Marathon Motor Works (1881), view #1, 1306 Clinton St, Nashville, TN, USA

Marathon Motor Works (1881), view #1, 1306 Clinton St, Nashville, TN, USA

originally built as Phoenix Cotton Mill aka Nashville Cotton Mill • by 1910 building vacant • that year, Jackson TN’s Southern Engine & Boiler Works (photo) — said to be top US producer of boilers & gas engines — sold its 4-year-old Marathon motor car division to Nashville investors, who moved it to this building in 1910

historic marker:
The marathon motor car was manufactured here 1914*–1918 by Southern Motor Works (later called Marathon). Four models, all touring cars, were powered by engines of four cylinders, 30/35 hp and Sixes of 50 hp, with wheelbases from 9’8" to 12’5". The plant closed operations in 1914 due to financial difficulties but continued a parts & service business until 1918.

*production actually began in 1910-11

• Marathon motor car originally introduced as Southerner, 1907 • Nashville plant began with 75 employees and plans to produce 5 cars/day • actual production eventually averaged 60 cars a month • total Marathon production unknown; 8 cars known to exist • all parts manufactured in-house • conceived as low-powered car at exceptionally low price • cars sold well via nationwide & international dealerships

• offered models w/4-or-6 cylinder engines producing up to 50 hp • by 1914 model names based on an Olympic theme: Champion, 45 hp, 123" wheelbase, seven-passengers, $1,800; Winner, 35 hp, 118" wheelbase, $1,350; Runner, 25 hp, 106" wheelbase, $950 • each model came in touring car and roadster versions • adjustable windshields, gas headlamps & two side oil lights • 4 cylinder engines standard on all models

• by 1914 all Marathons equipped with electric lights • 1915 models were last built at this factory • company went bankrupt, 1914, due to mismanagement and legal issues • Herff-Brooks of Indianapolis — distributors and stockholders in company — took over & produced Marathon motorcars one more year • vacated building later housed Werthan Bag Company, 1922-28 • Werthan’s were family depicted in 1989 film, Driving Miss Daisy

• Marathon building purchased by Barry Walker, 1987, converted to
studios, brewery, etc., renamed Marathon Village • 4 block complex of artists’ & photographers’ studios, offices, radio station, fitness center, distillery, taproom, artisan shops, Antique Archaeology, more…

• 2014 Southern Engine & Boiler Works photo • After Bright Future, Marathon Sputters OutTennessean • Marathon history • Wikipedia • Historic Marathon Motor Works village rises from rubble -Auction Central News • history • National Register #95001482, 1996

Posted by lumierefl on 2012-08-31 15:59:41

Tagged: , nashville , davidson county , tennessee , tn , usa , united states , north america , southeast , downtown , architecture , building , factory , automotive , automobile , industry , assembly , cars , brick , nineteenth century , 1880s , sminor , lumierefl , 95001482 , //”,//”

Truck driver cleans headlights at gas station, Allston

Truck driver cleans headlights at gas station, Allston

File name: 11_07_000866

Title: Truck driver cleans headlights at gas station, Allston

Creator/Contributor: Grant, Spencer, 1944- (photographer)

Date created: 1974

Physical description: 1 negative : film, black & white ; 35 mm.

Genre: Film negatives

Subjects: Allston (Boston, Mass.); Trucks; Cleaning; Automobile service stations

Notes: Title from photographer caption.

Collection: Spencer Grant Collection

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

Rights: Copyright © Spencer Grant

Posted by Boston Public Library on 2012-02-10 16:10:45

Tagged: , Spencer Grant , Industry …



Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska, is a replica of Stonehenge made from junk cars painted a uniform gray. Constructed in 1987 by Jim Reinders, it’s become both a popular tourist stop and – to some people- a monument to the culture of the automobile, and to the industrial and consumer society of 20th century America.

