It is impossible to say that any one man invented the automobile. Many individuals living and working in different countries and at different times contributed to its development. Many of the discoveries that went into the creation of the automobile were small in themselves. But together they were important. Here are two examples.
"Carriage is running at a speed of 8 to 9 miles an hour." It was almost unheard of in those days. According to automobile historians, this was the first practical use of mechanical power to move a vehicle. After its first run, the machine reportedly burned up while the inventor and his friends were celebrating its success at a pub.
Henry Ford is considered the father of modem automobile mass production. His famous Model-T car, because of its low price, made it possible to produce cars on a large scale and his efforts made it accessible to ordinary people. (152 words)
Useful Words and Expressions:
automomile n. ＜主美＞汽车(=＜英＞motor car, car＝
contribute to v. 捐献，贡献
contribute to me Red Cross向红十字会捐献
contribute to a literary journal向文学杂志投稿
Drink contributed to his ruin．酗酒促使他毁灭。
She seldom contributes to the discussion．她在讨论中很少发言。
reportedly adv. 据传说，据传闻
mass production n.大规模生产
on a large scale大规模地