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Jul 20 2017 Howard Kroplick 8:36 PM

From Penny Harvard 7/15/2017

Mystery photo 28 is louis chevrolet. 
P havard

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 20 2017 Gene Perry 7:21 PM

I was always curious about the 1st toll booth location for the motor parkway in Fresh Medows.I walk the motor parkway 3-4 times a week.Thanks for this excellent information.Mystery solved!

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Jul 19 2017 Tom 7:25 PM

Mesmerizing group of pictures, makes you look closely for details.

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 19 2017 Brian D McCarthy 2:11 PM

Great as these images are, it’s rare that a road,street name etc. is within the image’s description on the Detroit site. Being that some of the image’s here display the NEGATIVE NUMBER, I looked them up via ADVANCED SEARCH. Under FIELD, choose “Negative Number (full word). Type in the image’s negative#, then click search. It’ll pop up. If you type in….Tours-New York-Economy Contest-1909 using regular search, a whole lot more image’s spring up. You could narrow the search by choosing….National Automotive History Collection (Dept), then Lazarnick (Collection). !00 pages at a time is my limit with the Detroit site. Anymore than that I’m falling asleep in the swivel chair.

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 18 2017 Chris 12:56 PM

Regarding the Polaris pictures, concrete by sump at field 2, that is not pavement.
If you notice, the fencing posts are in the concrete. Typically, fence posts around a sump (recharge basin) are cast in a concrete curbing. That is what you are seeing, a concrete curb for the fence.

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Jul 17 2017 Howard Kroplick 10:01 PM

From James Ryan:

I didn’t find out the year or the names, but I did find this answer below to the photo.
The Buick team on the test track at the Buick factory in Flint, Michigan.
Jim Ryan LIBC

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 17 2017 Howard Kroplick 9:58 PM

From Marc Alssid:

Wow this looks like a tough one!

At first glance, I would say the driver behind the wheel is Louis Chevrolet from the Buick Racing Team. The car looks very similar to a 1910 Buick Model 16 Roadster, and the background looks very much like the factory in Flint, MI (but is probably somewhere on Long Island). I’ll have to look thorough some books tomorrow!
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See following link: http://winfield.50megs.com/GrossePointe.htm
According to the caption, the photo was from around 1908. I was close, the car is a Model 16 Buick that had been modified for racing.
Caption also states that the only ones identified so far are Louis Strang, seated on the car in front of the rear tire. Walter l. Marr (5th from right) Buick’s first engineer. W.W. Brown (4th from left, front row), Joseph R. Common (9th from left with wide brim hat), Glenn Breed (standing at far right) who were all team mechanicans. Bob Burman (seated in the car nearest the camera) and Louis Chevrolet (seated in the car beside Burman).
The photo was taken at the Buick Factory in Flint.

We Buick guys don’t quit!
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I sent you some photos from my phone earlier with pictures of the Buick-Marquette from the book The Buick, a Complete History by Terry Dunham and Lawrence Gustin.

Below in an excerpt from the GM Heritage website on the history of Louis Chevrolet (gmheritagecenter.com)


On March 5th 1909, Louis and his brother Arthur were hired by Buick to
join the Buick Race Team. During the last 2 years of the Vanderbilt Cup
Race on Long Island, Louis drove his famous (1909) Buick Marquettes
clocking the fastest laps of the race and nearly won the 1910 race, only
to give the lead away to Harry Grant due to front suspension failure.
The Franco-Swiss driver managed to beat fate and suffered many injuries
from the Vanderbilt crashes. Louis went on to race and win the Harkness
Gold Trophy in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in 1917. Louis averaged 110mph
during the 100 mile race, which was absolutely flying in the early hand
built cars. In this race he had beaten some of the best drivers back in
the day. Prior to this race, Louis had prominent victories at Cincinnati
and Chicago tracks.

I hope this information is helpful.

 

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 17 2017 Howard Kroplick 8:17 PM

From Steven V.:

Interesting to see the Art Student League mentioned in your journal. I’m a former Mens vice president, former board member and life member of that wonderful old institution that helped mold artists from Jackson Pollock abstract expressionist to realist Norman Rockwell at the opposite end of artistic spectrum.

