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Early steam race

Thanks to Ivan Pozega for research on this one. We believe this was a 5 mile race for steamers only, at Aquidneck Trotter Park, in Rhode Island, on September 6, 1900 (ten half-mile laps). Driving the car at left is John Jacob Astor, IV who came in second. What is the young lad doing in…

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1906 Stanley

A fleet footed 1906 Stanley model H. This car had the 20hp dry sump engine. At rest, the fine attire makes for a nice photograph. At speed, one would be well advised to wear different clothing and protective eye wear!

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Well….We Thought It Would Be OK?

This very graphic photo shows a steam engine which has crashed thru a bridge during harvest season in the Mid-West. Many bridges that were adequate for earlier traffic crushed under the weight of the heavy machines of the new century. It appears that no one was hurt, as the crew is posing for this photo…

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1900 Locomobile

This modest machine is a 1900 Locomobile, rated at a mere 3.5 hp. However, one should not dismiss the car out of hand based on that rating. The power-to-weight ratio made these scrappy. F.O. Stanley drove a similar car to the top of Mt. Washington in 1899. Steam cars generally love hill climbing, but descending…

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Snowbirds?

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers ham it up in Daytona. The car is a 1907 Stanley model EX (10hp), and note it has two plates. There is a Florida plate hanging on the front axle, and a Mass Auto Register plate that has actually been bent to conform to the bonnet – no small feat given…

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