G. Wayne Miller

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  1. I am excited to announce that I will be presenting a seminar at AACA's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Feb. 11 - 13. Also, signing copies of Car Crazy. "Barney Oldfield, Henry Ford and the Birth of American Auto Racing" is the title of my seminar, which I will illustrate with many photos, some rarely if ever seen, of cars from the earliest days of American racing: 1895 to 1910, two years after the Model T came out. Looking forward to meeting fellow AACA members and having a great time at this meeting on the 80th anniversary of AACA! Some details here and more soon. And happy holidays, all. Wayne Miller
  2. Talking writing, the birth of the automobile, its impact on culture and society then and today, the Model T, and much more in the CAR CRAZY broadcast on C-SPAN Book TV, 6:53 pm ET Sunday, December 13. Do tune in! Details here.
  3. I talked about the birth of the U.S. car industry, from the 1893 Duryea through Ford's T and beyond, with Llewellyn King, host of the national PBS (and international Voice of America TV) show White House Chronicle. Gave a shout-out to the AACA, whose staff and members -- Steve Moskowitz, Wes Peterson, Chris Ritter and more -- were so helpful in writing Car Crazy. Thanks again, guys! Broadcast was last weekend, on TC and Sirius XM Radio, but you can watch the interview on YouTube. It was great fun. As I've been writing in signing copies, enjoy the ride!
  4. Dear fellow AACA members, if you happen to be in the Rhode Island area on Sunday, November 29, please join me from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barrington Books Retold store, 176 Hillside Road, Garden City, Cranston, RI, where I will be signing copies of Car Crazy: The Battle for Supremacy Between Olds and Ford and the Dawn of the Automobile Age -- a look at the earliest days of the U.S. auto industry, a book made possible in part by great help from the AACA research staff and leaders and some fellow members (thanks again, everyone!). First person to ID him/herself as an AACA member gets the free, signed book. And while this is a genral-interest bookstore, one of the owners is a die-hard car collector -- and he has placed his Citroën 2CV Dolly inside the store, right next to the door. Very cool. Picture attached. And, if you would like a copy signed, contact me for instructions through my personal email, pascoagwriter@yahoo.com All best, Wayne Miller
  5. Listen to a great hour of talk about Henry Ford, Ford's Model T, Ransom Olds, the turn-of-the-century Oldsmobile, REO, the mostly-forgotten but brilliant General Motors creator Billy Durant, and much more during my appearance with Drive Thru Radio hosts Paul and John Zangari, old (and new) car collectors and experts extraordinaire. Go #CarCrazy! The link to the podcast is here.
  6. We had a great time at the launch party for CAR CRAZY: The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age, Sunday in Newport, RI. These four cars came, and they were running -- and rides were given! I finally got to ride in a 1904 Curved Dash Olds, the model that raced in 1905 from New York City to Portland, Oregon, one of the narratives of Car Crazy (car courtesy of Audrain Automobile Museum). You can view that ride, and see my remarks, here. And check out the book, which is getting great reviews this week as it is published. "A must for car lovers," one publication, Kirkus Reviews, said. “The dawn of the auto age brought with it conflict, controversy, fear and excitement as ably illustrated in G. Wayne Miller’s book," wrote The Providence Journal. More on the book, including an excerpt, at the book site.
