That was the MIL seat.
i like the single rear seat. hahah1907 Cleveland
Back seat driving would be a breezy affair
GM says the Milford centre was the first of its kind in the auto industry when it opened in 1924. Prior to this, testing was done on public roads. The facility covers 1,618 hectares and contains the equivalent of 132 kilometres of roads. It has highway-style overpasses, railway track crossings, banked turns, and a massive 27-hectare asphalt pad, nicknamed “Black Lake,” that can be soaked down with sprinklers for wet handling tests.
* During World War II, GMC manufactured approximately 584,000 military vehicles of more than a dozen different types, including the CCKW-353 “Deuce-and-a-Half” and the amphibious “Duck.” The Deuce and a Half, shown above being assembled in Pontiac, Michigan, was the most prevalent GMC military vehicle, with over 560,000 examples built over the course of the war.
http://www.alohawanderwell.com/about/biography.htmlAloha quickly became the focal point, the star of the Wanderwell Expedition. Adapting easily to the rigors of life on the road, Aloha found herself filling a dizzying array of job descriptions: actress, photographer, cinematographer, driver, seamstress, laundress, film editor, vaudeville performer, salesperson, interpreter, negotiator, mechanic.... and any other chores that might be assigned by the often tyrannical Captain Wanderwell.
It was a most grueling adventure, carrying the wide-eyed Aloha through 43 countries on four continents. The expedition journeyed through France and its battlefields…swept through Italy just as Mussolini and the Fascisti were consolidating their power… braved food riots and hostile mobs in Germany, a country then reeling from the harsh reparations demanded by the victorious allies of World War I…camped at the foot of the Great Sphinx in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings… drove into Palestine, where the Jews were attempting to build a new nation… across the arid lands of India, towing the Model Ts across rivers by water buffalo…Aloha traversed the highlands of Portuguese East Africa, and nearly died of thirst in the Sudanese desert….disguised herself as a man and prayed in Mecca… hunted elephants in Indo-China, became a confidante of Chinese bandits, and was even granted the title of "Honorary Colonel” in the Red Army of Siberia… and hob-nobbed with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks during a visit to Hollywood.
Along the way Aloha fell in love with Captain Wanderwell – who was not yet divorced from his first wife, Nell; in fact, upon their arrival in the United States, Walter himself was brought in for questioning on charges of "white slavery,” which turned out to be a ploy by Nell to force a more favorable divorce settlement. Eventually, Aloha and Walter married in California during the American leg of their expedition. They had two children, Nile and Valri.
By 1929, when they had concluded their initial trek across the globe and released their documentary WITH CAR AND CAMERA AROUND THE WORLD, the Wanderwells had become internationally acclaimed explorers. Their initial expedition was followed by an even more extraordinary adventure deep in the Mata Grosso region of the Amazon basin, when their plane went down in the uncharted jungle and Aloha had to remain behind with an indigenous tribe while Walter slowly made his way back to civilization to secure replacement parts, a trek that took several months. The ever-resourceful Aloha charmed the natives, continued filming, and carefully documented their lives. Her film, FLIGHT TO THE STONE AGE BOROROS, was the earliest filmed record of the Bororo tribe and stands today as an important anthropological resource within the Smithsonian Institute’s Human Studies Archive.
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The Keeton was manufactured for two years in Detroit by Forrest M. Keeton. He had been in several previous automobile ventures, one of which was the “French” Croxton-Keeton, that appears to have been a Renault copy. He then started producing both the four and six-cylinder Keeton with the inital production doing quite well on a small scale. In 1913 Bob Burman, the well known and hard charging driver, entered a Keeton four in the Indianapolis 500. By later in 1913 the company, like many under capitalized firms was in trouble and was bailed out by Charles S. Shaffer, president of the Car-Nation company, but both ultimately failed.
The caption with the Spooner & Wells photo above, is dated May 1914 and tells us that it was taken on Buchanan Ave. in Detroit with Harvey Campbell of the Board of Commerce is sitting in the back seat.
Bob Burman and his mechanic are seen presumably before the 1913 Indianapolis 500 below, in the four-cylinder Keeton he entered. He was doing quite well early on until the car caught fire, the whole story of which can be read in the thumbnails below. Hughie Hughes relieved Burman for the remainder of the race and the car was flagged to an eleventh place finish.
A few weeks later the Keeton Company posted a check for $10,000 to the New York World newspaper to hold, hoping to entice Jules Goux who won the race in his Peugeot, into a rematch with Burman. As Goux was already back in Europe preparing for the French Grand Prix, it appears that this was probably just a hollow PR stunt.
Below is a photo of Burman presumably before the race, it was taken by George L. Mooney and is courtesy of Janet Lowry.
Sadly, it looks like it was taken in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The house is probably an overgrown lot now.That is a highly detailed home. I tried to attain that level with my own.