The Roundup: November 2016

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 edition of “The Roundup,” we link you to articles spotlighting ‘60s dragster legend Mickey Thompson, the 70th anniversary of Unimog, Checker Cab’s foray into transit buses and more.

 

The Drag Strip Dominator: Mickey Thompson

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[source: hotrod.com]

When it comes to the early history of Bonneville, drag racing and the Indy 500, Mickey Thompson was The Man. “The track and show promoter, racer, equipment manufacturer, and race-car builder figured into more power struggles than any other individual of the era, and far more successfully,” writes Hotrod Network’s Dave Wallace. With words and dozens of really great black-and-white pictures, Wallace takes a look at the year 1962 in this must-read feature for racing buffs. Click here to check it out.

 

Happy Birthday, Unimog

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[source: hemmings.com]

 First test driven in 1946, the Unimog was conceived by Daimler-Benz AG engineer Albert Friedrich as an agricultural implement that could help to plant and harvest crops AND drive them to town for sale at the end of the day. Though an oddity in North America, the Unimog is known in the rest of the world as a do-it-all commercial vehicle. Over the last 70 years—an anniversary recognized last month by Hemmings Daily—Unimogs have been modified and transformed over the decades to function as tractors, towing vehicles, fire-fighting and exploration vehicles. Click here to check out this great retrospective.

 

A Brief History Of Classic Presidential Limousines   

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[source: classiccars.com]

 Did you know that Franklin Roosevelt’s 1939 Lincoln—the “Sunshine Special”—was the first specially built presidential vehicle? How about the fate of the Lincoln limousine where JFK met his tragic end? This article brought to readers of ClassicCars.com is full of interesting presidential tidbits any lover of historic vehicles can enjoy. Click here to check it out.

 

Kellogg’s “Ark” Mobile Home

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[source: theoldmotor.com]

 Here’s a little known fact about the Corn Flake Kings of Battle Creek, Michigan—Will and John Kellogg: When the two brothers weren’t running their breakfast cereal empire, they liked touring the country and “camping” in a 27-foot, 11,000 pound monolith of a vehicle with more creature comforts than a modern New York city studio apartment. The Old Motor brings readers the story this month along with a bunch of rare, interior photos. Click here to see and read more.

 

Checker Transit Buses

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[source: checkercabclub.org]

 Everything you thought you knew about Checker Cab’s role in the transit bus market is wrong. Featured in this month’s blog of the Checker Cab Club, Joe Fay—author of Checker Cab Co. Photo History—sets readers straight. Click here for some great facts and pictures.

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