Barretts Garage 1908 White Plains NY -Photo

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 09:09 am:



White Plains NY

Herb


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Wightman on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:01 am:

Wow, great photo. What's that pipe-thing in front of the radiator, maybe an early air dam to try to hold that car on the ground?

The race was in April. Just a month later, the driver that came in second, from an Italian team, killed himself in a practice run at another race in New York, trying to exceed the horrifically fast speed of 51 MPH in his Speedster. When will those speed-deamons learn that God didn't intend for people to go so fast? Actually, the New York Times archives had very excellent coverage in the news papper of these early races; and you can look at most of the daily repots on these races on-line in the NYT archives, but unfortunately without photos of the races for the most part.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9504E4D91639E333A25753C3A9639C 946997D6CF


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Wightman on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 11:10 am:

Notice, too, the 10 spoke wheel construction, the thinness of the spokes, and the great weight of the car, all too frequently resulting in wheel collaspe in a tight turn.

No wonder Ford had such great success in October 1908 with the sale of his new nimble lightweight car. Rollie


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