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The Sunday Edition No. IV – The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge – An Amazing Colorized Old Photograph – Early Locomobiles – A Used Car Lot

Have a spare month, a reliable old car and want to go on the adventure of a lifetime? Check out the video above that takes you on the 2013 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The fifth running of the 8000 mile long event was conducted by The Endurance Rally Association with a wide variety cars, some dating all the way back to the teens. Follow along as a tough and adventurous group of people in 96 cars face trials and tribulations as they drive from Beijing to Paris.


Patty Allison enjoys the popular pastime of colorizing old photographs and she has done an exceptional job on this one of an Oldsmobile Agency. The original image was taken during 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. Look for more of her work here soon, it’s special.


This a photo of a Locomobile Club gathering in the Philadelphia area. The image is filled with what appear to be 1904 models. It is courtesy of H.Binney Beale, who has shared with us interesting photos of the Locomobile and Fiat cars that his grandfather Horace Beale Jr. owned when new; he is behind the wheel of his car on the far left.


And finally Clayton Smith has sent in this photo of a used car lot that apparently was in Lancaster, Ohio. It looks like the Chevrolet was the house favorite with the dealer as the front row is filled with 1931 through 1937 models.

This new Sunday Edition is for reader contributions, please join in and share with other vintage car enthusiasts from all around the world. If you have a great photo, know of an excellent video or story, contact us here and include your full name so we can credit your submission. If you have a photo to submit, we will send you an email address you can forward it to.

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Vintage Trucking in Hillsborough, New Hampshire


Today we have a pair of trucks that are a couple of decades apart in age, both of which were photographed in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Above is a James L. Ellsworth Express trailer pulled by an early 1930s Diamond T tractor at Eaton’s Furniture Store, probably delivering some fresh merchandise.

The image below shows a heavy-duty Chevy pickup truck equipped with a Mustang towing unit. It is displayed out in front the Heath Motors Sales building, a Chevrolet dealer. The sideboard displayed with it was for the City Ignition Garage in Nashua, some thirty miles away. Apparently the Garage had bought the truck new from Heath.

We have been helping the Hillsborough, New Hampshire Historical Society, date and identify the vehicles in the Societies collection of images. If you can help, tell us more about both of these machines, including the year, model and the rated capacity. You can also look back at many other interesting images from the Society here.


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The Guasti-Giulii Inc.Tire Tower – Los Angeles, California


A couple of months ago we featured a series of photos of Nels Thompson and his 1930 Packard 740 preaching car in front of one of the three Guasti-Giulii Inc. tire shops in Los Angeles, California. What we did not know at the time was that the Guasti-Giulii Inc. Tire Tower, as it was called, was just to the left-hand side of the building in the previous photos. This was the location of headquarters of the operation that was at Eighth Street and Central Avenue.


This second set of photos was taken earlier on November 15, 1929. The service vehicles that can be seen in the images are: two Model A Ford Roadster pickup trucks and a Indian motorcycle equipped with a sidecar chassis and a utility box equipped with a compressed air tank. The U.S. Tires that Guasti-Giulii Inc. sold were produced by the U. S. Rubber Company. The photos are courtesy of the USC Libraries.


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