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August 2006 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
Vintage Racing At Its Best 1907 "Washington Times" Race
By Sharon McLellan
 
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In 1907 the "Washington Times" newspaper sponsored a "Sealed Bonnet Contest" and announced that any driver who finished the race from Washington, DC, to Frederick, Ellicott City and Baltimore, Maryland, and back to Washington without stopping to raise the hood for repairs would receive a silver cup. Drivers lined up to compete but only twelve crossed the finish line. One of those drivers was John A. Lutz who was presented the following silver cup:

 
 
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Lutz was the Washington, DC, dealer for Oldsmobile, Packard, Buick, Pierce Arrow and Studebaker Electric automobiles. His entry was a 1906 Oldsmobile [newspaper article incorrectly reported car as being a Packard] which, with no top or windshield, cost $4,000. The run was over dirt and rocky macadam roads and he later said that "you could ruin a new car 'demonstrating' it between here [Washington] and Frederick".

December 10th, 2007, will mark the 100th Anniversary of this race and we are pleased to announce that we have acquired the original trophy and assorted memorabilia. The collection includes:

 
 
N E W S P A P E R     A R T I C L E S
 
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"The Washington Post", Friday, August 14, 1931 - "When Washington Was Younger -No. 13". Includes photograph of "gas buggies" in front of Washington Light Infantry Hall during auto show sponsored by National Automobile Company.
 
 
"The Washington Times", Wednesday, November 18, 1936 - "Auto Show Recalls Big Race Sponsored by Times in 1907". Includes photograph of eight entries lined up before the race.
 
 
"The Washington Daily News", Wednesday, November 3, 1937 - "They Were Wondering Whether the Auto Was Here to Stay". Includes photographs of Senator Chauncey Depew in a runabout, John A. Lutz racing at Benning Race Track, Lutz in his Packard and reproduction of Lutz's Automobile Operator's Permit dated July 7, 1905.
 
 
"Times Herald", Saturday, February 25, 1950 - "Old-Time Race Driver Still Hitting on All Four". Includes photographs of Mr. Lutz polishing the trophy and of him in his 1906 Packard.
 
 
Twelve undated news clippings about Mr. Lutz's involvement in "Conduit Road Test Case". He was arrested for speeding on Conduit Road, fined, and the clippings show progress of the case and his appeals. Also includes letter signed by John A. Lutz which was sent to numerous individuals soliciting contributions to pay attorneys to represent "automobilists" and their right to use the road.
 
 
 
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  Two 3x5 photo postcards showing John A. Lutz in 1906 Oldsmobile after two different 1000 mile non-stop runs in April 1906 and April 1907. Comes with envelope which has drawing of R. Harris & Company jewelers in Washington, DC.
     
     
 

* 3x3 framed photograph showing 1905 Oldsmobile Touring Car carrying ladies in formal attire.

* Six 3x5 photographs of vintage racing.

* Two 2x3 photographs showing 1904 Pierce Arrow driven by Lutz on Washington to Virginia.

     
     
  * 3x6 framed photograph showing Barney Oldfield at Bennings Race Track in 1905.

* Racing at Benning Race Track with John A. Lutz.
     
     
  * 1906 Packard Touring Car. John A. Lutz at wheel posing with policemen on bicycles.

* 1906 Packard Touring Car. John A. Lutz at wheel, with Rudolph Jose beside him.
     
     
  1906 - Benning Race Track. Eddie Bald at wheel
 
 
S A L E S       L I T E R A T U R E
 
 
Sales Literature -- 01
 
1905 Packard dealer card. Front of card is photograph showing side view of 1905 Packard open touring car. Reverse side has photograph showing three-quarter frontal view of car, with discussion. Poor condition, with two folds.
 
 
 
 
Sales Literature -- Set 02
 
* "Oldsmobile News Letter", Vol. 2, No. 21, May 21, 1907. Poor condition, with three folds, one of which has almost detached.

* March 4, 1907 - Bill of Sale for Oldsmobile Model "B" Runabout.

* January 20, 1908 - Contract for receipt of $100 deposit on Oldsmobile Roadster.

* February 18, 1908 - Proposal and Contract for Oldsmobile Model "X" 35 H.P. for $1,950 and payment terms. Signed by John A. Lutz.

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Sales Literature -- Set 03
 

"Oldsmobile: Sixes and Fours" (Models 42 and 55), c1915: 28 page non-color catalog, 11x8. Gray roughcut cover has art rendering showing Oldsmobile touring car driving on big city street. Five full page photo renderings show Oldsmobile Six Model 55 7- Passenger touring car and Oldsmobile Four Light Model 42 touring car (top up and top down), Roadster and 7-Passenger touring car. Fourteen additional photographs and drawings show exterior, interior, engine, mechanical parts, features and manufacturing facility. Includes discussion and specifications.

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Sales Literature -- Set 04
 

Fisk Road Book, Howard S. Fisk, 1914. Contains 75 maps and 300 automobile routes with correct mileage from Washington, DC, to adjacent states. Cover shows significant handling and staining and seam is separated, but interior pages are in very good condition.

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Sales Literature -- Set 05
 

"Motor Talk", Vol. 1, 1905. Bound set of twelve consecutive issues of "Motor Talk: A Magazine of Outdoor Sport" magazines from Vol. 1, No. 1, Jan. through Vol. 1, No. 12, Dec. 1905. Very well illustrated with photographs and advertisements from the period.

Magazine concentrates on Oldsmobile automobiles.

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Sales Literature -- Set 06
 

The Automobile Blue Book: Section No. 3, New Jersey - Pennsylvania / South and West, The Class Journal Company under the exclusive official endorsement of the American Automobile Association, 1907. A touring guide to the best and most popular routes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia. An indispensable book if you were touring in a 1907 automobile. Cover is damaged and edges of book are aged, but pages are in excellent condition.

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Also includes a second racing trophy inscribed:
 
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2" Prize 5 Miles
Gasoline Touring Cars
$4500 or less
Benning June 16, '06
Won by John A. Lutz
Driver M. R. Bird
Time 7.14.
 
Trophy is Wilcox Quadruple Silverplate, patented Aug. 12, 190_. #323. A hole has been bored 1" up from the base.
 
 
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The Automotive Chronicles, August 2006
 
 
 
 
 
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