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MORE HISTORIC GEARHEAD AMERICANA: BARNEY OLDFIELD, CLASSIC TRUCKERS, PRE HISTORIC INDY RACERS, AND MORE!


MORE HISTORIC GEARHEAD AMERICANA: BARNEY OLDFIELD, CLASSIC TRUCKERS, PRE HISTORIC INDY RACERS, AND MORE!

Lots of people don’t know it but there is an absolutely digital archive at the Library of Congress. It has become kind of a weird hobby of mine to troll it for neat old photos to show you all.  Today we’re looking at famous early racers like Barney Oldfield and Rene Thomas who won the 1914 Indy 500 in a Delage. There’s also some great photos of classic cars and trucks along with some, uhhh, interesting snow removal equipment for both the train tracks and city streets. It must have been awesome to have been an inventor or engineer in the age that had no real “rules” regarding what stuff was supposed to look like or how it was supposed to work. Today we’re slaves to convention and back then, there was no “right” way.

These photos all caption some awesome moments in time that tell the tale of America in the “old days” where men were men and everything as dangerous as hell. There are Army trucks, old race cars, and just plain neat stuff down here. The 50-gallon drum serving as a “permanent” gas tank would probably not pass muster today but back then it was the big time stu

PRESS BELOW TO SEE PHOTOS FROM ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE TIMES IN OUR HISTORY –

Army trucks in a line

A Brockway car in Washington

Coffee truck

Rompin' through the swamp!

Big dump truck

Ford trucks heading to Hoover Dam

Looks safe to me

Indy racing circa 1910

Mattress Truck

Barney Oldfield

Oldfield racing plane

Sleepy trucker

Weird train snow plow

Big locomotive plow

Ford built snow plows for Detroit streets

Bitchin' truck at Texaco station

Rene Thomas in a 1914 Delage that won the Indy 500

Weirdo flatbed truck

 


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