Check It Out: The Old Motor

March 30, 2011

David Greenlees has a fondness for historic racecars and vintage automotive photography. These two loves come together on his new website, The Old Motor, which just may be the largest publicly accessible archive of antique automotive photography on the Internet.

For a day job, David Greenlees is a restoration engineer specializing in mechanically rebuilding and maintaining pre-1920 race cars. He’s also a self-described amateur photographer who, just a couple years ago, decided it might be fun to combine his love of old cars and photography. Together with a few friends, Greenlees created what is fast becoming one of the most unique, educational and entertaining historic vehicle resources on the Internet.

“Old period photographs of cars tell a great story,” says Greenless, “and my goal was to create a website that would be the Life magazine of old-car Websites—a place where you could sit down with a cup of coffee and find something new everyday, a resource that could be entertaining and enjoyable.”

The Old Motor was launched in February and logged a couple thousand hits the first day; now, according to Greenlees, the website averages anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 hits per day with visitors staying an average of eight minutes—a lifetime in the Internet age where time spent on most web pages comes in at around 30 to 60 seconds.

Greenlees and a team of associate editors update The Old Motor daily with historic automotive photography taken from their own personal archives along with an increasing number of high resolution images submitted by a growing audience of enthusiastic fans.

With an easily negotiable encyclopedia-style format, The Old Motor is well organized with a long list of specific categories. Everything from old motorcycles to school buses; vintage race car photography dating back to 1894; street views from major cities and small town throughout America; snapshots of old filling stations, garages and dealerships. 

“You can browse at will, or if you prefer a more focused visit, you can select any of the different classifications under the categories,” says Greenlees. “Eventually, the hope is that we can donate a large portion of any funds we may take in and give back to help organizations that are working to preserve our rich automotive heritage.

Check out The Old Motor (and be prepared to stay awhile) at


  1. Deliverance

    God help me, I put aside a whole atfeornon to figure this out.