One of the greatest upsets in Pikes Peak racing was in 1922 when Noel Bullock, of Madrid, Nebraska, won his class event against special factory-built Packard, Hudson, Mercer, Essex & Chevrolet entries with his homemade "Tin Lizzie".
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Thanks Susanne, some interesting history.
What a great story! The Tin Lizzie was truly a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for posting. Bob
I wonder if anyone in the Colorado springs area has a picture or two and can post them here???
There are plenty of pictures of Noel Bullock and his car on the internet.
It's a well known story and has been researched over the years. For example:
The idea that the term "Tin Lizzie" was coined due to his participation in the race is highly doubtful. The Model T Ford had been in production just shy of 14 years at the time of the race. The term most likely existed long before 1922.
The New York Times account of the event is quite dry and does not mention the words "tin" or "lizzie."
I was looking for some modern pictures, in color. Maybe even some close ups.
Wish I had known about the car a couple years ago when we were in Colorado. Would have been a nice side trip.
Thank you for the article you posted.
Mr. Bullock is a member of the MTFCA speedster hall of fame. His story is the 2nd from the top on this page: