This is a very rare image showing a Darracq racing car built by the well known early French automaker. The photo was taken in the New York City area by the commercial photography firm of George P. Hall & Son that operated in Manhattan from 1886 through 1914. Learn more about this car and Vanderbilt Cup Races @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=108945
They never shut down the engine, I wonder how they were able to check and fill the engine oil. It must have lost oil during the run
Many cars of the period had "drip loss" oiling systems. One could fill the oiler while the car was running. There was a race where a Ford Model R spun a rod bearing and the article said it was because the driver didn't pay attention to his oiler level (24 hour race).
As you can imagine, the cars make a mess on driveways (ours are "banned" from our front driveway )
"As you can imagine, the cars make a mess on driveways (ours are "banned" from our front driveway ) "
You should go on a brass car tour....At the end of the week the hotel parking lot looks like an EPA Superfund Waste Site.
I don't see why someone would be upset with a drip loss oiling system. It just puts oil right back into the ground where it came from in the first place!
Thus, you automatically recycle your oil as you drive
Kept the dust down on those dirt roads!
Exactly! I should send a bill to our county roads department. I've oiled our gravel county road for years.....
In September, 1905, a Darracq driven by A. L. Cambell caused a world record run by the Ford six cylinder racer to be disallowed. The Darracq team filled a protest following the world record run, claiming the Ford racer crossed the start line before the French machine (rolling start race). The time would not have been affected, but the judges had the race re run. The Darracq won the repeat race, with the Ford racer then winning another rematch (but not beating the world record).
Had the record stood, the Ford Six Racer would have joined Ford Racer 999 as a world mile record holder in the history books. Needless to say, I'm not very happy with Darracq.
Here is a period oiler and the description of how it works for those that have never seen one.
Thank you for the thread.
This is a photo of the Six Cylinder Racer (1907/08 version). The McCord oiler is mounted (same as on Model K) on the left front side of the engine. Models R and S also used a McCord belt driven oiler, while Model N used an exhaust fed pressure oiler.