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Automobiles -- Early
1909 Glidden Tour
July 31, 2009
Articles reporting on the 1909 "Annual Reliability Tour of the American Automobile Association" or "Glidden Tour," which ended in Kansas City on July 30, 1909. The articles include illustrations, tour...
A Boon to Car Safety: New Missouri Law Will Affect All Drivers
News and explanation of the new Missouri drivers' license law requiring a physical and driving examination, in the process invalidating Kansas City municipal drivers' licenses, with chart.
A Kansas City Version of the Ring and the Book
Illustrations and article about the history of the Irving-Pitt Manufacturing Company founded by promoter Junius Irving and inventor William Pitt and manufacturing spiral-ring notebooks in Kansas City (Pitt's...
A Stern Grip on Highway Speed: Missouri's New Law, in Effect Wednesday Midnight, Allows No "Tolerance"
News of Missouri's supposedly "first" speed limit, between 60 and 70 miles per hour, depending on time of day and type of highway.
Attorney is Driven to Collect the Best
June 23, 2013
Interview with Marshall Miller, Kansas City attorney and creator of the annual Art of the Car Concours fundraiser to benefit the Kansas City Art Institute. Miller discusses his motivations for founding...
Auto Thefts Status Quo
January 7, 2004
Article discusses auto theft in the metro area. It states that "in 2003, only 2,781 auto thefts were reported in Kansas City. In Historic Northeast, however, the number of car thefts remained the same:...
Entire section of the paper devoted to the automobile industry, with numerous illustrations and photos.
Building for a Million--Possibilities in the Suggested Widening of Thirteenth Street into a Great East-and-West Traffic Artery
Large illustration with map and caption, showing the proposed widening of 13th Street, looking east from Walnut Street, with buildings, street cars, automobiles, buggies, etc.
Burned Rubber, Shared Memories
November 28, 2011
The Kansas City International Raceway at 82nd Street and Noland Road was purchased by the city for a park. It has been the home track for the American Hot Rod Association.
Carl G. Osterstrom: General Manager of Carloading Firm Dies at 67
Photo and obituary for Carl Osterstrom, "67, of 3 East [55th Street Terrace." Native of Des Moines coming to Kansas City about 1933 and becoming "general manager of the Merchants Carloading company, 1125...
Charged Up and Ready
December 12, 2012
Article announces a study released by Electrify Heartland and the Metropolitan Energy Center which concludes that the Kansas City area is supplied with enough charging stations to meet the growing demand...
City Monuments and Buildings Provide Ample Car Tag Design
Design for stickers beginning with 1933. Previous to 1933 using metal tags.
Couple Drives a Hobby to Colorado
Photo and biographical article about Mr. and Mrs. Dick Hempel and their plans to make "a 2,300-mile trip in their antique steam motor car" from Kansas City to various parts of Colorado, leaving from their...
Cunningham Sells Chevrolet-Olds Unit
Article about the sale of the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile division of the Cunningham Automotive Group in Kansas City following General Motors' announcement of plans "to stop Oldsmobile production." Company founded...
Dealership Loss May Not Have Been Voluntary
October 18, 2007
Major Cadilliac car dealership changed hands earlier this year. It had been in the Major family for 44 years, and the dealership has been a fixture in Kansas City since 1908. It was owned by three successive...
Diamond Auto Offers Shining Service
Article features Diamond Auto Repair, Inc. located at 5201 Independence Avenue and recently purchased by Ray Brown.
Do You Remember the Kansas City Speedway?
April 9, 1973
The Kansas City Speedway was built by Jack Prince and Art Pillsbury at 94th and Holmes Road. The floor of the track was made of 2 x 4's laid on edge; over a million feet of lumber were used. It was 1.25...
K. C.'s Wooden Race Track Passed into Oblivion 61 Years Ago
Article with photos and history of the site of only four races in two years at 94th and Holmes Road, the last being on July 4, 1924.
Kansas Barnstormer Lives to Recount Exploits
File containing a photo and biographical article about Herman Wetzig, "pioneer aerial barnstormer [starting in 1910], owner of the first private planes and one of the first automobiles in Kansas" in 1905...
Kansas City Woman Flier Wins Many Awards
Photo and biographical article about Grace Harris, winner of international racing competitions starting in the late 1940s in America and Europe, in both airplanes and automobiles.
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