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About Quiz # 333: The 1911 Garford Trail to the Sunset (Upd. Elyria, Ohio, not Elmyra, NY)

You can be forgiven if you took last week's picture to be the start of the Glidden Tour. It wasn't. On the other hand, all answers we received correctly mentioned the make of the automobile, which was the Garford made by Arthur Lovett Garford. And just that little bit more research would have brought you to the 1911 Garford automobile train, seen here leaving the Garford factory in Elmyra, NY. This was a tour from New York to Los Angeles organized by the Raymond & Whitcomb Co. (then the World's largest tourist bureau). They called it the 'Trail to the Sunset'. Apart from the jurymembers, only four had this correct so far, Daniel Reuben, Jonathan Kinghorn, Hugh Stiles and Tony Prebensen. From these four we found the answer by Tony the best as he even came up with a 1911 newspaper report describing part of the tour. (see Read More for his answer). Congratulations, Tony!

The winning answer by Tony Prebensen:

The vehicles are Garford Four Forty Four 1911 models. Arthur Lovett Garford supplied parts to Studebaker and other manufacturers before making cars using his own name. He incorporated a single parabolic headlamp sunk flush in the radiator in the 1913 models. The event was an automobile 'train' from New York to Los Angeles called the 'Trail of the Sunset'. It used 4 forty hp Garfords and a service/luggage truck.

Other entrants that had the make Garford correct:

Daniel Reuben
Kay Hottendorff
Jonathan Kinghorn
Fred de Mol
Simon Harding
Hugh Stiles

And jurymembers:
Stuart Penketh
Peter Ransom
Kit Foster
Frans Vrijaldenhoven

We found our information for this quiz in the book 'The Record-Setting Trips: By Auto from Coast to Coast, 1909-1916' by Curt McConnell of which many parts can be read through Google Books.


#1 2012-10-20 19:37
Only for the record, Garftord's were made in Elyria Ohio, not Elmira New York.

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK