Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup we link you to articles about the U.S. Army’s World War II testing of the iconic jeep, the life and fast times of fuel-altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald, a rare 1948 “Air Force” Chevy Suburban barn find, and more.
Bantam Jeep Goes To Holabird: Where WWII’s Most Legendary Vehicle Was Tested[source: hemmings.com] For most of the last century, the U.S. Army’s Camp Holabird was a center for research and development for military vehicles. It was here that the jeep, the most iconic vehicle of World War II, was refined and tested. Hemmings Daily tapped Bill Spear, author of Warbaby: The True Story of The Original Jeep for this retrospective on the testing of the vehicle once known as the “Bantam Reconnaissance Car.” Click here to read it.
Pure Heaven: The Life And Fast Times Of Leon Fitzgerald
[source: hotrod.com] “Pure Heaven II” is of the most famous and successful fuel altereds of all time. But it’s only one of a series of “heaven” cars created by fuel-altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald. This month, Hot Rod Network takes a look back at the life and “fast times” of Fitzgerald. Click here for the full story and lots of great, old photos.
Barn Find: Rare “Air Force” Chevrolet Suburban
[source: lowrider.com] In 1947, the U.S. Air Force was formed as a separate branch of the American military. A year later, the Air Force had its own base along with a brand new fleet of vehicles used to transport visitors and residents. In 2007, Suburban enthusiast Fred Perez found the rusty remains of one of these vehicles—a 1948 Chevy Suburban missing its seats and doors—in a Colorado warehouse storage facility. This month, Lowrider Network chronicles what became a full-frame restoration of Perez’s rare and historically important find. Click here to check it out.
Ohio’s Hydro-Motor Car Company
[source: theoldmotor.com] This month, The Old Motor brings readers some vintage photos and a short article from the August 1917 issue of the Automobile Trade Journal about the forgotten efforts of the Hydro-Motor Car Company of Canton, Ohio. Their amphibious vehicle—designed by George Monnot with an eye toward landing a military contract—used a front-mounted propeller. But like most amphibious vehicles, the efforts of the Hydro-Motor Car Company never panned out. Click here to read the full story.
The Early Days Of The Laguna Seca Raceway
[source: sportscardigest.com] For the last 60 years, the Leguna Seca racing venue outside Monterey, California, played host for some of the power sports industry’s most important automobile and motorcycle competitions. Now one of the world’s most famous racetracks, Leguna Seca celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and Sports Car Digest has decided to mark the occasion with a series of stories that look back at the often-forgotten beginnings of this iconic track. This month they recount how Leguna Seca was built in just 60 days—record time—in 1957. Click here to read more.