I enjoyed the article on Chris. I'd like to add a comment or two. I met Chris when I was 17, and stayed friends until just before he died. I'm 70 now. I bought a set of real Rocky Mountain Brakes from him in '62 at one of his sales, and they are still on the car. I also helped Mark Cameron get the '09 engine from Chris back to Minnesota. This is a water pump block, but not early enough to be a two pedal. I remember too, Chris showing up at Joe Leonardos farewell gathering in hodgepodge 1912 touring with a tuba for a horn. I've still got a photo of that car somewhere. Another interesting note, is his name Chris is really not his real first name. It is Gregory! After Chris died, my friend Peter Eastwood obtained a lot of the racing photos that Chris had collected over the years of fast Model T's, and while we were going through the photos, there was Chris's Boy Scout membership card with the name Gregory Egsgaard! I've always thought that Chris being such a great story teller, probably got the idea from Hans Christian Anderson for his name.
He was great as "Billy Pooba"(?) a wild racing driver. Do you remember the picture on the front of the VF with the two kids? That was the best cover ever. Great guy.
What article on Chris??
In the most current Vintage Ford magazine.
Anyone still running a set of Moose Berkowitz's sintered bamboo piston pins in their speedster?
I renewed a couple months ago but haven't gotten the latest issue, which I assume would be Nov/Dec. Is that the one?
I only met Chris once, but had ice cream with his father Jens Egsgaard (who gave me my first taste of beer at the advanced age of 3) on a yearly basis until the Senior Egsgaards moved to Texas to live next door to my Uncle Carl & Aunt Helen (who was Chris' sister).
The story Chris told me was that the '09 engine that went to Mark Cameron had come out of the family's first Ford car in which Jens had a new engine installed, then shipped it to relatives in Denmark. Often wonder if anyone else has heard that story.
This is Chris wearing his King of the Hill crown.
Photo from Jan 1992 at his place in Reseda
There are people I missed meeting, but from reading about them I wish I had. The story in Vintage Ford puts Chris on my list.
I wonder if he had danish ancestors= Egsgaard looks pretty danish - or norwegian.
A quick lookup in whitepges reveals over 100 and 15 busineses on yellow pages.
Michael, a few posts up, Warren says, "...then shipped it to relatives in Denmark."
Ahh - thx ;-)
Here's another one this time from Jarvis - "This is my favorite. It is when Ron (Kipling) bought the Riverside Special."
Chris told me the story too about the 09 Engine from the car that was came over from Denmark to his family in in USA (different Version). The story was that the engine had no number and was from a prototype T with pre numbering. These early T's , pre #1 ended up in Europe as part of the early car shows held in various countries.
Chris certainly liked a good story.
This is way before Mark bought the engine. It is confusing because Chris owned the ex Harrah #1400 Touring that circulated in junk emails as the 1909 R ford , 1910 Ford with a brass number plate on the radiator. This 1909 Touring engine also had a #1400 number. Chris's Touring was later sold complete
Here is one of Chris's Stories:
Here are a couple of pictures Chris sent me when he offerd me the Hooker Special Miller DO T Ford
Back in the early 90's
When I first met Ron Kipling here in Seattle
in the early 90s we had a disagreement about the unit in your post. I ask him "when did you get the from Colorado" and he said that it was from California and had never been in Colorado. I droped the subject and went on. About 4 years
later I was invited to his place to look around,
and low and behold he said I was wrong about the car and truck it was from Colorado.