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the U.S. patent for snow chains from the pioneers, who were also well represented by the Thomas Flyer, and Harry Houdini

February 20th, 2018 by admin

In 1908, the Thomas Flyer that won the New York To Paris Race was equipped with Weed Chains.

1909 Rochet Schneider 12/16 "cab de ville" type 9000

January 13th, 2018 by admin

Edouard Rochet and his father were bicycle manufacturers before entering motorcar production. In 1894 they were joined by Théophile Schneider, a relative of the eponymous armaments family that in 1848 had a monopoly supplying arms to the French govt and supported the coup d’etat that put Napolean’s nephew on the emperors seat of France, because he hadn’t had enough of running France as president when his term was up.

Their first car appeared in 1894, based on the contemporary Benz, and by 1896 the partners were confident enough to form a limited company, the Societe Lyonnaise de Velocipedes et Automobiles Rochet-Schneider. Soon the company attracted the attentions of a wealthy Marseilles financier and automobilist, Demetrius Zafiropulo, who made sizeable investments in Rochet-Schneider enabling them to build a new factory in the Chimin Feuilat in Lyon, and helped the company over the difficult period around 1900 when sales of the old belt-driven model began to tail off.

at the Paris Salon of 1902, they were awarded a Gold Medal. President Loubet told the company: ‘Your Exhibits are the finest in the Salon’, while L’Auto-Velo commented: ‘Rochet, in 1903, will be at the head of the Automobile Industry’.

Around the same time, Rochet-Schneider ‘gained the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland’s 100 Miles Non-Stop Certificate, taking Dashwood Hill at 20.8 miles an hour with four passengers; made a World’s Record practically non-stop run of 450 miles, London to Glasgow, in 21 hours; lost one mark only (driver’s fault) in the Scottish Non-Stop 400 Miles’ Run, Glasgow to London; undefeated, power for power, as a hill-climber – no other car in the world can show such a record tor reliability and hill-climbing.’

Rochet-Schneider had become one of the most respected car manufacturers in France in the middle of the 1900s. In 1904 the company was sold for 4.5 million francs and a London-based company called “Rochet-Schneider Ltd.” was formed.

The company prospered because of the company’s acquisition, in mid-1909 of the Zenith Carburettor Company. The carburettors were produced in a factory adjacent to Rochet-Schneider in the Chemin Feuillat, and also in branch factories in Germany, Britain and Detroit, and were obligatory wear on many of the luxury vehicles of the day.

In 1909, just before Theophile Schneider left, the first small Rochet-Schneider was announced. There was little out of the ordinary in the chassis or bodies, save in one particularly entrancing type – the 9000 – of which this one example survives.

This “cab de ville” was modelled on the horsedrawn London hansom cab, in which the driver sat above and behind his two passengers. The car was a two seater, with half doors that swung across occupant’s legs, enclosing the steering wheel and controls. From the side the 9000 gives the curious impression that the car is being driven from a rear seat. This is heightened when the windshield provided for bad weather is lowered.

Rochet Schneider was one of the first companies in France to put a gas engined car onto the market, in 1894, and soon built a reputation for well-built reliable cars which lasted until the end of passenger car production in 1932. Though there were no more Rochet Schneider cars after 1932 the company made lorries and buses until 1951 when the were taken over by fellow Lyons firm Berlier.

police recover a Mustang stolen 30 years ago… however, they had to take it from a guy who had just bought it for his daughter’s 16th birthday, and blew 60 thou on restoring it (Thanks Gary!)

December 23rd, 2017 by admin

Steven Merced of Holbrook, NY, told News 12 Long Island he purchased the 1966 Mustang in 2004 for $3,500. The man said he bought the car for his daughter’s 16th birthday and dropped $60,000 on the automobile to refurbish it.

The Department of Motor Vehicles started digitizing VINS from stolen car-reports that go back decades. Merced’s Mustang was one of the cars stolen more than 30 years ago, in 1980, police said.

Merced said he was given $1,450 by his insurance company for the vehicle but he just wanted his classic sports car back.

Poor bastard. He blew 63,500 dollars, and only insured it, or only could recoup from his insurance company, 2/100ths of the money? Thats 2/10th of

Felix Ocano, being interviewed outside Michigan City in June 1962. Ocana started his journey towards Ottawa from Ecuador in May of 1960 in the vintage car he rebuilt and has repaired many times during his long journey

December 9th, 2017 by admin

After building a 1924 Model T Ford from spare parts and driving it from Quito, Ecuador, in two years, Felix Ocana arrived in Detroit Monday to learn more about automobiles.

Ocana, a 41-year-old mechanic from Pasto, Colombia, was writing a book on the evolution of the automobile in America. Detroit the “automobile capital of the world” was the high point of his research tour, he said.

getting a ticket in Indiana for driving too slow in 1962, the minimum on the tollroad was 40 mph

and the internet seems to have nothing else about Felix’s long trip. Damn it.

during WW2 there were several Navy guys who were train nuts, and took a lot of photos, it turns out their photos were collected and made into 4 books. That is pretty rare photography.

