Earnhardt’s Timeline

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Earnhardt Auto Centers BrandsNOBULLCowboy Lifestyle Network is extremely proud to present the Earnhardt’s Timeline. Earnhardt Auto Centers rises above the competition with highly reputable service from the Earnhardt family owned and operated business dating back to 1951. In other words, Earnhardt’s have been awesome for a really long time.

Earnhardt’s 63 years of being awesome is persistent time and time again. When you buy a vehicle from one of Earnhardt Auto Centers 17 locations, you can expect the same level of support and customer service for generations to come. The truck you buy now, is what your grandkids will be bringing in to get serviced in the future.

Why? Because Earnhardt treated you right today.  Majority of businesses today think in the short-term. However, Earnhardt’s think in the long-term. Earnhardt Auto Centers want a relationship with you. Always giving you the best deals with the world-class service you deserve.

“Nice people always finish first”      -Tex Earnhardt

When Cowboy Lifestyle Network partnered up with Earnhardt Auto Centers, the CLN team couldn’t wait to share the Earnhardt story with the world.

The Earnhardt family are truly the nicest people. All while displaying their first-class professionalism, values and beliefs. And thats why they’re #1. Read about the Earnhardt “No Bull” Difference (HERE).

Learn more about the rich history of the Earnhardt family with CLN’s interactive timeline below:

Official-Earnhardt-Auto-Centers-Family-Timeline-(FI)

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1936

Earnhardt Timeline Young Tex Earnhardt of Earnhardt Auto Centers as a young boy
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Young Tex Earnhardt of Earnhardt Auto Centers when he was 5 years old.
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1951

Tex Earnhardt and his family moved to Chandler, AZ
1951
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In 1951, when Tex Earnhardt was twenty years old, he and his family moved to Chandler where his father, Hal Earnhardt, Senior, started a small gas station downtown. The service station provided a small income for his family by selling gas and auto parts.
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1951

Old Earnhardt Ford Dealership in downtown Chandler
1951
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Hal Senior and Tex Earnhardt added a Ford franchise that had one new car on the lot. As soon as one was sold, Tex had enough money to purchase another vehicle that was for sale. This gas-service type station provided a small income for his family by selling gas and auto parts.
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1951

Tex Earnhardt at Age 21
1951
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Tex Earnhardt horseback riding in Arizona. Young Tex is 21 in this photo.
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1952

Tex Earnhardt as the 1st youngest appointed Ford Dealer
1952
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Through hard work and dedication, Tex was soon awarded a Ford franchise at the age of 21. On September 4, 1951 he was the youngest Ford franchise owner in the United States. To this date, Tex holds the record for the youngest franchise owner in the entire nation.
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1952

Riding horses in front of Earnhardt Ford in downtown Chandler.
1952
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This is a very old black & white photo of Earnhardt Ford dealership in downtown Chandler, Arizona.
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1955

Tex with horse, car and horse trailer
1955
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Tex Earnhardt has loved cars and horses since he was a very young boy. Tex grew up in the Rio Grande, Texas and left school his sophmore year to become a cowboy and rodeo performer. He left the rodeo circuit because it was not remunerative enough but kept the cowboy lifestyle alive as he grew Earnhardt's Auto Dealership.
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1956

Young Hal Earnhardt Riding a Calf
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Hal Earnhardt started competing in Jr. Rodeo when he was 5 years old with his father, Tex Earnhardt, when he was very young.. Meanwhile, Hal and Tex started roping in Arizona Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) sanctioned rodeos.
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1958

Cowboy and Car Dealer, Tex Earnhardt
1958
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The handsome family man, Cowboy and Car Dealer, Tex Earnhardt.
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1963

Young Jim Babe Earnhardt
1963
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Young Jim Babe Earnhardt wearing his cowboy hat and western apparel.
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1968

Jim Babe Earnhardt riding a calf as a young boy
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Jim Babe Earnhardt riding a calf as a young boy at a local rodeo.
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1972

Hal Earnhardt Ribbon Roping at an AJRA sanctioned rodeo as a young boy
1972
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Hal Earnhardt started team roping with his father, Tex Earnhardt, when he was very young. In this photo, Hal Earnhardt is competing in a Ribbon Roping event at an Arizona Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) sanctioned rodeo as a young boy.
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1975

Tex Earnhardt's Signature
1975
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Tex Earnhardt of family owned and operated Earnhardt Auto Centers, famous for his well-known TV commercials, newspaper and radio ads, signs his photo "Good Luck and writes his Dealership's Signature Motto, "No Bull."
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1977

