The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 27, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SS-The scheme has gone from somewhat ugly to really ugly in a hurry. The designs are all wrong, the colors don’t work, and the whole car looks as though it was designed by second grades. F

Clint Bowyer #15 Aaron’s Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Greg Biffle #16 Roush Performance Ford Fusion-This new scheme keeps the great color scheme of last years’ but with a brand new design that is as bold, but nowhere near as bad. The design and color scheme work very well, and earn an A+.

Paul Menard #27 Valvoline/Menard’s Chevy SS-Another instance where the color scheme and template just don’t work. The old Menard’s Template with the hood design carrying the front sponsor was quite good, but with Valvoline, the car just looks bad, and it just doesn’t work. F

Landon Cassill #38 FR8 Auctions Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Matt DiBendetto #83 Sewanee University Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, but the blue designs on the side are pointless, and make the car look cluttered. If those designs were removed, I would give it an A, but the best I can give this design is a B+.

Cole Whitt #98 Tweaker Energy Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Gripping the Wheel With James Buescher

bueschergloves-1By David G. Firestone

While I like to analyze driver suits, as you all know, I like collecting and analyzing many other kinds of racing memorabilia, and uniform items. I’m not discriminatory on which series I collect, and I’ll take a chance with anything. This pair of James Buescher race-used and signed gloves are an example of one of those items.

Buescher is the 2012 Camping World Truck Series Champion, who has won 6 races in his career. He’s transitioned to the Xfinity Series as well. He won the 2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, which was notable for Danica Patrick wining the pole, and the huge wreck on the last lap. Those successes, along with some success in the ARCA Racing Series, means he will be in the Sprint Cup within the next few years. These are a pair of his race-used gloves.bueschergloves-1 bueschergloves2It’s not easy to figure out when these gloves were used, but a little video research can go a long way. Based on my research, I can safely say that these gloves were used before 2011, possibly after, as video footage and photograph research clearly show Buescher wearing this style of gloves in 2010, but switching to a different design in 2011. I’ll give Buescher credit where credit is due, he was really good with glove color matching sponsors. Since there are a number of sponsors using this color scheme, it doesn’t seem too far fetched that they were used post-2010.

The gloves themselves are a pair of Simpson Competitor gloves, size Large. The gloves are in great condition. They both meet SFI 3.3/5 Requirements, which will protect Buescher from 2nd degree burns for 10 seconds. They are black, with yellow accents.bueschergloves-3 bueschergloves-7 The grips on the palms are yellow, and have Simpson logos on them.bueschergloves-6 bueschergloves-10

The hems have SFI Certification as well as size tags.bueschergloves-5 bueschergloves-9Buescher has signed both gloves, with the inscription “31.”bueschergloves-4 bueschergloves-8James Buescher, along with his older brother Chris are both NASCAR champions. Next week, we’ll look at a series of memorabilia from another group of championship winning brothers…

The Driver Suit Blog-Throwback Thursday-Bob Howard-1987

By David G. Firestone

Bob Howard tried to make the 1987 Winston Western 500 in this 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

While Kodak has my favorite shade of yellow, Pennzoil has a good shade of yellow too. Bright, but not too bright, it works very well as a base color. The red numbers work well on the yellow background. The rear logo cuts off around the wheel well, and I really don’t like that.

I noticed at the front of the car that the contingency decals start by the number, and appear to be in good order, and they seem to get more and more clumsily applied toward the front. I don’t understand why the team didn’t move some towards the back, where there is a lot of empty space. It would look just as good. I also hate Oldsmobile, in terms of NASCAR, because their cars just don’t look good.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-February 24, 2016

By David G. Firestone

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, blue top, reverse wave formation across sides, white bottom, with silver accents. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, main design has been moved slightly to the rear. 150’th anniversary logo added to hood.B+

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red and yellow front with a spike transition to rear. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonalds/Cessna Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red and blue amalgamation of McDonald’s and Cessna. B-

Jamie McMurray #1 Credit One Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue, purple and white, with a series of designs across whole car. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionSame basic scheme as 2015, but Miller has been removed from hood, similar 2014. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, same as #22 Auto Trader. D-

Brad Keselowski #2 SKF Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, similar to 2015 scheme, but fits to Penske Template. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSSame basic scheme, but the hood logo is slightly larger. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios Chevy SSNo change. A+

