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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 15th, 1912

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

J.M. Tremain in a decorated 1911 Winton Six, 1912
From CSU Chico, Meriam Library special collections

Autos in Test Race Up Antelope Grade
Local Automatic Owners Enter in Hill Climbing Event
February 15th, 1912

As the result of a friendly argument here Monday as to the merits of their respective automobiles, a race was pulled off between four automobiles, namely, a Winton Six, a Buick Thirty, a Cartercar and a Ford Runabout.

C.O. Logan, agent for the Winton car at Reno, F.C. Sefton, editor of the Lassen Mail, Dr. Geraw of Reno and J. M. Tremain being the owners and drivers of the respective cars.

It was arranged that the four cars were to start at Susanville and run to the top of the Antelope grade, a distance of seven and one-half miles, the last two and one-half miles being a grade of 20 percent or better.

Sefton was confident that the merits of his Buick together with his ability as a chauffeur would enable him to reach the goal far in advance of his competitors, but in this he was mistaken, the Winton making the run in eighteen minutes, and the Cartercar, Ford and Buick finishing in the order named.

Sefton had been informed that a man had been sent ahead to clear the road of obstructions, but evidently one had been overlooked, and Sefton came to grief by running against it and disabling the steering gear of his machine.

Moving pictures were taken of the event and shown in the theater. Sefton left the theater when a view of himself, lying full length under the car, was cast on the screen.

J.M. Tremain in his garage 822 Main Street, 1912
From CSU Chico, Meriam Library special collections


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