Tex Earnhardt in front of Ford-Chrysler-Dodge in Tempe, AZ.
1977
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Tex Earnhardt in front of the old Earnhardt Ford-Chrysler-Dodge on Baseline and Rural in Tempe, AZ.
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1978

Tex Earnhardt with Baby Photo of Nature
1978
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Tex Earnhardt holds a baby photo of Nature.
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1978

An old Earnhardt Ford Ad of Tex and Hal Earnhardt
1978
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This is an old Chandler Earnhardt Ford Ad of Tex and Hal Earnhardt saying, "If you don't try us, we both lose money, and That Ain't No Bull!"
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1983

Earnhadt's & KNIX
1983
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The Earnhardt's pose for a photo with country radio station, KNIX at Earnhardt Dodge in Gilbert, Arizona.
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1980

Earnhardt Auto Centers "Save Your Vision Week"
1980
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"Save Your Vision Week" at Earnhardt Auto Centers. As Tex Earnhardt always says, "That Ain't No Bull, Folks!"
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1982

Tex Earnhardt and his granddaughter Nature at the 29th Annual Parada del Sol Parade
1982
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On Feburary 6, 1982, Tex Earnhardt rode his bull in the Scottsdale's 29th annual Parada del Sol Parade with his granddaughter, Nature Earnhardt.
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1983

Earnhardt Fiat Subaru Chrysler Dodge
1983
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Tex Earnhardt poses with his bull along side of Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt in front ofEarnhardt Fiat Subaru Chrysler Dodge.
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1986

Arizona State University (ASU) Cheerleaders at Earnhardt Auto Center
1986
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Tex, Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt show their spirit along with the Arizona State University (ASU) Cheerleaders at Earnhardt Auto Center. Go Earnhardt!
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1990

Tex, Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt smiling big for the camera
1990
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Tex, Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt say cheese for the camera, 90s style!
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1993

Tex Earnhardt's Harley Davidson motorcycle
1993
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Tex Earnhardt looked "bad to the bone"on top of this Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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1995

Earnhardt Dodge is #1
1995
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Jim Babe Earnhardt stands on the podium addressing Earnhardt Dodge as #1, with Tex and Hal Earnhardt behind him.
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1995

Jay Leno with Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt
1995
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Jay Leno with Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt. James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009.
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1996

Tex Earnhardt's Ponytail for #1 Auto Dealership's in the World
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Tex-Earnhardt grew his ponytail out for Earnhardt's #1 in the world. This is where it was at in 1996."I had fun with it" says, Tex Earnhardt.
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1996

Earnhardt's Auto Group receive Chrysler Corporations #1 Retail Dealership 4 years in a row
1996
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Jim Babe Earnhardt holds up a poster at a company party.It says: Earnhardt's Gilbert Dodge Team...Chrysler Corporations #1 Retail Dealership 4 years in a row (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
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1997

Hal, Jim Babe and Tex Earnhardt shooting an Earnhardt Ford commercial
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Hal, Jim Babe and Tex Earnhardt shooting an Earnhardt Ford TV commercial, continually growing the Earnhardt name.
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1997

Hal Earnhardt standing in front of a Ford F-150 truck during an Earnhardt Ford TV commercial
1997
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Hal Earnhardt standing in front of a Ford F-150 truck during an Earnhardt Ford TV commercial. Hal Earnhardt consistently representing the cowboy lifestyle and Earnhardt Auto Centers "no bull" attitude, with a combination of commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.
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1997

Jim Babe Earnhardt in action during Earnhardt Ford TV commercial
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Jim Babe Earnhardt in action in front of a Ford F-150 truck during an Earnhardt Ford TV commercial.
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1998

Hal, Tex and Jim Babe Earnhardt represent the Cowboy Lifestyle
1998
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Hal, Tex and Jim Babe Earnhardt represent the Western Lifestyle in front of a wagon. "Cowboy Lifestyle is in our blood," says Earnhardt's.
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1999

Tex Earnhardt at the #1 in the world party along with rockstar, Alice Cooper
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Tex Earnhardt celebrates the #1 dealership in the world party along with rockstar, Alice Cooper
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2000

5 Generations of Earnhardt's
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5 Generations of Earnhardt's (from right to left)Top: Tex Earnhardt with Grandson, RiderBottom: Nature (Tex's Granddaughter), Lorraine Price (Tex's Mom) and Debra (Tex's Daughter).
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2000

