Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AUTOS: Another relatively unknown Car gets its 15-minutes 'O Fame in Monterey...



Naturally, being a "Car Guy," one of my frequented reads is the New York Times Automobile section each 'N every Sunday morning...

Alas, a few weeks ago I enjoyed reading the stories about another unheard of automobile for Mwah, this being the totally unknown Ruxton, a forbearer of  today's dominance of Front Wheel Drive vehicles on the road, to which one of the stories claims is 7-of-10 cars today.

And although I have NO idea if there was any inspiration from the Indianapolis 500 Front Wheel Drive Miller's, which appeared at Mother Speedway in 1925, with victories at the very least coming three years on-the-trot in the late 1940's for another long lost vehicle which I laboriously chronicled in;


Nevertheless, the Ruxton design clamed it was America's first front wheel drive production vehicle in 1929, and was followed closely on the heels by the much more mass produced Cord L-29 before both vehicles faded into obscurity...


As interestingly, the Ruxton car company had a far more colourful history than its competitor, Cord, as "Wall Street Raider" Archie M. Andrews led a most wicked life, while William J. Muller was simply the engineering brains  behind the operation, which ironically; SHUHZAMM! Both happened to be involved in the Hup Motor Company's demise...


As thy Karmic-whip snaps at Mwah, or is that My 'Gee-tar quietly weeping? Since upon my latest visit to my most favourite  Tacoma haunt, thee LeMay America's Car Museum, Tacoma Bureau Chief Mary Ellen had pronounced her affinity for two of the museum's Hupmobiles! Which I scribbled 'bout in;


Yet back to this front wheel drive ingenuity, as unlike the Miller's and Blue  Crown racecars, whose front wheels apparently were only required to turn in one direction, as Y'all know "4-lefts makes a Circle, right! As presumably this practice occurred with the latter Blue Crown's? It's interesting to note how far advanced the Ruxton's front wheel drive was, needing to be able to not only turn left 'N right, but absorb the myriad of bumps and potholes found on common roadways!


Thus it's amazing that an unheard of 15 of the remaining 19 Ruxton's, from a production of 96 will gather upon the pristine Pebble Beach golf lawns during this year's (Pebble Beach) Concours de Elegance, which if Y'all can afford the staggering entry fee, is definitely worth I-T! As obviously, I'd much rather be gallivanting 'round the seaside burbs 'O Monterey, Carmel, 17-mile Drive, etc right now...

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