Here is a link to pics of todays event.
Thanks for posting the link!
Here's the video that I shot today as well:
Great pictures for us to drool over during the New Year holidays,.....thanks!
Thanks, Ed. That must have been you talking to the couple with their T coupe I see in the pix.
Your pix save me from posting a lot of mine. Your caption of Leno's "Steamer" is probably true. That giant Fiat engine must shed a lot more heat than that small radiator can handle, witness the modern electric fan. Somebody said that beast is a 1917, but I thought chain drive for racers was long gone by then. Chain drive was banned at Indy in 1911 or earlier, due to accidents.
Somebody should have slipped a Chrysler decal on it..
HME 15 Seconds of Fame
As you saw in Bill's video, Ch.7 KABC filmed the morning gathering for a couple of hours. The photog said it would be on Eyewitness News at 4, so I called home to get the dvr turned on.
Yep, at 5:27pm there was 15 seconds of the HME, opening with that awful jalopy, then onto a '59 Caddy spectator and other semi-moderns. As we were filing out, they showed a 1914 Touring, then Dan Haynes driving his 1915 Studebaker with me riding shotgun, giving thumbs up to the photog, and two pax in the back, and then part of another brass T. That was it.
Guess I need to learn how to download off the dvr.
There is a real neat Model T touring in pictures 46 - 53. It is a 1918 - 21 car that someone has retrofitted a brass radiator to.
Love the video Bill, Thanks for posting. A rare opportunity to see some of what is stashed away in some garages! Two years in a row now yoiu have made me jealous and badly wanting that 15' towncar. Great pictures Ed. Thanks for the link.
Hey Gene, No need to explain to anyone why your car is running good. Mikes card on your dash is enough explanation for those that know. Might put one on my car! I bet amongst all those fancy cars the T's still got the most attention. Waiting on guests to come and celebrate the coming of the new year. Happy new year to all. Looking forward to forum fun next year.
Finally got to the pictures of "Jay Leno's steamer". Definitely not a steamer. Looks like a V-12 Fiat racer to me.
Here's an explanation of the Fiat Racer Leno had today. It'll pretty much explain why the chain drive is used.
Thanks for the comment. That's my light grey Touring. The car is a restoration from the early 1960's so there are a few different years but it is mostly 1916. The flat front fenders, wishbone over the axle perches, steel louvered hood, mag powered headlights, cowl shape, windshield, exposed front seat bolt head, upholstery and top all point to 1916. The crowned rear fenders are obviously later and the engine/trans is 1926 (big brake drum and all) with a generator delete. The weirdest thing that I've found is that the frame was welded together with a straight vertical seam at the same place on both sides (right around the brake quadrant rear mount).
My father bought the car in 1961 (or thereabouts) and my family toured all over the western US in the early to mid '60s. Trips included journeys to the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento and various shorter trips from Pasadena. The car went into deep storage around 1972 and I brought her back into the light 30 years later. Cosmetically, the car dusted off looking like she does today. She's a little rough, but all the dents and scratches tell tales of the family adventures.
Because i live at the edge of the San Gabriel mountains, my contributions have been adding Rocky Mountain brakes and a Stan Howe Ruckstell. Since the flywheel already had a ring gear, I had a starter put on to help on cold mornings. The engine is still stock with iron pistons, stock cam, high head and new brass top coils. The round tube radiator still cools well, even without a water pump. I'm guessing that brake lights and turn signals are just a matter of time, if just to make Los Angeles traffic a little safer.
Anyway, thanks again for the compliment.
Thanks for the video and the photos. I wish I could have walked among those vehicles for just an hour today. Instead of walking for an hour in the snow.