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Clessie Cummins Early Racing Cars – Proving The Diesel’s Mettle

Clessie Cummins first met W.G. Irwin when the twenty-two year old was a member of the pit crew for Ray Harroun’s race-winning 1911 Indianapolis 500 entry and Irwin was one of his sponsors. It was the beginning of a longstanding relationship that would eventually provide him with the time and money to develop his engines….

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Clessie Cummins’ 1932 Cross Country Marathon Run

Clessie Cummins with his Mack Model BK in 1932. The name Cummins is synonymous with diesel truck power today. But the instinctive engineer had to travel a long and winding road before his engines became economically viable. It was only through dogged persistence and substantial bankrolling by benefactor W.G. Irwin that Clessie Cummins was able…

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Diesel Engine Pioneers in America

Clessie Cummins was a early pioneer of the diesel engine in America and this press photo was taken before a highly publicized cross country trip he took to promote his engine. This 1934 Auburn Convertible Sedan, carried the innovative Model A six-cylinder aluminum diesel engine, on a NY to LA trip, between June 17, to July…

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Clessie Cummins And His Diesel

If you look at as many press photos as we do, the old adage comes thru, “You can’t always believe what you read”. We have this press photo seen above, dated June 17, 1935 of Clessie Cummins about to start on a coast to coast economy run. Boldly painted on the side of the car…

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