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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Pike's Peak Champion: 1920

Pike's Peak Champion: 1920

1920 or 1921. "Lexington. Pike's Peak car." One of two Lexington racecars that placed first and second in the 1920 Pike's Peak hill climb seen at 1020 Connecticut Avenue N.W., the Washington branch of Hummer Motor Sales Company. E. Adie Hummer, Manager. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

A Test of Mettle

From advertisement in Washington Post, Sep 6, 1920. Given the quoted times the cars would have averaged about 34 mph climbing Pike's Peak. The Washington dealer of Lexington autos was located at 1020 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., perhaps that it is where the photo was taken.

Lexington!

Stock "Thorobred" Wins Famous Pike's Peak Hill Climb Against Big Field!

In the famous Pike's Peak hill climbing race two Lexington Thorobred Sport models swept the field - a field filled with special cars, piloted by the crack racing drivers of the country.

Some idea of what this superb victory means may be gained from the fact that the road rises from a elevation of over 5,000 feet to 14,109 feet, or practically 3 miles in the 12.5 mile course.

Skidding into dangerous curves, bounding over ruts, stones, ice and bowlders, Loesche first and Cline second, jammed the Lexingtons through the blinding snowstorm to victory.

The weather was so cold that goggles froze to the pilots' faces; one driver had to be lifted from his seat. It was a test of courage and a test of mettle. .... Both cars were stock cars in every detail except for a special body.

Lexington First Time 22:25 2-5
Lexington Second Time 22:30 4-5

You will never put such a severe strain on your car as did LOESCHE and CLINE but it is comforting to know your LEXINGTON has reserve power and strength; that it will deliver in pinches without complaint.

Hummer Motor Sales Compay, Washington Branch, E. Adie Hummer, mgr., 1020 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Hummer Motors

Interesting to see "Hummer Motors" behind the passenger, though some quick research indicates no connection with the modern day Hummer.

Peak of Power in 1920

In 1920, Lexingtons placed 1st and 2nd on the Pike's Peak climb. The drivers were Otto Loesche (1st place in car #7) and Albert M Cline (2nd in car # 6). Perhaps this is the #7 car without headlamps:

A pane in the glass...

Windshields? We don't need no stinkin' windshields...we got goggles!

 
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