , who was the CEO of and served as the head of the Office of Defense Mobilization. The two were respectively nicknamed "Engine Charlie" and "Electric Charlie" so that they could be more easily distinguished.

    I would also add, that if a company gets too big, it should be split up like Standard Oil was. I once read somewhere, that Peter Drucker said that GM should have been split up in the 1950s – but wasn’t because of Engine Charlie and the Republicans had too much influence on national policy. I don’t know if that is true – but if GM and Ford and Chrysler had been broken up, then we might have had 10 evenly sized car companies competing in 1970s, on the cusp of the Japanese invasion, instead of 3 1/2 oligopoly. History might then have been different.

  • Charles Erwin Wilson (July 18, 1890 – September 26, 1961) was an engineer and businessman who served as from 1953 to 1957 under President . Known as "Engine Charlie", he previously worked as for . In the wake of the , he cut the defense budget significantly.

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When Eisenhower became president in 1953, the Defense Department was in the public sector what General Motors was in the private sector -- much the biggest entity. So there was logic to Eisenhower's decision to pick Wilson, president of GM, for Secretary of Defense. GM then had 50 percent of the automobile market. Defense got almost 60 percent of the federal budget. ""Engine Charlie'' -- the nickname distinguished him from ""Electric Charlie,'' the Charles E. Wilson who was president of General Electric -- seemed like just the man to deliver on the goal of ""a bigger bang for the buck.''