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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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The First Ford to Climb Pike's Peak

Posted October 19, 2011 10:00 AM by dstrohl

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb started in 1916, and among the entrants that year was a small fleet of four Ford Model Ts. A Ford didn't win until 1922, but they did make it to the top in '16. Amazingly, the very first one of those Ts survived, and the 1914 Touring is coming up at Regency's Bluefield, Virginia, auction October 22.

There are 45 assorted vehicles in the sale, and it's also worth mentioning their 1925 Reo roadster. The Standard Catalog doesn't list a roadster between 1923 and 1925, and hypothetically, a '26 will have a first-year handbrake instead of the hill-holder clutch/brake. We don't think we're looking at the '27 Flying Cloud roadster, as it doesn't appear to have that car's hydraulic brakes, and they're generally on artillery spoke wheels.

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