Dan Strohl has put together a great post on a spindizzies or tethered cars, with quite a bit of history and information including an interesting video. The photo above shows the non-tethered version that stayed on the track being guided by the vertical strip you can see on the track.
The VSCC Cotswold Trial was held last weekend at Prescott Hill in England and we have some wonderful photos from Stefan Marjoram, along with two very good videos (below) filmed by Janet Wright. Both give you a very good feel for this very unique British form of vintage motor sports which the whole family can join in on. The Janet Wright films are in parts I and II below and capture the action on the hill. To learn more, download “Trialing with the VSCC”
From information about Trialing with the VSCC: Trials are one of the oldest forms of motor sport and these “grass roots” events have paved the way for the birth of Hill climbs, sprints, rallies and driving tests. In essence, competing cars must climb sections of varying gradient and difficulty, being marked from 1 to 25 depending on how far you get. Each trial will typically have between 8 – 14 sections for a one day, and 14 – 18 for a two day trial. All the VSCC’s Trials are Production Car Trials, which broadly speaking means that most road going cars will be suitable (depending more on whether the owner want to cover his pride and joy in mud!).
The Packard Company was hard at work early on, with with new models coming out quite frequently. They were working on development and new features to make the Packard reliable and one of the best automobiles available. This 1901 Model C was the next step in that direction. The text below covers more details, but one the of most visible new details was the ‘steering pillar’ which folded forward and out of the way of the operator to make entry and exit easier. One other big change was the horizontal, front mounted radiator which was previously mounted under the car.
Photo above and below at left, of W. A. Hatcher, one of Packard’s early engineers driving with Alasha Packard Davidson, sister of W. D. and J. W. Packard, who was in charge of a department at the factory, as a front seat passenger. The women in the back of the six-passenger model were members of the office staff. The second photo below shows a car which was sold to A. L. Mc Murtry who put two thousand miles on it that year. Text below right from the Horseless Age, Feb. 13, 1901. Photos from the Rod Blood Collection courtesy of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.