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Sunday Edition No. XIV – Stamp Out Prohibition – RAC 1000 Mile Trial – A Custom Model “T” Ford Coupe – Brick Paved Highways

The image above was found via Robert Werrbach and it originates from the Hagley Museum. It was taken in Wilmington, Delaware, circa 1931 and showed what may have been an organization from Massachusetts campaigning to Stamp Out Prohibition.

The car was on a journey from an unknown location To Seattle, Washington and Return. Check out the interesting slogans stating that repealing prohibition will: Protect Our Youth, Save Out Children, Restore the Constitution and Vote For Wet Candidates. Let us know if you can tell us more about the organization or identify the automobile.

The Royal Auto Club (RAC) of the UK produced this excellent video of its 1000 Mile Trial held earlier this year. The six-day long run ended on July 19, 2014, at Woodcote Park where it began, at the home of the RAC in Epsom, Surrey, England. The competition is a recreation of the first event which took place in 1900, in it the entrants and their cars traveled to all the way to Edinburgh, Scotland and back.

The video shows a number of interesting pre-1940 automobiles traveling through beautiful surroundings on the British Isles. Learn more at The Royal Auto Club. Thanks to reader Frank Sims for the link to the video.

  • Model T Ford
  • A Model “T” Ford with custom coachwork.

Reader Benjamin Ames sent in this photo showing a couple with a Model T Ford, with coachwork and styling changes presumably done by the gentleman. None of the details are known about the car, and the only clue to the location is a 1927 license plate. If you can tell us anything more about this creation please do. It looks quite like a more upscale Model T Ford Coupe with custom coachwork we looked at earlier.

  • Route 66 paved with bricks Edwardsville Illinois
  • Route 66 in Edwardsville, Illinois paved in brick with concrete shoulders.

Brick roads are not something that you normally think of, and when you do, one tends to think only of brick streets in cities and towns that were fairly common even after World War II. The photo above is courtesy of Joe Sonderman and shows a section of Route 66 in Edwardsville, Illinois that was still paved in bricks in the 1940s. After a little research, it was found that the first brick street was laid here in America around 1870. Parts of the Lincoln Highway were also originally brick, and you can learn all about how it was done in an interesting period article at The Clay-Worker.

  • Bull Dog Mack on Lincoln Highway
  •               An Image from “Brick Paved Highways Best” – The Clay-Worker, September 1919.

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8 responses to “Sunday Edition No. XIV – Stamp Out Prohibition – RAC 1000 Mile Trial – A Custom Model “T” Ford Coupe – Brick Paved Highways

  1. The car in the first photograph is a 1932 Essex, I believe. This photo was posted on Redit a while back and I determined that it was a ’32 Essex. I recognized the photo as soon as I saw it here, I knew I’d seen it before elsewhere!

  2. Jim Brand, I recall a popular set up on trucks of the era was a 5th over and under. That was a 5th gear overdrive and a 5th under the seat.

  3. Regarding the 1000 Mile video. I have a 2000 program a friend of mine kindly sent me. It is amazing that these pre-1905 cars, flimsy as they are, were able to make it the first five miles, much less 1000 miles. One rather amusing note in the caption for an 1897 Panhard was that its ignition was by means of a hot tube where the fuel was heated by an external gas (petrol) fed, blow type flame. The caption went on to say, and I found this amusing,
    “This is a good reason for carrying a fire extinguisher!!” Well, said.

    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN

  4. The kill prohibition car is a Series T ’32 Hudson “8” (119″ wheelbase). The hood panels, sidelamps, and grill disqualify it as a ’32 Essex ( See the previous article on Amelia Earhart’s ’32 Essex for comparison).

  5. The Model T creation has a 1927 Minnesota license plate. The “A” at the top left of the plate signifies a car weighing less than 2000 pounds. License plates with a “B” designated those cars weighing more than 2000 pounds. These weight classifications started in 1921. The “A” weight class continued through 1949, but the “B” weight class was eliminated in 1940 since most cars that were built now weighed over 2000 pounds.

    As the number of Model T and other light cars produced decreased, and older and lighter cars were taken off the road, the “A” plates gradually disappeared. In 1927 there were 265,457 “A” registrations in Minnesota, but in 1949 that figure had dipped to just 2,585 “A” registrations. The number of “B” registrations in Minnesota was 299,560 in 1927, and the number of over 2,000 pound car registrations was 857,300 in 1949. In 1950 Minnesota eliminated the “A” plates, and the state began stamping the “10,000 Lakes” slogan on license plates which continues today.

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