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Barney Oldfield ??

This photo has a note on the back that identifies it as being Barney Oldfield in a 1912 Kissel Kar, evidently after the Cactus Derby race held that year. The event which was held annually between 1908 and 1917, was roughly seven hundred miles long and was divided into three days of competition. The race…

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Out For a Spin…

Very are very fortunate to have Robert Rampton joining us here at The Old Motor. Robert is a very gifted artist and we hope to show his art work in the future in a galley for contemporay vintage automobile artists. The following is Roberts first post here. Perhaps the gentleman behind the wheel, looking ready for…

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The Mercer Blue Bird

Two photos of the same car on different dates. It is a T-Head Mercer with a racing body, getting ready to do what they do best, go racing. The top photo is in an unknown location but the bottom photo was captioned as being on Jacksonville Beach, Florida were some early racing was conducted. I…

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Barney in the lead

The Oldfields lead the way on November 10, 1936 in New York City, in a publicity generating run from Central Park to Rockefeller Center just before the opening of the annual auto show. The car is a 1914 Mercer type 35J, with some wear and tear evident, and some non-stock electric lamps, all of which…

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The Doble Steam Car

Two photos showing the Doble brother at that dynamometer. Behind the control panel he is standing at is his burner and boiler assembly. The second photo shows the complete power train set up for testing purposes. We will return to Doble at a later date and explore his incredible automobile in detail.

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