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loose nut
08-31-2019, 03:43 PM
Many of you are old enough to have seen the movie "The Great Race", Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis ETC. Well I just found out that there really was a great race from New York to Paris in 1908, I thought it was just a movie. Some of you may have known this already but here is a video link below to details for others that didn't.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijeT1Nyz-v0

No Professor Doom unfortunately.:mad:

barracudajoe
08-31-2019, 07:05 PM
Years ago I saw the winning car, a Thomas Flyer, on display down in Reno, NV. I also read a book about the race, quite an ordeal considering roads were almost nonexistant in 1908. IIRC most of the cars had two sets of wheels, one set that fit RR tracks and they could install those wheels until they had to leave the tracks then reinstall the tire clad ones.

AD5MB
09-01-2019, 04:42 AM
they got serious about paving the USA during the depression. wood spoked vehicles on what were essentially wagon wheels did not need pavement. steel rims and smaller wider tires both made it necessary and made it worhtwhile.

Ridgerunner
09-01-2019, 09:44 AM
They don't make them like they used to. Oilfield Dodge (https://www.youtube.com/embed/nq2jY1trxqg?rel=0).

danlb
09-01-2019, 03:23 PM
They don't make them like they used to. Oilfield Dodge (https://www.youtube.com/embed/nq2jY1trxqg?rel=0).

You have to remember that the secret to making a film like that is to edit out the dozens of times that it got stuck and only include the 3 seconds leading up to being buried 3 foot deep in muck. What you can't tell from the movie is how badly twisted and distorted that poor car was at the end of the day.

That technique is also how you catch a lot of "miraculous stunts" on video. Out of 1000 tries you're bound to get lucky once in a while.

kendall
09-01-2019, 08:38 PM
Still impressive, Heck, look at almost any 4x4 site and you'll see vids of over built jeeps/trucks/etc that fail half of those
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loose nut
09-02-2019, 10:50 AM
You have to remember that the secret to making a film like that is to edit out the dozens of times that it got stuck and only include the 3 seconds leading up to being buried 3 foot deep in muck. What you can't tell from the movie is how badly twisted and distorted that poor car was at the end of the day.

That technique is also how you catch a lot of "miraculous stunts" on video. Out of 1000 tries you're bound to get lucky once in a while.

Just imagine how many cool cars where destroyed so "the General Lee" could make numerous jumps over fallen down bridges. The producers should have been arrested and tried by a jury of street rodders.

AD5MB
09-02-2019, 11:49 AM
Just imagine how many cool cars where destroyed so "the General Lee" could make numerous jumps over fallen down bridges. The producers should have been arrested and tried by a jury of street rodders.


each jump practically destroyed the car, ripping the engine mounts, bending the chassis, and ruining the suspension. At first, the studio bought replacement cars from nearby used car lots (where the original was found). However, they quickly bought and crashed every 1969 Dodge Charger in the region. Eventually, a special studio shop was built that cranked out General Lees, along with the other various vehicles driven and crashed in the show. Over 150 General Lees were produced, along with 500 other cars, mostly police cars. from https://auto.howstuffworks.com/general-lee3.htm

The recent Green Hornet pretty much cleaned out all surviving 66 Chrysler Crown Imperials, except for the collection owned by one old guy who will not sell any: https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a6491/behind-the-scenes-in-the-green-hornets-garage/

a local guy has many fascinating old cars. he rented them out for a movie, once. now he will never work with movie jerks again for any amount, ever. arrogant, conceited, rude, demanding, demeaning jerks all around.

OaklandGB
09-07-2019, 07:06 PM
Good old humor, similar to "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines". Great fun to watch.

loose nut
09-08-2019, 03:22 PM
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Those Jaunty Young Men in the their Jaunty Jalopies

Those Fantastic Flying Fools

They don't make descent comedy movies like those anymore, producers prefer cheap and stupid over funny.

bob308
09-08-2019, 04:03 PM
I thik the 1908 race was mentioned in the credits. professor fates car was powered by a corvair..