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“The Information Place”

Spring 2007
Volume 9 #1

Jack Robinson in his Model T giving the students something to talk about to their parents, siblings and friends when they got home. Students eagerly awaited their turn at riding in the old vehicles. Students holding up their post cards. A souvenir to be talked about.
     The fifth grade class at Sweetwater Springs Elementary School (CA) were treated to rides in vintage cars as part of their introduction to the history of industrialization in America. Members of the local Horseless Carriage Club and the Horseless Carriage Foundation turned out in their nearly one hundred year old cars for the fourth year in a row to give the kids a first hand idea of what motor travel was like for their great grandparents. Although the rides never left the school grounds, all conditions of roads - from blacktop to sand to washouts - were demonstrated. All students, with their permission slips from their parents in hand, were whisked four at a time around the grounds on what the kids and teachers alike agreed was as enjoyable as it was educational.
     Credit goes to teacher Jan Richards for working out the details for this outstanding event.
Each student was given a postcard adorned with a photo of a pre-war vehicle. These cards were furnished by the Foundation and the students were thrilled.  The Horseless Carriage Foundation supports educational activities of this sort - anytime and anywhere they are carried out.
     If we are to keep the old car hobby going forward we must get the younger generation to become active. Our newest members are usually children of an old car buff. If you have an old car for sale try to sell it to the younger generation. Sometimes, a little cut in price or letting them make time payments gets another generation interested in the hobby and in turn their children become interested and maybe their friends.
     If you are a member of a group that would like to put on a similar event, contact us and we will share with you the details necessary to organize it. ALSO, let us know the approximate number of students that will attend, and we will supply antique car post cards to ha d to the kids as souvenirs. They love them!!
Special thanks to volunteers: 
Chuck Berryman, 1914 Ford; 
Jack Robinson, 1915 Ford; 
Pete Laughon, 1913 Hudson; 
Larry Shrum, 1913 Ford Model T; and 
Dan Seeman, 1923 Ford Model T.
Chuck Berryman in his 1914 Ford Model T giving the students a thrill. It was Chuck’s birthday. We are not sure who had more fun, Chuck or the kids.
Pete Laughon in his 1913 Hudson was a popular ride. (Kids love red cars but to them they are all model Ts.)

School children are intrigued by the old machines of yesterday.
Happy faces of school children


by Tony Bowker

     On a beautiful summer day in June, four members of the San Diego Model T Ford Club took their cars to visit a school in the suburb of La Mesa. The children involved were all members of the second grade class of La Mesa-Dale Elementary school, who had just learnt about Henry Ford and his wonderful Model T. The members involved were Carolyn Lemler (1915 Speedster), Paul Foley (1927 Touring), Mac MacPherson (1915 Depot Hack) and Tony Bowker (1914 Touring). 
     After a brief introduction of the participants by Carolyn and Mac describing how his Depot Hack had once been used as a sand box, all the kids were invited to sit in each of the four cars. After the initial hesitations were overcome, the horn on each car was sounded by each child, what a beautiful noise…. At the conclusion of the visit to the four cars, each child was presented with a picture postcard of an antique automobile, courtesy of the Horseless Carriage Foundation.
     After all the kids had enjoyed the cars, Carolyn took all the adults for a brief trip around the block, while the three guys went for a well-deserved lunch break.
     The SD Club tries to perform this type of education visit at regular intervals, both to maintain our preferred tax status and to encourage both adults and children to have a sympathetic interest in all antique automobiles.
Mac MacPherson explains some of the Depot Hacks attributes.

     The Collectors Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by an independent Board of Directors designed to serve the long-term interests of collector vehicle and classic boat hobbyists.

     Hagerty conceived of such an organization as a way to assist the collector car vehicle and boat hobbies in its many efforts to preserve and encourage appreciation and respect for the artistic, technological and cultural significance of the automobile. The Foundation builds on and expands that vision to include a variety of vehicle and classic boat hobbies. The Foundation is an independent resource supported by enthusiasts who care about passing on the tools and respect for craftsmanship to the next generation, appreciate the historic development of transportation in its different modes, and want to encourage young people to get involved.
     Hagerty contributes a small portion of each Hagerty Plus membership to the Foundation, and Hagerty matches donations up to $150,000 annually. Now the Foundation must seek out other individuals and corporations who care about the future of these hobbies to build this important resource. Together we can generate significant financial muscle to preserve and enhance these hobbies and the sense of community we all enjoy through them.
For a personal conversation about the purpose or opportunities of the Collectors Foundation, contact Executive Director Bob Knechel at 231-932-6835 or e-mail
if you would prefer a call back.



