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  1. Your welcome Dave. Just for the record this car did win a few races. I believe Cliff's first victories with the car were at the July 4th 1918 races at Tacoma where Cliff won the 24 and 50 mile events, although only five cars competed. Tacoma has some pictures of the car as it ran in 1919 on their public library website although they do not have a picture that I can find with the distinctive oil tank that Cliff added shortly after he bought it (and changed the tail as well). He ran the car most likely in some non AAA races on the West coast events and Durant's biggest victory with the car (an AAA affair) was probably the Santa Monica Road Race on March 15 1919 where it ran against a pretty full field of good cars. The mate was driven by Hearne. Cliff carried the #1 on the car and Hearne carried #2, their starting positions. Durant I believe carried the #1 for the balance of the year. I believe the Hearne car was called the Durant special and it may have carried the Chevrolet name on the side at some point (maybe Santa Monica) although I have never found a picture with the name on the side of Hearne's mount. As to the Chevrolet name, when Durant had Miller build him a car for the new 183 formula, he named it the Baby Chevrolet to distinguish it from this car. The 183 engine from the Baby Chevrolet did survive and the late Bill Castle did a masterful job of recreating the Baby Chevrolet.-Jim
  2. This is a picture of one of the 1915 single overhead cam Wisconsin powered Stutz racers. The picture is most likely taken right around the time that it raced at Ascot in November of 1917 running the # 3. It had been owned by Earl Cooper but he sold it to Cliff Durant. Cliff had been appointed Vice President of Chevrolet of California and he most likely used marketing money to purchase the car and a mate to this car a year or so later. He painted Chevrolet on the side of this Stutz racer and drove it on occasion. This car also competed at Indy in 1919 with Durant at the wheel finishing 24th. Durant's second entry at Indy in 1919 was the mate to this car and finished second with Hearne at the wheel. The car no longer exists although I have read maybe some parts survived. Jim
  3. <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> It is really sad what has happened to Detroit and I have to watch what I say as It may be taken in the wrong context. The city needs to change in so many ways. I was born and raised there and went to law school in Downtown Detroit in the seventies. The Vernor bar was right around the corner and remembered when a prostitute was murdered there; it was over territory but was not an earth shattering event. The prostitutes used to ask me if they could sit on the hood of my car some nights to stay warm. If you were smart, you walked with your right hand in your pocket. Danger was not all that uncommon. I have seen the good and bad and still love what the city was. Back in 84 through 86 I ran a paint project for GM in the old Gemmer gear building (owned by the Shoenith (Roostertail) family in 84 then Zappie fence company in 86). These Anti -graffiti projects for City of New York busses would last for several months and we acted like gypsies setting up for a few months and then letting it go abandoned till the next year. That plant is still standing and is right across the freeway from the Packard plant. It was a tough neighborhood then. In 84 the steel switching facility next door had some robbers with automatic weapons rob the employees. They probably got $50 but enough to get their fix I suppose. The next day I applied for my permits and carried two guns from that day forward (Smith and Wesson Model 66 in view and 380 backup on the ankle). We were right across the street from what was the new Cadillac plant. During the day it was relatively safe but that was the Young Boys Incorporated territory (YBI-very tough street gang that was big on drugs and violence-most are dead except for the leader who is still in prison) and at night it was a dangerous place. I had to lock the gates late every night and you had to keep your head on a swivel. There were some homeless people that lived inside the plant-a different world. At that time I used to visit the old Packard plant somewhat regularly and it was sad in some areas but other areas were so-so. They had some rooms that renters used for businesses and there were storage areas for collector cars. These rooms were in pretty good shape. We stored a 1923 Packard touring there and it was stolen so maybe not as secure as one thinks. It was never recovered. This was a Packard my grandfather took through Canada on a tour in early winter through to New York (Lake Placid maybe). It snowed on the way and this was in the seventies when he and my grandmother were probably close to 80 years old. Today that place is an absolute mess and is extremely dangerous. Tearing it down is probably the only option. Seeing the present status of Detroit maybe they can take years to tear it down at taxpayer expense (oh that’s right they have no money) and plant corn. As I said it is sad but reality. As an aside and somewhat funny story at least from my perspective, I hired this man to do some work at my house and he had a helper from Detroit, an African American. Now I live maybe 60 miles from Detroit in the country and my wife has horses. My wife had the farrier coming that day so the horses were in the barn. This young guy said to me” you have horses?-I think I saw a horse one time” . So I asked him if he wanted to see them and took him in the barn. He was so appreciative and appeared as if he was seeing creatures from outer space. Some have said they may need some open lands there and have livestock for grazing. 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  4. We did have an Austin in the collection of this vintage. I titled the car as a 1917 Austin Convertible with the VIN number as #1328 (the number I got from my uncle Barney-BC). It was a 12 cylinder touring with wire wheels if I remember correctly. For some reason Wiedley engine comes to mind but I could be off base on that. Too much semi-useless information going through my mind. The present owner is probably correct that it is a 1918. Not the first mistake we made and one of the reasons I don't draft a list. There would be too many errors. My cousin Jim who posted above is correct it was owned and sold by his mother.-Jim
