|1911 Knox Touring Car|
|1911 Simplex Speed Car|
|The business end of the Simplex Speed Car|
As the weather turns warm here in Arizona, I've been thinking back to the event we helped organize last September in MA. A small group of us came together to organize a casual gathering of Edwardian vehicles (in this case pre-1919). We partnered with an outdoor living history museum in central MA - Old Sturbridge Village. We invited the first 50 cars we could find and crossed our fingers that it wouldn't rain. The weather was wonderful (Honestly, it was a bit cold driving the 1909 Pierce the 30 miles over in the morning), the setting was fantastic, and I believe all who attended enjoyed the day. There are certainly a number of great tours for vehicles of this era, however there seems to be a lack of events that focus on early motoring - the history of these early cars and more broadly the birth of the automotive industry in the US. There were some truly wonderful and important cars that participated.
A couple cars to note:
1. Eric Hartz's brought his original Knox touring car manufactured right down the road in Springfield, MA.
2. Gunner Gunnerson brought his fabulous Simplex speed car - formerly in the collection of Henry Austin Clark Jr (The Long Island Auto Museum). There's a great old newspaper photo of Clark and Gary Cooper sitting in this every car.
3. Our friend Charlie brought his Pierce Arrow model 6-66 - this car was owned by Admiral Richard E Byrd, Jr. The Pierce Arrow model 6-66 was the largest (measured by displacement - 825 cubic inches) engine offered in a US production car until the 1960s.
Great event - I hope we can do it again.
|Pierce Arrow model 6-66|
|The family's 1909 Pierce Arrow|