Having the nickname “Gasoline Jack” would lead one to believe that the driver of this Chico to Westwood Stage might have been quite a character.
Chico, California, is located about 87-miles north of Sacramento, the State Capitol in the northeastern section of the state. The driving distance from the city of Chico to the town of Westwood on Route 32 today is 80-miles. Assuming that Jack could keep up an average driving speed of a little over 25-mph on the roads of the day without stopping, the run would take about three hours. The overloaded touring car contains eight adult passengers plus a young boy, a caged rabbit, and luggage.
The automobile is a 1916 or ’17 Studebaker Model ED-6 seven-passenger touring car on a 122-inch w.b. chassis powered by a 353 c.i. six-cylinder engine which sold for $1085. A Studebaker promotional photo below at the end of the post from The Old Motor archives contains either a new 1916 or ’17 ED-6 fitted with rear shock absorbers and a spotlight.
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