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  1. Graham - Thanks for the reply. Here is what I have learned about these racers: 445 cid 4 cyl with overhead valves. 106.3 in. wheel-base 55 in. track Front tires - 33x4.5 in. Rear tires - 34x4.5 in. On Houk wire wheels Color: Black As far as I have been able to determine, these racers bore no resemblance to production Maxell passenger cars. They were designed from the ground up by Ray Harroun. The engines made use of many alloys and ran with counter-balanced crankshafts set in ball-bearings with no flywheels. 2 of them had special manifolds that heated the fuel with exhaust heat before combustion. The fuel, in this case, was kerosene. My interest in these cars stems from my working on a set of drawings, right and left side elevations and a front elevation view of these vehicles that I may include as illustrations in a book I am writing. Robert
  2. Greetings to all - I would be very interested in connecting with anyone in the Maxwell community that has accurate information on the 3 Maxwell, Harroun designed (1 gas, the other 2 kerosene powered), factory racers constructed for the 1914 season, driven by Tetzlaff, Carlson and Hughes. I am interested in accurate technical specifications such as wheel-base, track and tire size for starters. Also any specs about the engines, drivetrain and other equipment. Does anyone know if any drawings or blueprints exist of these cars. Anything would be helpful and appreciated. I am not interested in the racers built after 1914. Thank you.
  3. This is a very entertaining thread! Here are my guilty pleasures I drag out and watch when nobody is home. "The Speed Kings" (1913) Mabel Normand, Teddy Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper "The Roaring Road" (1919) Wallace Reaid saves the day "Lizzies of the Field" (1924) Belly Bevan - Model Ts take it in the shorts big time "Two Tars" (?) retailiation destruction at its finest courtesy of Stan & Ollie "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang" At least the first 5 minutes anyway "The Great Race" Mostly crap, but it has its moments "Magmificent Men & etc." "Mad, Mad, Mad World" My personal fav "The Reivers" Steve McQueen "Bullitt" Same And I'll throw in a TV documentary here that everyone should see and own. "Horatio's Drive" by Ken Burns
  4. Greetings to all. I am new to this forum. This is such a great place to find information, so I thought I would join up because I could use some help. I have begun working on a series of color illustrations of all the historic vehicles from the New York-Paris race. This is sort of my little NY-PR centennial project. But as you might suspect, the rub is finding accurate information in the color schemes of all the foreign vehicles. Does anyone out there have information, along with the source, about the colors of the foregn vehicles. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!