  5. Macuquina, although my grandfather (BJ) may have used the tax excuse there were other reasons as well. One of the biggest reasons was simple logistics. Of course most of the cars were still packed away in buildings and removing them was never any small feat. None were ever removed from the upright position until the time for the auctions came in the 70s. Then there was a certain optimism on the part of my grandfather until probably 1972 or so that he would build a museum. Also just like most of us, how many of us have applauded our selling our cars long ago as some great decision. I have regretted many if not most of my sales of collected cars. It is a fact of life but if we did not need the money we may have kept more than a couple I suppose. At the Greenfield Village fall meet every year, I always admired the 1913 American Scout roadster that BJ had sold in the fifties. A truly beautiful car and BJ regretted selling it as he liked if as well. Just one of those deals I guess. BJ had sold a few but not many. Until the auctions came along BJ had no compulsion to sell the cars. At the time they did not represent a payday, he was a car nut and he liked them. Some collectors said he was a hoarder long before the term became popular. Nonsense. Just because a collector wanted him to sell does not mean that BJ agreed with the proposition; it takes a willing seller to go along with the willing buyer. BJ was never a car salesman or dealer in any sense of the word; he collected them because he liked them and wanted to build a museum. They were not collected so he could wrap his arms around them to the exclusion of other collectors. As to the tax issue there was some truth to the whole deal with the IRS. Many of these cars were gifted in the 50s and there were problems with the IRS. One of the main problems was the delivery of the gift. Of course the tax basis was low and when sales would occur, then my dad, who was a tax consultant would probably have to sharpen his pencil. Although I was too young in the 50s to have dealt with the issue then, the IRS problems raised their ugly head when we had the fire in the 70s. The paperwork and tax issues were somewhat complicated and I helped with the problem as a young attorney working with my father. The IRS was a thorn in the side during the gifting so if your dad was looking for cars then BJ may have just said let’s let sleeping dogs lie, as battles with the IRS were not uncommon. A somewhat comical episode during the 50s and the IRS concerned my dad who liked cars but his favorite hobby up until the moment he died, was practical jokes. The office building in the 50s was a crude wooden structure right along the edge of the road leaving the Yard so the trucks could leave the trip tickets etc. Very little money went into the office building to be sure and it certainly was not a place that win any awards for cleanliness in the first place. The heating system was oil heat and one time someone backed into the oil line and the furnace acted up spewing soot all throughout the office. The IRS were to come out on a particular day and my dad wanted George Hoge, head mechanic in the truck garage to kink the line once again, but George said he could recreate the problem without kinking the line. The audit would take a considerable amount of time to go through all of the paperwork and supporting data. My dad said he wore an old suit and had my grandmother keep it to herself but my dad said the IRS agent was so disgusted with all of the soot getting all over the paperwork (as well as their clothes I suppose) and so he had my dad take him out for an early lunch at the local greasy spoon (the Lyndon Lunch) and my dad said they negotiated a great settlement over lunch so the agent did not have to spend any more time in the office. You do have a good memory though as there was an IRS issue was bandied about and BJ may have said capital gains but in the fifties I am not sure the capital gains would have been severe. The IRS though did hound him on the issues surrounding the gift tax. The IRS did not approve of the way in which it was done, that I know. The more I think of the times at the yard the more it makes me chuckle-Jim
  6. Jeff I never visited the Reynolds museum and sadly know very little of Stan and his museum. I just remember that prior to the auctions he would be one of the very few inspecting them thoroughly and the only one to spend many hours there. Every auction, I would always spend a little time here and there talking to him a little bit and found him to be a real good guy. As to the Peerless it seems to ring a bell but I do not have a strong recollection of the car. I may have something in my records if it was important but that is a guess.-Jim
