Sunday I was out practicing driving the Flivver and generally enjoying myself and headed for one of the two steepest hills in the local area. I do not know how steep it is by percentage but I remember a recent Model T club tour had gone up the same hill. The closed car I was riding in needed to shift to low Ruckstell to get up, some of the other cars seemed to pull away from us. In any case it is a steep long hill, possibly a mile & a half to the summit from the base.
There is a stoplight at the base and on this Sunday a city bus was ahead of me at the light. I've seen those buses and they are pretty quick out of the hole so I stayed behind expecting to choke on diesel fumes for the duration.
I started in low pedal, low Ruckstell and quickly got in to top gear and just settled back to enjoy the climb and watch traffic pass me by. Much to my surprise, the Flivver started gaining on the bus. There was no traffic behind so I decided to try a pass. Sure enough the 20 hp Model T overhauled the bus, slowly at first but surely and by the time we got to the summit the T was well ahead.
A 92 year old Ford had just beat a modern city bus up a very steep hill in a fair contest. I did get a grin out of that!
On a 4 lane road I might try that, but not on a two lane two way road. If someone comes downhill headed toward you, and you are stuck passing a bus, you have no where to go to get out of the way!
I know the feeling Paul. Recently, I was on a two lane road and was able to pass two modern cars in one shot. I wonder what the drivers thought of that.
Dave, Are you sure they didn't pull over for ice cream? Bob
Nope. There was nowhere to stop for anything. They were slow drivers though. I sent them a message.
Yea, I forgot to mention that it was a WIDE four lane highway, wide enough to have been 6 lanes. There was no safety issue outside of normal.
Vintage Paul, taking the checkers . . .
A little drag race in my speedster is some of the most adrenaline packed fun I've ever had.
My little contest of speed was no where near as exciting (nor was my account as well written) as yours. I would be surprised to hear that the bus driver even knew he was involved in a race. Just the same, I enjoyed emerging victorious and avoiding those diesel fumes that might have been quite strong.
Most of the buses I see here are on natgas, Paul. Look for the fat roof.
Congrats just the same.
I once passed an Amish buggy!
In the 2000 Greatrace, we passed a '27 Pierce Arrow and maybe other cars climbing the hills east of Reno.
Ralph, I'll bet your little buggy has passed many a fancy car over the years. As I recall you have it setup to run with the big boys . . .