Early Steam Cars Featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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  • 1907 White Model G

In total contrast to the twenty-two Ferrari Testarosta’s exhibited at Pebble Beach and the Ferrari Best of Show win there this year, there was a special class just for early steam cars. The well-known Stanley and White steam cars were both on display along with a couple of steamers rarely seen today that included: the 1892 Philion Road Carriage and a 1904 Turner-Miesse from England.

The Philion from the National Auto Museum was built by Achille Philion and has been reported to have run as early as 1890. It was steerable from either the front or the rear seat where the boiler operator sat while attending to its operation. Philion patented the design in 1892, and it was on exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. It was driven onto the field.

Several of the cars took part in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance including Nick Howell’s 1902 Toledo steam car that was featured here recently on The Old Motor. The reports we have received from attendees was that the class was well received, and many of the spectators were amazed by the cars all which were over 100-years old. The photos are courtesy of Steve Natale.

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  •                 1907 White Model G - 1892 Philion Road Carriage
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  •                      1900 Skene –  1900 Skene - 1904 Turner-Miesse
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  •    1904 Turner-Miesse – 1902 White Model B - 1909 Stanley Model R
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  • 1905 White Model E

Like to learn a bit more about the steam car? Follow along in a short video below produced by CNNMoney as Peter Valdes-Dapena visits with Tom Marshall at the Marshall Steam Museum. The second-generation steam enthusiast goes through the 30-minute start-up procedure and then they both go out for a short ride. You can also learn more about steam cars at Stanley Steamers and The Steam Car Club of Great Britain.

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The Taylor Tire Company – Service During Tough Times

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  • The Taylor Tire Company in 1934

The Taylor Tire Company of Lexington, Kentucky opened this new facility, during the trying times at the beginning the Great Depression on November 15, 1930. The organization must have had some strong backing and good management to make it through the next half-a-dozen or more difficult years. The photo above dating from 1934 shows considerable activity at the service facility that was located at East Vine and Southeastern Avenue.

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  • Lube and brake service – Opening day 1930 – Lube and oil service

The changes that can be seen during the years by studying the photos show that the Company first was a dealer for B.F.Goodrich tires in 1930 at its opening. Later in 1934, Taylor was handling Seiberling tires and Pepper Gasolines. By 1937, the year the photo on the right above was taken, the brake-testing machine visible in the left image had been removed, the walls and floor were painted and a more modern lubrication system had been installed. The Photographer’s truck is on the lift in this image.

The photo below dated 1932 shows a weathered early Model A Ford, a popular work truck at the time, doing duty as a mobile tire service truck. Note the air tank mounted behind the cab with the remains of a Pepper Ethel decal on its end. The photos are courtesy of the University of Kentucky. 


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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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