  7. On one hand it is sad to see really no response on such a large collector as Stan Reynolds but then again he is probably not very well known in the States. Stan had one of the world's largest collections for years and he was very proud of the collection to say the least. I had a number of conversations with Stan when he was buying cars from my grandfather Barney Pollard. I am quite sure he bought more cars at auction than any other individuals. It must have been interesting to see the expression on the custom inspectors on the Canadian side when he crossed over with some pretty tough loads of cars. I am quite sure he attended all of our auctions and he always showed up at least one day early and sometimes two days early and he would put on coveralls and spend many hours crawling around cars with his notebook and camera. On a couple of occasions he asked if he could go in other buildings to study cars not being auctioned; always a gentleman. He was a real car nut and when I would mention that to him, he would politely correct me that he was interested in all forms of transportation not just cars and would give me examples, all of which I have forgotten. A real good guy and true car guy.-Jim
  8. We have discussed this car on the HAMB. Although I have not researched the car extensively I seem to stumble on it quite a bit. This Fiat Cyclone was owned by Oldfield from 1914 through I believe early 1916 (although not sure of the dates). He used it to set numerous track records and it was reported it had 100 and 200 hp motors. I believe this pic is from 1914 when Oldfield was fielding a Stutz (5th at Indy-his highest finish). Seeing that Lincoln Beachey was there and a plane in the background I can only imagine they put on a show for the fans. He may have had his Stutz there to do a little promoting as well as another fast mount such as his front drive Christie. He often took a number of cars to small town venues and left with a satchel of cash, setting all sorts or records (which he may break at his next venue). Racing against Beachey or Thompson helped the gate for sure. I have read that there was only one Fiat Cyclone that had a most colorful and racing history. As to the model I believe it was a one-off Fiat made for Emanuele Cedrino which he raced in various venues. Cedrino had worked at Fiat in New York and I believe they built this model in 1907 and was driven by him in 1908. Cedrino was killed driving the car in 1908. It was then driven by DePalma, Bragg and Tetzlaff before Oldfield acquired the car. After Oldfield acquired the car, the motor was worn out and he tried to buy from George Bentel the 1914 Corona winning Mercer so he could put that engine in the car, but I have no proof he ever put in a Mercer motor. He did install a Duesenberg walking beam motor and raced it in that configuration in 1915 I believe. I have a picture somewhere with the Dues motor in the car (ex Jerry Gebby-Fred Roe picture). The car then was bought by Cliff Durant and he raced it in 1916 with some success. Of course this car was a much different animal then the Fiat Oldfield drove in 1912 and of course George Wingard's behemoth Fiat as well. Jim
  9. Jeff, although I do not have much on most of the second tier races of the era of the teens there was a Scott that drove an Anderson Stutz at Sioux City on July 3, 1915 and Des Moines on August 7, 1915. If you do a little digging on those races you may find he was more than a mechanician. Good luck-Jim
  10. West how about I cut it out and send it to you and you can do with it as you please. My scanner has come down with the swine flu I guess and I have a new one on order. Email me your address-Jim
  11. Oldfield won-it was one of the few races that Oldfield won outright where no one could claim it was staged I suppose. He may have won some early events, some match races of course and took part in many hippodrome style races but never took the checker too many times in the big events (if this could be called a big event-although it was a grueling race nevertheless).Jim
  12. West, I have the December 2 1915 issue of The Automobile handy and on page 83 there is a Stromberg Ad in orange and black that is titled "Shoo away this winter terror". Is that the particular ad you are looking for? If not what is the ad as they often published the same ad in several other issues?-Jim
  13. Stu, it is somewhat difficult to tell from this picture as the quality makes it a bit difficult. I have had pretty good success blowing up photographs but it helps to start out with a better photo. The way in which the bracket hangs down is a bit curious but if I had to hazard a guess my first guess may be that it has something to do with the belly pan. At speed these would catch a bit of air and they would need to be secured and under some tension I would presume. As to the wheelbase in 1917 there were several races where the Hudson's of Vail and a few others had a 105 1/2 wheelbase. Mulford's had a 107 in 1917 but by 1919 Vails was listed as 105. A few others at Indy in 1919 were all over the map up to 112 1/2. For the most part 105 would be not unusual and some carried up to 112 ( a few were as short as the high nineties) I am a bit curious as to what racer you are recreating. I have heard recently of an Elgin board track racer for sale with a Falls engine in the UK (allegedly a 1917 although that is a curiousity to me). Actual 1917 racecars are rare as the folks in Europe were quite busy with the great war. On our side of the pond by 1917 even most of the race shops were very busy with war work. There may be a few but most were built and christened 1916 or 1919 rather than 17 or 18. Not saying it is not possible just a tad rare to say the least. I have pics of quite a few of the racers and know most of the good stuff that ran-What are you building?Jim
  14. Sent you a PM,thanks for the offer-deal-Jim