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History Saftey Hell 1901 henry race car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by porknbeaner, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,007


    Ok fellas i got this in an email from a old hot rodder friend.
    I think I have seen this before and I guess this is not truley a traditional hot rod but it is just cool and if you are at all interested in Henry Ford history you just got to check it out.

    No brakes, no seat back no seat belts or roll bars and it would go fast enough to kill you grave yard dead.

    Note the first little bit is boring as the devil but suffer through it if you can.

  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    don't think I'd wanna go 75 mph in that as hell tho. Thanks beano
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  3. And a 156 to 1 gear ratio,,holy cow!:eek: HRP
  4. Sakke
    Joined: Mar 12, 2011
    Posts: 217

    from Finland

    This was a new video for me !! Thank you so much for sharing it !!!
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  5. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,007


    It gets better man. The Tires were cotton ply bias tires.

    Didn't that chitty chitty bang bang motor cound cool?
  6. Zerk
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,419


    Great video, thank you for the link. According to what I found on a quick search:
    539ci. flat twin, 2-speed epi transmission with 1:56 high gear. With 26 horsepower, that gearing must have played an important role in the car's winning performance.

    The Winton company, it's competition, eventually became a part of GM. In later years Winton built marine and locomotive 2-cycle diesels, so may have provided the basis for GM's diesel business.
  7. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,007


    Its funny I think most of us just figue that Ford designed and built the model T and it was all roses and mint julips after that. I doubt that the average fella is aware that he had alrready failed at business at least once.

    I was not aware about the Winton/GM connection.
  8. Thanks for sharing.
  9. animal8324
    Joined: Sep 28, 2012
    Posts: 9

    from nj

    I've read alittle about sweepstakes but this was the first video i've seen of her driving. amazeing. thanks for shareing
  10. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,007


    It was quite the car when you think about it. I ran a few flat track motor cycles that didn't have any brakes, running without brakes on a dirt oval is nutz, I can't imagine running that car without them. We could throw the bioke sideways and use the friction on the tires to slow down or get against a berm, not likely you could do that in the situation that the little car was running.

    There is a lot about that car that none of us would really want to try and then again the danger makes it a little appealing.
  11. J scow
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
    Posts: 489

    J scow
    from Seattle

    That must be 1.56:1. I don't think the wheel turns 56 times for every crank rev.
  12. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 41,007


    J scow
    yes 1.56:1 still an airplane gear by any manner of the imagination. I cannot begine to fathom how that even got it rolling with those gears and those tall tires. I'll bet it took it one complete lap to get up to speed.
  13. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,310

    Model T1

    Thanks PnBeaner. I may have seen this but it was still enjoyable.
  14. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    First time I've seen the video and I enjoyed it and it goes to show that men were men back then. They had big balls.
  15. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,593

    from wyoming

    I saw that video a few days ago and really enjoyed it. I love the Brass era cars and all their innovations.
  16. wingspread7
    Joined: Mar 29, 2009
    Posts: 744


    Very informative. About 90% of that I did not know. All I knew was that he had won the race and that it helped launch FORD. Can you imagine how his parents must of thought of his escapades while living on their dime and failing in something so new in concept? I like the quote about Henry being terrified and saying "Never again!" after the race. What a life changing moment of success!

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