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Fred Belcher and His Knox

This photo shows Fred Belcher and his wife in his ohv-six-cylinder Knox racing car. Belcher did quite well in this car in the many hill climbing events in the Northeast which were very popular at the time and won the Port Jefferson Long Island event in 1910. With this same car he finished 9th at the 1911 Indianapolis 500 race.

In studying this photo from the Peter Helck Collection, we noticed that it had an unusual set of detachable rims. They are flange (drilled for lightening) mounted to the wooden fellow with five fasteners. The rings on either side of the tire with ten lugs hold the tire on. Can any of our readers identify the maker of these rims? They are somewhat similar to a Johnson rim, as was used on the Pierce-Arrow in that they use a flange mount. Photo courtesy of Racemaker Press.

Photo below courtesy of Layden Butler from a Fisk catalog, showing the construction.

4 responses to “Fred Belcher and His Knox

  1. Posted for Chris Padgett, The rims are Fisk. Fisk offered these mechanically fastened tires and rims in both demountable and non-demountable versions. I had a 1910 Hudson that used them originally, and I still have one of the original wheels and tires. That rim fastened to the fellow with 5 lugs as well. I believe it was a $60 upgrade when new.

    I’ve also seen some 6-70 Thomas Flyers equipped with Fisk rims and oversize tires. One piece of Thomas literature referred to them as “mountain tires”, if I recall correctly.

  2. I have seen photographs and factory drawings that seem to show the use of Fisk rims on late Model I Locomobiles. My Model I chassis has remnants of Fisk rims, but the diameter was made smaller at some time in the past. If I recall correctly, the “locking ring” has a 1910 patent date stamped into it. They may have been standard equipment for those Locomobiles that were to be utilized as fire apparatus. I have seen photographs of 40 H.P. White steamers that also utilized this heavy duty setup, those vehicles primarily being used as “stages” (busses) in the wilds of Alaska.

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