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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE ARTIST'S GARDEN BY CLAUDE MONET

An Uphill Climb: 1928

An Uphill Climb: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Demonstration of Four Wheel Drive truck." Another view of the exciting truck trials first glimpsed here and here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Headless!

The guy on the right, in the background, doesn't have a head

And to think

this would evolve (or devolve) into Monster Truck Shows in just few decades.

FWD Trucks

My parents' business had a 20 ton truck crane back in the 1970s and '80s (it was old then, probably early '50s) that used a 6x6 FWD truck chassis with an enormous six cylinder Waukesha gasoline engine for a power plant.

12-15 mph top speed, fuel consumption was probably gallons per mile. I used to dread driving pilot car on the freeway with that beast when a 60 mile trip would take four hours!

Hope they don't skibe

It looks like he has a set of Diamond Tires on his rig.

HATS WHERE ARE THEY

Only four out of six are wearing hats. the seventh man does not even have a head. what a shameful display.

Lest you think they are cheating,

read this, which explains the cable.

 
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