Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick and a Pair of White Steam Cars


While a number of White Steam Cars are converged at Pebble Beach on the West Coast for the Concours, today we have a pair of photos of the Steamer’s that Peter Christian Wick drove for his employers here on the East Coast. He first worked for Richard P. Hart from March of 1903 to September of 1906 and then for George Howe for a little over a year until January of 1908. Both were in the New York City area.

The photo above would have to date to the time when he was working for George Howe. Based on the time frame that he drove for him and its appearance, this limousine maybe either a 1907 or 1908 model. If you can help to date it and tell us what model it is, please send us a comment.

The photo below has a notation on the back as having been taken on January 1, 1905, at Coney Island. It appears to be a 15-h.p. Model E that was introduced for the 1905 model year. This car he drove for Richard P. Hart. You can see both the Rainier he later drove and also a Fiat here.


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A New England Classic – The Historic Festival 32 at Lime Rock Park


One of the most enjoyable of all vintage racing and concours events in the country, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park will celebrate its 32nd edition, two weeks from now on Labor Day weekend. The Honored Guest this year is Sir Stirling Moss, and you can meet him at the track located in one of the most-picturesque areas of New England, Northwestern Connecticut.

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The Festival starts on Thursday with a vintage and race car parade on the scenic roads of the surrounding towns and ends up with a gathering for all in the center of quaint Falls Village. Track practice and qualifying races run on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for the respected Concours. The event will include both racing and street-driven cars along with an impressive selection of vehicles from Ralph Lauren as he has been chosen as Honored Collector of the year.

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The Concours, named Sunday in the Park, will include up to 250 rare and desirable cars that will be displayed along the entire half-mile front straight of the race track. Also of interest is the Gathering of the Marques that attracts over 700 cars to the event by car clubs and private owners from all over the Northeast, that will line the entire length of the rest of the picturesque 1.5-mile race course.

In the video above, Skip Barber and Chief Festival Organizer Murray Smith discuss just what the event is all about and what it encompasses. You can view scenes showing some the exciting racing action you can expect to see there along with the cars from Ralph Lauren’s Collection that will be on display.

Monday starts with the running of the feature races with more than 300 cars in nine different races with morning and afternoon sessions separated by a break for lunch. You will see some of the most desirable and interesting vintage competition cars to be found anywhere racing wheel-to-wheel on the challenging circuit. Expect to see everything from pre-war racing cars to exciting post-war competition machines, the newest that date to the mid-1970s. You can learn all of the details here at Lime Rock Park.

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The 1922 Wing Special – A Roaring Twenties Cyclear


As a follow up to our post the other day covering the Art Smith Baby Car, today we present you with the Wing Special that was built and sold for a short time by Chauncey Wing of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Oddly, it was brought-to-market ten years after the short-lived cycle car craze in the teens and appeared to be a refined version the Smith Cars. It was powered by a Henderson four-cylinder motorcycle engine. Please let us know if you can lead us to any period information about this car. Image courtesy of Modern Mechanix.

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