Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Chalmers "Old Reliable"

"Denver to Mexico City, Billy Knipper,
Washington to Boston and return twice, Carl Schnoor and Joe Matson,
New York to Atlanta,  Ty Cobb,
52540 miles 4-8-10;
 Old Reliable, 52540 miles,
Chalmers Detroit 30."

Cobb, an idol of the base ball world, is driving a car in the good roads tour from New York to Atlanta, which started from New York Monday morning, October 25. That Cobb is one of the star attractions of the tour cannot be doubted.


Cobb is driving a car which is scarcely less known than himself. He is driving the celebrated Chalmers-Detroit “30,” which as come to be known all of the country as “Old Reliable,” because of the many strenuous journeys it has undertaken and successfully completed. This car was driven last summer and fall 208 miles a day for 100 consecutive days, a total distance of 20,800 miles.

the 1909 New York to Atlanta Good Roads Tour started from Herald Square on October 25th, and  consisted of sixty-one cars. In addition to automotive clubs, the cars were sponsored by automobile manufacturers, as well as the towns through which the tour would pass. Major sponsors were the New York Herald and Atlanta Journal.

The tour roughly followed the route of the later Bankhead Highway. When the automobiles reached towns along the way crowds turned out to see Cobb, as well as the novelty of an automobile tour.


"Old Reliable," which was in Monday's parade, is one of the first "30's" built, and has traveled over 350,000 miles. One of the early Chalmers "30's" will be recalled as winner of the Glidden tour of 1910.


The parade of Chalmers cars, early Monday afternoon, is said by the Chalmers publicity department to be the largest automobile parade ever held in Detroit.

There were 300 cars in line, a greater number, it Is said, than recently came into the city from Lansing on the occasion of the Michigan Pavedway parade. In the down-town section the cars moved not over 15 feet apart, and yet the parade was over an hour in passing.

At the head of the long line of Chalmers cars was the customary platoon of mounted police, Motorcycle police acted as outriders. Following the band came the cars with civic dignitaries and officials of the company.

An article on First Super Speedway reported that Cobb was contracted by the Chalmers-Detroit Company to race a Chalmers-Detroit "30" in competition in October 1909.

Of course, being a very famous guy, Ty Cobb, was paid to endorse a variety of cars



  1. Great stuff, thanks. You might be interested in this: http://www.firstsuperspeedway.com/photo-gallery/ty-cobb

  2. that bottom car is a 1922 Oldsmobile Six Super Sport.

    1. thanks.... I did not represent it to be a Chalmers, "Of course, being a very famous guy, Ty Cobb, was paid to endorse a variety of cars" but perhaps you are actually informing me not that you had that impression, but instead identified it as an Olds... in which case, thank you! With such a short comment, I can't tell which you refer too.

  3. check w/this link for more on Cobb & Cars