Saturday, August 16, 2008

What I Saw Today

Today, after the clouds burst some much welcomed moisture to replenish our area, I jumped in the soggy olefalconbus and cruised the 10 miles down to the Daytona International Speedway to see if I could find out what the old car guys were doing during their visit to The Home of the World's Most Famous Beach. Never did find those guys, maybe the rain forced them back into hiding. My loss.

While I was out I found What I Saw Today, just two blocks from the Taj Mahal. Now granted while it is pretty cool, it is not as cool as what these guys are seeing at the Monterey Historic Races out Californey way or up Detroit way at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Check it out here, here, here and here. Also here. Pretty cool coverage of the same events by several different websites and I have been monitoring them all day long, as usual.

Now, on to What I Saw Today.

From what I can ascertain, it is a 1928 Durant Four Star Depot Hack. I have seen depot hacks before, but only in museums and usually a Ford or Chevrolet. This is a rare piece of transportation history.

10,192 miles on the odometer. Obligatory sand on the floor boards.

That white sticker on the lowered drivers side window is a Volusia County Beach Pass. No trailer queen here.

Big old drum brake one the rear. The hubcap has an indentation of a star. Hence Four Star?

That curved glass had to have been difficult to fabricate in 1928.

It looks good from this vantage point also.

No front disc brake option in 1928.

Some damage to the right rear fender, but, overall, it is a great example. Not quite as nice as this, but not far away. And, unlike the Kid's CJ5,

this 80 year old truck has a windshield wiper.

And that is What I Saw Today.

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