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  1. And the Italian team had to wait for replacement gears for their transmission after an American farmer sabatoged their efforts by dumping a handful of nails into the gearbox while the team was asleep. Several miles down the road from the “kind” patriotic farmer who let them sleep in his barn they discovered the damage. The new gearset had to be hand riveted to the carrier at the roadside. The documented story in Scarfoglios book and the fact that the Zust found in Dawson City by Buck Rogers in 1950s had one set of factory riveted gears and one set clearly done as a repair, along with other
  2. Unfortunately the race was not run equally by each team. Rarely the point is made that the Americans drove on the railbeds and through tunnels where the competition had to go the hard way. Everyone just likes to talk about how far ahead the Thomas was. They sure as hell should have been after stopping at the factory for improvements, something no other group did. No wonder the other teams cried foul.
  3. That’s correct, the Zust was found in Dawson City. It is speculated that there was a connection between the Guggenheim family who owned a mining company in Dawson and also owner of the New York Times who was a sponsor of the race, was able to acquire the vehicle believing that since it made it around the world that it would be a good vehicle for the poor roads in Dawson. Of course the car would have been wore right out by the time it made it up there, with people not understanding that it wasn’t necessarily the car that made it, rather the determination of the men who got it there. Met
  4. Nice to see you here Jeff, hope you’re doing well. I met you and your friends when you came over to visit the Zust on your Alaska trip years ago. Would you mind telling the story of the details about the car that enabled your grandfather to admit to himself that Harrahs Thomas was indeed the Great Race Thomas? The subject came up in another thread here a few weeks ago and I couldn’t remember exactly what you had told us but I believe it had something to do with initials or markings under a seat?
  5. That’s a very rare truck. I’ve only ever seen a period photo of one configured that way. I’ve had an AA and a BB in the past, there’s a Model AA club and forum with good people and information on the big iron. Seems the BBs with the V8 are more desirable for obvious reasons, and a warford overdrive and the 5.17 high speed rear will push the price and desirability up if equipped. Those rear fenders are super rare. Really nice truck you have there, my guestimate price range would be 8-12K as it sits. These trucks are slow so that diminishes the number of guys who want one, and the nicer you
  6. It’s on the cusp of fitting into the prewar category of this great thread you started but it’s such a gem I had to share it. The chassis was completed in 1940 and remarkably it was all done during wartime years. It originally had a flathead but was upgraded to a 289 and a new paint scheme from the original white and blue in the 60s. People often remark that it looks like a Volkswagen, which I don’t agree with but I suppose there is some resemblance. This predates the arrival of the first VW in Canada by more than a decade. It must have really been something to see back in the day
  7. This is is the Spirit of Tomorrow, built in Victoria BC in the early 40s by Barney Oldfield. His wind tunnel was a creek behind his shop where he whittled a wood block into the shape he desired and held it in the current of the river noting the drag on a spring scale and how the water flowed around it. When he settled on a shape he extrapolated the dimensions full scale and hand crafted the aluminum body. Powered by a rear engine Ford V8. The car is still in the original family’s care and the shop on West Saanich Rd where it was designed and built still stands.
  8. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Jeff Mahl a few years ago, he is George Schuster’s grandson. He knows the story of the Thomas better than anybody. It was great to hear first hand how Bill Harrah tried relentlessly to convince his grandfather to accept his all expenses paid visit to come to Harrahs shop to authenticate the car. I guess George Schuster was in disbelief that it was the same car. Finally Harrah was able to convince Schuster, in his 90s at the time to visit the car. Underneath one of the seat bases was some initials of a Thomas factory worker that Schuster recognized (
  9. This photo just surfaced on Facebook today so I thought I’d share it here. A 1915 photo of both of the Nanaimo Fire Department 1913 American LaFrance chemical trucks and the Chief’s car at the foot of Nicol St. in front of the Firehouse building which survives today as the Firehouse restaurant. Another shot of the unrestored #1 truck at the 2009 Duncan Truck show held at the Forest Museum which former owner of this truck, Gerry Wellburn created by donating his collection of steam locomotives and logging equipment to the province of B.C. The #2 truck has been restored and is
  10. So similar to the Zust that Buck Rodgers discovered. Arguably his most important find. I wonder if he had the Zust at the time he took these pictures of the Fiat, perhaps to see in person the missing parts in hopes of copying them. I don’t believe this Fiat would be the same one as the one which was at the Lemay as it was from what I understand the Anhauser Busch car. Unfortunately I never got down there in time to view it and I believe it has gone back to Europe now after the auction a few years ago. Were you able to get Buck’s personal photo collection? You sure have posted some
  11. Thanks for posting the stories behind these cars. To me the stories attached to the artifacts are as exciting as the exhibits themselves. Yes Jim Morley did a beautiful job on the ‘14 Cadillac and it was interesting to learn it had been a taxi at one time. If I recall correctly Dave’s 1910 REO was a Canadian built car? I like that he left the front axle unpainted so everybody can see it in all it’s bronze glory.
  12. Thanks for posting the photos of the Russell I was fortunate enough to have Vern give me a ride in it not long before left us. Just a wonderful car. It had been mentioned earlier the Russell cars were built by the CCM company, the Canadian Cycle Manufacturing company, which later went on to make all kinds of sports equipment so when I see CCM on the front of a hockey helmet while watching the Stanley Cup playoffs it always reminds me of that ride with Vern in his Russell.
  13. I had forgotten about the Model N which the Nanaimo club is the caretaker of. I never knew about the Mitchell I wonder what became of it.
  14. Mrs Frenchs Detroit Electric was another car from the Phil Foster collection later became the Wellburns. Vern told me they donated it and the Lafrance to the Cloverdale museum. When the museum closed the original battery charger to the car went missing and the car went to the care of the electric car club. Vern was just disgusted that the museum people lost that battery charger. A list of the Phil Foster/Wellburn cars: 1904 Holley 1910 Russell 1911 Stanley 1912 Detroit 1913 Lafrance can anyone help add to it I think there was more?
  15. Beautiful Oakland! Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to see some of Jimmy Blackstaff’s talents on display. He was a friend and mentor and was an absolute master at turning what most would consider absolute junk back into flawless art. A very skilled man who had a quiet demeanour and let his work speak for him. He restored literally hundreds of items in his short 57 years from steam tractors, engines, full size and model locomotives, cars, fire trucks, the guy never stopped. Hard to say just how many cars he did for members of the VCC, they never really kept track. He left an amazing legacy be
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