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A 1919 Stutz Bulldog.Several photos taken of cars competing in the Anglo-American Vintage Car Rally of 1954 are due to feature on oldclassiccar. This photo, of a 1919 Stutz, is Car No.8 in the American team (Car 8 in the British team was this 3 litre Sunbeam, photographed in the same location).
|The event was designed to include ten Edwardian and Vintage cars from either side of the Atlantic, competing in a week long rally from Edinburgh to Goodwood. It was held between September 4th and 11th, 1954, and took in locations such as Ripon, Harrogate, Cambridge, Prescott and Chichester, before the final day of tests and a concours d'elegance at the Goodwood circuit.|
"The Stutz was pre-eminently America's race-bred car, the Stutz factory being located at the famous racing circuit at Indianapolis, Indiana. As early as 1911 the Stutz took the 500 miles record by running the distance in 443 minutes, while in 1915 the marque captured the World Records for 300 and 500 miles. In the following year a Stutz won the Grand Prize at Indianapolis, averaging 83.75 mph for 405 miles.
This example is known as the Bulldog, being the touring version of the famous sports Bearcat model. The four cylinder dual overhead valve dual ignition engine has a bore of 4 3/8 inches and a stroke of 6 1/2 inches giving a cubic capacity of 360 cu. ins. (5900cc). The three speed gearbox is mounted on the rear axle. The car has a maximum speed of 80mph."
(Source: Official Rally Programme, Price Two Shillings)
|A small photo in the programme shows this Stutz Bulldog with it's original American registration plate, stating "Horseless Carriage" California, and the number 449. However the eagle-eyed will spot the UK-style registration plate on the Stutz, something that appears on all the photos I have of the US-entered vehicles (another example being this 1921 Mercer Raceabout). Temporarily registered on a Q plate, the Stutz sported the number QE 469.|
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