I finally had presence of mind today to call Dennis Holland, whose 1909 Buick Racer was in that first Corona road race in 1913. He didn't know about the upcoming Centennial being organized by Glen Chaffin. I urged him to call Glen, who he knows well, as Dennis has an original 1911 Torpedo, and a 1914 Touring he's restoring with his son.
Here's what I posted 2012, Jan. 1:
This was the first time for the '09 Racer at the HME, and I recognized it as it trailered past us on the 605. Somewhere I have pix of Dennis Holland and his 15 year old daughter in it at their Greatrace lunch stop in Moab, Utah, in 1984. I was there to go river rafting, and just happened to catch them. They did the GR for six years, the last one was when rear wheel spokes were badly burned by the brakes while going down a hill in West Virginia. Dennis feels he is only the caretaker of this piece of history.
This is what Dennis told me yesterday:
Mrs. Ellis raced Greyhounds, and bought this car new in 1909, where it was the second car registered in Orange County. She took it to a blacksmith, who removed the 4-place body and made it into the racer you see here, so her sons could compete in the Los Angeles to Phoenix races that began in 1912. It ran there a few years, and raced many places, including the old track in Corona, Calif, which Glen Chaffin can tell you all about.
Dennis bought the car 40 years ago, with the promise he would never sell it out of Orange County.
Pix are at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/257455.html
The posts are inverted in that thread, so read from bottom up.
I remember seeing that thread. What a great racer! Thanks for posting.
I also remember that thread very well! I wish I could go to that centennial. But have to be taking care of sick family for awhile yet. I would love to see that Buick racer up close!
Thank you for reminding me, and others, about the centennial. I had actually forgotten about it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
We're getting ready to leave for the Corona Grand Race 100th Anniversary events. I'll shoot video and hopefully post some photos & video later today
Thanks Bill, have a great time.
Bill / Ralph Have a great time at the Corona Grand Race 100th. Sure sorry we couldn't be there with our '12 Torpedo but we're still enjoying the Hillbilly scene here in Branson. Heading out West tomorrow at "O Dark Thirty".
Have a Great celebration!!
We did have a fun time today & shot video with two cameras. Here's my wife Cindy's version of the event: