GP Tens: Team Jesperson Transport Lorry & Triple Axle Special

During the fall Europe circuit races, Team Jesperson used this eight wheel, triple-axle transporter for hauling car and equipment from track to track all the way from Scotland down to Tunisia. While the driver, owner, and high level staff traveled by train, the mechanics and support staff packed gear and did the driving. The truck had the world's first mobile "outhouse," something of a luxury at the time for more remote racing venues. There was also a small private nap cabin for the driver to recharge after an exhausting event. The following season, after seeing the benefit of speed and organization of mobility, most well-funded teams followed suit with their own team transports.


GP Tens: Bizarre Entries

More experimental race vehicles in the GP Tens race series. According to the formula, nothing was illegal, so imaginations and ideas ran wild, budget and engineering skill permitting. 1915 saw at least half a dozen different entries with six wheels or more, mostly as an attempt to carry the weight of enormous double engine layouts and for the narrow tired front traction issues. None of the triple axle designs had any success as tight turns proved difficult to negotiate and too much mechanical complication meant increased likelihood of mechanical failure.


GP Tens: La Victoire Totale "Lupin"

La Victoire Totale. Shakedown, Pendine Sands, Carmarthen, 1917. Archie Leabo, pilot.


GP Tens: Jesperson Superflivver

Trouser magnate Samuel T.Y. Jesperson entered the 1917 GP Tens Cup with a unique chassis built around a Brickhouse parallel straight bank 8. A crowd favorite at Jesperson's home track debut in Dayton, Ohio, the "Superflivver" failed to deliver the goods, dropping two laps to the leader in the first ten. Throughout the season, Team Jesperson managed to chase out some chassis issues that plagued the handling performance, and coaxed an additional 7 bhp out of the 18 liter engine and had a solid points finish by the end of the season, despite not winning a single podium. The car was put in storage immediately at the close of the season in anticipation of running in 1918, but Jesperson contracted typhoid while on vacation in French-Indochina that winter. The car was unearthed from the coach house of the Jesperson estate in 1952 by the great-nephew of S. Jesperson and is in preserved, but unrestored condition, permanently displayed at the GP Tens Museum in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


GP Tens: Brickhouse Special

In one branch of dimensional world history, there was no assassination attempt on Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and as a result, things just settled down in Europe and racing flourished during the second decade of the 20th century. GP Tens, a formula libre brought together the best automotive and aeronautical engineers of the day for insane competition where innovation was the key to winning. William F. Brickhouse, founder of Brickhouse Mining and Medical had the 17 liter V6 built for the 1915 GP Tens Cup race in Pennsylvania. Brickhouse managed third place at the Uniontown board track. In 1916, William's brother, Franklin L. Brickhouse had the car shipped to England where he intended to run at Brooklands, but the steamship rolled over in a storm and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic. The floatation shipping crate that Franklin had designed as insurance for such an event broke loose as designed, but the crew had survival on their minds, not keeping tabs on the loose cargo. The car was never seen again. The Brickhouse brothers moved on and had success with the 1917 Brickhouse Speedliner, nearly winning the GP Tens Cup that year.


Summer Term Enrollment at CDA has started

Once again, I will be teaching Intro To Concept Vehicle Design at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, California. We've shifted the class to Wednesday nights this term. Please take a look at the other offerings available- great learning opportunities with some talented instructors. The CDA site is here.

Last term we had come guest portfolios and demos, sketching at the Petersen Automotive museum and covered a broad range of vehicles of all types and universes. Lots of fun- check it out!