The Ruxtons Shine on the Lawn at Pebble Beach

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The seed that planted the idea leading to the introduction of the Ruxton in 1929 originated all the way back in 1913 with a drive in the fwd Gila Monster; 101-years later William Muller’s front wheel drive creation was really able to shine and be recognized at this years Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Ruxton collector Jim Fasnacht was instrumental in helping to assemble perhaps the largest grouping of the cars since they were assembled at the Moon Motor Car Company factory at the dawn of the Great Depression.

Fasnacht owns seven of the 19 Ruxtons known to exist, and they are featured in the photo above and in the first four rows of images below that were taken the day before the Concours with their Woodlites blazing. Over the last dozen years his collection has grown to include: three roadsters, both of the existing phaetons and two of the sedans.

The bottom two rows of photos show three of the other four sedans that attended, all of which wear variations of the paint and interior designs that were created by architect Joseph Urban. The two-toned blue roadster in the bottom photo was rescued by famed early collector and Ruxton aficionado D. Cameron Peck. You can learn the complete story behind the Ruxton in a recent post here on The Old Motor. All photos courtesy of Richard Michael Owen of Supercars.net

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The Sunday Edition No. X – Dawn Patrol at Pebble Beach – The Connecticut State Police – A Toledo Steam Car – The Cord L-29 Grand Prix Winner

At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a large group of spectators line-up and watch as the cars are driven onto the field early in the morning. It has been given the name The Dawn Patrol, and this year the Concours had it covered by a video production team with several cameras. It gives one an excellent chance to both see and hear the cars in motion, as several strategically-placed remote microphones also capture the exhaust note of a vehicle as it passes. The video is courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Reader John Burns sent in this photo of a group of Troopers along with a Connecticut State Police Ford Station Wagon modeling one of the roof-mounted speedometers that were popular at the time. The picture was taken on one of the three the Interstates in the state circa 1959. Can anyone tell us which of the highways this is (I-95, I-91 or I-84), or tell us about the unique roof-mounted speedometer as seen on the Ford?

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Reader Nick Howell from England sent us this photo after his 1902 Toledo won the Chairman’s Trophy presented by Chairwomen Sandra Button at Pebble Beach. After the Concours he and his brother spent a couple of days with Jay Leno before setting off on the next adventure to take the car to Arizona to reenact a Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon run from back in the period. You can learn all about the car in a recent post here on The Old Motor. The photo is courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Reader Jerry McDermont sent us this photo showing a three-quarter view of the Oak Park Auburn and Cord building. We noticed a banner displayed in the front window stating: Cord Grand Prix Winner Model – On Display Here and decided to try to learn more about it. There are also at least three cities in the country named Oak Park, and we are wondering which one this Auburn and Cord Agency was located in?

In a period New York City area newspaper article, we found that a L-29 Cord received the highest honor ever given to a standard American car in a competition at Monte Carlo. The article goes on to state that a second L-29 with an American custom body designed by Count Alex de Sakhnoffsky also won a Grand Prix. Can any of our readers tell us any of the details about this pair of cars?

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Jerry McDermont also found the photo above of this L-29 Convertible Sedan that was in an advertisement in the June 8, 1929 edition of L’Illustration, a French magazine. F.A. Jomini, a dealer with a showroom located on the stylish Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris, France placed the ad telling of his upcoming exhibit at the Paris Auto Salon.

The Sunday Edition is for reader contributions, please join in and help us share interesting discoveries with other vintage car enthusiasts. If you have a great photo, know of an excellent video, a mystery or story, contact us here (we will send you an email address for photos) and include your full name so we can credit your submission.

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Thirty Speed Records Set by Harley-Davidson at Daytona Beach in 1920

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  • Harley-Davidson riders with a racing machine and a Bullet Sidecar

In February of 1920, the Harley-Davidson racing team descended on Daytona Beach, Florida with a number of its racing machines and their star riders intent on setting the record books on fire. There they set up camp during the second week of the month and by the time it was over, the effort had set thirty world’s records. Expert riders Leslie Red Parkhurst and Fred Ludlow can be seen above posing with a Harley-Davidson 8-Valve racing machine and the newly-designed Bullet Sidecar rig that they used to set five records with.

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The pair set a new five mile record with an average speed of 87.52 m.p.h. and on the same run they set four more records in the sidecar class at the 1 kilometer, 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile marks. Without the sidecar, Parkhurst set a record of 111.98 m.p.h. with the machine in the kilometer and also set records at one, two and five-miles. The photos are courtesy of Harley-Davidson, and the period magazine article is courtesy of David Morrill. Learn more about the runs at Harley-Davidson. 

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