Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Award-Winning & Unique 1904 Knox

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Seal Cove Auto Museum’s Award-Winning & Unique 1904 Knox

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1904 Knox is an exceptional automobile with fantastic provenance.

It was originally custom-built for E. H. Cutler, the President of the Knox Automobile Company. Its ownership would then pass on to a stair builder by trade, who lived in Winthrop. Massachusetts. He needed a truck for his business and removed the car’s custom body.

Luckily, he saved it in his barn, and many years later, it was found and reunited with the chassis. The Knox eventually made its way to the Long Island Automotive Museum and the care of Henry Austin Clark Jr. before finally finding its way to the Seal Cove Auto Museum.

The July 27, 1904, issue of The Horseless Age described the car as built for Elisha Cutler. These features included side entrance doors, a brown folding top extending over both seats, and ample carrying space underneath the rear seat’s back. All of which can be seen on the car today. The article said that Mr. Cutler took a two-week tour in the vehicle through New Hampshire, Maine, and along the Massachusetts coast with his family. Quite an adventure in 1904!

The Knox’s ownership by a gent from Winthrop, Mass, is detailed in the book Knox Automobile Company by John Y. Hess.

The auto’s connection to the Long Island Automotive Museum was more coincidental. I had my suspicions, having seen a postcard produced by the Long Island Automotive Museum, of a car that looked just like the Knox in the Museum. Still, it was not until 2010 that I finally verified that provenance.

When going through the car, one of the Museum’s volunteers found the car’s registration hidden under the front seat; it read Waleta H. Clark, Henry Austin Clark’s wife. Clark’s son further verified his mother’s ownership when he visited the Museum. The Knox had been registered in his mother’s name to be issued a vanity license plate spelling out PICKLE.

Knox is a fine product of the early automobile industry in New England. Built in Springfield, Massachusetts, the car is of relatively conventional design except in one regard: its unique air-cooling system. Instead of being water-cooled like most of its gasoline-powered contemporaries, the Knox was air-cooled and used thousands of iron studs screwed into the cylinders to dissipate heat. To be exact, one thousand seven hundred fifty studs in each cylinder give the car the nickname “Porcupine Knox.” Ads also referred to the Knox as “the car that never drinks.”

The car steers via a side lever and a hydraulic damper that reduces road shocks and advanced technology for 1904. The two-cylinder, 16-horsepower opposed engine lays lengthwise in the car. The rest of the layout is not unusual for the period, a planetary transmission and the final drive are via a single large chain.

The Seal Cove’s Knox is a multiple show winner receiving awards at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance.

You can see the Knox and many other unique vintage automobiles at the Seal Cove Auto Museum located on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

The Museum is open from May 1 to October 31 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. SealCoveAutoMuseum.org

Roberto Rodriguez

Member, Board of Directors, Seal Cove Auto Museum

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Winston Cup Museum

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Located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, the museum is just a few blocks away from 6th Street and the Trade Street Arts District. Winston-Salem has a rich racing history and is the home of Bowman Gray Stadium, the longest continuously operated NASCAR-sanctioned track in the country. In fact, at one time, Winston-Salem had a couple of other tracks in addition to Bowman Gray Stadium: Peacehaven Speedway and Dixie Classic Fairgrounds Track.

The Winston Cup Museum is the only place where you can experience the fabulous Winston Cup Series era of NASCAR. As you walk through, you will see exhibits and photos that capture the 33 years that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company sponsored NASCAR’s premier series. Cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Jimmy Spencer, and Wendell Scott are on display and you can relive Michael Waltrip’s victory in The Winston in 1996 and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s thrilling Winston No Bull 5 win at Talladega Superspeedway.

1355 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
P:
3367244557
Email: wcminfo@winstoncupmuseum.com

Winston Cup Museum Admission:

Adults $12
7-12 $8
Military ID and Under 6 FREE
Plan: 1hr

Winston Cup Museum Hours:

Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

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Venerable Fire Collection

Venerable Fire Collection

The Venerable Fire Collection is a private museum featuring fire service apparatus, equipment, and memorabilia going back to the 1800s.

4349 Hillside Rd
Slinger, WI 53086
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262-644-5784
Email: venerable.fire.collection@gmail.com

Venerable Fire Collection Admission:

Donation
Plan: 1hr

Venerable Fire Collection Hours:

Open to the Public
May through October
2nd Sunday of the month
Hours: 1 pm to 5 pm

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Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum

Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum

Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles museum is built out of the love for cars, growing up in the 1960s, playing rock-n-roll music and drag racing. Working in a gas station at that time was the thing to do for any young man who had an interest in cars and making a few dollars. Jerry Enders, the owner of the museum, used those memories as the inspiration behind the design and atmosphere of the museum.

Jerry and his wife Janet transformed the former Morgan Studebaker Dealership (circa 1900) into a museum featuring over 20,000 items and a large variety of classic cars. The museum took years to clean out, fix up, and paint in preparation for its opening in 1994. Their hard work and constant devotion make the museum the attraction it is today.

As Jerry walks through the museum, he expresses his outlook: “The mural of the 1950’s Atlantic Gas Station (on the ground level) is how I remember the one I worked in. The 1950s Band Stand and Drive-In Theater on the upper level will remind anyone of the days of rock-n-roll and outside movies. Along with a variety of classic cars, the snack bar and soda fountain will also take you back in time.”

Since its common for the museum to attract men of all ages, Jerry and Janet made sure there are must-see items for women. Walking through the millinery, library, kitchen, and appliance store brings countless memories back to life. Do you remember the first song you and your first love danced to? Check out the jukebox on the lower level to enjoy a blast from the past. While listening, engage in a few games on the 1960s pinball machine!

394 S Centre St
Pottsville, PA 17901
P:
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Email: jerry@jerrysnortheast.com

Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum Admission:

  • Regular admission: $10.00 per person
  • Discounted admission: $8.00 per person for Seniors (61+), Military, AAA & AACA members
  • Children: $8.00 per person for ages 6 to 12
  • Children under age 6: FREE

Plan: 1hr

Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum Hours:

Friday – Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

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