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The Strange Case of the 1912 Blackiston

Posted January 27, 2010 12:01 AM by dstrohl

The 1912 Blackiston was a behemoth of a car, described as appearing "as big as a locomotive." G.P. Blackiston apparently built it himself, using the chassis from an unidentified racing car. What engine he fitted into that chassis remains a mystery, other than its rating of 90hp, but it had to have been massive to warrant two radiators and a hood that measured seven-and-a-half feet long and five-and-a-half feet high.

G.P. Blackiston said he expected the car to be able to reach 137 MPH (at a time when the world's absolute land speed record stood at 125.94 MPH), and told The Automobile Journal that he intended neither to race or enter production with his car, just "to find enjoyment in making long-distance tours therein."

Which is good. Because with the one car he built, he killed a woman.

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01/27/2010 11:55 PM

Wut an imbecile.

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01/28/2010 1:28 PM

It looks like the forward visibility is extremely poor. I am not surprised that someone was killed. You could easily run over a pedestrian just driving around at 5 MPH.

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01/28/2010 5:04 PM

G.P. Blackiston said he expected the car to be able to reach 137 MPH

137 MPH.....hell why didn't he say it could break the sound barrier right away

he intended neither to race or enter production with his car, just "to find enjoyment in making long-distance tours therein."

He knew his wife was right....it was a piece of junk

Which is good. Because with the one car he built, he killed a woman.

That was an accident.....he didn't know the car still had a shell in the chamber

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01/28/2010 5:25 PM

NEWS FLASH........C.P Blackiston is now an eligible bachelor again since the unexpected accidental death of his wife...

......this article should have been on the caption of the week

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01/29/2010 2:36 AM

The woman he killed wuz only 18. Case settled for 5,000$.

Notice the exhaust pipes. The guy seemz to have had the notion that stupidity wuz good, so he wanted more uv it.

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01/29/2010 8:59 AM

(Phoenix. Both points in your signature line are incorrect.)

Yes, you right......not everyone can understand

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