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNo change. A-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, designed around a Busch throwback can. A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, designed around a Busch Light can. A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy John’s Chevy SSNo change. A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, mountain design starts near brake duct, instead of at front of car. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Ditech Chevy SSNo change. A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSNo Change. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change. D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, geometrical designs on side changed. C

Kasey Kahne #5 Panasonic Toughbook Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue fade to black, with a couple of wave stripes, and some fade designs on side. A+

Kasey Kahne #5 Quicken Loans Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red with hockey stick designs on sides, as well as geometrical designs on front and back. C+

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #16

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, white with blue line and checkered flag on bottom. A+

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Alex Bowman #7 Road Rippers Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, shark motif on front, fades to fire motif and logo on back. F

Regan Smith #7 Golden Corral/Niko Toy State Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, amalgamation of Golden Corral and Niko Toy State. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue with white lettering on sides, white and black stripe across hood and roof. A+

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, white front, red TaxAct X logo, gray back. A+

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Pride Pumpkin Spice Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same basic scheme as Nature’s Pride, but with orange and red color scheme, and some slight redesigns on the side. A+

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, Bass Pro Shops has left, so the Mobil 1 scheme features a white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A+

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, similar to Clint Bowyer’s template, but with a Post-It esque design. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Casey Mears #13 Geico Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, much more subdued version of the 2015 scheme. A+

Casey Mears #13 Geico Millitary Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black with camo motif across car. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1 Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, the Mobil 1 scheme features a white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A+

Tony Stewart #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSlight redesign, removal of Bass Pro Shops logo, cleaner rear end of the car. A+

Tony Stewart #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSlight redesign, removal of Bass Pro Shops logo, cleaner rear end of the car. A+

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSNo Change. C+

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #15

Clint Bowyer #15 Five-Hour Energy Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, the front stripe has been moved up to the top of the side, and the roof matches with the design. A+

Clint Bowyer #15 Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, Blue with white geometrical designs on side. A+

Clint Bowyer #15 Visine Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as 5-Hour Energy, but with black, white, and blue color scheme. B+

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #16

Greg Bffle #16 Cheez-its Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, stripe has been extended down tot he bottom of the car, some slight rearangment of the crackers on the side of the car. A+

Greg Biffle #16 KFC Nashville Hot Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, all red with fire designs on quarter panel, and KFC stripes on roof. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Kleen Performance Products Ford FusionNo Change. B+

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNo Change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2015, stripes are wider, black stripe on bottom gone. F

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo Change. A+

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, similar to 2014 scheme, but with vintage characters to celebrate M&M’s 75th anniversary. A+

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, vintage look with vintage characters, yellow, with brown letters. A+

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, logos are bigger, outlines are bolder. A

Carl Edwards #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, green replaces black, box motif replaces stripe motif. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 Dollar General Toytota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, black stripe across bottom now gone. A+

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt USA Toyota CamryNo Change. A+

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo Change. A+

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Joey Logano #22 AAA of Southern California Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all yellow, with some lighter yellow geometrical designs across car. A+

BK RACING #23

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, white hood, different designs on sides. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue with white stripes across side which start at brake duct. A+

Chase Elliott #24 3M Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black and white replaces silver, extra geometrical designs on sides. B+

Chase Elliott #24 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same basic color scheme but gold has been removed. Scheme has been redesigned into a more haphazardly designed stripe pattern. C+

BK RACING #26

Robert Richardson #26 Stalk It Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with large blue and white stripe across sides, and Stalk It logos on hood and sides. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Moen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black front, extending into Menard’s template, yellow rear. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, redesigned to match Clint Bowyer’s Peak Chevy. A+

THE MOTORSPORTS GROUP #30

Josh Wise #30 Toyota Camry-Plain white with blue, black, and white numbers. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, yellow stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly larger. A+

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SSNo change. B +

GO FAS RACING #32

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Can-Am/Kappa Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, black, green, and yellow, with a series of geometrical designs across whole car. F

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, black, white, and yellow, with a series of geometrical designs across whole car. F

Bobby Labonte #32 C&J Energy Services Ford FusionNo Change. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, Front Row Template has been reversed, red replaces back as secondary color. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #35

David Gilliland #35 Ford Fusion-White with black and red letters. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Landon Cassill #38 Florida Lottery Ford FusionNo Change. C+

HILLMAN RACING #40

Reed Sorenson #40 CRC Brakleen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black replaces red as primary color. D-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Energy Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with yellow and white numbers and lettering. A+

