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Keeping Track (UPDATE: Weird Stuff)

Although snowmobiles are nowadays quite popular, the fact that the concept was developed by a man called Virgil White from New Hampshire seems long forgotten. Already around 1910 White began to experiment with the track-and-ski concept and soon found that the Model T formed an ideal base for a conversion. White created the Snowmobile Company, Inc. and began selling kits and complete vehicles. The T’s rear axle and driveshaft were replaced with those from a Model TT one-ton truck. Special wheels were provided, along with metal tracks. Skis were mounted to the front stub axles. White’s snowmobiles became popular with mail carriers, doctors, utility companies and salespeople in northern climes. When sales declined in the late 1920s White sold the designs to the (renamed) Arps Corporation. They called their version “Snow Bird” and it became popular on the Model A Ford chassis. Both Model A and Model T shown here will be offered by RM at their ‘Vintage Cars of Hershey’ Auction on October 8-9. Look for lots 630 and 632 by checking RM’s catalogue that can be viewed online. (photos courtesy RM)

Update by Henry Norberhuis: “Would you believe I have a complete Snowbird conversion for front and rear axles right here in The Netherlands Been laying under my workbench for ages. It came of a genuine 1937 Ford Tudor Snowbird conversion that someone imported from Canada or USA. The body was perfect and in the end the car became a street rod. Just shows that weird stuff can pop up anywhere.”
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Three Super-Sunny Days

The title sums up the essence of the Eifelrennen, held last month at the Nurburgring. Old and new friends exchanged the latest restoration experiences, and some had to carry out last-minute repairs before driving the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife. The old pits blossomed into new life surrounded by historic gas pumps, oil cans and straw bales. Especially the paddock oozed lots of style and grace as it was, just as in the old days, filled with rare pre-war racing cars and the hotspot where roaring engines mixed with the smells of oil, paint, leather and fresh 'Mobil' coffee. No museum in the world could recreate racing history as authentic as this. Last but not least was a spectacular drive over the Grand Prix course by the Mercedes Silver Arrows W 25, W 125 and W 196 piloted by former racing drivers Hans Hermann and Jochen Maas. (text and photos Günter Ladda)
Monday, 05 October 2009 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

No Monkey Business Today! (UPDATE: another sales point)

Today, October 4, is World Animal Day. A day to be nice to animals of all kinds. And for us the perfect day to show you this cuddly chimpanzee. Many of the early motorists joined an automobile club and as a token of their membership they wore a chauffeur’s cap. The German toy-company Steiff took up the idea and from 1911 until 1931 they produced the Car Chimpanzee. It was 22 cm high and made of brown mohair. Because of it’s chauffeurs cap the chimpanzee soon became some sort of car mascot. This one is a reproduction also made by Steiff. (photos courtesy Steiff and Daimler AG)

Update by Harry Schley: "The Mercedes Monkey is also for sale from the Märklin Site."
Sunday, 04 October 2009 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

What is it? <br> Quiz # 260

As we are getting nearer and nearer to the big one -Hershey!- the obvious choice for today’s quiz is an American car. It’s builder was associated with a well-known Automobile Company but left as he had other plans. He thought he could do better and started out on his own. He made this powerful high-class automobile with an overhead cam four cylinder unit. Top speed was approximately 80 mph, but in spite of its its size it was quite economical. Production was halted when the factory was taken over by the government prior to America’s entry into WWI. Any idea yet what we are talking about? Then mail us the name of this car and tell us what this name stands for? How many were built (give or take a few)? And where did its builder work before? PS we are not showing you the front of this car as it would be too much of a giveaway. See Read More for the Rules and please use our Contact Form before Monday, October 5. Enjoy your weekend! (Photo source to be disclosed next week).
Saturday, 03 October 2009 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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