In 1908, the Prinz Heinrich Tour, a famous German race named after Prince Heinrich of Prussia – an ardent fan of the nascent sport of motor racing, was won by a Benz. In commemoration of this, Benz produced a limited series of factory racers and called them Prinz Heinrich models. One of just 10 ever created and of fewer surviving, Bothwell's extremely rare 1908 Benz 105hp Prinz Heinrich is the genuine article and was campaigned in period and then used by Bothwell and friends in historic racing events in the renaissance of the hobby.
The 1913 Peugeot 4.5-Liter L45 is not only regarded by many as the father of all racing engines, but this specific car ran in the 1916 Indianapolis 500.
Decades later when Bothwell took the Peugeot back to Indianapolis to compete in the Veteran Class, he beat Dario Resta's 85mph lap record at over 103mph – a record that had stood for 30 years!
Tremendously historic and full of provenance, the significance of this race car cannot be overstated, particularly when one considers that it was this engine that inspired Miller, Offenhauser and a host of others. It is one of the most original and pure racing cars of this era
Looking more like a cross between an antique steam boiler and a Roman chariot, this Wing-powered rig is a minor movie star, having had a bit part in the 1995 fantasy western "Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill," starring among others Patrick Swayze and Scott Glenn. In the film Glenn plays greedy land developer J.P. Stiles, apparently an early adaptor of mechanized transportation, whose company logo is embossed on the front and rear of the sidecar.
thanks to Hollywood prop masters not much remains recognizable from the bike's stock configuration.
The Center for Automotive Research recently received an assortment of treasured antiquities from the Reid Family Foundation, which is based in Waterford, Michigan. The donation includes the complete set of the historic Automobile Quarterly publication.
George Gaudin’s family moved from Tennessee to Northern California in a covered wagon, accompanied by their livestock and almost nothing else. In his early 20s, Mr. Gaudin earned money working on his family’s lettuce farm. It was in this role that he accidentally stumbled upon what would be the world’s first commercial utilization of front-wheel drive in U.S. agriculture. One day, he realized he could get more power from his father’s Ford Model T Truck by putting the cab and bed on backward. The vehicle not only made his lettuce farming more efficient because it allowed him to get the produce to the markets quicker, but it caught the attention of Ford Motor Company.
In 1922, they approached Mr. Gaudin about his concept. The smart opportunist in Mr. Gaudin seized the moment and rather than accepting money, he spoke of his desire to become a Ford dealer and a deal was struck. The first “dealership” building was in Escalon, Calif. and opened in 1926. He moved the store several times in the next few decades to larger markets in the northern California area.
In the mid-1950s, Mr. Gaudin sold his Ford store in Salinas and moved to Newport Beach where he opened up Gaudin Ford in Buena Park, just minutes from the popular attraction, Knotsberry Farm.
In 1972, Mr. Gaudin decided to retire from active participation in the car business. He gave his sons-in-law the first right of refusal. The fork-in-the-road ultimatum resulted in the Buena Park dealership being sold to Fletcher Jones, and the Las Vegas dealership remained with his son-in-law, Don Ackerman.
Don's son got job experience working at Galpin Ford from 1974-1979
Jim McCormick of Shell, famed precision driver Rhys Millen and Mopar’s Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett will be on the Shell “Pioneering Performance” Live Stage from 5:40PM-6:40PM on Tuesday, October 31st