The Stanley Steamer
was lightweight, quiet, and perhaps the most powerful vehicles of its time; it was definitely the fastest.
For this was no ordinary family saloon but rather a 1911 Stanley Steamer
which Edgar had discovered in an old barn in Stratford and spent months lovingly restoring it to its former glory.
The more successful early steam cars bore such nameplates as Doble, Locomobile, Ross, Stanley, and White, with one of the most famous being the Stanley Steamer
Thus, Carl Carlson of Greenwood Street had registered a 16-horsepower Maxwell, George Burnett of Leicester a 10-horsepower Stanley Steamer
, Fran Yates of Worcester a 22-horsepower Jackson, Raymond Wright of Lancaster a 10-horsepower Jeffrey, Samuel Winslow of Leicester a 57-horsepower Peerless, Randolph Crompton of Worcester a 40-horsepower Packard, and Wallace Taylor of Webster a 32-horsepower National.
That smashes the previous official record of 204 km/hr (127 mph) set in 1906 by Fred Marriott of the US in a modified version of the then-popular steam car known as the Stanley Steamer
The Stanley Steamer
was one of the most popular and was built into the 1920s.
A two-part video, for instance, shows Leno climbing under a 1906 Stanley Steamer
racecar to light the pilot before he takes it for a drive--it appears that he takes all the vehicles for a spin.
Organiser David Gillespie said: "We've got cars ranging from a 1898 Stanley Steamer
to the most recent - a 1972 TR6.
The event was the media launch of Inspiration--a British-built steam car that will travel to the US next month to attempt to smash the world steam car speed record of 128mph, established more than a century ago by Fred Marriott driving a Stanley Steamer
Another unusual sight rarely seen on today's roads is a Stanley Steamer
If every technology that looked good at first blush had prevailed, we might hop into our Stanley Steamer
cars to drive to work while listening to our eight-track stereos.
Stanley, coinventor of the Stanley Steamer
automobile, the Georgian revival mansion recently underwent a $5-million restoration.