Historic Hood River
Tip Top Auto
I enjoy this advertisement from a February, 1912 issue of The Hood River Glacier both for its artwork and the detailed mechanical description. WAAAM has a 1917 Federal truck in their collection. Their collection of antique trucks is one of my favorite exhibits.
I especially like that the engine has an independent governor to limit its speed to 1000 RPM. While modern engines may spin at several thousand RPM in routine operation, the bearings and lubrication of this period was much more suited to low RPMs. This gives these old vehicles at the classic “pucked-ah pucked-ah” sounds as they amble along at a leisurely pace.
We’ve met “Captain” C. P. McCan before. He was the builder and original owner of the house on the corner of Tucker Road across from the Catholic cemetery. We also saw an image of his visit to Sam Hill’s Maryhill in 1912 along with a delegation of other promoters of “good roads.”
McCan was an early car enthusiast with a race track in his yard. I was not previously aware of “Tip Top Auto Company,” but his house was called “Tip Top Ranch.” I don’t know if there was any connection with the later Tip Top Tavern.
Tip Top Auto Company also sold Maxwell automobiles.