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The Pits

Christian Lautenschlager and ride along mechanic Mackle stop to service their Mercedes at the 1908 Grand Prix de l’A.C.F. at Dieppe, France. Visible to the left of the photo are the “pits”. This was the first time that such servicing bays were used in Grand Prix racing where in previous years the spares and fuel…

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Sprouts Elder

American Lloyd “Sprouts”Elder  never really intended to be a professional motorcycle rider. He started his working life as an apprentice for a racing stable of the four legged variety but his rapid growth spurt -hence the nickname- meant he had to find another form of employment. He took to motorcycling almost immediately and became successful…

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Teachers Pets

Back in the period of 1900-1920s, the automobile was a very new object of transportation, fun and learning. Automobile schools cropped up everywhere to teach the people the care and feeding of these new machines which changed everyones life. This photo shows an unknown school of some sort which was teaching women either how to…

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Earl Kiser and his Track Special

Many of us here at The Old Motor don’t know much about this early racing special. We do know it’s a 70HP Tincher built in Chicago and the driver is former champion bicyclist Earl Kiser at a Harlem track in 1905. If any of our readers have more information please leave a comment as we would…

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Winter Fun

We have been having a nice snow fall over the last 24 hours here in New England so it’s time to get out some winter photos. This enterprising gentleman turned his cycle into a snow machine so he could enjoy it year round. In the first photo there is a little paddle wheel to the…

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