1929 Willys Knight 66 B

Courtesy of John C. Slade, 929 Ridgelawn Ave., Hamilton, Ohio

John C. Slade

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Shown above is the famous 1929 Willys Knight 66 B, Great Six, PLAID SIDE ROADSTER, one of the most attractive cars of its time. The side-mounted spare, wire wheels, and the curved door with the plaid striping gave this beauty a real distinction. The national Willys Knight Registry is holding a national meet in Hamilton, Ohio, on July 22 in conjunction with the National Auto Festival. Many Overland Willys and Willy Knight cars will be exhibited

Hamilton, Ohio: Auto Festival '67 would be an appropriate title for the 13th annual antique Auto Festival and Tour to be held in this city on Saturday, July 22. Thousands of spectators, old and young, will be thrilled at the exciting spectacle of almost the whole history of the American Motor Car. 'Hey, Get a Horse!', 'How Fast Will It Go?', and 'Blow Your Horn' will be the cry of the youngsters. The teenagers just won't believe it, but grandpa will know, he was there in the beginning.

The Annual Auto Festival, now highly respected throughout the country will this year formally become an international attraction as registrations arrive from Canada as well as California, Texas, Florida, New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado and all over the U. S.

On July 21, 22 and 23 the national Kaiser Frazer Club will hold their national convention in Hamilton and will participate in the Festival tour on Saturday, July 22. The K. F. cars are expected to present the most complete exhibition of the first new post WW II cars since production days. Kaiser Frazer introduced new design concepts such as the beautifully sculptured Kaiser Darrin, said to be America's first sports car, and a variety of award winning closed models. With ample supply of new factory parts many of the K. F. cars will appear in like new condition and it will be a 5,000 mile trip to Hamilton and return for some California cars.

Another 1967 attraction for spectators and antique car enthusiasts will be the display of the famous old Willys Knight automobiles. The National Registry (Club) of Willys Knight automobiles (with members in several countries) has sent word through their director in Winston-Salem that they will hold their first national meet in Hamilton in conjunction with the 13th festival. It is anticipated that an impressive gathering' of Knight powered cars will line up for the tour. Older spectators will also recall the Stearns Knight, the Falcon Knight and Willys and other famous Knight (sleeve valve) powered automobiles.

1967 is also expected to be the year of the Rolls Royce, several have been purchased in the Cint.-Dayton area and two in Butler County. Almost everyone loves a Rolls. The story goes that the only sound a Rolls made was the click of the ignition key; so they made that a silent operation. Several of the finest Rolls in the country are expected to take part in the Hamilton Festival.

A new category of awards will be introduced in 1967 when proud owners display their restored stationary gasoline engines. These are the 'friendly' little one cylinder engines that brought mechanical muscle to homes and farms around the turn of the century. The sturdy little engines chugged their way into many hearts as they took over the job of powering washing machines, pumping water, grinding grain and dozens of daily chores. Rather small, all had to be hand cranked (and cranked). Oldsters will remember their cheery 'put, put-bang'! Several are expected to be on display along with antique farm tractors and threshing machines.

For the past two years tens of thousands of Festival spectators have been thrilled by the old time aerobatics of noted stunt pilot Bill Hogan and his restored 1929 Waco flying machine. It was learned that most young people had never seen an airplane in old-fashioned loops, rolls, and spins. The old airplane will make two fly-over appearances--first at the assembly area at 11:00 a.m. and again at the Fairfield stopover at 1:30 p.m. Sounds of the old airplane (and the antique autos) will be heard on a special Antique Car Festival radio network program, 'Yesterday Lives Again', broadcast over several Ohio and Indiana stations, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon. City officials, visiting club officers, national club representatives and others will take part in the program.

Each car owner will receive a brass commemorative car plaque; over 60 awards will be given in various categories including cars from the greatest distance.

Everyone is invited to Hamilton for the annual Auto Festival and Homecoming on July 22. Those with antique or classic cars, 1894 through 1942 and Kaiser Frazer and Hudson-Essex-Terraplane made club cars are invited to participate in the picturesque 12 mile tour through Hamilton and Fairfield. Car owner's name and address and make and year of car (tractors or engines) should be sent to Festival Headquarters, 6 Court St., Hamilton Ohio, at the earliest date. Registration forms will be sent upon request.

Topping off the gala day two dinners will be held simultaneously. Car owners and friends are invited to make reservations for the annual Club Dinner to be held at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Inn. The Kaiser - Frazer Club will hold their convention dinner at the First Methodist Church at the same time. Nearly five hundred cars are expected to register for the 13th Auto Festival on July 22. The colorful event is sponsored annually by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Butler County and the Hamilton Association of Trade and Industry.