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The Automotive Fine Arts Society

From the earliest days of motoring, advertising was the primary venue for auto-related art. Accomplished painters like Peter Helck produced some very high quality work from the 1920’s through the 1940’s but for the most part the fine art community considered such stuff mere illustration. However, in recent years, the genre has come into it’s…

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Mercer Racing History Part I – The Roebling – Planche

Peter Helck was a Mercer Raceabout enthusiast and owner for over forty years and during this time he acquired a number of  images of Mercer racing cars. We have decided to present these photos to you from his collection, starting with the beginning of the racing story involving the Roebling-Planche car as seen above. The…

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Machining a New Ring Gear Holder For Electric Starting

In our restoration-machine shop we are fortunate to work on some very special early cars which we choose not to modify in spite of modern day needs. Most all of the pre-1912 machines are started by hand crank and because of modern day safety issues, we will occasionally convert a car to electric start when…

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Autumn Splendor and a Mercer Raceabout

Autumn is upon us here in Northern New England and we thought it would be the perfect time to share these photos of a 1912 Mercer Raceabout out on our country roads with you. The light, sky and the leaves were perfect for this set of photos which show above, a New England Cape style house…

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1917 Packard

A Packard second series twin six touring and its well attired owner pose in a park like setting. The plate appears to be 1919 CT. The Packard has been fitted with Warner headlamp lenses, and sports an ALA badge on the radiator. The fenderless car behind is hard to identify, but might be a Mercer.

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The 1913 Indianapolis 500

A colorized postcard photo taken of the 1913 Indianapolis race, showing winner Jules Goux in his number sixteen Peugeot. Following is Caleb Bragg in his Mercer who went out on the lap 128 after a pump shaft failure. Bragg’s teammate Spencer Wishart managed to finish second behind Goux in his Mercer. The Old Motor photo.

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The Case Jay Eye See….The Zip And A Mercer

A great photo from the Peter Helck Collection showing us three early racing cars. The event was a race in Libertyville Ill. on Aug. 9, 1913. On the left are the Case “Jay Eye See,” and the Simplex Zip taking a break while a Mercer Raceabout in the background is seen running in qualifying heat…

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