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  1. I LOVE what these boys did. Because we have a 1908 Brush in our museum, I wrote up an exhibit panel about the the Abernathy boys to display by the car, as well as this blog post back in December. We also sell the book Bud & Me: The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys in our gift shop. It's a fun read and available on Amazon.

    Although the boys did indeed ride their horses alone to New York from Oklahoma and drove a Brush back to OK, their father and his driver were following behind in a new Maxwell on the return trip.

    Nancy, thanks for the addition info.

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    We have a detailed post up on The Old Motor today showing the Ford Trimotor along with the new 1936 Lincoln Zephyr and a Douglas DC-3, both from The Henry Ford Museum.

    We also found an incredible film of a Ford Trimotor that Harold Johnson flew at an air show, where he looped, spun and snap rolled a Ford Trimotor during the 1930′s. Johnson reportedly performed 17 consecutive loops during one demonstration. See both on theoldmotor.com



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    This bizarre machine, christened the Hélica, was designed a century ago by Marcel Leyat. It’s a hybrid vehicle halfway between a plane and a car.

    The design of this strange vehicle went against all the principles of auto construction at the time, because Hélica didn’t have a gearbox, a driving system, or a drive wheel! This revolutionary prop-driven car was very light, simple, cheap to run, and fast.

    Its performance was amazing: it could do over 60 mph and weighed less than 300 kilos with two passengers.

    See the period film of it in operation as seen below and many more details at TheOldMotor.com


  4. Ben Harper and W.S. Allen Run Coast to Coast, on Coast Tires


    We have a very detailed post full of photos and a very interesting story on how Ben Harper built this 1913 Hudson on the the third floor of a U.S. Navy warehouse in San Francisco. To get the car up to the third floor of the building, he tied a rope to the front axle of the car and used the mechanism of the freight elevator to pull the car up the three flights and back down again after completion.

    He and his brother in law W. S. Allen then went coast to coast with it twice and stopped with the car at Hudson headquarters in Detroit on the return trip (shown above) with the car which then had had with a mileage of 264,000 miles.

    We have a very interesting post filled with photos and information about the trip, the Hudson and Coast Tires up on The Old Motor that you will find very interesting.


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    The 1934 LaSalle was chosen to be the pace car for the 1934 Indy 500 and Harley Earl, head of GM Art and Colour that designed it is in the passengers seat (below).

    Read and see about The Art and Colour of General Motors and see many fine photographs by Michael Furman along with a video by GM.


    Please help if you can with our fundraiser for the non profit McPherson College, all the details can be seen here on the AACA Forum


  6. Ariejan Bos who is quite knowledgeable about brass cars has commented at The Old Motor and suggests possibly a 1909-10 Interstate or a 1908 Staver. Both he mentions are based on the radiator front axle and frame horn and spring shapes.

    Both might be worthy of investigating. The more I look at the photo it appears to be circa 1910 based on the style of painting and striping on the car.

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    This pre war dry lakes racing photo is one of our favorite later photos out of the Henry Austin Clark collection. It shows a Model T Ford racer being kick-started with the hand crank. The engine is equipped with an eight-valve Rajo overhead valve conversion head, possibly a Model B or BB racing head with a pair of dual down-draft carburetors on a special intake manifold.

    I appears to possibly be a press photo, so at this point we do not know if this photo has been circulated at all. Study it and if you know any details about the car, owner, date or the race meet, please send us a comment.

    We also have an enlargement of this photo you can study at theoldmotor.com


    And please make a contrubution to our fundraiser for the non-profit McPherson College for equipment and tools if possible. All the details can be found here.

  8. West...This is a comment that came in because of The Old Motor post from Offset .... Might be from the same family?? Below are some cleaned up and enhanced photos that may help.

    T-Head this is a long shot but I suppose that trying to discover the history of some of these cars is always a long shot. There is a Rich Clingan who races in the Modified class at Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio. Clingan is listed as living in Eaton Township, Ohio which is close to the location of your photograph. I wonder if he may be related to John Clingan and perhaps may have some knowledge of this car.

    Again, a long shot but you never know.




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    This is one of two films of the NYFD en route to fire on April 24, 1926. Follow along as Chief Kenlon is filmed driving his Lincoln seen above out of the station. Next you will be taken for a wild ride in a fire truck with a camera mounted on the dashboard (below). The truck first maneuvers through the street but then takes to the sidewalk because of a traffic jam to get to the fire. Well worth watching click on this link to see it.


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    Part II of the very popular series is now up on TheOldMotor.com. It tells of George Schuster's involvement with the E.R. Thomas Co. up until 1907,

    the year the 22,000 mile New York to Paris race started. As always there are plenty of great photos and an interesting story to be read.



    And please make a contrubution to our fundraiser for the non-profit McPherson College for equipment and tools if possible.

    All the details can be found here.

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    The Regent Street Motorshow in London, England, was held recently on November 3, 2012, the day before the Famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for pre-1905 vehicles. The organizers of the Motor Show describe it as follows: A unique free-to-view London motor show in one of the Capital’s most famous streets. Displaying over 300 cars spanning 125 years of motoring from the earliest 19th Century veterans to the 21st Century cars of the future.

    Well over 100 magnificent pre-1905 machines from around the world that were in London for the start of the 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, took part in the show. Pavel Novitski a promising new automotive photographer was there to capture the pre-1905 part of the show, which he is sharing with us here.

    Many more of Novitiski's photographs can been seen along with full coverage of the 2012 London to Brighton run including two professionally done videos by clicking here.



    The 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

    The Royal Automobile Club’s annual Veteran Car Run - is the world’s longest running and greatest motoring celebration. The annual November event attracts entrants from all over the globe and for the owners of these very interesting veteran cars it represents a rare opportunity to take their extraordinary automobiles on the historic 60-mile run from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront on the Sussex resort of Brighton. You can see more photos here and two wonderful videos of the event.



    Learn more about the fundraiser for the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program here.

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    If you enjoy fine photography of antique automobiles take a test drive of the contemporary photos on The Old Motor by some of the worlds best photographers.

    Top to bottom here is work by Michael Furman, Royce Rumsey, Stefan Marjoram of the UK, Tim Scott of the UK and Alan Gosley of Canada among others.

    Stop by where we have over 50 pages of pre war photos and over 6000 period black and white photographs for you to enjoy.