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Jack Dempsey in his 1929 DuPont

June 27th, 2017 by admin

Probably the most memorable of all duPonts were the Model G’s, introduced in late 1928. Power was from a eight-cylinder L-head Continental 12-K engine that displaces 322 cubic-inches. It had an aluminum cover over the distributor, spark plugs and wiring which made it waterproof and gave it the allusion of having overhead valves. The 125 horsepower engine rested in a wheelbase that measured up to 141 inches. The price of ownership included hydraulic shock absorbers and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The sticker price ranged from #4,360 to $5,750 and buyers were able to select from twelve body styles which included roadsters to town cars. Most were bodied by Merrimac Body Company.

The Merrimac Body Company was established by Stanley Judkins, son of John Judkin’s of the J.B. Judkins Company who were famous for their bodying of Lincolns and Packard’s, among others. Both were located in Merrimac, Massachusetts, along with around 40 other custom coachbuilders. This Mecca location attracted the most influential and prominent buyers from around the world who would come to see the new designs and creations.

The Merrimac Body Company was initially created to aid Judkins in creating vehicles, as Judkins was backlogged by numerous orders for their work. Merrimac’s largest customer became Rolls-Royce of America in Springfield, though they bodied other marques such as Lincoln, Locomobile, Franklin and Packard. Their legacy resides with the work they did for duPont and the sensational Model G Speedsters.

The world was blessed with the introduction of the Model G Speedster at the January 1929 New York Auto Show. It was bodied by Merrimac and shown in two-passenger configuration. There were gently-sweeping fenders, a bull-nose grille, and other unique and distinctive trademarks. The first individual to purchase the Model G Speedster was Mary Pickford for her husband Douglas Fairbanks.

With the Great Depression in full swing, the list of potential clients dwindled. The competition for the luxury car segment was at a pinnacle and Paul duPont decided to suspend production until the economy was more stable.

The company merged into the Indian Motorcycle Company when E. Paul du Pont purchased the Indian Company.

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5945942&postcount=11061
http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z10331/DuPont-Model-H.aspx

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Jack Dempsey in his 1929 DuPont

Charles Kuralt’s rv used for CBS "On The Road" tv show, 1973 FMC

June 2nd, 2017 by admin

This FMC motorhome carried a three-man TV crew on America’s back roads, where they took time “to meet people, listen to yarns, and feel the seasons change” for 27 years

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/artifact/233612/#slide=gs-215531

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Charles Kuralt’s rv used for CBS "On The Road" tv show, 1973 FMC

Amelia Earhart & Lockheed, Southern California, 1932

May 28th, 2017 by admin

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Amelia Earhart & Lockheed, Southern California, 1932

In 1915, journalist Emily Post set out from New York to investigate whether it was possible to drive comfortably across the country to San Francisco in an automobile. 7 years later she wrote her book on etiquette

May 15th, 2017 by admin

Emily Post began her career as a writer at the age of thirty-one. Her romantic stories of European and American society were serialized in Vanity Fair, Collier’s, McCall’s, and other popular magazines. Many were also successfully published in book form.

Originally published by Collier’s Weekly, By Motor To The Golden Gate describes her travels with her cousin Alice and her son as she embarks on the 27-day car trip across America, complete with the elements that make any road trip memorable: the nauseating climbs along muddy roads, the elegance of stylish downtown hotels and the “eccentric topsy-turviness” of Midwestern cities.

Renting James Bond a car

April 11th, 2017 by admin

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Tom Hanks is a fun goofball, who seems to dig old Fiats

April 5th, 2017 by admin

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Dodge Ram presents an interview with Norman Reedus. Why Dodge? No idea. What’s the interviewer got to do with trucks? Chrysler Fiat or Dodge? Again, no idea, nothing is ever mentioned how he got them to fund his pet project

April 3rd, 2017 by admin

Skip the first 52 seconds.

“The celebrities chosen to be interviewed were selected due to the reflecting the rugged and free-spirited nature of the Ram Rebel.”

http://thenewswheel.com/photographer-patrick-hoelck-interviews-actor-norman-reedus-in-video-series-sponsored-by-ram/

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Dodge Ram presents an interview with Norman Reedus. Why Dodge? No idea. What’s the interviewer got to do with trucks? Chrysler Fiat or Dodge? Again, no idea, nothing is ever mentioned how he got them to fund his pet project

Ian McKellan, who has played Gandalf, Sherlock, and Magneto… reads "how to change a tire", in a thespian way

March 14th, 2017 by admin

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Ian McKellan, who has played Gandalf, Sherlock, and Magneto… reads "how to change a tire", in a thespian way

Bud Ekins, famous movie stuntman and legend in Hollywood customs, cars, and motorcycles for his movie work, and friendship with Steve McQueen and Von Dutch. However, impressive for his own motorcycle accomplishments. Lets take a look

March 12th, 2017 by admin

Born in, and lived in, Hollywood, California, Ekins began riding off-road motorcycles daily in the hills above his Hollywood home just after WW2 ended, as he was too young for the military until years after WW2 was over, as he was born in May 1930

He was a young hooligan, not going to school after 8th grade, and getting 2 years in reform school for joy riding in a stolen car.

He started entering local off-road races in 1949, and within a couple years, was the top motocross racer in Southern California, winning the AMA District 37 championship seven times. He used a shovel blade as a engine skid plate. Crafty.

Matchless motorcycle factory sponsored him in the 1952 European Motocross Championship and he finished the season in ranked 15th in the world.

In 1955 Ekins won the Catalina Grand Prix, and in 1959 became the third three-time winner of the prestigious Big Bear Hare and Hound desert race, which at the time was the largest off-road event in the country, while at half way, he was in the lead, broke a rim, had his team fix it, and still made up the lost time and won the race 30 minutes ahead of the guy in 2nd place. For his 1959/3rd time win

He hired Von Dutch in the early 60’s, and that’s something I already covered in my Von Dutch posts.

In a couple years, he opened a Triumph dealership, and the young Hollywood stars were dropping by… Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman

Ekins won four gold medals and a silver during his seven years of competing in the ISDT, the International Six Days Trial, a form of off-road motorcycle Olympics.

In 1964, he helped pioneer the Baja 1000 when he and his brother Dave did the TJ to La Paz in 39 hours on a motorcycle and was the overall winner of the the inaugural Baja 500 in 1969 in a Hurst Baja Boot

After the first Baja 1000, Both McQueen and Ekins recognized the potential and advanced design of the Baja Boots. Solar Plastics, Steve McQueen’s factory which produced accessories for dune buggies and motorcycles, eventually purchased both Boots from Vic Hickey.

He was the stunt coordinator for the tv show CHiPS, and did stunts in the Love Bug, Blues Brothers, and Animal House. He was a writer for Motorcycling Magazine.

Many of his collected bikes are at auction every year, just a glimpse at Bonhams shows 6 pages of his motorcycles and cars, who states that Ekins was one of the USA’s foremost collectors of veteran and vintage motorcycles – at one time his collection numbered over 150 motorcycles and was considered to be the most valuable in the country.

In his collection which went to auction in 2010 with Bonhams, were things pinstriped by Von Dutch

a 1905 REO Roadster,

a 1908 REO Tourer and

a 1908 Delaunay-Belleville H4 Double Phaeton.

Bill Murray, or Dan Ackroyd and John Candy? Who would you rather have a beer with?

March 11th, 2017 by admin

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