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100 years ago, Tommy Miltons Duesenberg went 150. Where is it now?UPDATE W VIDEO

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12 Apr 2020 22:08 #39926 by rdsieber
Terry:
That is a great image of a Christie. From where did you get it?
And, is that Barney Oldfield driving? Just wondering...
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13 Apr 2020 15:26 #39932 by RandyEma
Mike Yes this was straight line runs only no ovals at Daytona . And we appreciate you six feet back of your screen ,but is your mask on?. R

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13 Apr 2020 19:45 #39935 by Joel
Miltons car did catch fire on the record run, hence the scorched hood. He drove it into the ocean to save it.
With those 3 pedals, I'm assuming that 2 must be for clutches. Some land speed cars of the day did not have clutches or gear boxes, they were direct coupled from the flywheel to the axles with no means of disengagement. They just push started them and killed the motor to stop. They moved them with the drive wheels off the ground.

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13 Apr 2020 21:26 #39940 by Joel
I just found something really cool! A video of Miltons land speed car at the 1920 Indianapolis 500. Why was it there? Just to show it off and celebrate?

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13 Apr 2020 22:22 - 13 Apr 2020 22:24 #39941 by Terry Cockerell
The picture was found on the Internet in Google Images. Yes I believe the driver was Barney Oldfield. There is also Christie site where I found more amazing picture. Check out the engine details and early "Constant Velocity Joints".
The cylinders were laid back wards in order to put some weight on the rear axle, similarly with the location of the huge radiator. What a beast!

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13 Apr 2020 23:53 #39942 by JIM.OBRIEN
Terry,
I don't mean to hi-jack this thread, but this car is very interesting to the engineer/mechanic in me. I think these photos may be of two different cars, I see several different details. But also I don't see any signs of a gas tank, carb, electrical system or instruments. This must have been a beast to attempt to drive. I would love to see more details on this car.
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