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red front, fades to black rear end. A+

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, red front, fades to black rear end. A+

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Monster Energy, but with Haas on rear. A+

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, vertical fade from red to white replaces side fade from 2015. A+

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionSlight redesign for 2016, roof numbers turn from yellow to red. B+

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #44

Brian Scott #44 Twisted Tea Ford FusionAside from the number change, no significant changes for 2016. A

Brian Scott #44 Albertsons’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, all blue with white hood. A+

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #46

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SSNo Change. A+

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Stoffer’s/Lean Cuisine Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same as Kroger/Scott, minus the stars. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Scott Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger/Scott, minus the stars. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro ServicesSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Superman Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, designed to look like Superman’s suit. A+

Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Red Vest Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, Jimmie Johnson Foundation logo replaces the Lowe’s Template. D-

CIRCLE SPORT/LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #59

Michael McDowell #59 Thrivent Financial Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same as #95, with door numbers reversed. B+

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Marin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Toyota CamryOther than the switch from Chevy to Toyota, there are no major changes. A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, vertical fade from bottom to top, light blue fades up to dark blue. A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, orange with trace amounts of black and camo. F

BK RACING #83

Michael Waltrip #83 Maxwell House Toyota CamryNo Change. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 TaxSlayer Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, red top and front, white bottom and back, gold designs separate the two. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, reminiscent of old Mountain Dew/Amp Energy scheme. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, red top, fade to yellow bottom, across whole car. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide/Batman Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, designed to look like Batman’s armor. A+

BK RACING #93

Matt DiBenedetto #93 Dustless Blasting Toyota CamryNo Change. B

CIRCLE SPORT/LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Ty Dillon #95 Cheerios Chevy SSNew sponsor and manufacturer for 2016 for Leavine Family Racing, after having merged with Circle Sport, and aligned with RCR. Aside from the new number, and a larger Kroger’s logo, no change. A+

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, looks similar in design to the 2014, with a black, red, and white color scheme. B+

Michael McDowell #95 K-Love Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, simpler template. A+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #98

Cole Whitt #98 Premium Motorsports RTIC Coolers Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with RTIC Coolers logo on sides and hood. A+

 

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The Driver Suit Blog-My Thoughts on Wind

By David G. Firestone

Winter in Chicago SUCKS! The cold can get to be unbearable. This year, it hasn’t been that bad, and earlier last week, we were all looking forward to the warmer weather predicted for the Chicago area scheduled for Friday. Going from 30 degrees to 65 degrees over the course of a week seemed like a great treat.

Well be careful what you wish for. When the serving of warm weather arrived, it came with a large side of high winds. I had my windows open, and I was scared the wind would blow over my TV set, that’s how powerful it was. It wasn’t just me. In Downtown Chicago, a number of buildings had to be evacuated, there was a lot of damage to buildings. Trees were uprooted. The CTA had to suspend elevated rail service in some areas due to the wind.

I’ve been through a few wind storms in my life, and if you’ve ever experienced one before, you understand. Years ago, March 9, 2002 to be exact, I went to the Museum of Science and Industry for the day, and was going to go on a date that night. As I left the Museum, the winds were insane! I took the bus to Downtown Chicago from the MSI, and decided to take the scenic route, the #147 bus from Downtown to Howard Street. It was about 4 in the afternoon, and traffic on Michigan Ave was solid, not moving at all. As we got towards Watertower Place, we learned that the high winds had knocked a scaffold off the side of the John Hancock Tower, and had crushed an occupied car. As a result, my bus went on the most overly complex reroute.

The winds made the trip down Lakeshore Drive quite interesting, as the bus driver wasn’t comfortable going over 30 MPH, and rightfully so. As I watched the winds outside of The Hauler, I was thinking about that day. Thankfully, nothing really serious, aside from some debris damage. I was worried about work that night, as I work outside, and it was as bad as I thought it was going to be. I could have been worse, as I’ve seen signs at stores nearby blow off by wind before.

The weekend was much less windy, and much more fun, as I got to watch NASCAR again! Hopefully when it warms up again, the winds won’t.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 20, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 Credit One Chevy SS-Too many designs going on at once. It’s just an awful mess. F

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonalds/Cessna Chevy SS– A major downgrade from last year’s amazing fade. The two designs just don’t work that well together, and the car looks like a jumbled mess. Still, the color schemes are really good, so I’ll give it a B-

Regan Smith #7 Golden Corral/Niko Toy State Chevy SS-See above, but without the color scheme bonus. F

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-Not bad, but the side design is a tad over done for my taste. Still, it’s worth a B+.

