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xoxoxoBruce 04-04-2015 05:47 PM

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Wonder what year that was, because in 1930, after having this picture taken with Vice-President Curtis, this thing got the driver arrested.

The Washington Post -- May 17, 1930
Albert E. Lentz, of 501 Twelfth street northwest, will be tried in Police Court next Thursday on charges of using a motor vehicle for advertising purposes and of driving an automobile with view obstructed.
The latter charge was placed against the man after traffic officials had inspected the vehicle, a locomotive on an automobile chassis, at the Traffic Bureau. The vehicle, which is used to advertise the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Grand Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley, was driven to the Police Court Building and was inspected by Judge Isaac R. Hitt before the case was continued.
Lentz was arrested yesterday morning on Madison Place Northwest by Sergt. Milton D. Smith and Policeman J.R. LeFoe, both of the Traffic Bureau.

Gravdigr 04-05-2015 03:12 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 925288)
Wonder what year that was...


This well know trackless train was built by Harry O. Magee of the H. O. McGee Manufac-turing Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1924. It was first built to promote a new auto painting company (called Lykglas) that had some 250 outlets. McGee built some sixteen trains of varying designs all of which were powered by gasoline engines. The “steam” was provided by a system that dripped oil onto the exhaust manifold which along with some clever additional engineering, cut the smoke into individual puffs by using revolving blades located in the smokestack...

...In 1925 he sold the locomotive pictured here to Metro Goldwyn, who used it to promote their motion pictures, first on a trip around the U. S. and Canada. Afterwards it was then shipped to Europe and it also visited Great Britain, the tour then went on to include South America and Australia.
From TheOldMotor

Gravdigr 04-05-2015 03:14 PM

Arrested for an equipment violation...Man, they were strict.

xoxoxoBruce 04-05-2015 04:48 PM

I can see them being unhappy with the visibility issue but he was originally busted for using an automobile for advertising, and that blows my mind. :shock:

xoxoxoBruce 04-06-2015 10:59 PM

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glatt 04-07-2015 09:15 AM

I love it! What a beautifully ridiculous feat of engineering. I want to see it in action. With dual wheels on each corner, does that mean it's all wheel drive? Or is it just for the weight? I'd expect the weak link in propulsion would be the connection between rubber and road. With that much power "under" the hood.

BigV 04-07-2015 10:43 AM

I've heard those Allisons in person. They've been used, in the past for racing and now for vintage, "Thunderboats". I don't think I've ever heard anything louder. The thunder from a nearby lightning strike maybe (probably where the name came from, durrr), but that's just for an instant. These boats were continuously loud, really fucking dangerously harmfully loud. Pure awesome.

xoxoxoBruce 04-08-2015 11:29 PM

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Speaking of big engines...

xoxoxoBruce 04-10-2015 12:20 AM

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Here a couch, there a couch, everywhere a car couch.

Gravdigr 04-10-2015 02:02 PM

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glatt 04-10-2015 02:32 PM

I want to see what the price tag was for that repair.

Gravdigr 04-10-2015 02:33 PM

<15,000 miles, I'm thinking hoping warranty work.

xoxoxoBruce 04-10-2015 03:14 PM

Warranty wouldn't cover something clearly the customer's fault.

BigV 04-10-2015 05:58 PM


50 thousand dollar car defeated by a five dollar toy.


xoxoxoBruce 04-11-2015 01:55 AM

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