The first car in this group is also the oldest in the show, a 1899 Knox. Its
obvious attribute is its tricycle design with tiller steering. Notice on the right, the porcupine
engine. All those "quills" are cooling fins for the air-cooled motor. This car was listed
in the Original class but I wonder if that might have been a mistake.
The next car I selected to highlight is a 1904 Peerless. If I remember right, this car was actually
constructed from the ground up with a borrowed example for reference. Look at the underside of the
top. That is as fine an example of woodwork as can be found on any furniture I have ever seen.
Shown here are the instruments, the hand brake and pedals. The device on the firewall (or dash) I
think is the engine oil metering device. On the right is an acetelene sidelamp. The larger headlamps
are seen in the photo above.
This is a 1922 Pierce Arrow 66 Touring. It is about as fine an example of the Brass class as you can
find. I believe this car went to California last year for the owner's son's wedding, probably in a
covered trailer. The arrows on the spare tires here were custom cast by the owner/restorer (he has the
capability of making almost anything
for any old car). Rumor has it that Pierce Arrow owners everywhere want copies for their cars. Here, I just
couldn't pass up all that beautiful brass, the quad trumpets atop the spares and that wonderful bass
horn below. Also, notice the perfect reflection in the bodywork.
Next is the instruments, firewall and the backside of a sidelamp. Look at the quality of the upholstery.
Surely it would fit right into any of the finest homes today.
This is a really fine example of a 1915 Stutz Bearcat. In spite of the quality of the above Pierce Arrow,
I believe this car won Best in Class. Of course, the Stutz is a particularly significant automobile of the
early years. To the right is a closeup of its rather simple emblem. Below, I luckily caught a couple of
fellows working under the hood and was able to get a shot of its motor before they closed it.
Actually, the Pierce Arrow was owned by one of the event organizers and was not judged.
The last car I have in the Brass class is this 1913 Mercer Raceabout. There were several other notable
entries but I only have so much time and web space.
Seen just beyond it is the Peerless featured above. These cars share the same lucky owner. The Governor's
back yard is the background here.