Tex Earnhardt at his ranch in Payson with his great grandson, Rider
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Tex Earnhardt rides on horseback with his great grandson, Rider at his ranch in Payson, Arizona.
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2001

Earnhardt Ford 50th Year Annivesary
2001
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Tex Earnhardt and Jim Connor hold a plaque that says: Earnhardt Ford Sales Company50 Year Anniversary1951-2001
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2007

Hal Earnhardt with jockey Garrett Gomez aboard horse Indian Blessing for all her victories
2007
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Hal Earnhardt along with jockey Garrett Gomez aboard horse Indian Blessing for all her victories with the back of his shirt saying, "No Bull." Indian Blessing was a lighting fast world champion horse that had an impressive resume for owners Patti and Hal Earnhardt. With 16 starts and 10 wins before being retired in 2009.
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2010

UFC Star, Ryan Bader roping at Earnhardt's Ranch in Payson, Arizona.
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UFC Star, Ryan "Darth" Bader, is a Division I All American Wrestler from Arizona State University (ASU), has heavy hands and unforgiving takedowns. However, there is no secret that the former Ultimate Fighter 8 winner loves the cowboy lifestyle. Here is a picture of Ryan Bader roping at Earnhardt's Ranch in Payson, Arizona.
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2010

Jim Babe Earnhardt at the Breeders' Cup Race for Champion horse named Indian Blessing
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Jim Babe Earnhardt at the Breeders' Cup Race in 2010 in front of commemorative figure of Breeders' Cup Champion horse named Indian Blessing. Along with, breeder and owner of Indian Blessing Hal & Patti Earnhardt along with horse trainer, Bob Baffert and jockey Garrett Gomez.
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2011

Tex Earnhardt's 80th Birthday at Queen Creek Equestrian Centre
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Tex Earnhardt celebrated his 80th birthday with friends and family roping and riding horses at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, AZ.
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2012

Dodge Earnhardt featured in Automotive News 40 Under 40 Retail article
2012
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Dodge Earnhardt behind the bull statue at Earnhardt Ford as he smiles for a photo featured in Automotive News 40 Under 40 Retail.
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2013

Derby Earnhardt featured on the cover of The Republic for the new Chandler Cadillac dealership
2013
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Derby Earnhardt of Earnhardt Auto Group is featured on the cover of The Republic and feature AZ Central article by Luci Scott. "At the new Chandler site, Earnhardt said he expects growth in both sales and service." (Scott, 2013)
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2013

2014 Lexus IS Launch Party in August 2013
2013
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Derby, Tex, Bull, Jim Babe and Dodge Earnhardt during the 2014 Lexus IS Launch Party at Earnhardt Scottsdale Lexus in August of 2013.
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2014

Frank Armani and Ace Earnhardt along side of Tex at Gilbert Dodge grand opening
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General Manager of Gilbert Dodge Frank Armani (Left) and Ace Earnhardt (Right), along side of Tex Earnhardt and his gorgeous steer at Earnhardt Auto Center's Gilbert Dodge grand opening in January 2014.
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2014

Derby, Tex and Hal Earnhardt with ASU Football Coach Todd Graham
2014
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Derby, Tex and Hal Earnhardt with Coach Todd Graham as he enters his third season at the helm of the Arizona State University football program. Todd Graham was the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Arizona State University loves family owned and operated Earnhardt Auto Centers!
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2014

Earnhardt Auto Centers and CLN developed a new partnership in April 2014
2014
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On April 1, 2014, Earnhardt Auto Centers and Cowboy Lifestyle Network developed a new partnership to help increase auto sales in the State of Arizona and brand awareness worldwide. Welcomed by the legendary Tex Earnhardt.
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2014

Tex Earnhardt's grandson Wyn Earnhardt roping a calf
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Tex Earnhardt's grandson, Wyn Earnhardt is showing off his roping skills as he heels a calf.
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2014

Tex and Derby Earnhardt at Chandler Cadillac grand opening sale
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On April 12, 2014, Tex sits on his steer with Derby Earnhardt by his side at Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac Grand Opening Sale.
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2014

Ryan Bader defeats Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 174 in Vancouver on June 14th
2014
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The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Ryan Bader of Earnhardt Auto Centers defeated former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante at light heavyweight UFC 174 in Vancouver, Canada on June 14, 2014. According to Ryan Bader's UFC 174 Fight Card, he landed a total of 107 strikes, with 53 significant strikes and 7 takedowns for the win.