two cyl maxwell. charley
Charley, What do you mean a two cyl maxwell?? Looks like a four legged steed to me....lol
thats a one cylinder hay burner. philip
That wouldn't be easy. Not only does he have to drive the horse, he also has to steer the car. The shafts can't turn the wheels as they would with a solid axle and fifth wheel.
It was easier than pushing it to the repair shop!
Right you are, Val, and for "Mr. Wilde", it was a LOT easier, since he got "B." to take his Maxwell to the repair shop for him. Wouldn't it be fun to know the whole story ? How far did "B." have to go with that rig? Why didn't Mr. Wilde take his own car to the shop? No horse? Too elderly ? What was wrong with the Maxwell? A guy could write a novel with those answers ! ;- )
The story about my 1907 Autocar is that it spooked a horse on it's second outing causing the horse to tip over the cart it was pulling injuring the driver. The owner of the Autocar was so upset that he never drove the car again and had it towed by horse back to the barn where it sat until the early 60's. There is a hoof print in the front fender to corroborate the story. Don't know if the story is true but it makes good copy.
That would be a lot easier than the photo I have seen a couple times before on this site. In it, it would appear, that the rear end or drive line had somehow locked up. The car was being rope towed by another car, the whole rear end of the car having been lifted up and sitting on a wheelbarrow. One guy had to drive the lead car. While another steered the rear car. Meanwhile, some poor sap is hanging onto the handles of the wheelbarrow, trying to balance the whole thing, bouncing in potholes, and cannot even see what the other two guys are doing!
Wish I had a link to that one.
That is one huge-ass horse! And he looks happy as can be...I can hear him now... "Told ya those contraptions weren't no good".... ha ha.
Tim, uh, an ass x horse is a mule ! Now I'm curious, anyone know what size tires that Maxwell would have run ? Camera angle makes the horse seem big, for sure !
That's an awful big horse .
Thanks John. Extending the perspective vanishing point forward along the diameters of the car's wheels, you can estimate the horse's height at the withers is just over twice the height of the tire, not over 16 hands, probably 15 to 15h2". About average for a good, serviceable coach horse of the time.
He owned his own two vehicle. Just pulled it out of the barn. Tim
I doubt unless it's a very sharp turn there is no steering needed as the horse will turn it easily? I also think it was not a simple tow or recovery hence the fills bolted to the car?
The Washington DC, November 4, 1909 Postmark in the lower right corner may be a clue that this is from inside the Beltway.