I think the things are silly but I can see their place.
And the ride we'll briefly talk about is not the one pictured.
His regular trike is in the shop and he's in a (losing) pissing match with Harley Davidson over his warranty.
Seems he burned out his clutch by driving several thousand miles while flying as many as seven flags - some as large as three by five feet - at freeway speeds.
He asked Harley to fix his clutch under warranty and you can guess what they said.
Corporate weight was thrown. Stupid, bearded folk droned... Dumbass ate his own clutch.
"It's just my way of serving the Lord with prayer, flags and Harleys,"
I'll leave it at that and move on... quickly.
On the subject of that: That gigantic bundle of copper tubing with the brass tank on top is the radiator.
A very well-cooled engine, methinks so, depending on clutch, you could probably fly butt-loads of flags from this thing.
I'd venture to say that it's neither.
It's not a motorcycle because it's got a steering wheel and side-by-side seating - and two retractable outriggers each with two wheels apiece. It's not a car 'cause - look at the thing.
This is the one-and-only, Scripps-Booth, Bi-Auto-Go, a one-off put together by dilletante heir to the Scripps publishing fortune and sometime engineer, James Scripps Booth.
It was powered by a 45-horsepower V8 which also happened to be the first ever V8 produced in Detroit.
For the sake of perspective: Those wooden wheels are thirty-seven inches high and this monster weighed 3200 pounds.
Here's something contemporary to it - but different.
How about a chain-drive, tricycle log-truck?
Ever wonder where the term tractor/trailer originated?
Its origins are right here.
Introducing the Martin-Knox tractor.
While we're on the subject let me just say that what you see above is one rockin' fifth-wheel.
These folks, the Martin Rocking Fifth-Wheel Co. pioneered the way big loads are carried - at least in this country.
The partnered up with the Knox Automobile Co. to produce the power unit, "The Tugboat of Land Commerce" .
The things you find on the internet.
Did you know that there was a '90's emo band from Denver named "Christie Front Drive"?
Did you know '90's emo band' was a thing?
They ripped off the name. This is a Christie Front Drive tractor, a two-wheeled vehicle designed to ease the transition from this:
To something you could take to a fire without harnessing, feeding and cleaning up after it.
Those two photos are from roughly the same period. The lower was taken in 1913 I believe, in New York City.
The Christie Front Drive was taken in Boston.
J. Walter Christie was a bright guy with lots of fingers in lots of pies. He made half-track conversions for Mack AC's and the 4X4 track conversion used by a Latil TAR artillery tractor in this post was also designed by him.
And he cooked-up the whole front-wheel-drive, transverse-mounted engine scheme for a race car that actually got to compete in the Vanderbilt Cup. A car powered by a 19 liter V-4.
It didn't go well so he scaled the design up and got rid of the rear axle and the Christie Front Drive was born.
There's a problem with producing a product whose sole purpose is to prolong the useful life of an already archaic technology - the steam-pumper fire engine. That is: You'll have no return customers. When you replace your steam pumper with whatever comes next, what do you do with a two-wheeled tractor?
To finish up; a pathetic plea for someone of means and/or substance to buy one of these for me: Morgan 3 Wheeler. You can pick colors and all that.
Thanking you in advance...