Palladium-Item from Richmond, Indiana on January 22, 1995 · Page 22
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Richmond, Indiana
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Sunday, January 22, 1995
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C6 PALLADIUM-ITEM, Sunday, Jan. 22, 1995 "7 tMHMn j ..... , LID America's first car wreck America's first car, the Lambert, made in Ohio City, Ohio, in 1891, was less than a success. Its three-wheel design was short on stability. I would guess that a good chuckhole would have broken it. Bad luck seemed to haunt this early automaking venture. Sometime in the summer of 1891, the car's inventor, John William Lambert, was making a test drive in Ohio City, and, according to eyewitness accounts, demolished the machine. Lambert apparently was careening down Main Street at a torrid 15 miles per hour. He swerved to avoid a tree stump in the dirt thoroughfare, lost control, glanced off the stump and crashed into a hitching post at the curb. Horses tied up at the curb started kicking, and the village constable came running to assess the situation. No charges were filed, but the car was left in sad condition. Lambert only bruised his ego, witnesses related. Lambert picked up the pieces and moved back to his grain elevator and immediately started building a second car. By this time he was beginning to have doubts that he would ever sell one of his three-wheeled products. On Oct. 1, 1891, before the second car was road tested, its - EXT V FIRST :4l . jrv) ;,,JT3 r:rr Ohio City's mayor, Von Mottinger (right), shows Bill Tyndall the site of America's first automobile wreck. EPAIfe ; -v.-.v.v.w.w.v.v.v.v. .....S Quietly & Alignment $24.95 Most cars, vans & light trucks hj These jCH"C Prices! Mufflers $29.95 Most cars, vans & light trucks DISCOUNT MUFFLER & TIRE national Kd. w., AUTO PROFILES By BillTyndall engine backfired and set the elevator on fire. The building and the car and all of Lambert's plans, drawings and tooling were destroyed. This tragedy resulted in a loss for Ohio and a gain for Indiana. In 1892, Lambert joined relatives in one of the family enterprises, the Pioneer Pole and Shaft Company in Union City, Ohio. There, he manufactured stationary gasoline engines. Business flourished and an additional plant was built in Anderson, Ind., two years later. The new company was called the Buckeye Manufacturing Company, and Lambert moved to Anderson to oversee its operation. In 1895, Lambert's friend, El-wood Haynes, invited him to attend America's first auto race in Chicago. Haynes and Lambert viewed the race with great enjoyment. The event re-invigorated Lambert's auto interest. CDCCI 8-Point Winter riCC! Check with Every S1Q95 Lube Oil 13 & Filter Beach Automotive Cervirec Inr ASE Certified Mister Technician 15 Yrt. Experience Import 4 Domestic Complete Automotive Repair 317-966-8181 110 E. Main St., Richmond, IN 47374 Brad Beach, President Comfortably Brakes from $29.95 Most cars, vans & light trucks Shocks each $19.95 Heavy-duty, gas, lifetime warranty Kicnmond yj44Jj Jr?i 4 Upon returning from the race, Lambert began to build an automobile, powered by his Buckeye motor. In 1898, the engine was fitted in a four-wheel chassis and operated with limited success. During the period of 1900 to 1902, he continued his research and tests using the gearless, friction-drive engine. In 1902, another Indiana and Randolph County auto marque was added to the record book. That year the Union Automobile Company in Union City, Ind., was formed by Lambert. Production soon reached a schedule of 10 cars a month. The Complete Encyclopedia of Motor Cars reports: "The Union was a small two-cylinder car with a single headlamp. Available with air or water-cooled engine, the car had a friction transmission and double-chain drive. Models included both two- and five-seaters." One source said 300 Unions were built in Randolph County. This company was closed in 1904 and Lambert concentrated on Anderson, Ind., for the production of the "new and improved" Lambert auto. All of Lambert's Anderson produced-cars had a friction drive. Up to 1910, a chassis with a small two-cylinder engine and single or double-chain drive was used. Shaft drive appeared on the big Lamberts in 1907. Later models used four- and six-cylinder engines by Continental, Buda or Rutenber. Twelve minutes Don Kennedy OUR PROMISE TO YOU: WE WILL NEVER BE UNDERSOLD! 'Premium Rfl AOAmila ali.coacnn steel radial Any 13" Size Any 14" Size Any 15" Size (75 so series) n0 Hidden ten 60,000-MILE STEEL RADIAL WHITEWALL All-weather tread pattern. "S" rated performance capable. 75-80 series. 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The Lamberts moved their factory and headquarters to Dayton, Ohio, at a later time and started manufacturing products for which they are more universally known. The Lambert line of lawn sweepers, lawn vacuums and snow from Richmond VkffjfMiTftfnfvi iir me: Wayne Moore whitewall yi TjffittW 4 for M59 'Mkm 4 for 179 WWW 4 for 199 rn Cters Charges 70,000-MILE STEEL RADIAL WHITEWALL Top of the line louring radial for luxury cart. 70 series. Free replacement warranty. Any to Size Any 14 Size Any 15" Size P21560R16 P22560R16 for $199 for $239 for $259 for S299 for$319 CHANNELTRAC Aqua Tir 4 for279 4for299 replacement warranty ..p i.lmu.if i. jjuearvnaa U1-.,ii.i.iJ:... ----- TIRE INC. 120 Days Same Ac SS Cash fnVnl Ohio automaker 0H10CITY FIRST SUCCESSFUL m AUT0II0BILE CUILT HERE CP a LAMBERT 10.91 ' ) grain elevator stood. America's first car was built inside. throwers is highly regarded today by professional grounds-keepers worldwide. Ohio City Mayor Von Mottinger laments (like Rodney Dangerfield) that his city "just don't get no respect." The fact that America's first car was made in his little town has not created a groundswell of traffic to honor the occasion. On the other hand, a Lambert Days People who know use Valvoline. Including 22-point safety check 962-5541 -' 7:30-5:30 Martin Mon.-Frl. FRONT BRAKE SERVICE MO00 OFF $fiA95 Most cart WW Premium semi-metallic. 1X free replacement Resurface rotors. Inspect system. Road test Inspect bearings. Transmission Kec $ S fi)95 Service niteT&Fiuid 3 We sell major manufacturer products at the lowest possible price every day, not occasionally at made up "sale prices." mm pi T center We install quality Napa Parts " 5 A 9 BY festival honoring the city's most famous event has been held every year since 1968. The 1995 event will be held in mid-July. If only some enterprising mechanic would build a replica of the 1891 Lambert. That would add some hardware to the occasion. , Just keep it away from the Main Street hitching posts. HAPPY MOTORING THE BEST ADVICE YOUR MOTHER EVER GAVE YOU! Stand up straight Don't talk to strangers Eat your vegetables Take your car to Martin Tire & Auto 2t " WW! WIIIIWJ Tire Outlet 7:30-1 Sat. E?J Closed Sun. REAR BRAKE SERVICE s1000 OFF $EG95 Most cars Premium shoespads. 1X free replacement. Resurface drums. Inspect system. Road test "We're second to none because we put you first!"

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