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* Up Dated * A Few More Automotive Oddities to Ponder

Today, like last Saturday, we have an assortment of interesting photos from a network of friends in Europe who like vehicles that are unusual and a bit off the beaten track. The little three-wheeled car above is a Microbo that was powered by a 125cc engine; it appears that it was made in Milan, Italy, for a…

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The 2014 Millers At Milwaukee Vintage Indy Car Exhibition

 The 1935 Pirrung Special, a f.w.d. special powered by an early Offerhauser The annual Millers At Milwaukee meet is one of the few such events in the country that cater to vintage oval track enthusiasts. The focus of the event has always been the Miller Racing cars created by Harry A. Miller, and later cars powered by…

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Circle Track Hot Rods in Post-War California

For this Sunday’s video, we have footage from one of the numerous short tracks that dotted southern California in the years immediately following the Second World War. The type of cars seen here offered a much more affordable way to get into racing than with the purpose-built midgets and so-called Big Cars that had been…

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The All-American 1936 Soap Box Derby – The Gravity Grand Prix

1936 Soapbox Derby photo courtesy of the Bridgeport, CT Library For a little bit of off the beaten path Sunday entertainment, early Soap Box Derby photos are featured today, and an excellent video below showing a film of the 1936 running of the national runoffs. Watch as it is described how the series was run at…

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Leader Card Racers: A Dynasty of Speed

A young Robert Wilke, who later ran the family Leader Card printing business, started in racing by helping The Marchese Brothers number 4 car seen (above) in the late 1920’s. There may still be snow on the ground here at The Old Motor, but that great spectacle of speed, the Memorial Day classic at Indianapolis, is not…

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The Car Versus the Horse in a French Jumping Contest

This car and horse jumping contest was filmed at the La Chapelle racecourse in France  before the 1927 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. It appears to have been entertainment during the event, that is the French equivalent of the Grand National, a famous steeplechase in England. During the running of this prestigious event, which was first run on May 25,…

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