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About Quiz #403: Minsheng/Chung Shan by Daniel F. Myers


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This was not a very difficult one, as relatively recent there have been publications about this truck. Kit Foster, jury member, writes: “Well, that would be the Minsheng, or maybe Chung Shan, depending on whether you favour the ruler or the people. Its "father" was Daniel F. Myers, born in 1889 in Knox County, Indiana. Full details are in Automotive History Review No. 54.” An easy one for Kit as he helped the authors of this article about the brainchilds of Daniel F. Myers in the Automotive History Review by SAH.  

Mr. Myers was a former employee of Relay Trucks in the US. He went to Manchuria in 1928 on request of the local warlord and developed a truck factory in a former weapon plant. In 1931 two prototypes were ready, clearly based on the Relay models, but sturdier,  and the factory started planning serial production. But, the Japanese occupied Manchuria and one of the first things they did was bombing the truck factory and murdering part of the staff. That was the end of the first Chinese truck project. Myers however stayed in China and designed a small three-wheeler cyclecar, which never came into production.

Surprisingly Kit wrote the only right answer. So there is no winner. One question remains I still hope will give positive answers: in the US there must be more information about this truck; letters, photos which Myers had sent to American truck and parts manufacturers. Or other sources. Anyone who has anything, please contact us.

(Special thanks to Erik van Ingen Schenau, who is one of the participants in the 2015 4C Rally Beijing-Shanghai )

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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