Perusing through an old list of early racing events throughout America I have in my possession, more often than not I come across the names of racers that leave me bewildered as to the identity of their make and this particular car is no exception.
I first read about this automobile in a Los Angeles Times article where Frank Garbutt drove it in a match race against the Green Dragon of Barney Oldfield at Agricultural Park’s 1 Mile dirt oval in late 1904. As glamorous as the article sounded in it’s description of that days racing by praising the performance of the homemade special against the might of Oldfield’s powerful racer, the results tell a very different story. The Stewart-Garbutt racer is mentioned in another two races throughout 1904, winning the Huntington Cup and struggling in another but then is never heard of again.
So, who were the individuals behind this contraption? From all reports, Albert Clement Stewart and Frank Garbutt were both from Los Angeles. A newspaper article from 1953 credits Mr Stewart with building the first auto in Santa Paula but not much is known about his partner. If any of our readers know something about this great looking car please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
Du Pont built some very nice automobiles, above and below are photos of some of the specially built cars they produced early on. Above is a 1921 Model B.
1922 Model A.
1924 Model C.
1924 Model D.
Since 1919 the DuPont Car Company produced automobiles with varying engine sizes provided by different maufacturers. With a four cylinder powering the luxurious Model A and B, a six cylinder Continental engine was found between the frame rails of the Model C that was soon replaced by the Model D, this time powered by a six cylinder Wisconsin engine. The short lived Model E of 1927 was soon replaced with the low production Model F the following year that was immediately succeeded by the Model G where once again a Continental engine was the choice, this time it was a straight eight of 125 H.P. A choice of body styles were also offered with this model.
With a desire to compete at the famous 24 Hour race at Le Mans, the company built a special four seater speedster based on the Model G. The driving duties at the 1929 event were given to Frenchman Alfredo Luis Miranda, the company’s New York distributor, and an American named Charles Moran Jr. but the car completed only 20 laps to place a dissapointing 22nd. In 1930 a DuPont Motors Spl. was entered in the Indy 500 with Moran Jr. again behind the wheel and Gene Reed as the ride along mechanician. Starting a promising 19th on the grid, the car kissed the wall at turn three on the 22nd lap and retired from the race.
In 1930 and ’31, only two models were produced. Two and four seat Le Mans speedsters were offered with differing body styles. The Model H was the last of the DuPont cars before the company succumbed to the harshness of the Great Depression.