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Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:14 pm
by MarkM
A minor correction about the location of the Stahl's Automobile Museum referenced in the discussions about the locations of the Leslie Special cars and Professor Fate's Hannibal Twin-8 cars: it is in Chesterfield, Michigan (not Missouri as mentioned in the Leslie Special blog or Detroit as mentioned in the Hannibal Twin-8 blog). When I last visited the museum in July 2015, the Hannibal Twin-8 was on display, but not the Leslie Special.

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:38 pm
by ric
MarkM wrote:A minor correction about the location of the Stahl's Automobile Museum referenced in the discussions about the locations of the Leslie Special cars and Professor Fate's Hannibal Twin-8 cars: it is in Chesterfield, Michigan (not Missouri as mentioned in the Leslie Special blog or Detroit as mentioned in the Hannibal Twin-8 blog).

Thanks for the corrections, I've updated those pages.

When I last visited the museum in July 2015, the Hannibal Twin-8 was on display, but not the Leslie Special.

I think Ted Stahl regularly takes the Leslie Special out to events, e.g.
http://www.greatrace.com/news/the-lesli ... -2014.html

Edit: Yup, he headed off to Missouri with it in mid June 2015
http://tedstahl.com/tag/leslie-special/

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:39 pm
by dmcglynn
This is one of the first movies I ever remember watching, and also one of the first VHS movies my parents ever bought back when they got their first VCR second-hand in the early 80s.. My dad proposed to my mom after taking her to see this movie in 1965, so it holds a special place in the hearts of my family.

After celebrating their 50th anniversary last weekend, I watched it with my wife and 3 kids the other night, and it got me interested again and made me check the internet for more information. ( Apparently it stuck with my son as well, as the next day, I woke up and he had made a Leslie-Special and Hannibal Twin-8 out of legos. .. and even Ms DuBois' camera! ) I've always LOVED the Hannibal Twin-8. Imagine my surprise that the Stahl museum is located right on the route I take to get to my brother's house, so I've driven past that location about 100 times without realizing those cars were in there! ( and a Tucker too!.. always loved that movie. )

Thanks for making this site. I hope it survives like the movie - it continues to hold up!

David

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:55 pm
by ric
When you drop in, see what you can find about the current state of both Hannibal 8's.
One was still being restored in the last photos I saw.

I'd love to nail down the history of both cars, e.g.
  • which scenes each was used for
  • if either of them was used in the "Charge of the Model T's" film...

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:11 am
by ric
dmcglynn wrote:...( Apparently it stuck with my son as well, as the next day, I woke up and he had made a Leslie-Special and Hannibal Twin-8 out of legos. .. and even Ms DuBois' camera! )

Take some photos before he re-uses the bricks! :)

Did it end up anything like this? http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.p ... opic=29403

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Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:14 pm
by dmcglynn
ric wrote:Take some photos before he re-uses the bricks! :)


I will see if he still has them put together.. It is no where as detailed and fancy as that one! I think he had to scale it all down to match the few wheels we had on hand, which were very small.

And I'll inquire about the other HT8 when I go to the Stahl museum. I noticed they have a google-streets-ish 360 degree view of the museum on their website, and you can actually see the cars. Here's a screen-shot of my browser:

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David

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:37 pm
by dmcglynn
I haven't made it to the museum yet, and I was also unable to get a picture of the lego-cars from my son.

I just noticed how strange the black-tires look on the Leslie-Special when I looked at that picture again from my previous post. I never even noticed it before today.

Re: Location of Leslie Special & Prof Fate's Hannibal Twin-8

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:38 pm
by ric
dmcglynn wrote:...
I just noticed how strange the black-tires look on the Leslie-Special when I looked at that picture again from my previous post. I never even noticed it before today.

Fred Stahl really does drive that car around a few times a year, so obviously the original white tyres have worn out, or have been preserved somewhere.
You can still buy brand new white "non skid" tyres, but they're not cheap!
https://www.cokertire.com/firestone-non ... white.html

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