Oct 05 2019

VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Engines of the 1906 American Elimination Trial Racers

In another VanderbiltCupRaces.com exclusive, below are never-before-published photos of the engines for several racers that were entered in the 1906  American Elimination Trial. The photos were formerly from the Don C. Boulton Collection.


Howard Kroplick

#1 Oldsmobile

Finished 10th

#2 Pope Toldeo

Finished 4th but disqualified for being towed to restart

#3 Matheson

Finished 11th

#5 Maxwell

Did not appear due to damaged crankcase prior to the race.

#8 Frayer

Finished 12th

#12 Locomobile

Finished 1st. Ran as Old 16 winning the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Oct 06 2019 Gary Hammond 8:08 AM

These are GREAT!!!  How different and complex each of these engines are - all trying to solve the same problem - Power & Speed!

Oct 06 2019 Walt Gosden 9:42 AM

One Frayer - Miller air cooled car exists. It is a touring car and used to appear regularly at the Franklin Club annual meets in Syracuse, NY back in the 1960s. It was a touring car and was well restored for that era ( 1960s) , the owner Lived in Valhalla, NY and it was later sold to the Harrah Collection. I remember riding around in it in downtown Syracuse! I am not sure if the car is still part of the Harrah collection, since they did have several auctions of cars after Bill Harrah passed away. Bill Harrah was a great guy and good friend and I still have some of the Christmas cards from him that we used to exchange every year.

Oct 06 2019 Randy Reed 12:52 PM

Great photos of much technical interest. No cookie-cutter engines like in so much of today’s racing. They were proud of their achievements and not afraid to let others see what they had accomplished. Innovation in today’s racing engines has been stifled to a great extent by the rule-makers. One glaring exception is the push rod engine built for Indy by Rodger Penske. Even that one was the result of the rule-makers who quickly closed that loophole.

Oct 06 2019 S. Berliner, III 10:49 PM

That #5 Maxwell engine has me sorely puzzled - EIGHT exceedingly-short cylinders in line!  Oversquare to the nth degree?  Can anyone tell me, or point me, to more, please?  Sam, III

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