In light of our recent completion of the series on the 1908 New York to Paris race, we have some other interesting photos and an e-book were you can read about another early and fascinating race, the 1907 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The AACA Library has recently posted the photos below along with the cover of the book, Pekin to Paris by Motor Car, written by Italian journalist Luigi Barzini.
The book is well worth reading and you will find the details of the race to be quite interesting. Thanks to the AACA Library staff, they been able to find an online copy to share the book in it’s entirety with you. Read all about what the brave entrants managed to accomplish in this race and the New York to Paris, both of which were about the equivalent to the moon landing when we were young. Photos courtesy of The AACA Library.
This upcoming February 10-15, 2014, the 77th HCCA Convention and the Chasing the Sun Tour will be held in the wide open vistas of sunny, snowless Sierra Vista, Arizona, where cool nights and sunny days should be the norm.
The tour will be visiting many interesting and scenic places like the Coronado National Monument, the ghost town in Fairbank, Kartchner Caverns, the Bisbee Mine, Camp Naco at the Mexican Border, the “real” OK Corral in the fascinating town of Tombstone and more on well-maintained roads with very light traffic.
If you are unaware of the HCCA, it covers the unique period of automotive history from the turn of the century to the end of carriage coach work, gas lights, hand cranking and profuse use of brass trim. For the most part only the wealthy owned automobiles during this pre-1916 era. Ownership required a pioneering spirit, inventiveness and superior mechanical ability to keep these early automobiles functioning. Visit with the HCCA today and learn much more.
Thanks to Jim McCathren we have an excellent series of photos of a Model “T” Ford racing car that his grandfather campaigned out of his Dodge agency in Texas. The McCathren Motor Company was founded in June of 1923, when Earnest Raphael McCathren purchased Frost Motors in Breckenridge, Texas and thereby became the Dodge agency for the area. This car was not just your run of the mill Saturday night special, as it was constructed using parts supplied by some of the foremost manufacturers of racing parts and featured a crank-driven supercharger. McCathren is close to being finished with the project of building a faithful replica of this very car.
The details of the original car are as follows: The wheelbase was shortened by twelve inches to eighty-eight and the engine was set back eight inches in the frame as per directions found in the Complete Instructions for Building a Fronty Ford Racing Car by Arthur Chevrolet. The chassis was lowered six-inches. The front and rear radius rods were split and connected directly to pivots on the sides of the frame with special units used on the front. It used a 4.0: 1 final drive as many did, which was ideal for rapid acceleration needed in short track racing. The wheels were upgraded with knock-off hubs and racing-type wires utilizing straight-side tires. The steering box was replaced by a worm gear unit.
The engine featured a Rajo Model C35 OHV head, aluminum pistons and connecting rods, an oversized racing crankshaft, a high lift camshaft and a pressure oiling system with reservoir. The carburetor was a Winfield Model M feeding a centrifugal Gregg supercharger set up by Green Engineering. The Ford ignition was replaced with an Eisemann high tension magneto driven off of the side of a 3-in-1 front plate. The supercharger can be seen between the radiator and the front of the engine below.
Little is known about Thomas Robert “Bob” Stilwell, (seen behind the wheel) before late 1926 when he joined McCathren Motor Company as a driver and mechanic. On September 22, 1926, Stilwell crashed his Fronty Ford at the Fair Park track in Abilene, Texas and it caught fire. This was the end of his car and marked the beginning of his career with the McCathren Special. He raced it throughout the southwest until his death at a track in Dallas in 1934. You can learn more about McCathren Motor Company, the replica and racing in Texas during the period here. You can also follow our series all about the Model T Ford racing car here on The Old Motor.
Posted in Auto Racing Photos 1894 - 1942, Garages and Dealerships
Tagged Arthur Chevrolet, Chevrolet, Eisemann magneto, Frontenac, Fronty Ford, Gregg supercharger, McCathren Special, Model T Ford, Rajo, Winfield