Motor August 1909 Keeping the Wind Out of the Ears

     Those motorists who are bothered by the wind drumming in their ears when indulging in a little fast driving and who do not care for the helmet type of cap provided with ear rolls, such as is commonly used by race drivers, may find relief in the following manner: If a bit of rubber hose of about 3/4 inch outside diameter by 5 inches long is cut in two and at one end of each piece a slit is made with a sharp knife, the band of the goggles may be passed through these slits where they come just forward of the wearer’s ears and the piece of hose will then, as is shown in the illustration effectually prevent the wind from reaching the ears and causing the drumming sound which is so objectionable to some. The expedient has the advantage of indestructibility as well as cleanliness.

Scanning Project Summer 2007
by Tony Bowker
In October 2005, the Horseless Carriage Foundation Board of Directors made the decision to electronically scan the most used books and periodicals. The main objective was to 
preserve the documents, which were deteriorating due to handling during research requests. In April 2006, the project director recommended that the seven most used periodicals dating from 1895 to 1924 and the so-called archival antique automotive catalogs and instruction books be electronically scanned. The scanning will allow reproduction of every page in a common format and allow for electronic searching of the information. This was especially important to the research associates as most indexes are arranged for complete automobiles, while a good number of requests are for people and specific automobile parts.
     Following the purchase of the necessary basic equipment and the help of a HCFI member in setting up the equipment, one scanning person was hired and a start made on the Cycle & Auto Trade Journal. Due to the generosity of the HCFI
members and organizations such as the Collectors Foundation who donated $10,000 over two years, we were able to hire a second scanning person. We have now completed the scanning of the CATJ which comprises of over 90,000 images. Subsequently we have made significant progress on the two periodicals Horseless Age and The Automobile, with the copies up to 1907 completed.
     The backup storage uses DVDs, one for each month of each periodical. Again just as a precaution, these DVDs are stored at the home of the HCFI Executive Director.
     The resulting electronic books for the CATJ have now been completed by the library volunteers and are being used by the research associates. These books are in the commonly used ‘jpg’ format and are available on all the HCFI Library computers over a wireless network. The generation of the electronic books for the Horseless Age is underway and will be followed by The Automobile when resources allow.
     One interesting sidelight of the scanning is the use of the scanner for general research projects. When the research associate opens an archival document, it is scanned and then printed. This takes very little extra time compared to the prior method of copying on Xerox machine. However the image is now readily available for future requests. These images are stored by date, manufacturer and model to make the information very quickly accessible.
     The scanning project is moving along quite well, some technical and personnel problems have occurred, but have been systematically overcome by the library staff. Provided the project continues to receive sufficient funding, we believe it will be completed on schedule.

Automobile & Motor Review 1902
Discretion or Valor
The motorists of Boston are now concerned over a very important question; whether, after an accident is it better for a driver to put on full speed and run away, like a coward, without stopping to ascertain the possible harm done, or to stay and be mobbed? Each situation has it disadvantages.

Gifts In Memory Of:
Harry Bishop
San Diego HCCA
Jack Harrison
San Diego HCCA
Betty Ogden
George & Frances Sherman, Santa Clara Valley HCCA
Max Pottle
George & Frances Sherman
Helen “Ernie” Forbes
George & Frances Sherman
Beatrice Bussell
George & Frances Sherman
Cash Donations:
Les & Barbara Von Nordheim, Frank Jameson
Scanner Donations:
El Dorado Regional Group, Edward Duling, & Farrow Smith
Gifts in Kind
Harry Bishop, and Doug & Mary Aumack
New HCF Members:
Roy Meagell, Peter Stephens, LC “Bud” Rex, Jay Arendt,
Ben Thompson. Bernard Jacobson. And Chip Mitchell
Dr. Merl* & Joy Ledford
Philip & Joy Reed
Steve & Blanche Gordon
Paul* & Dorothy* Kettenburg
Thomas & Kris Kettenburg
George & Frances Sherman
Jack & Gail Garrison
Philip & Joy Reed
Marian Teague
Jeanne Deringer
Peggie Eccles
Bill & Loraine Cuthbert
Paul Kettenburg*
Jack & Gail Garrison
Mr. & Mrs. Ross Bewley
David & Sondra Gast
Donald & Margaret Miller



Horseless Carriage Foundation

8186 Center Street, Suite F,
La Mesa, CA 91942
PO Box 4119,
La Mesa CA 91944-4119
619-464-0301 Phone/Fax
Web site


HCFI 2007 Board of Directors
Donald Sable, OK
Vice Pres
. Greg Long, CA
Treasurer Thomas Kettenburg, CA 
Secretary Tony Bowker, CA 
Public Relations Reid Carroll, CA 

Director Jack R. Garrison, CA
David Gast, CA
Director George VanBeek, OR
Director Gordon McGregor, CA

Jack & Gail Garrison Tony Bowker
Boyd Goddard Jay Watkins
Chris Watkins David Gast
Mac McPherson Thomas & Kris Kettenburg

Newsletter Editor
Roberta Watkins, Executive Director

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