Locomobile Old 16 Race Car on Racetrack with Driver and Mechanic, 1906-1908

Summary

This racing car set the fastest 1906 Vanderbilt Cup lap, but finished in tenth place. In 1908, shod with improved tires, the Locomobile thundered to victory. "Old 16," as it was known afterward, was the first American car to win a major international race. In this photograph, the driver and mechanic wear protective cloth face masks, goggles, and leather helmets.

This racing car set the fastest 1906 Vanderbilt Cup lap, but finished in tenth place. In 1908, shod with improved tires, the Locomobile thundered to victory. "Old 16," as it was known afterward, was the first American car to win a major international race. In this photograph, the driver and mechanic wear protective cloth face masks, goggles, and leather helmets.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1906-1908

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

97.28.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Mounting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.625 in

Width: 8.25 in

1906 Locomobile "Old 16" Race Car

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