A Thomas Built for Catching the Bad Guys

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  • A Thomas outfitted for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department 

The year that this Thomas was built is unknown, but thanks to a notation on the back of the photo we do know that it was built for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department. Where the sporty Mercer-like bodywork work for it was constructed though is unknown. It is believed to be one of the 6-40 Models made between the years of 1910 and 1912. If you can tell us more please let us know. The photo is courtesy of The Revs Institute.

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The 2014 Pebble Beach Best of Show Winner – 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe

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  • 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe –  Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington

Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington won the Best of Show honors with this spectacular 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance yesterday afternoon. This is the first time a Ferrari has won the award. The photo above is courtesy of Richard Michael Owen and more images and information on the car can be found on Supercars.net.


The first car on the field in the morning was this 1910 American Underslung Traveler Toy Tonneau owned by William Johnston and Ronald Elenbaas. It was ready and waiting at the head of the line at 4.00 a.m. The American was the first car to greet the large crowd assembled to watch as the entrants drove onto the field. The photo below courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.


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The Carter Two-Engine Car – The Fail Safe Automobile

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  • 1907 Carter Two-Engine Car used by the Washington D.C. Fire Chief.

It has been reported that Howard Carter came up with the idea for the two engine automobile after an incident where he was not able to start his car; later he reasoned that if one engine let you down, you would have the other to fall back on to continue on your journey. Carter then proceeded design, patent and build a car that had two compete, but separate engines, each with its own set of ignition, induction, exhaust, and cooling systems. They could also be operated singly or together.

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  • Engine and drivetrain photos, “The Motor”, January 1908.

The two 35-40-h.p. engines each drove a shaft (I in the patent drawing below) that was supported by a bearing on the front of the center crossmember (L). Towards the rear end of each shaft can be seen a sprocket (S) that drives a roller-chain to sprockets (Q and R) on the center shaft (M). This center shaft then drives a conventional transmission (O) and in turn the rear differential (P) through drive shaft (N). You can view the entire patent and another drawing for the Carter Two-Engine Car here.

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  • Patent drawing for the unique two-engine car.

Each engine could be started separately by its hand crank after its clutch was disengaged. The second engine could then be started by engaging its clutch and using the running engine to turn it. In actual use, one engine was adequate for driving in normal conditions; if more power was needed the second engine could be started and it would thereby double the power output by producing some 70-80-h.p.

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  • Advertisement from “The Motor” October, 1907.

Howard first considered manufacturing his automobile in Detroit, but ultimately decided on Hyattsville, Maryland. A new plant was built and just about completed in 1907 when he discovered that the public was quite happy with only one engine and his new car would not sell. The factory was then was used to manufacture the Washington automobile which was of conventional construction. More information can be found on the Carter in an article in the January 1908, The Motor.

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  • Advertisement for “The Motor”, December 1907.

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