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Little House on the Prairie

This old diner sits in a Colorado park we visited.

In an earlier blog I wrote about our recent trip to Colorado to get things moving on a Coleman Four Wheel Drive truck book. Buck Kamphausen grew up in Littleton, Colo., where these trucks were made and has become a … More »

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Ramblin’ Man

Chet Krause’s little Rambler.

  I feel like a Ramblin’ Man lately. I’ve been driving or flying all over the country and it seems like every time I turn around, there is a Rambler within sight. It started late in April (when you’re traveling … More »

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The Colemans Commeth

  In 1916, Harleigh Holmes patented his designs for front-wheel and four-wheel drive systems and founded Holmes Motor Co. in Littleton, Colo., to build four-wheel-drive trucks. In April 1921, following a heavy snowstorm, Holmes rescued a man from Creek Canyon … More »

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Nash-ional News: Save the Car in the Woods

This is the Nash chassis and running gear at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

  Every time I go to the “Kissel Museum” in Hartford, Wis., the place gets better and seems to have something new added to its name. It’s called the Wisconsin Automobile Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com). It was also known as Hartford Heritage. … More »

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Six-wheel six with four doors

This 1923 Hispano Suiza has four doors and four rear wheels. It is part of Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation.

  Here’s a four-door car that would cause quite a stir if it came to Iola 2014 (www.iolaoldcarshow.com) as a part of this year’s “Four for All in ‘14” theme exhibit. This 1923 Hispano Suiza H5A Victoria Town car has … More »

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Denver Mint

The Forneys began the car collection in 1956 with the acquisition of this 1921 Kissel Sport Touring car, which is now the focus of a drive to raise funds to restore the car.

A mint is a place where they make treasure. The Forney Museum of Transportation (www.ForneyMuseum.org) in Denver, Colo., is a treasure trove of transportation history. It started as an antique car museum, but today you will find an amazing collection … More »

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WSAH joins “Wheels” to video Gene Grengs

Proof that automotive history can be fun is the big smiles on everyone attending the WSAH annual meeting at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for us. It started with a visit to the Wisconsin Automobile Museum in Hartford, Wis., where we dropped in on the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians. The big … More »

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Lincoln Mark exhibit open at Forney Museum

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  The Forney Transportation Museum (www.forneymuseum.org) is a one-of-a-kind collection with over 500 artifacts and vehicles related to transportation history. The museum began with antique cars, but expanded to include transport of all kinds. Some of these are familiar, while … More »

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Painting a car

Mr. Thomas of New York painting his car with a brush in 1920.

Painting a car has always been an important part of automobile manufacturing. Once the industry learned how to mass-produce vehicles, factories could crank them out by the thousands. It got to the point where it took less time to make … More »

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Maxwell Smarts

John Kelsey and his wife Jan in the 1914 Stutz Bearcat at the Milwaukee Masterpiece (www.milwaukeemasterpiece.com) in 1912.

Paul Kelsey bought his first old car in 1928. He lived in Peterson, Iowa, at the time and attended a car auction in the town square. “I made a bid for this old Maxwell and darned if it wasn’t knocked … More »

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