Stanley Register Online Some of my favorite shots

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These are just some Stanley pictures that I happen to particularly enjoy.
No particular order;  there does seem to be a theme of cars that are running or about to go.

image source - The Steam Automobile, Vol 2 #3

J. K. Holmes takes an axe to his Model 730 #17577 in this 1950s photo.
It's the 2nd of two pictures, captioned respectively:
"There are days like this in our 1917 Stanley... And then there are days like this!"

image source - eBay

I just love this shot.  The grandfather of someone named Rhodes is enjoying his 1906 or '07 EX, somewhere in Pennsylvania.
It looks like it's between the wars, late '30s, maybe.  Note the Lincoln greyhound hood ornament.
The car is already an antique, but very well cared for, and may be on its way to a local parade.
I don't know if this car has survived.

image source - David Lee Tiller

This is one of my all-time top two.  
Brent Campbell is driving his ex-Ray Stanley 30hp special roadster #6052, outside of Saratoga Springs, NY, the way he likes to drive it.
I had the privilege of a ride in this car at about the same time and the same spot.  
70 mph without breathing hard - worlds beyond other Stanleys I have driven or ridden in.

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Here's Jim Keith in his 1911 Model 71 #5781.
A great guy who restored a car with a great history stretching back to James Melton and the Packard Brothers.

image source - Horseless Carriage Gazette, Jan-Feb 1957

The man in the picture, Loyal Auburn Rear, of southern California, wrote a short article about his experiences with his 1917 roadster.
He spoke in glowing terms of the performance of the unusual boiler in the picture, which was designed by Walter B. Kerrick.
Kerrick filed for a patent in 1921 on an automotive steam powerplant, although it seems different in several respects from what is pictured here.
Some time later, he also developed and patented the design for the steam jenny, still sold today by the successor to the assignee of his patent,
    and still sold under his name today in New Zealand.
I have been unable to trace this car to the present day, and have found no other information about Kerrick's automotive boiler.

image source - personal collection

I was fortunate to acquire this original print through eBay.
Another print of the same image appears in Kit Foster's book The Stanley Steamer.
It's a wonderful period shot af a family rightfully proud of their Model G.
The car itself was vanishingly rare, a coffin-nosed car with a center tiller, and probably one of the peppiest road cars available.

image source - eBay

Paul Tusek powers around the Pardon hairpin at Prescott in H5 #3719 during the 1954 Anglo-American Rally.
The only steam car in the rally, it won this hill-climbing contest, although it was out of commission before the rally ended..
It was still carrying James Melton's cream-and-brown paint scheme.

image source - personal collection

Can't resist the temptation to include my own car, which carries #6850.
Here's a great shot taken in 1973 at an antique car show in Hagerstown, MD, with proud builder Foster Blickenstaff alongside.

image source - personal collection

Zacheus Cande's pipe and car #998 puff steadily up a hill on the 1963 Glidden Tour,
    apparently unconcerned by the whining low-gear monster behind him or the long line of cars accumulating.

image source -  Road and Track, Oct. 1982

Here's my other all-time favorite.
This is a magnificently-posed shot of a beautifully-proportioned car, 1911 Model 62 #5967.
This car has a terrific history, appearing in several movies including The Great Race, where it was driven under steam by Natalie Wood.
At the time of the photograph, it was owned by longtime San Francisco Chronicle editor W. Scott Newhall.
The screen does not do justice to this superb 2-page centerspread photo.

image source - eBay

You just don't often see an EX next to a crocodile and a man holding a club.
Mr. & Mrs. Geo. E. Rogers, of Brookline, Mass, arrived in Daytona in December of 1906 to spend the winter season.
This may have been the George E. Rogers who was an officer in the Millers Falls Tool Company in Greenfield, Mass.
Fred Marriott's horrendous crash had just occurred about three weeks prior to this shot, and just a few miles up the road.
One wonders if Mr. & Mrs. Rogers and their EX were there that day.

image source - Antique Automobile, Dec. 1951

1913 Model 65 #7204 participated in a race with a 1911 Stoddard-Dayton, from Chicago to New York, in the fall of 1951.
The race was nationally publicized, and the "steam vs. gas" rivalry was played to the hilt.
One memorable moment was the taking on of water from a helicopter.
Several images exist of this operation, but this one gives the strongest appearance that the car was moving at the time.  (It probably wasn't.)
I often recall this picture when I'm on a tour and the next water stop is further away than I'd like.

image source - The Steam Automobile, Vol 11 #1

Harry Peterson designed a water tube boiler and gun-fired burner which re-powered quite a few Stanleys in the '50s and '60s.
For his day job at the time of this photo, probably in the early '50s, Peterson was a detective on the Detroit police force..
For reasons unknown, he dressed as a clown to participate in a Police Field Day with his 1916 Model 725.
While the Wayne University band played "Cruising Down the River,"
    Peterson drove around the field supplying 40-45 cycle notes from this incredible whistle, taken from a lake freight ship..
The whereabouts of this car today are unknown.

image source - Steam Car Club of Great Britain

Mark Drake bests a picturesque English hill while testing his beautiful Model 740E #22327.
This car suffered a number of mechanical indignities over the years, which Mark has corrected with thoroughly satisfactory results..
It participated in the 2011 Prescott hill climb - some nice action photos are here.


Stanley Steamer steam car