Clarence "Norske" Larsonís Attractive Model T Ford Racing Car: Larson appears to have started out his driving career behind the wheel of this exceptional little Model ďTĒ Ford racing
car about 1920. He later raced "big cars" and and died after a crash in his Duesenberg in 1931.
See enlargements of this beautiful little car, learn more and link to our series on Model T Ford Speed and Racing Equipment @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=120975
Those springs are really flattened. He must have not been driving to the races.
I was originally thinking the caster looked pretty extreme until I looked at my speedster from the same angle. Yep, just a trick of the eye....Maybe I better check my caster!
I wonder what his engine set up was. Many photos of the racers of the past show cars with partially enclosed engine compartments that show some of the goodies.
Larson was really going for the Duesenberg look with his humble T. Maybe he was trying to catch the attention of Fred and Sam.
David, I love your posts concerning Model T racing. Keep 'em coming.
That has got to be one of the absolute best model T racing cars I have ever seen an original photo of! Okay, I do not know if it was any good for speed, but it sure looks great! I will check it out more on your site later, probably tonight.
Thanks for sharing it here also, David!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Good to hear you both enjoyed it as it is a very special car that was built by a pro. I am hoping that someone may know a little more about this car?
Larson apparently started working as a mechanic for early racing racing promoter J. Alex Sloan and both were from the St. Paul MN. area. The car may have been Sloan's or may have come to him thru his many racing connections.
I want to continue the Model T racing series on The Old Motor and share it here. I have some great images and info for down the road. I hope that if any of you have any good photos or information you might share it with all of us and I will work it into the series on T.O.M.
I like the tires, where these like racing slicks made for race tracks only?
The trees lining the streets in St Paul are Elm trees, many of which died from Dutch Elm disease, so there are only a few left these days. Wish we knew the address the picture was taken at.