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One of many photos of the Packard Gray Wolf in the Peter Helck Collection, this one in particular is interesting because of its date and the construction details of the cowl. It is captioned as one of the first photos of the Gray Wolf, which was taken in front of the Packard plant in Warren, OH and dated, July 30, 1903. Photo courtesy of Racemaker Press.
This photo is showing the 1904 Packard “Gray Wolf ” that was driven by Charles Schmidt in the first Vanderbilt Cup Race which was held that year. Schmidt finished 4th in the race averaging 39.0 mph. The race was won by George Hearth in his French Panhard.
Note that Schmitt who built this car, had the future shape of racing cars worked out by this early date. Also note what is called a surface mount radiator. On this car it consists of tubing arranged front to back on either side which is covered at the front with some form of a rock guard.