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History 1940 Trip to Muroc

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Crookshanks, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Crookshanks
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 280


    Came across these online and would love to know if anyone knows the story. Appears to be one lucky SOB taking a trip to Muroc in 1940 in his Auburn Speedster via Route 66. This is what it's all about...

  2. Where did you find this?

    That's the most awesome thing I've seen in a while!

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  3. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,076


    Cool car!

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  4. Crookshanks
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 280


    Researching Muroc history and came upon it. There's obviously a story here. Love those bald front tires trudging thru less than comfy terrain.

  5. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 871

    from Western MA

    Way back in the day a GF's mother wasn't at all impressed when I told her I didn't change tires until the cords showed in 3 places after she had pointed out a cord showing on a front tire of my car. No humor, she would have never made it as a HAMBer's MIL.

    Auburn Speedster has remained one of my favorite designs since I saw one well over 50 years ago. Good to see pics of one being used for what it was built for, not sitting in a museum. Thanks for posting.

  6. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 531

    from auburn,IN

    makes you wonder if this car still exists...
  7. Wish there were still places to drive like that!
    Wish I could do it now!
    BTW, cars belong on the road.
    Art belongs in a museum.
  8. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,950


    You can still go out to El Mirage and the suronding area and "let 'er out" when it's dry and the SCTA is not running. You see it on many TV auto adds. Kind of a long drive from NY. Maybe you could fly to LAX and rent a car just to say you did it. Wouldn't be as cool as the Auburn. But I don't know what they have to let.
  9. Tank
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 749


    Those pics are awesome! What a car! Even in its day it was quite the car!

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