First HCCA Tour?

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First HCCA Tour?

Postby Mark66a » Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:38 am

I recently purchased my first HCCA eligible car. On it's dash board is a plaque stating that it was on the first HCCA tour in 1948. The tour was located in southern California. Was this the first tour? Are there records of the cars that participated and their owners? Are there any photographs of the tour? Is any information available to members?
The car in my care is a 1912 Stearns-Knight 5 Passenger Touring. The legend with the car suggests it was purchased new in 1911in the Los Angeles area. These cars were introduced in July of 1911.
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Re: First HCCA Tour?

Postby MochetVelo » Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:50 pm

The HCCA was founded in 1937, so I doubt the '48 tour was the first. I suggest you find some Horseless Carriage Gazette issues from this period and look for photos of your car. Here is an index:

I think The Horseless Carriage Foundation has back issues (

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Re: First HCCA Tour?

Postby Mark66a » Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:31 pm

Dash Plaque

This is the dash plaque on my car. Is there any information on this tour or "Caravan"? Any help is appreciated as I attempt to document the car's history. thank you. Mark
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Re: First HCCA Tour?

Postby oldcarfudd » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:02 pm

You might write to John Meyer, the Gazette editor. He wasn't the editor that far back, of course, but I'm sure he has access to prior issues. And he's always interested in the early touring history of cars in current HCCA use.
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Re: First HCCA Tour?

Postby jmac0146 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:37 pm

Hi my name is john mc Nichol I live in Colorado I have ben in the hcca for 60 years I also have one of these I was on the tour with my mother and father and if your car came from art aseltine in cal then I new the man he got it from 50 are more years ago if so I no more about the car then every one I have a1907 stearns just call me jmac 303 518 4684
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