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More Cobe Race photos, 395 Miles on June 19, 1909  #6 driven by Jim Florida and #9 George Robertson.  Photos again courtesy of the AACA Library & Research Center..."America's Automotive Library" and a public library for all!

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Not quite as old as some but this was taken in January 1987 - doesn't time fly. Yours truly at a local Wings and Wheels event at an airfield circuit which is now a housing subdivision. I still have the car, although the 'hot' engine no longer exists. 

 

 

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A photo taken at a Wings and Wheels event in the 1980s. The car - a 1931 Riley Brooklands  - is significant in that it is the same car that won the first race for the Lady Wigram trophy held on the same circuit in 1949.

 

 

 

 

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In October 1986 a 'classic sprint' was held around the internationally known tourist town of Queenstown. My car is there on the right. The two red cars there both are historically significant.  Car #12 is the 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo B which the great Tazio Nuvolari used to win the 1935 German Grand Prix against the might of the Nazi-funded Silver Arrows. The car had a racing history here in NZ during the 1950s and was restored in the 1970s. It is now in a collection in Switzerland I think. The Ferrari on the left is a 375MM which had a racing history - I recall Masten Gregory was one of several drivers who raced it. It had lost its correct engine and was running a road type 330GT unit. The full story of that car can be found here.   http://www.barchetta.cc/english/All.Ferraris/Detail/0370AM.375MM.htm

 

 

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Locomobile racer in first Vanderbilt Cup Race, Oct. 6, 1906.  Joe Tracy and mechanic Al Poole swinging around Westbury's hairpin turn on their record 69 MPH  Lap.  The team had won the trials two weeks previously but 11 tire failures killed their chances on the sixth.

 

Our AACA Library & Research Center was recently donated an amazing trophy form Al Poole's family from  a Guggenheim Race.  It is stunning close up and to add to the great provenance we now have a pair of his goggles.  As a  vintage racer myself  (not sure if I am worthy of that description) I literally was trembling holding these as I can only imagine what those goggles have seen.  Thank you to Jim Poole and his sister!  It is a real treasure to have!

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Here's L.L. Corum 10 years later in a 1933 Studebaker car.  This is the car that sold recently for $1.1 million, now in a museum in Salt Lake City.

 

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Just now, A. Ballard 35R said:

I believe Gary is referring to the Bob Valpey Studebaker car that was sold at the Gooding auction last year at Pebble Beach.

 

 

Thanks! I took a few photos at the Gooding auction with my daughter next to it. Bob Valpey was good enough to give her a ride in it around the Hershey track back around 1989 or so. Bob 

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4 hours ago, motoringicons said:

Wow! This thread is great. Keep it going!!!

 

Since we are on Model Ts, here is my recently acquired 1915 Kuempel-Ford racecar and some period ads.

 

 

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Now that is a REAL Model T speedster! There are not many period original T speedsters in existence.

 

This is indeed a great thread!!!

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Yes, that was Bob Valpey's Studebaker Indy car.  It was built and raced at Indy in 1931 as #37 -  the Hunt-Jenkins Special, raced again in 1932, was modified a little and raced at Indy again as #47 in 1933.  It eventually passed into the hands of Stan Smith and was restored in the late 1970s-early 1980s.  Bob owned and raced the car in many events, including the Mt. Washington hill climb, for many years.  Here's the car and Bob in the Stetson hat in South Bend in 2007.  The car won the 1931 Pikes Peak race, setting a record that held for many years.

 

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Studebaker Indy car at Studebaker Drivers Club meet, South Bend, In, 2007.

 

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Studebaker Indy car at Pikes Peak, 1931.

 

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Studebaker Indy car #37 at Mt. Washington hill climb, 2008.

 

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Here is a picture of the 1905 Locomobile race car regularly identified as Joe Tracy's Locomobile. The car was actually commission by Harold Thomas of  Chicago, Illinois. It was built by Locomobile at a cost at the time of $18,000. The motor was 7" x 7" bore and stroke and rated at 120 HP. Old 16 has an F head motor with overhead intake valves. You will notice there are no overhead valves on this car. Old 16 has copper water jackets while this car has cast in place water jackets. The story of this car can be read in my study in the Locomobile section of this forum under "What car is this?" I would love to see other pictures of this car if the library has anything.

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Brooklands, February 15, 1913 Talbot goes for a record run.  Perry Lambert created 14 new records in the 25 HP Talbot in 8 days.  He is credited as being the first man on earth who travel 100 miles in one hour.  Courtesy of the AACA Library & Research Center files....while  our staff is at home I am enjoying raiding their files! :) 

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Here's some of the 1933 Studebaker Indy team with the Pierce-Arrow "Silver Arrow" at the Pagoda in Indianapolis.  Driver of #34 was Tony Gulotta, finished 7th.  I've been in #34 at over 100 mph, quite a thrill.  It's still racing in vintage events.  Aerodynamics of the 1933 Studebaker cars were developed by Kelly Johnson as a grad student at Univ. of Michigan using the wind tunnel there.  Johnson later headed up the Lockheed "Skunk Works", birthplace of the U-2 and SR-71.  

 

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One of the true icons in the racing world.  Craig Breedlove and his Spirit of America jet car.  407.45 MPH in 1963.  Craig always seemed one of those bigger than life characters!

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24 minutes ago, 1937hd45 said:

I wonder if his Coupe survived, sure would be a lot easier to get on and off the Hershey show field. Bob 

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It may have morphed into this....I see bobbed rear fenders on both....

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Bob,

I thought you like the following photos. They took place in Yuma Az. About 1938 /1939 time frame. They are of my father’s midget race car (#15) and other midgets that raced in the Yuma / Imperial Valley area. One of the photos is of two women racing the midgets with one car getting a little air with a caption on the back of the photo that my dad wrote. Most of the cars they were running had hoped up model a engines in them. I dad told me a neet story about the time Gib Lilly called them and invited the cars from Yuma to a race in San Diego at Balboa stadium. Gib Lilly was having a car count problem and need the cars from Yuma to increase the count. The Yuma cars were to run against Offy and Flat Head Fords. To make a long story short the track was a one grove track with hardly any passing and my dads car finished 3rd in the main and after the race Gib told my dad not to plan on having Yuma cars coming to any more of there races. 
 

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