  7. Please be my guest at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center in Newport, Rhode Island, for a launch party marking publication of my latest book, CAR CRAZY: The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age, about the early days of the car industry (www.carcrazybook.com). We will have a reading, a signing, great company, fine refreshments – and a display of antique cars on the lawn, including a rare 1904 Oldsmobile and a Model T, two of the vehicles featured in Car Crazy, and a 1912 Packard. The event is free and open to all. The Pell Center is at 518 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I., 02840. You may register at Eventbrite. While the book will not be published until November 3, it already is getting great reviews. “It's hard to imagine Wayne Miller matching the excitement of Men and Speed. With Car Crazy, he has done just that. This is a story rich with corporate war, courtroom drama, world-record racing, and larger-than-life characters -- in particular Henry Ford, who was not just a mechanical and business genius but one of America’s original speed demons,” said Jack Roush, of Roush Fenway Racing. "A chronicle of the frantic, ultracompetitive, and heroic early days of automobile manufacturing... In his buoyant and charming narrative, Miller sets the foundation for the American century by charting the intense competition, rivalries, successes, and failures of the early automotive industry... A must for car lovers and plenty of interesting material to keep other curious readers flipping pages," said Kirkus Reviews. "Engrossing and well-written, Miller's study of the cultural impact of the automobile is also a testament to the elements of the vehicle that car enthusiasts find endearing. This work will attract fans of motor sports as well as entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the power of technology to enact social change," said Library Journal. More at the Car Crazy site. Hope to see you Nov. 1! Best, Wayne Miller
  8. Hi, folks, We have found a 1904 Curved Dash Olds for the launch party of CAR CRAZY -- it is generously being provided by Audrain Automobile Museum, of Newport, Rhode Island, where the party will be held. BTW, the party -- 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 -- is free and open to the public. Please come! We ask only that you register at Eventbrite, click here, so we have a good head count (we need that in ordering the food and beverage!). Audrain will also exhibit a 1912 Packard and well have a Model T and one other... Hope to see you there! And follow us on Twitter.@carcrazybook
  9. I am looking for a CDO owner who would be willing to bring his car to Newport, R.I., on Sunday, Nov. 1, when I host a launch party for my next book, about the early days of the auto industry, CAR CRAZY: The Battle for Supremacy Between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age. I have lined up a Model T and a few others for display on the lawn outside the event venue: Salve Regina University's Beautiful Pell Center, on Bellevue Avenue, Newport, where more than century ago Vanderbilts and Astors used to parade their fancy imports. The 1905 New York-to-Oregon race between two CDOs is a central narrative of the book and it would be nice for folks to be able to see one. BTW, the event is public so please come! If you have any leads please write to me at pascoagwriter@yahoo.com -- and thanks, Wayne Miller
  10. My next book -- CAR CRAZY: The Battle for Supremacy Between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age -- will be published this fall and we are planning a launch party in Newport, R.I., on Sunday, November 1, 2015. We will have a Model T parked outside, along with other old cars -- and now I am seeking a kindly owner of a CDO who might be willing to display it. One of the main narratives of the book is the 1905 coast-to-coast race between two CDOs. Other antique owners who might wish to show their cars are invited to contact me, too. Thanks! All help appreciated. Please write me at: pascoagwriter@yahoo.com Wayne Miller
  11. Hi, Forum folks, as some of you know, I am an author whose next title, CAR WARS: The Fight for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age, will be published in November. One passage contains a technical description of Ford's first T, which was shipped on October 1, 1908. Is there a T expert out there who would be willing to read what I have written and confirm its accuracy -- or correct errors? I have drawn my description from trade journals of the time and other sources, but would greatly appreciate a look from an authoritative source. Many thanks. You can write me at: pascoagwriter@yahoo.com -- I will then send the passage for critique. Wayne Miller, www.gwaynemiller.com. Facebook book site here.
  12. Thanks! also -- see this reply I just posted, maybe you can help there, too. Also -- does anyone know what the "Golden Rule of the Road" was in 1905? I have found a reference to that in a New York Times story about the January 1905 Automobile Club of America annual banquet, when club president D. H. Morris echoed the theme -- and made an observation about the relationship of politics and economic that would prove true. “At first we were looked upon merely as sporting enthusiasts -- children with a toy,” he said. “Legislators, though still attacking the great industry, do it timidly, for they are beginning to feel the power of the new force, the thousands of voters who own and are yet to own automobiles. We strive for the development of the automobile into a low-priced and perfected machine for the rapid and efficient transportation of man and merchandise, for the building and maintenance of good roads, for the enactment and enforcement of salutary and reasonable laws, for the carrying out of the Golden Rule of the road, and for the punishment of those offending the written and unwritten laws.”
  13. Also -- does anyone know what the "Golden Rule of the Road" was in 1905? I have found a reference to that in a New York Times story about the January 1905 Automobile Club of America annual banquet, when club president D. H. Morris echoed the theme -- and made an observation about the relationship of politics and economic that would prove true. “At first we were looked upon merely as sporting enthusiasts -- children with a toy,” he said. “Legislators, though still attacking the great industry, do it timidly, for they are beginning to feel the power of the new force, the thousands of voters who own and are yet to own automobiles. We strive for the development of the automobile into a low-priced and perfected machine for the rapid and efficient transportation of man and merchandise, for the building and maintenance of good roads, for the enactment and enforcement of salutary and reasonable laws, for the carrying out of the Golden Rule of the road, and for the punishment of those offending the written and unwritten laws.”