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Old 09-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Ford Proving Grounds... 1928

I was cruising youtube this morning and found the above video. Apparently, those Model A Fords are bombing around the Ray Dahlinger built Ford test track which doubled as an airport for Ford execs of the day. Great footage.... To read the rest of this blog entry from The Ford Barn, click here.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Awesome!!

Sorta looks like Bo and Luke Duke were employed as drivers.

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Wonder how many test drivers they lost a week ?
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Hi,
Nice video,...
I do also find some old fun...!!
Here is a picture from a " Dirttrack" day in 1930 in Copenhagen DK.. As you can see, they are testing the Cars very hard...

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Wow, that looks like fun but brutal.
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Hi,
Nice video,...
I do also find some old fun...!!
Here is a picture from a " Dirttrack" day in 1930 in Copenhagen DK.. As you can see, they are testing the Cars very hard...


Something very odd about this photo, almost as if its drawn. Only one face has any detail, of course I guess this could be distortion from the camera, however the wood almost looks cartoony?
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It sure does.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #8
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They drive like that in Jersey all the time...
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Sometimes in those old pictures someone would trace the outlines to make the pics less blury. Especially true for old newspaper photos.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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if it was a 30 tudor ,it would have looked like me out in the Idaho desert chasing rabbits in the 60s Yahoooo
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How many Camera men did they go threw???
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That photo looks like an artist's rendition. Notice how the entrance ramp has a nice low slope of about 15 degrees, and then it suddenly changes to 45. I think if you actually hit that 45-degree section at any speed, you'd wreck the whole structure. And would you get that much lift from the front wheels after all the inertia was absorbed by the impact?
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The structure, albeit a little crude, is rather stout, should easily take an A at a retry good clip. Notice removal of front bumper and bumper braces, so it wouldn't ram the increased angle.
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What are they doing at the end of the video...fishing out the one that didn't make the curve at the beginning?
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What are they doing at the end of the video...fishing out the one that didn't make the curve at the beginning?

The long version of that video is floating around You Tube. Yes, they are fishing, but apparently not for a car.
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The structure, albeit a little crude, is rather stout, should easily take an A at a retry good clip. Notice removal of front bumper and bumper braces, so it wouldn't ram the increased angle.

What exactly is stout about it? The what appear to be 1x1's that its framed out of which the larger lumber is resting on? Look what is supporting the ramp sections, its not stout.
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I have a few old newspaper photos 8x10's that have whiteout backgrounds and enhanced lines, common practice back then. Bob
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What exactly is stout about it? The what appear to be 1x1's that its framed out of which the larger lumber is resting on? Look what is supporting the ramp sections, its not stout.

It looks a LOT more stout than this-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV1A9...eature=related
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That's not vintage 1928. That is Brent, heading to the shop late for work Video was taken only a week ago. Notice he lands in a lake at the end of the clip.
It's 1928 footage. I'm the one who uploaded it. This was part of an old newsreel. This footage also appeared in "The New Ford" , a 16mm film produced by the Ford Motion Picture Laboratories.

Ray Dahlinger(no relation) was one of Henry Ford's close associates who oversaw Ford's farming operations, Greenfield Village, and special projects such as this one.

Who's Brent?
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I have yet to see anyone drive anywhere near as daring as that in their A
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