It is said that history repeats itself. This is certainly true at Wheels Through Time this June of 2015. It is with great pride that Wheels Through Time is now back in possession of a most remarkable automobile. The oneof a kind 1915 Locomobile. Most people have never heard of a Locomobile, but this Loco is of a special flavor. Built by the company that claimed to build “THE BEST CARS MONEY CAN BUY” in Bridgeport Connecticut. It is one-off build from 1915 , designed by Frank De Causse in Bridgeport Connecticut. More importantly it was built for Charles Templeton Crocker whose family was important in the history of the state of California. Volumes have been written about the company, the family, and the one-off automobile. The car is cataloged as a collapsible cabriolet. It is the first car with dual side mounted spare tires, but most importantly it is the first roll up window design that converts to an open top speedster. It was rumored to cost Crocker twelve thousand dollars in 1915. Museum founder Dale Walksler purchased the car in 1995 and kept it at Wheels Through Time for 12 years. Dale regretted letting the old Loco go and was most surprised when the current owner offered the car back to Dale . Done deal! And now for your viewing pleasure we offer a new TIME MACHINE video that shares the glory of the famous Locomobile.
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Jay puts a pin in the “Where are you from?” map.
Jay fires up Dale’s first motorcycle.
Jay Leno made a surprise world wind visit to the museum today that included Jay cranking, to the delight of museum patrons, Dale’s first ride, his 57 Harley 3 wheel chopper. Jay was performing at Harrahs Cherokee Casino and Wheels was in his radar. Jay was most gracious and posed for pictures with near a hundred during his 3 hour visit.
Dale shows Jay a rare Harley cut away motor.
Museum founder Dale Walksler enthusiastically shared some of the museums gems and Jay shared some stories and his experience with similar makes and models. Dale had visited Jay’s “BIG DOG GARAGE” several years ago during a west coast trip and marveled at Jay’s incredible collection of nearly 100 cars, Steam Power Collection, and 40 plus rare motorcycles.
Dale proves that WTT is the museum that runs.
Some of Jays favorites besides Dale’s first bike were the Cadillac 16 cylinder coupe and the 32 Lincoln Roadster, which are in the permanent collection. Other favorites were the Crocker Hemi and the Coca Cola Chopper. He was intrigued with a rare cutaway engine and the collection of one of a kind machines. A tour of the behind the scenes workshop was a natural and then upstairs where Jay took a lap around the history of American dirt track racing machines .
In all 9 machines were ceremoniously fired up to the delight of Jay and an easy hundred admirers.
A good time was had by all… and a little smoke and fire.