Is a Brass Era car the most exciting vintage racer money can buy?

What vintage racer offers the most thrills for your dollar? According to these owners, the answer is a Brass Era race car.

We drive two examples, a 1908 Chalmers and a 1911 E-M-F, to find out what makes them such a blast to own and drive.

slefain UltimaDork
5/23/23 10:08 a.m.

I've seen some Model T racers for DIRT cheap lately.

jeffrey vogel
jeffrey vogel New Reader
5/23/23 11:47 a.m.

unfortunely there aren't any event in the USA that feature them, it's mostly a UK scene

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/23/23 2:43 p.m.

I've seen brass era cars racing at the Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix, although I'm not sure what rules/class they run under.  Nothing is jumping out in the SVRA race groups on the website.

RGarnett New Reader
5/24/23 9:15 a.m.

These are always great to see. There are too few surviving early race cars, lost to time, wrecks, re-use, and scrap dries.  For more current groups, check out the Ragtime Racers - a group of brass era racers that have fun with their cars, and sometimes tour to "modern" vintage races. And the T.R.O.G.- the Race of Gentelmen, which races pre-ww2 speedsters and some earlier cars on the beach at Wildwood, NJ. and a few other events. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/24/23 4:20 p.m.

There's something incredibly pure - and innocent - about these race cars. They're also incredibly wild to watch. There are a few events to see them run. I'd imagine the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will have them run again.

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