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Jay Remembers the Three-Wheeled Car- 'The Shotwell'-Jay Leno's Garage
popularmechanics ^ | Jay Leno

Posted on 02/11/2014 6:10:08 PM PST by virgil283

"Ten years ago, I received a letter from a man named Bob Shotwell who lived in a small town in Minnesota. He knew that I liked old cars from watching me on television. And he wanted to give me one.

He recalled that he asked his father for a car as he was about to graduate from high school in the early 1930s. But his dad replied that if he wanted a car, he should build one. So, 17-year-old Bob scrounged parts and made his own car. It was a little three-wheeled coupe powered by a 77.2-cu.-in. four-cylinder 1931 Indian motorcycle engine...."

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(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: jayleno; leno; threewheeledcar
"...Bob called it Philbert the Puddle Jumper. He and his brother, Edward, made headlines in local newspapers in the Northwest when they drove it on a 6000-plus-mile jaunt. He told me that he eventually racked up 150,000 miles on it.

Bob Shotwell went on to a career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, retiring in 1975. He married and raised two children--and his little coupe was always an important part of the family's life.

But at age 82, he was afraid that the car would end up being torn apart by motorcycle guys for its precious Indian engine. He didn't want that to happen. So, he said he'd give me Philbert as long as I promised that I wouldn't break it up.

Once, a 17-year-old could build a three-wheeled car and drive it around the country.

.......Read more: Jay Remembers the Three-Wheeled Car - Popular Mechanics

The Shotwell - Jay Leno's Garage video

1 posted on 02/11/2014 6:10:08 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Elio Motors and the Three Wheeled Car - A Moonshot Project ($6800, 84 mpg)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3119736/posts


2 posted on 02/11/2014 6:13:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: virgil283

Reminds me of “The World’s Fastest Indian”. I saw it on TV and had no idea what it was about until I saw it.

Fairly entertaining movie tho don’t know how accurate it was.


3 posted on 02/11/2014 6:13:44 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The Elio ".... Thanks 2D....I didn't see that one..
4 posted on 02/11/2014 6:18:21 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

once, government would actually allow a citizen to build and drive a car they made.


5 posted on 02/11/2014 6:21:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: virgil283

Jay also has a very rare Chrysler Turbine. They only made something like 55 of them and they destroyed most of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2A5ijU3Ivs


6 posted on 02/11/2014 6:22:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Even the factories were more outgoing and willing to experiment before government regulations came into play.

Jay talks about the Chrysler turbine being one of those experiments that was actually pretty successful but Chrysler knew it would never be viable with the emissions controls that they saw coming.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 6:34:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: virgil283
There's a funny segment of “Top Gear” in which Jeremy Clarkson drives an old.microscopic,British three wheeled car on a London street and right into the BBC’s headquarters and onto an elevator.
8 posted on 02/11/2014 6:37:20 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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The best was when he needed to ask people to help push him out of the elevator, because the car had no “Reverse” gear!


9 posted on 02/11/2014 6:41:10 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: cripplecreek

When I was a kid, our pastor was retired as president of a Baptist Seminary. Dr. Lett had a PHD from Yale. Pretty impressive for a little country church.

Dr. Lett’s Son Phillip who also had a PHD was head of the engineering team at Chrysler who developed the M1 Abrams tank. Of course it used the turbine engine.


10 posted on 02/11/2014 6:43:12 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Gay State Conservative
There's a funny segment of “Top Gear” in which Jeremy Clarkson drives an old.microscopic,British three wheeled car on a London street and right into the BBC’s headquarters and onto an elevator.

It was a Peel P50 and there's your episode!

11 posted on 02/11/2014 6:44:01 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Gay State Conservative
I've seen that! The car was a Peel P50.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 6:46:08 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: usconservative

This one is hilarious. The P45.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAptCdalzug


13 posted on 02/11/2014 6:47:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: virgil283

Kewel


14 posted on 02/11/2014 7:00:08 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Reliant Robin Top Gear. Absolutely hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQh56geU0X8


15 posted on 02/11/2014 7:02:38 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: bicyclerepair

Clarkson talks about how exciting it would be to set fire to Piers Morgan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onjPdHUa13w


16 posted on 02/11/2014 7:12:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bicyclerepair
Robin Reliant Space Shuttle Challenge
17 posted on 02/11/2014 7:23:01 PM PST by 6323cd
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To: Secret Agent Man

I believe there were kit airplanes as well. when i was a kid, I wanted to build my own airplane with a lawnmower engine. then i went to try to build my own liquid fueled rocket. i could design it but as kid had no money to build one and even though i knew i could get little oxygen canisters, i wasn’t sure i could get liquid hydrogen.


18 posted on 02/11/2014 8:12:50 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: virgil283

M4l


19 posted on 02/11/2014 8:37:04 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ("The Pen" has a nice ring to it, kind of like "Graybar Hotel")
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To: virgil283

Bump for later in-depth perusal.


20 posted on 02/12/2014 5:37:42 AM PST by pingman (In the Land of the Perpetually Outraged, truth is the enemy.)
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To: bicyclerepair

At least H.F.S. Morgan had the good sense to put the single wheel at the rear of his trikes...


21 posted on 02/12/2014 7:05:48 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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