Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Heine-Velox Update 4

by Willy Vinton

The Big Beauty is finished! On August 15, our 1921 Heine-Velox made its first post-restoration appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. We almost didn't make it, though. The Concours requires that cars be driven into the show; there was a lot of confusion over directions and Tim ended up taking a rather long detour around Pebble Beach. As he finally approached the showgrounds, the left rear brake shoe locked up. Fortunately, Allen Schmidt was behind the car and informed Tim that he had put tools in it. They made the repair and the car made it to the show.

The Heine-Velox was definitely an attention-getter at Pebble. People's faces just lit up when they saw this rare and unusual car, as it was unlike anything else in the Concours. Tim and I handed out hundreds of business cards for the museum and heard stories about Gustav Heine and his cars from some of the attendees. Several old-timers had even seen this Heine-Velox at Harrah's.  We even got a card from the folks that own and live in Gustav Heine's former house, and they have a V12 engine block with the crankshaft still in it, half buried in the back yard. We're looking forward to showing our Heine-Velox at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance next month, along with our 1910 Whiting and 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4.

Many thanks to Brian Williams for traveling from the east coast to attend the Concours. Brian worked for and is friends with J. Parker Wickham, the car's previous owner. Brian delivered an impressive file of historical documents and glass plate photos of the car to us--very valuable additions to our library. More pictures to follow as soon as wilma get the camera downloaded.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Advance steam tractor makes it to Museum

by Derik Price

Our 1905 Advance Steam Tractor finally made it to the Museum yesterday!  Our outside display still needs a little work, but the information sign is up, the Engine is painted and looking sharp.



We painted it in our Shop and it doesn't exactly 'roll' anymore, so we got a little help to move it outside to load on the trailer.


 Thanks go out to Manny and the painting crew and Josh for moving it around and setting up delivery.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fountainhead's Stanley Steamer video now on YouTube

by Derik Price

Before Willy and I flyout for Pebble Beach I wanted to post a clip (5 min) of the Stanley Steamer demonstration drive we did back in June.



>FountainheadMuseum YouTube Channel<

On our YouTube Channel you can also see some video clips from running our Elto Midget, the Snow Flyer last winter, the Argonne and a host of other vehicles.  Hope you enjoy it.

I'll post some pics and a Blog entry from Pebble Beach as well.  I know, tough job, but someone has to do it!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Heine-Velox Update 3

by Nancy DeWitt

Well, our 1921 Heine-Velox Sporting Victoria is heading to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. Allan Schmidt of Horseless Carriage Restoration in Escondido, CA has worked his magic on the big beastie and will be trailering it north for us. Thanks, Allan!

Because the Heine-Velox is such a big, imposing car, we selected a dark paint color rather than stay with the lighter color it had been painted several decades ago. We're really looking forward to seeing this legendary car in person.

If you are attending the Concours, please stop by and say hello. We'll be happy to tell you more about the Heine-Velox and our museum. If you aren't going to Pebble Beach, we will be showing the car at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance on September 12. After that, it's North to Alaska if you want to see it!

For more information about our Heine-Velox see our earlier posts:
http://fountainheadauto.blogspot.com/2009/12/heine-velox-update.html
http://fountainheadauto.blogspot.com/2009/12/heine-velox-update_28.html