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This circa 1908 Pope – Hartford touring car and its crew, are seen on a Long Island Auto Club, Mid Winter run. For quite a few years the club had regular endurance runs, scheduled during the different seasons of the year. Many of them left Brooklyn N.Y. and made the run to Riverhead, Lond Island, N.Y. After an overnight stay, they reversed direction and headed back to the city.
Check out the detail photos below of the Pope – Hartford and note the headlights turned around to protect the lenses from breakage and to keep the mud splatter off of them. The car is also equipped with a very nice combination clock and speedometer, that can be seen just in front of the steering wheel.
The photo is courtesy of the collection of Mark Johnson, of the Klingberg Family Center, which hosts the annual Klingberg Motorcar Festival as a benefit event on Fathers Day weekend. Please support them if at all possible and be sure to try to attend next year’s show in New Britain, CT.
When we last looked at the Matheson, it was from the same year (1905) that this photo was taken, showing a scene on the Long Island Auto Clubs Run. This photo which has been split in half, shows a Matheson getting some attention out in front of a carriage maker, which must have been making the transition to the automobile at the time. Photo from the Robert C. Laurens Colection courtesy of Alan Ballard.
A Long Island New York Auto Club competition photo, showing a 1908 Packard Model 30 and a Matheson on the right above. What appears to be the same Matheson below with possibly a Jackson on the right. Photo courtesy of the Robert C. Laurens Collection.
The Matheson automobile first started out in Grand Rapids, MI during 1903. The company ended up buying the Holyoke Motor Works and with it came the brilliant designer Charles G. Greuter. The company ended up in Wilkes-Barre, PA in March of 1906 and was built there until 1912. In PA they settled down to build one of the best automobiles this country has ever seen.
The early cars were large and very powerful OHV valve fours in both 45 and 65 hp ver-sions. They were very strong and did very well in competion as witnessed by the two pictured here. Later on the company came out with a more dignified and quite six cylin-der they called the Silent-Six.
Tom Cooper is shown above in 24 HP Matheson on the Long Island Auto Club Run, 1905. And below is shown one of the big 65 hp cars after a two day road race which they won.
Photos from the collection of the late Robert C. Laurens.