August 5th, 2016 by admin

It wasn’t easy shooting photographs in the islands during World War II, particularly if you were a serviceman. Loaded cameras weren’t allowed on base, and camera clubs dried up. Film was scarce. Taking pictures of anything scenic ran the risk of accidentally including something sensitive or top-secret, and because the islands were one big staging area, that happened all the time. Transportation was particularly off-limits.

Trains hauled sugar, soldiers, supplies, pineapples, aircraft and everything else, and were often the only way to travel into Honolulu from faraway bases like Wheeler. But when the war ended, so did gas-rationing, and a new road system was created. The rise of the automobile meant the need for trains evaporated. The last passenger train ran in 1947.

Stationed at Pearl Harbor from 1943 to 1946, Norton captured the last glory days of the OR and L in exhausting detail. Then, he packed up his collection and returned home, and boxes of negatives went into storage. But unlike many other irreplaceable images moldering in the nation’s attics, these pictures have been resurrected in a new book. Norton’s pictures are given superb reproduction in “Hawaiian Railway Album — WWII Photographs,” the first of a projected three-volume set of classic Hawaiian railway images. The book’s author is Gale E. Treiber of the Hawaiian Railway Society, another sailor stationed in the islands who was fascinated by trains, and the images literally fell into his hands.

Kent Cochrane was another photographer whose photos went into these books, and he was in the Coast Guard.

Krieger (1898 French front wheel drive electric vehicle) running in Argentina, they served as taxis in Buenos Aires. Seen here in the 2015 Autoclásica

January 10th, 2016 by admin

The three Krieger belong were brought together from the Museum of the Automobile Club Argentino, the Automobile Museum of Buenos Aires and the third to a private collector.

they even have regenerative braking

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Krieger (1898 French front wheel drive electric vehicle) running in Argentina, they served as taxis in Buenos Aires. Seen here in the 2015 Autoclásica

A rare Fairlady Z 432 is coming to auction

November 9th, 2015 by admin

Bought from Bingo Sports by a collector who now wants to reap the profit, this is a genuine performance 432 variant of the Nissan Fairlady Z.

What makes the 432 special that it shared the same DOHC 24-valve S20 engine found in the legendary Skyline GT-R. Reportedly producing 160 horsepower, the number 432 refers to 4 valves, 3 carburetors and 2 camshafts on the in-line 6-cylinder engine.

The car Hitler had a personal vendetta against, the French car that beat his pride and joy Silver Arrows: 1937 Delahaye Type 145 V12, one of France’s most significant race cars.

September 29th, 2015 by admin

In the 1930s German and Italian companies dominated racing so the Automobile Club of France offered any manufacturer one million Francs if one of them could beat Italian speed record around the Autodrome de Montlhery. The Italian and the German racers were govt funded for national pride by racing enthusiasts Mussolini and Hitler.

The Million Franc Race, or ‘Prix du Million’, was an effort to push French automobile manufacturers to develop race cars capable of competing with the incredibly advanced German Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racers of the time.

In 1937 French driver Rene Dreyfus drove this Delahaye beat the Italian record at an average speed of 91 mph, winning the million Francs.

René was hired by Delahaye to drive their model 145 where he risked death by setting a literally blistering pace, wearing the special Dunlop tires down to the fabric, but handily overwhelming all competitors except the Bugatti team. The Bugatti broke under the strain.

the first automobile to successfully transit the North American continent, a Winton

July 27th, 2015 by admin

in 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a physician and automobile pioneer, and Sewall Crocker arrive in New York, successfully completing the first continental crossing by car, a journey prompted by a $50 bet to determine whether a car could successfully be driven across the U.S.

Dr. Jackson was a 31-year-old auto enthusiast who differed with the then-prevailing wisdom that the automobile was a passing fad and a recreational plaything. While in San Francisco’s University Club as a guest on May 18, 1903, he agreed to a $50 wager ($1299 in today’s dollars) to prove that a four-wheeled machine could be driven across the country. Having no mechanical experience, Jackson convinced a young mechanic and chauffeur, Sewall Crocker, to serve as his travel companion, mechanic, and backup driver. Along the way, the two picked up a pit bull and they named him Bud. Their trip took sixty-three days, twelve hours, and thirty minutes after commencing their journey in San Francisco

wow, Model T Snowmobile discovered that had been left in the remote forest of Labrador since 1928

December 14th, 2014 by admin

It was brought up to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1927 by Donald B. MacMillan, an American explorer, to gather firewood; to travel to towns in the region and occasionally to give a lift to the Inuit and Innu people whom MacMillan wrote about in his journal.

MacMillan was interested in the newest technologies, and brought cameras to document and study the use of the automobile and the cultures of the Inuit and Innu people in the area.

It was local knowledge that the Ford was there, and pieces had been removed over the years until Nunatsiavut authorities decided to step in and retrieve the vehicle.

The chassis and body had been flipped upside down, presumably by scavengers seeking parts. The two doors, which were rather beaten up, and two tracks lay on the ground on either side, as if they had fallen off. The engine and manifold lay near the front end, and parts of the carburetor were several meters way. The dual-wheel fenders that came with the snowmobile kit were still attached to the body.

Some instruments from the dashboard are gone, as are the steering wheel, the wheels, the windshield, the radiator and one of the most important features: the skis, made of wood and metal in New Hampshire by the Snowmobile Company.