Monday, September 21, 2009

Marmon Automobiles at the Dayton Concours, September 20, 2009

Hi folks, yesterday, under threatening and then rainy skies, the Dayton Concours was held at Carillon Park. this years' featured marques were Marmon, Mini, and Morgan. I was a member of the team of three that judged the Marmons pre-1927. The above photos are all of Marmons, with the most prominent car being the "Wasp" that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
When I think of Marmons, I think of the Marmon Meteor that Ab Jenkins set a speed record in 1936, or the 16 cylinder Marmons of the early 1930s.
400 Marmon Sixteens were produced in just three years. The engine displaced 491 cubic inches and produced 200 hp. It was an all-aluminum design with steel cylinder liners and a 45° bank angle. Marmon discontinued automobile production in 1933. But included in its legacy was the introduction of the rear-view mirror as well as pioneering both the V16 engine and the use of aluminum in auto manufacturing.

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