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wayne sheldon

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  1. Yup. Looks like the same car, and for more money. I hope it gets a good caretaker soon, or it may be lost forever. I was wishing I had the money when Tom LaF had it listed here.
  2. That is pretty much what my opinion on the subject is. The English are somewhat known for their 'stiff upper lip' and simply maintaining protocols regardless of the immediate circumstances. I say that with pride and all due reverence.
  3. That is certainly one of the reasons in those days against white as a color in this country! But it is also part of why I find so many white cars in Australia and New Zealand so interesting. While the British Isles and Europe had comparatively good roads dating back to the (later) days of the Roman Empire, America had terrible roads of mostly dirt or mud. However, so did Australia and New Zealand! On the model T forum I have spent too much time on, we (quite a number of regulars there currently living in Australia and New Zealand!) have in years past had several lengthy discussions about the
  4. An interesting aside (at least to me?) about white not being considered 'proper', at least in this country. In much of the United Kingdom, white was quite acceptable on automobiles. It is interesting looking at many era photographs of automobiles from places like Australia and New Zealand how many light colored or white cars there were there. The same is true for much of Africa and India from the 1910s and '20s. Many of the manufacturers in the British Isles sold cars painted white, both at home and abroad. To a lesser extent, so did some manufacturers in continental Europe. Even t
  5. I love studying history! Have read this in several places, including extensive articles published in hobby magazines a few decades ago. The big reason the previous entrants dropped out of the race in 1908, was that there was a sudden and deep financial recession that hit early in 1908. The automobile industry was still quite young, and mostly not yet strong financially. It had taken more than a year for organizers to get the plans and backing in place to run the race. A few automobile companies had jumped on board from the beginning planning stages, with full intentions to run in the race. How
  6. Bob, You are absolutely right! That must be what I get for thinking when I am nearly asleep? Should I go back and alter my previous post so I don't look so bad? But then Your post might look funny? So you would need to alter yours? Or I should leave mine as a monument to my ability to put my foot in my mouth and show you as the superior one (perhaps as it should be?)? Thank you for watching my back!
  7. Just out of curiosity, and an ongoing interest, I just had to check the entry list again. If I counted, and did my math correctly? They had just shy of 250 entrants before the Run was cancelled. I will look forward to watching from afar again next year.
  8. I have never been there myself. However do have some personal interest in the place. Among many other things, it is home to the 'Model T Ford Speedster/Racer Hall of Fame'! The MTFCA was still inducting new members into that less than two years ago, and they were saying then that it would be continued (since the death of the founder). That hall of fame inducts both historic-past and present members annually, as well as remarkable and authentically restored cars. I personally know, or have known several of the members. They also have one of the finest collections of model T speed and
  9. "The real secret to happiness? Isn't having what you want. It is wanting what you have!" Nobody but I in my family has ever learned that.
  10. Lon Chaney Junior. Movie was made in 1967(?). I have never seen it, and likely won't, although I am a big fan of old sci-fi and horror movies. Lon Chaney Jr was a star in his own right, and I have enjoyed most of the movies of his that I have seen. But if you want to see a really incredible character actor that was able to morph himself into bizarre personages? You really need to watch some of his father's silent movies!
  11. Just some observation. Forums are tough. I have long had a fondness for Paige and Jewett automobiles. Their history as of an "also ran" is actually quite remarkable. Harry Jewett as an investor took over the Fred Paige company (not its actual name) to protect his investment because in their first two years they did everything wrong. He turned the company around in a year, and they became one of the most profitable independent producers in the industry. He avoided racing as a company because he didn't want to risk killing or maiming company employees or friends, yet Paige became an automob
  12. To keep this antique auto related, similar scales were often used on vendor trucks for selling things like vegetables, grains or other groceries.
  13. The front axle of the OP picture reminds me of an early Sizaire Naudin. Much of it is hidden by the front cover or hood, but looking closer, it appears likely. However, I have never seen anything of a Sizaire Naudin that had any sort of front covers or hood like that in this photo. They began building automobiles about 1902 and continued till shortly after WW1. I have read in the past that there was a Sizaire Naudin dealer in New York. Officially, a Sizaire Naudin was entered into the 1908 New York to Paris around the world race. If I recall correctly, it is noteworthy as the first car to drop
  14. Studebaker did away with year model designations in 1915. This causes a lot of confusion with people today trying to date the cars, or even knowing what to call them. For both fours and sixes, during calendar year 1915, Studebaker actually manufactured three different models. The "true '15" was only produced from about September 1914 until about June of 1915. It was followed by the series 16, which was initially marketed as a "1916 model". Studebaker continued to plan improvements to the cars design, and not wanting to wait another half year decided to incorporate the improvements into product
  15. Reminds me of the Stutz Bearcat I went with a friend to look at about forty years ago. Turned out to be a 1930 cut-down Buick.
  16. I am sure that part of the reason for entrants being down this year relative to recent past years was the concern that the event would be cancelled. I suspect many of the people that entered did so knowing that they may be donating their entrance fees to the club, which I suspect could really use the money to offset ongoing expenses they have incurred this year. People are funny. Many people that have more money than they can ever spend worry about every little nickel. Of course, that is likely a major part of how they became or remain wealthy. While too many people are extremely loose w
  17. Interesting article. I have always said that history needs to be considered in the context of its day. This is an insightful look back at an educated viewpoint during a time of great change.
  18. Still has oil sidelamps. So likely 1912 or earlier. Several details lead me to believe 1910 or '11. Length of hood suggests it could be a small six? Or a really big four.
  19. Model Ts are easy. I have started with less several times and in a couple years been driving it. Of course, everything there I can see, I already have two or three of extras. And so do a lot of model T people. Value for a non-brass era frame, rear end in rough shape, and two bad wheels? Depending on location, one to two hundred dollars, maybe.
  20. I am certainly disappointed. I look forward to watching this from afar, and have been checking their website for over two months. Just a week ago, their website stated the event was on. Participants list was shorter than recent years, partially due to travel restrictions not allowing people outside the UK to go there. About a week ago, when I checked the entry list, there were about two hundred cars/entries shown.
  21. I have often needed to roll around antique cars by myself, and often on uneven ground or driveways. I usually place a block of wood a few feet downhill of one tire, and move it just a few feet at a time. Easier to control it that way. Roll it a bit, set the hand brake, move the wood block, release brake and roll again, repeat. Going uphill is a bit tougher. Again I usually use a block or two of wood. Start with it sitting against the block, push hard, then kick block back under the tire. I usually use two blocks in case a kick goes bad and the block ends up near the center of the car. The seco
  22. That is so wonderful! It is always so incredible to have a real "when new" photo of a car you own, especially if it is in someplace or with someone special. An actual New York Salon car for something pre-Great War is about as good as it gets!
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