Algonquin Hill Climb Trophy Won by Frank Kulick Driving a Ford, 1912

Summary

Hill climbing contests combine steep grades, hairpin turns, and dangerous drops for some of the most challenging races in motorsport. Early competitions not only tested the driver's skills but showcased the practical performance of the automobile. At the 1912 Algonquin Hill Climb Frank Kulick -- driving a stripped down Model T for the Ford Motor Company -- broke multiple course records and won several trophies.

Hill climbing contests combine steep grades, hairpin turns, and dangerous drops for some of the most challenging races in motorsport. Early competitions not only tested the driver's skills but showcased the practical performance of the automobile. At the 1912 Algonquin Hill Climb Frank Kulick -- driving a stripped down Model T for the Ford Motor Company -- broke multiple course records and won several trophies.

Artifact

Trophy (Object)

Date Made

1912

Subject Date

20 June 1912

Creators

Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Wallingford 

Creator Notes

Manufactured and plated by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

00.136.343

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Plate (Material)
Wood (Plant material)

Technique

Plating (Metal coating)

Color

Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10.625 in  (including handles)

Width: 10.5 in  (including handles)

Diameter: 6.75 in  (mouth)

Diameter: 5.75 in  (base)

Inscriptions

Stamped on bottom: MANUFACTURED AND PLATED / BY / SIMPSON / HALL MILLER / & CO / U.S.A. / 3525 Scratched on bottom: M.C. Upper raised relief: image of 2 cars racing, each with a driver and mechanic Engraved on mid/lower front: ALGONQUIN HILL CLIMB / JUNE 20TH 1912 / CLASS E. / WON BY / FORD SPECIAL / FORD MOTOR CO.

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