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  1. I see a couple of other little telltale differences, too, now that I look again. Darn... Did discover that the Rhinehart car was bought around 1967, by Vernon Unger of Winchester, VA. He advertised it for sale in 1992, still looking very much like the 1956 photo, above.
  2. Looks like it was former AACA Director and President Len Rhinehart. The 1968 AACA register shows him owning a 1927 343 7p touring, fully restored. He restored it in 1955-56, and apparently drove the car a lot - 870 miles to the 1958 Lake Forest meet, and a 2,600 mile round trip through Greensboro, NC and Daytona in 1965. Certainly could have driven it to Dearborn. (Don't know what happened to the sidemount.)
  3. This photo was taken on Feb. 20, 1949, at an old car gathering in Florida. It's a beautiful print - if you could send me a good scan, I'd really appreciate it. Best I have is this grainy shot, taken at almost exactly the same time. The two Stanleys, at least, are still in the same place. The condensing car has been in the family since new. The non-condenser has the curious "upgrade" of Ford wire wheels. Melton happened to attend this meet, as well as Bill Spear. Both are shown here in the 10hp car. The White was also bought new by the family, from the local White agent, who was Melton's uncle. (!)
  4. A nice hot Baker burner should certainly be adding to the fun!
  5. This article says it was painted the light color in the early '50s. Photos are unfortunately distorted (at least for me). https://www.oldcarsweekly.com/features/supercharged-duesenberg-model-sj
  6. Couldn't resist adding this. A few years later, a bunch of guys thought it would be fun to recreate this Peter Helck painting in real life.
  7. My dad's been into antique cars since his teens in the early '50s. My mom has never been that interested. In all those years, she admitted to liking one old car - this one. Henry Yeska owned it at the time this photo appeared on the back cover of the Antique Automobile, 1973 #1. It's one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen. Somehow the Packard stylists took the contemporary cues and synthesized something very special. (I don't mean to drag the thread away from old photo detective work - sorry.)
  8. Well, here's a 1005 convertible sedan that had a light green interior at one time - does that ring a bell? The listing even shows a VIN. https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1933-PACKARD-1005-V12-SEDAN-CONVERTIBLE-180274 Here's a different one, a few years ago - https://www.news-press.com/story/life/style/grandeur/2015/03/07/piece-of-the-past/23896189/ And a third - https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf12/auction/lots/r128-1933-packard-twelve-convertible-sedan
  9. The Stanley is Elmer Norbury's 1912 Model 73, #6463. Presently being professionally restored in New England.
  10. I have the program from that meet, if it will help anyone identify any cars of interest in the film.
  11. I think these are modern-day references to the IF. Jonathan will know for sure. 🙂 https://forums.aaca.org/topic/208524-isotta-fraschini-car-1390/ https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20929/lot/334/?category=list https://www.inishbeg.com/vintage-cars-ireland/
  12. Can you supply your dad's name? We can start looking through old sources.
  13. Has Racemaker been amenable to people studying that Fred Roe archive?
  14. Earlier than the Stanley photo? Less ivy on the upper left of the building?
  15. Thanks gossp, I'll definitely keep an eye out for something that matches this story!
  16. There are lots of condensing Stanleys, and all factory cars, because nobody bothers to fake them. They don't have the same snap as the non-condensers, and they don't sell for as much, either. There's a bit more complexity, but not much. They're still a fine drive when they're in good order. I bet one earlier respondent spent plenty of time in the back seat of one. 🙂
  17. Here's a photo of a 1922 Stanley that was taken at one of the Larz Anderson meets. The quality is very good and belies what I suspect is the age of the photo. Is there any info around on the attendees of those early meets? I see a little marker on the ground that maybe indicates the car was in Class 8.
  18. I can hear the mortar rounds exploding around my head already... 😕
  19. Hmm, is it on the roster? Here are direct links to a special Mountain Wagon page, and the page with the Vanderbilt Cup racer recreations. (Again, apologies for how far behind they are.) http://www.stanleyregister.net/MW.html http://www.stanleyregister.net/VCR.html A lot of Carl's Mountain Wagons and his Vanderbilt cars used 20hp engines.
  20. Heh heh... There've been lots of people who have built one car, and several people who built multiple cars, but the man from Chambersburg was probably the most prolific. I'd guess between 50 and 100 cars on the list have histories that start after 1960.
  21. Thanks a lot for those recollections, Ed. I'm the roster keeper for Stanleys, located at http://www.StanleyRegister.net . Right now the site is several years in arrears, but I'm back in the process of updating it. There are no doubt some duplications still remaining, but I'm sure there are cars that I haven't discovered yet, too. It does include cars that have been recently built. At the moment, there are 800 listings. Probably no more than 200 of them are driven with any regularity.
  22. Here's a twist on "Then and Now." In this case, the car's home is known - the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. It was owned by Ernie Davignon before that, and in 1955, it was owned by Ellis Robertson. But - who are these people? The photos are from the Rod Blood collection, and they appear to be from some time in the 1940s. The older man in the front seat somewhat resembles a photo of Robertson in the car at the Lakeville steam meet of 1955. But is it him? The young woman appears to be the same in both photos, but not the young man. Do these faces ring a bell? Not the shovel handle on the tiller - it's still on the car today. I've never seen another Stanley with one.
  23. Maybe it's this car - Dr. James H. Gray had it at Hershey in 1960. Same body, hand pump, head & side lamps, windshield, toolbox, and that little mystery badge near the top of the grille. Different horn, wheels and upholstery. Gray had it on the '66 and '67 Gliddens.
  24. The Franklin was owned in the 1940s by Leslie Gillette of New York. The caption under a Bulb Horn photo calls it a 1908, but the body looks identical to the 1910 Model G close-coupled touring shown here - http://www.franklincar.org/tech/YOMImages/#1910 .
  25. It looks like the ownership of the Stoddard-Dayton could be pushed back one more. William Gent of Euclid, OH bought the car in rough shape in 1953 and restored it by 1955. (The original newspaper photo is in color.) He had it on the Granville rally that year, the same rally that Rodgers had it on in 1956. Maybe the originally-posted photo shows Gent driving, rather than Rodgers. There's just one sour note in all this. A list of Stoddard-Dayton owners in published in 1961 showed Ray Rodgers owning 1910 Model 10F roadster, engine # 137. It also showed William Gent owning 1909 Model 9F speedster, engine # 711. There are several big differences in appearance between the 1955 newspaper & originally-posted 1955 photos, and the 1958 and later Rodgers photos. Any Stoddard-Dayton-ophiles able to clear up the potential discrepancy?