Author Archives: David Greenlees

The Taylor Tire Company – Service During Tough Times

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  • The Taylor Tire Company in 1934

The Taylor Tire Company of Lexington, Kentucky opened this new facility, during the trying times at the beginning the Great Depression on November 15, 1930. The organization must have had some strong backing and good management to make it through the next half-a-dozen or more difficult years. The photo above dating from 1934 shows considerable activity at the service facility that was located at East Vine and Southeastern Avenue.

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  • Lube and brake service – Opening day 1930 – Lube and oil service

The changes that can be seen during the years by studying the photos show that the Company first was a dealer for B.F.Goodrich tires in 1930 at its opening. Later in 1934, Taylor was handling Seiberling tires and Pepper Gasolines. By 1937, the year the photo on the right above was taken, the brake-testing machine visible in the left image had been removed, the walls and floor were painted and a more modern lubrication system had been installed. The Photographer’s truck is on the lift in this image.

The photo below dated 1932 shows a weathered early Model A Ford, a popular work truck at the time, doing duty as a mobile tire service truck. Note the air tank mounted behind the cab with the remains of a Pepper Ethel decal on its end. The photos are courtesy of the University of Kentucky. 


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A Thomas Built for Catching the Bad Guys

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  • A Thomas outfitted for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department 

The year that this Thomas was built is unknown, but thanks to a notation on the back of the photo we do know that it was built for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department. Where the sporty Mercer-like bodywork work for it was constructed though is unknown. It is believed to be one of the 6-40 Models made between the years of 1910 and 1912. If you can tell us more please let us know. The photo is courtesy of The Revs Institute.

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The 2014 Pebble Beach Best of Show Winner – 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe

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  • 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe –  Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington

Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington won the Best of Show honors with this spectacular 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance yesterday afternoon. This is the first time a Ferrari has won the award. The photo above is courtesy of Richard Michael Owen and more images and information on the car can be found on


The first car on the field in the morning was this 1910 American Underslung Traveler Toy Tonneau owned by William Johnston and Ronald Elenbaas. It was ready and waiting at the head of the line at 4.00 a.m. The American was the first car to greet the large crowd assembled to watch as the entrants drove onto the field. The photo below courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.


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