See all my work at

Posted by jimhughes51 on 2017-06-07 19:20:25

Tagged: , Carhenge , Alliance , Nebraska , sculpture , cars , automobile , industry , industrial , Detroit , junk sculpture , junkyard , consumerism , scrap , obsolescence , America , American , tourism , Midwest , black and white , b&w , black & white …

1956 Plymouth Savoy

1956 Plymouth Savoy

In the countryside of Niota, Illinois, about a block from my girlfriend’s parent’s farm, there’s a small, lonely wooded area that used to be a homestead. The house, barn, and sheds are all collapsed in on themselves, and the area is littered with old, abandoned cars – most of which are in still good enough condition to be restored, or reborn as hot rods.

Amongst the old, rusting, and forgotten automobiles is this powder-blue 1956 Plymouth Savoy that is literally "wrapped around a tree". The motor was removed a long time ago, allowing enough room for a seed to take root, and an old sturdy tree to flourish where Detroit iron once powered the abandoned Savoy decades ago.

Taken in Niota, Illinois on March 25th, 2009 with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.

Posted by James Billson on 2009-07-07 07:34:21

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GV Florida Transport, Inc. – GD1

GV Florida Transport, Inc. - GD1

Note to whom it may concern: As a member of the Philippine Bus Enthusiasts Society (PhilBES) and its junior and affiliate group, the Philippine Bus Photographers Association (PBPA), both of which are communities/groups of bus and coach enthusiasts and amateur photographers, that focus on bus companies’ history, technical specifications of vehicles, and other related subject matter, that is based in the Philippines, I would like inform you that the number plate of the bus on this photo has been blurred out to prevent it being used as evidence by any agencies, whether be it privately-owned or government-owned, to apprehend the said vehicle or the operating company of the vehicle on the photo at times when the said vehicle may be involved in any motoring mishap, incident, or accident. This is to prevent the involvement of myself, and/or any members of the groups stated to any such cases or the hassles and possible dangers presented with being involved at such cases. I would also like to stress out that I am NOT a part nor am I affiliated or connected in any way with any bus companies inside or outside the country. At times when you may experience any of employees of the operating company of the bus on the photo behave in an offensive manner; such that of reckless driving, lack of manners towards the passengers, incorrect and excessive charging of fare, and any other offenses they may commit, I do advise you report them to their respective managements for further action.

However, despite the limitation I stated earlier about the use of my photos, any person is free to download and use any of my photos to any general or civilian use such as advertisement and other promotional use, school works, or personal interests about the subject.

Shot Location: GV Florida Transport, Inc. Bus Terminal Station, M. Earnshaw Street cor. Arsenio H. Lacson Ave., Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Date Taken: April 1, 2013

Basic Details:
Fleet Number: GD1
Classification: Air-Conditioned Provincial Operation Bus
Seating Configuration: 2×2 Seats
Seating Capacity: 41 Passengers

Coachbuilder: Xiamen Golden Dragon Tourism Autos (Golden Dragon)
Body Model: Golden Dragon XML6127 Marcopolo
Air-Conditioning Unit: Dependent Overhead Unit

Chassis Manufacturer: Forta Automobile Industry Company, Ltd.
Chassis Model: Forta FZ6121A5
Layout: Rear-Mounted Engine Rear-Wheel Drive (4×2 RR layout)
Suspension: Air-Suspension

Engine Manufacturer: China Yuchai International, Ltd.
Engine Model: Yuchai YC6G300-20 (G4704)
Cylinder Displacement: 476.061 cu. inches (7,803 cc / 7.8 Liters)
Cylinder Configuration: Straight-6
Engine Aspiration: Turbocharged and Intercooled
Max. Power Output: 296 bhp (300 PS – metric hp / 221 kW) @ 2,200 rpm
Peak Torque Output: 848 lb.ft (1,150 N.m / 117 kg.m) @ 1,400 – 1,600 rpm

Type: Manual Transmission
Gears: 6-Speed Forward, 1-Speed Reverse

* The specifications may be subjected for verification and may be changed without prior notice…

Posted by B.R.0071 – [Inactive Account] on 2013-04-03 12:50:55

Tagged: , philbes , phil , philippine , bus , coach , enthusiasts , society , gd1 …