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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 04:40 pm:

I've been looking up a lot of early Ford info and came across this. I was trying to determine the Model of Ford in this endurance contest, a 1,000 mile run sponsored by the Kansas City Automobile Club in Sept. 1908. The winner, highlighted, was a Corbin. I've also highlighted the Ford, and two Chalmers Detroit cars that finished on either side of the Ford. Also highlighted is a Moon automobile.
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Following is an ad the Moon people ran, touting the fact their car still had a perfect score halfway through the endurance run (to Oklahoma City). This isn't a stretch, except that their ad was running at the same time the results of this race also appeared in newspapers. But, it gets better.......

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This is an ad ran by Chalmers Detroit (they finished in 10th and 12th place, on either side of the Ford). This ad claims Chalmers finished with a perfect score! :-(
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And it still gets better,
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This is a Thomas ad. Thomas also claims a "perfect score". The only problem, they aren't shown in the results at all.

Sure makes me "rethink" buying any of these cars....:-)
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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 04:45 pm:

"MOON STOCK CAR HAS CLEAN SCORE"

0 points is as clean as it gets... not one point to mess it up. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Willis Jenkins on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 05:42 pm:

Also, to be noted that the Franklin was well ahead of the Ford. Sounds like a pretty decent car after all.

Willis


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 09:40 pm:

Willis,

The reason I didn't place these results with the other posts, the Ford turned out to be a Model S. When you think about it, pretty good for the $700 car in the bunch. The letter from the S owner to Ford about the endurance run. Pretty interesting. And this is from Kansas City to Oklahoma City and back.
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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 10:16 pm:

I'd love to know what route they followed from KC to OKC. In 1908 very little of it would have been paved, even in towns. They didn't start paving the streets here until about a hundred years ago.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:09 pm:

I'm thinking it would follow the of current day 169 out of KC to Tulsa, 169 looks like an old railroad line (MKT ?) Many old hiways and roads of the day follow railroad right of ways.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:15 pm:

Of course you all noticed, the Ford driver was Chas. (Chuck) Norris ? :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:16 pm:

Here ya go Steve, 1904 rail line route highlighted. Most logical. Why, it even goes right thru Terry Woods place.
George n L.A.

http://www.katyrailroad.org/map.htm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 11:26 pm:

Maybe, but the story mentions crossing the Flint Hills. That could mean following the Santa Fe.


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