Odder things have crossed our desk but this car rates right up there on the unusual scale. It is the Richard Special that was built by the Richard Motor Mfg. Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. The engine and chassis were built by Francis Richard who was stated in Automobile Topics to be the brother of George S. Richard, the designer of the Richard-Brasier. This has been proven incorrect and more can be learned about him in the comments below. In 1904 Leon Thery won the prestigious Gordon Bennett race with one of Richard’s racing cars.
According to the May 27, 1916, Automobile Topics, this car was owned by racing driver Robert H. Delno, who licensed it with the AAA and entered it in the 1916 Indianapolis 500. The engine had a 3.750-inch bore x 8.937-inch stroke with a displacement of 296.6 c.i. It evidently ran in the time trials, but was a non-starter in the race. Delno was a racing driver during the mid-teens from the Southwest. He won four races in a 16-valve Stutz at Phoenix in 1916. The photo is from the Library of Congress.