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in 1928 at Indianapolis, Leon Duray’s Miler set a lap record of 124.02 mph that held for 9 years. In a 91 cu in supercharged inline 8 that Harry Miller just had to reduce in 1926 from 122cu in to meet AAA’s new rules

February 21st, 2018 by admin

They then took it to the Packard test track and set a closed course record of 148.2 mph and then went to Muroc (a dry lake used in the 1920s before it was closed to the public and El Mirage was chosen) and set a speed of 164 mph

the 91s were incredible until the rules were changed again by AAA, just 3 years later in 1929

Muroc is named after the Corum brothers of Rosamund of about 100 years ago, but the Air Force changed the name of the dry lake from Muroc to Rogers after a pilot who crashed there.

the elephant head hood ornament of Latil

March 7th, 2017 by admin

Between 1898 and 1955, France’s Latil specialized in the manufacture of heavy trucks, tractors and buses, and capped many of them with this Art Deco elephant’s head in the 1920s.

a Model T for a maharajah

February 4th, 2015 by admin

“This convertible T was built at Ford’s Worli (India) factory in the 1920s for a Maharajah to go tiger hunting. It came complete with built-in kitchen cupboard, cartridge racs (inside the doors) – and tiger stripe camouflage.”

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Bruce McCall’s Zany Afternoons collection of crazy cars you’ve never heard of

September 8th, 2011 by admin

McCall’s 1982 book, Zany Afternoons, presents a collection of brief articles about an imaginary society from the 1920s to the 1950s, often populated by uber-wealthy and spoiled sophisticates who enjoyed such diversions as autogiro jousts, wing dining, zeppelin shoots, and tank polo


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Bruce McCall’s Zany Afternoons collection of crazy cars you’ve never heard of