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Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey Area Race Tracks and Cars

1934 Model A or B Ford-based racing car

Charles Hayer’s father and his friends built the car (above) in 1934 and raced it a couple of times at the Par-Troy track in New Jersey. After a crash with another car at the course, his Dad converted it to street use, adding fenders, a few fins and painted it yellow. It appears to be…

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A Monumental Saint Louis Standard Red Crown Sign Revisited

Saint Louis Standard Red Crown Sign

Eight months ago we posted an amazing photo of the Standard Red Crown Sign atop the Standard Oil Station at South Skinker Boulevard and Clayton Road in St. Louis, Missouri. That photo and the two new images on view here along with the colored postcard are all courtesy of Joe Sonderman. Joe reports: On September 29,…

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Watch a Period Wowser Scale Model be Constructed

* Update *  Robert D. Cunningham and others have shown that the car on the video is not a Cord design as first thought, but a Wowser economy car proposal that Gordon Buehrig designed when he went to work at the Budd Manufacturing Company in the fall of 1936. Others have also identified the car…

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Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick Drives a Simplex – Crane


This is the sixth and final part in a series showing the automobiles that Peter Christian Wick drove during his career as a chauffeur between the years of 1906 and 1931. In the last installment Wick was driving for Mr. Albert H. Wiggin, who was the chairman of the Chase Bank in New York City….

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Automobile Dealerships from the Twenties through the Fifties


Today we have a series of eleven new and used car dealership photos from all over the country. The images range from a nighttime shot of the Gaylord Motor Co. Ford agency (above) featuring light-colored glass panels at the top of the showroom window cleverly highlighting the signage after dark, to the Edwards Motor Sales…

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Santa Clara Valley Model T Club Meet at San Jose History Park


By Steve Natale:  On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the past came alive at History Park in San Jose, California at a meet hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Club and History San Jose for pre-World War II vehicles. The streets were filled with cars from the first part of the 20th century, parked in front of buildings from…

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Pigeon Hole Parking Revisited

Earlier in the week we did a feature on Pigeon Hole Parking and soon after found this press photo in our files dated from March 28, 1947. It shows a parking rack being demonstrated in Spokane, Washington, and the press release stated that it would help to ease the post-war parking problem there. At the time…

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The 2014 Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance


The 2014 Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance was held on September 5-7, 2014 at the historic Hampton Court Palace. It was the third in a series of Concours on the grounds of a Royal Palace, the first in 2012 was at Windsor Castle and last year the event was held at St. James Palace….

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Sweets on a Roll – A Life Savers Dodge Product Mobile


Today’s replacement for what has on occasion been dubbed the Product Mobile, is the computer-generated vinyl wrap that can turn just about any vehicle into a rolling billboard in no time. The ultimate advertising vehicle with coachwork representing a commodity was frequently used in earlier times and was generally constructed on a car chassis. It was used…

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