Tag: 1912-15 Packard Six

Don Weber, RIP: Storming Pikes Peak, 42 Years On

Don Weber, RIP: Storming Pikes Peak, 42 Years On

Arrivederci, Don

Don Weber of San Anto­nio, a ster­ling gen­tle­man of the old school, died Decem­ber 10th at the age of 90. Those who miss him may like to leave a few words on his per­ma­nent lega­cy page. There you will also find details of his extra­or­di­nary life.

In Don Weber’s mem­o­ry, we thought it would be a nice thing to reprint my arti­cle on storm­ing Pikes Peak in his 1914 Packard Six Mod­el 1448 on the 1976 Glid­den Tour. It first appeared in my sixth issue as edi­tor of The Packard Cor­morant, Spring 1977.…

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Joe Frazer, Father of the Jeep, Part 1

Joe Frazer, Father of the Jeep, Part 1

In 2011, Joseph Wash­ing­ton Fraz­er (1892-1971) was induct­ed, belat­ed­ly, into the Auto­mo­tive Hall of Fame, with his erst­while part­ner, Hen­ry J. Kaiser, co-founders of the world’s fourth-largest auto man­u­fac­tur­er dur­ing 1946-48. This arti­cle is updat­ed from the remem­brance I wrote of JWF fol­low­ing his death. For more on Fraz­er, see my book, Kaiser-Fraz­er: Last Onslaught on Detroit.

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On August 7th, 1971,  the auto indus­try lost a cher­ished son. Joe Frazer—mechanic, instruc­tor, financier, sales­man, pres­i­dent and board chair­man in a half dozen com­pa­nies, one of the few remain­ing giants of the clas­sic era of Amer­i­can car-build­ing, passed away from can­cer at his home, “High Tide,” in New­port, Rhode Island, aged 79.…

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