Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crazy Daisy Tour Day 4: Clintonville, WI to St Cloud, MN

At the FWD (four wheel drive) museum in Clintonville, WI, we are given a personal tour by Bill Hupke. It's hard to imagine that there is anyone who could have given us a more thorough tour than this gentleman who worked, as did his grandfather, father and son, for FWD. In Bill's 46 years with the company he was involved with various projects and had many roles. The museum occupies the machine shop where brothers-in-law Otto Zachow and William Besserdich built the first successful four-wheel drive car in America which they dubbed the "Battleship" in 1909 (above). Today FWD is part of Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and the production of fire equipment continues at their Clintonville plant. The reason for our visit is to see the Butterball Special (below) a post-war British race car built and driven by Archie Butterworth. It features in hubby's research on the Brighton Speed Trials - winning the standing start kilometre in both 1949 and 1951.

Daily Distance: 510 km Fuel Cost: $10.02 US

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