Met with disdain by “real” engineers, the trio Georges Boillot, Jules Goux and Paolo Zuccarelli were nicknamed Les Charlatans by Peugeot’s production engineers when they moved into a space in the company’s workshops.
But as detailed in the latest episode of Inside the 59, the video series produced byThe Brumos collection museum in Florida, pilots were able to turn their bizarre ideas into vehicles that not only revolutionized motorsports, but also changed the powertrains of road vehicles.
Ironically, the French trio would have a counterpart on the American West Coast in the form of Harry Miller, Fred Offenhauser and Leo Goossen.
Look and discover the Peugeot L45 1914 from the museum:
“Body by Fisher” at the Detroit Museum
The Detroit Historical Society The museum has opened an exhibit, “Body by Fisher,” on the family business that has produced car bodies for so many decades. The exhibition is scheduled until 2022.
Lawrence Fisher, like his father a skilled blacksmith who built cars in Norwalk, Ohio, and his wife, Margaret, had 11 children, including seven sons. The two eldest, Fred and Charles, moved to Detroit during the first decade of the 20th century, joining an uncle to work for the bodybuilder CR Wilson.
“The brothers realized that motor vehicle bodies had to withstand different types of stress and sought to perfect their product,” the museum reports. “The Fisher brothers also recognized that an enclosed body would be more practical for driving in inclement weather and cold seasons – a truth the industry was reluctant to capitalize on.”
By 1920, the other brothers had joined Fred and Charles, and the Fisher Body Company was supplying auto bodies to Detroit automakers including Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile.
Japanese car show in Sacramento
The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento opened its Japanese car show, which includes vehicles from the Toyota S800 to the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32). Intermediate cars include a Subaru 360, Datsun 240Z, Isuzu Impulse, Mazda Miata race car and more.
Corvette Museum adds C7
The National Corvette Museum Now owns one model of every C7, thanks to the donation of a 2016 Z06 by Tim and Christine Ann. Gift complements the full set of seventh-generation Chevrolet sports cars – Stingray, Grand Sport, ZR1 and Z06
Special events this weekend
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany offers a special tour of its new SL exhibition on November 22 on its Instagram channel.
The Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., opens its “Winter Wonderland” Christmas light show from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 24, featuring classic cars in snow globes, vintage vehicle rides, a maze from holiday inflatables, a visit to Santa’s garage, outdoor artwork, a set of vintage Christmas trees with a Shasta trailer, and more.
The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Turin, Italy, presents a program about artist and Mille Miglia competitor Caty Torta on November 25 starring Torta’s son, Cesare Denoye, and Piergiorgio Dragone of the University of Turin.
The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa., hosts the Zoom presentation at 2 p.m. on Nov. 27 featuring the author and Barn hunter Host Tom Cotter talks about driving a 1926 Model T Ford Speedster across the country.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, Calif., hosts Chris Lennon and his book The peak of the race: Pikes Peak through the eyes of runners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 27.
Mark your calendar
Brian Redman will receive the Spirit of Competition 2021 award on December 1 at Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum in Philadelphia. The annual award is given to someone who has made a significant contribution to motorsport. Redman is a nine-time sports car racing champion and continues to be an ambassador for sport and vintage racing.
“Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance” will be presented by author Mia Bay at 7 p.m. on December 2 at Lars Anderson Automobile Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. On December 9, the museum will present “The Hack Mechanic” with Rob Siegel, columnist for the BMW Car club magazine Cockade.
Former General Motors Design Director Ed Welburn will present “The Golden Age of American Automotive Design” from noon to 3 pm on December 4 at Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum in Philadelphia.
Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank, California, welcomes Don Emde and his book Freddie Ludlow: his life on two wheels, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4.
New Savoie Automobile Museum in Cartersville, Ga., halfway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, announced Dec. 8 as its opening day for visitors. The museum sits on a 35-acre site and consists of three buildings with 65,000 square feet of exhibition space and a cafe. It is part of the Georgia Museums Inc., which includes the Booth Western Art Museum, the Bartow History Museum, and the Tellus Science Museum.
Beaulieu, England, home of the National Automobile Museum, and Palace House, will host a new outdoor Christmas fair from December 10-12.
The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky., Hosts the “Run, Run Rudolph 5K” at 5:00 PM on December 11. The race runs 3.2 miles of Christmas lights and supports Toys for Tots.
The Motor bar and restaurant at Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee will host Ugly Sweater Nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 11 and 18. He will be offering Breakfast with Santa events on December 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Canadian automobile museum in Oshawa, Ont., is offering its third lecture Thursday at 7 pm Dec. 16 on Zoom with Dumaresq de Pencier featuring “Canada’s First Electric Cars: 1897-1927”. The museum is also working on its next exhibition, “From Wires to Wheels: Electric Vehicles in Canada and Beyond,” which is slated to open in July 2022.
The Maison Palace of the Montagu family, which shares its land with the National Automobile Museum in Beaulieu, England, offers a trip to 1889 with its Victorian Christmas from December 18 to January 2.
The grand opening of the Segerstrom Shelby Museum and the event center has been rescheduled for January 20, 2022 in Irvine, California.
The Canadian automobile museum in Oshawa, Ont., announced the topics of its third Thursday lectures for January and February. “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights” will be presented January 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom by Gretchen Sorin of the State University of New York College in Oneonta, and “The Death and Legacy of Sam McLaughlin – Looking De back after 50 ”will be hosted by Samantha George of Parkwood National Historic Site on February 17th.
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