Century-old classic cars headline Million Dollar Salon at Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama
Over a century ago, the first Lincoln penny was minted in Philadelphia in 1909. In that same year, the 1909 Stevens Duryea Torpedo Speedster was produced, and next month its 100+-year journey will take it through the Million Dollar Salon at the 3rd annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama.
The exceedingly rare vehicle - only two are known to exist - is owned by Jack and Drena Miller of Fayetteville, Georgia and is the oldest continually driven car in Georgia. Since 1989, it has only seen 30,000 miles of Georgia pavement.
Originallly built in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, the vehicle has nearly all of its original mechanics still intact. Only minor upgrades to its tires, headlights, brakes and starter have been applied.
In 1909, the height of the Brass Era, which was named for the prominent brass fittings on parts like headlights and radiators, the Speedster's listed top speed was 55 mph, quite a rapid clip in a time when a horse and carriage were still the popular mode of transportation.
The Millers' 1913 Stevens Duryea Phaeton Convertible Sedan is the only model of its type still in existence.
Along with the Torpedo Speedster, the Millers will also be displaying an equally rare 1913 Stevens Duryea Phaeton Convertible Sedan. It's the only model of its type that exists today. The enormous automobile is nearly eight feet tall with its top up and sports 37-inch tires mounted on wooden wheels. The massive motor is 600 cubic inches but packs only 48 horsepower. In 1913, its top speed was 45 mph.
"We enjoyed cars from the Brass Era, which is 1914 and earlier," said Jack. "These cars are very limited-production, high-quality cars, and we enjoy driving them all over."
The Millers purchased the cars about 30 years ago to feed their rare vehicle hobby.
"We decided to buy them, and we enjoy touring both here and abroad with them," said Jack. "We drive them pretty much exclusively on tours, not so much as daily drivers, because of traffic."
These and other early 20th Century vehicles from the Gene Cofer Collection will headline the automobile attractions valued well into the seven-digit range in the Million Dollar Salon, located inside the Marcy Scott Media Center.
In addition to the Million Dollar Salon, the Show Car Garage will transform the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage into a vast auto exhibit with dozens of highly valued cars representing nearly a century of automotive history. Featured vehicles will range from a "Gatsby Era" 1931 Ford Coupe to a 1955 Chevrolet five-window truck to a 1965 Dodge Dart and many more.
While the eye-popping classic and rare vehicle displays are a major draw at the Atlanta Motorama, they are just one of many motoring attractions and entertainment opportunities at the massive two-day festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 16 and 17. Autocross competitions, BIGFOOT® monster truck car-crushing demonstrations, a massive vendor midway, the giant Pull-A-Part swap meet, the Motorama Bikefest, kids activities, freestyle motocross shows and live music are just a handful of attractions that make the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama one of the country's largest motoring festivals.
Participant entry into the Atlanta Motorama is open to anything with an engine, ranging from classic cars, muscle cars, custom cars, imports, rat rods, hot rods, trucks, big rigs, motorcycles and even boats and RVs. Awards will be presented to hundreds of participants, and all participant entries will be eligible to win a portion of the nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes handed out at the show. Registration forms are available at www.atlantamotorama.com.
Admission to Motorama is $12 per day. Kids ages 6 through 11 will be admitted for $5, with kids 5 and under admitted for free. For Motorama event information and to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorama.com.