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Jul 17 2017 Tim Ivers 3:42 PM

The clue was the distinct driver, Louis Chevrolet.
This was the Buick team at the Flint MI plant in 1910.

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 17 2017 Michael LaBarbera 9:19 AM

A “then and now” for those pictures would be fantastic. Anything left unknown would make a great mystery photo.

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 17 2017 Art Kleiner 7:04 AM

I believe the drivers are Louis Chevrolet, Arthur Chevrolet and Bob Burman, all members of the 1910 Buick Racing Team.  I’m basing this on photos showing the building in the background being the Buick auto plant in Flint MI (possibly Plant #14).

Car could be the Marquette- Buick which ran in the race.

I would say photo taken around 1910 when the Chevrolets were part of the Buick Racing Team and the plant having been erected. 

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 16 2017 Dave Russo 9:27 PM

Completely agree Steve.

Would love to know where these locations are and do “then and now” at these locations.

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 16 2017 Steve Lucas 9:06 PM

I believe we’re looking at a group photo of the Buick Factory Racing Team taken on the test track at the factory in Flint, Michigan. V. C. R. drivers include: Bob Burman, in the driver’s seat (1910, 1911, 1915 V. C. races & 1908 Motor Pkwy sweepstakes); next to Burman is Louis Chevrolet (1905, 1908, 1909, 1910 V. C. races); and Lewis Strang, seated on car just in front of left rear wheel (1908, 1909 V.C. races & 1908 Motor Pkwy sweepstakes). Other members of the team are: Walter L. Marr (5th from right); W.W. Brown (4th from left, front row); Joseph R. Common (9th from left with wide brim hat); Glenn Breed (standing at far right). The car is a Marquette-Buick model 16 which I believe participated in (among others) the 1909 Prest-O-Lite trophy race (won by Burman), the 1909 Cobe Trophy race (won by Chevrolet), and the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup. Based on the race participation, the photo was probably taken in 1909 or possibly 1908.

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 16 2017 Robert Luttgen 3:13 PM

Thank you Howard for ensuring that Peter Helck’s contribution to art continues to flourish.  Hopefully this scholarship will help to introduce young artists to the timeless beauty of Peter’s work, and genius.  Those automobile enthusiasts new to Peter Helck should pick up a copy of his book, The Checkered Flag.  Easily available on Amazon.

Robert Luttgen

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Jul 16 2017 Roger Price 2:59 PM

Howard,
Thanks for those fantastic shots of the Franklin in motion.  Considering the era, the photography is great.
Roger

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 16 2017 Greg O. 2:04 PM

-Identify the drivers
-Identify the other members in the racing team

The Buick factory race team.
Louis Strang (seated on the car in front of the rear tire); Walter L. Marr (fifth from right) who was Buick’s first engineer; W. W. Brown (fourth from left on the front row), Joseph R. Common (ninth from left with wide brim hat) and Glenn Breed (standing at far right) were all team mechanicans; Bob Burman (seated in car nearest the camera); and Louis Chevrolet (seated in the car beside Burman)

-Identify the race car and the races in which it participated
-Where and when was the photo taken? Provide a rationale.

1908 at the Buick factory and test track in Flint, Michigan.
The car is the Model 16 Buick #10 that had been modified for racing.  The car had been constructed as one of the team’s few “Marquette-Buicks” in 1908 and began its record setting racing career in January of 1909.  It was retired from service in 1923 and became a part of the collection at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in 1964.

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Jul 16 2017 Bob Thomas 1:37 PM

Extremely well done. Pencil, I assume, was the medium. Actually, I think it is one of the more difficult mediums to work with but it can be very precise.

From Art Student Jennifer Siplia Awarded the First Peter Helck Scholarship in Realism

Jul 16 2017 LMK 8:23 AM

Enjoyed these photos….

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

Jul 13 2017 Brian D McCarthy 10:41 PM

Almost 36 miles on a gallon of gas. That’s impressive. I’ve been viewing images of all these Reliability, Economy, and Efficiency Contests on the DPL site. All the auto manufacturers wanted to put their vehicles to the test. Interesting and fun time in automotive history.

From A Tour of Long Island Roads During the 1909 One-Gallon Efficiency Test

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