Robert Richardson #26 Stalk It Toyota Camry-It’s a bold look with a really good color scheme that isn’t overdone. In my book, that earns an A+.

Josh Wise #30 Toyota Camry-Nothing to complain about here! A+

Bobby Labonte #32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

David Gilliland #35 Ford Fusion-Nothing to complain about here! A+

Landon Cassill #38 Florida Lottery Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same C+ grade.

Michael McDowell #59 Thrivent Financial Chevy SS– Same scheme as #95, same B+ grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Chevy SS-The vertical fade look is great, and the shades of blue look good. The numbers look really good here too. A+

Michael Waltrip #83 Maxwell House Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #93 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same Bgrade.

Cole Whitt #98 Premium Motorsports RTIC Coolers Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a really good color scheme will always earn an A+.

The Driver Suit Blog-A Hidden Treasure in Tucson

2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-51By David G. Firestone

Tucked away in Tucson, hidden on an unpaved road, is a museum that every car guy should see before he dies. It’s a museum devoted to a unique marque of automobile, one so rare, most people have never heard of it. I’m speaking of the Franklin Auto Museum. It’s devoted to the Franklin Automobile Company, which existed from 1904 to 1934, producing some of the most luxurious and innovative cars to date.

The H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company was founded by H. H, Franklin in 1893 as a die casting manufacturer. In 1900, they expanded in to the automobile industry with the aquision of the talents of John Wilkinson, an engine designed. In 1902, the first Franklin Motor Car was built. By 1904, Franklin was a full-fledged automobile manufacturer.

Franklin cars were advanced, with air-cooled engines, constant level carburetors, and made use of a 4 cylinder straight engine. As time progressed, they shifted from 4 cylinder straight to a V-12 engine, which their aircraft engine subsidiary was innovative in making. Franklin focused on luxury models, often costing significantly more than other models. This focus was the main design aspect of most of their cars. A Franklin was somewhat of a status symbol, but as the economy began to fall, the sales slowed, money was lost, and, by 1934, after 30 years, the company ceased production of cars. Their aircraft engine production continued until 1975, when it was sold to the Government of Poland, and all operations were moved to Poland, where it operates to this day.

One of the children who was driven around in a Franklin was Thomas Hubbard, who was such a fan of Franklins, he would restore them for collectors. He began to buy and restore them for himself. His collection grew, and, as he began to grow older, decided that he should open a museum devoted to the history of the Franklin Automobile Company. After he passed away, that museum opened, and continues to operate to this day.

The collection is very impressive, with examples ranging from 1904, to one of the last cars ever sold in 1934. Three buildings make up the complex. The first one features many of the later models, including this yellow 1925 coupe with a rumble seat, 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-4 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-5 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-3one of the few 1934 Franklins in existence, 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-16 2016-2-4--franklinautomuseum-15to H.H. Franklin’s car that he used in New York, complete with remnants from restoration.2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-51 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-49 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-50The second building resembles a traditional garage, and has some of the newer cars, and some of the older cars, including this 1933 Olympic Coupe,2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-24 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-25 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-23this 1934 Sedan with matching luggage,2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-21 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-22 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-20and this 1946 Lincoln V-12 Coupe, which is for sale for $26,500. 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-33 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-34 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-35The third building features many of the really old cars, some as old as 1904. This was my favorite room, as many of the designs are so contradictory to car designs today, that it stunned me that people would willing to drive them.

This is a perfect example of one of those cars, a 1909 Model XD Touring Sedan, which was designed by Ransom E. Olds, who would later go on to found Oldsmobile. It’s a quaint looking car, that was designed before it was decided which is the driver side. 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-63 2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-62The musuem also has a number of hidden treasures and vintage items, such as this vintage Dixie gas pump,2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-6and this old stock ticker.2016-2-4-franklinautomuseum-65There are too many amazing things to list, so here is a slide show.

The museum is open from Mid October to Memorial Day, Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $5 for teenagers and students, and free for those under 12. This is the video of my tour, and I highly recommend that you take the tour as well.

Next week, we go back to racing, with something worn by a former NASCAR champion…