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The Chalmers Automobile Registry is dedicated to founder David Chalmers Hammond (1932-2006)



February 3, 2008


Chalmers Automobile Registry to presents 100th year of the Chalmers


This year 2008 marks the 100th year of the Chalmers automobile.  We are holding our celebration in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  I will be working with Jack Miller, Miller Motors Hudson Museum Jack states “We are going to put together an event during the 2008 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show to honor the Chalmers.”  Held in the Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park near the Depot Town historic shopping and entertainment district.  The show attracts 400 vehicles.  Sponsored by the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, this community wide celebration includes a pass and review with expert narrators.


On Friday morning May 30th, 2008 we will view the GM Heritage Collection as a group, $10 per person.  There will be a car tour on Saturday May 31, 2008.  The car tour will be about 50 miles of back roads, round trip to an automotive site, and other stops. The car tour is free with lunch stop on your own.  The car show is on Sunday June 1, 2008.  The Cost is $18 per vehicle.  You must be pre-registered for all events.  There are two blocks of rooms; one is 2 miles away, the is cost $99 per night.  The other is 4 miles away and cost is $65 per night.


If there is any interest, we could schedule some group tours or, you could go on your own to the Henry Ford Museum, Chrysler Museum, Michigan Firehouse Museum, Detroit Historical Museum, Ford Rouge Plant Tour, Yankee Air Museum, Matthaei Botanical Gardens.  If you have not been to the Detroit area or not any time lately, there is a lot to see and do.  


The Miller Hudson Motor Museum is also home to the world's last Hudson Dealer. With its records dating to 1927 a priceless part of Ypsilanti automotive history is now preserved. See original Hudson dealer memorabilia and cars displayed. 

You can visit their web site at


If you would like more information or have a question, or would like to register for the show or the tour contact me at one of the address below.  Hope to hear from you.  Registry email  or thru the web site at  

My phone number is 610-948-1326.  (Eastern Standard Time) evenings are best before 10 PM

Snail mail:  Joe Alackness

                   908 2nd Ave

                   Royersford, PA 19468

Joe Alackness

Chalmers Automobiles Registry



Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors Hudson


December 2007

Hi Everyone.  We are still working on the 100th anniversary of the Chalmers and should have most of the details in January.  Keep the date open May 31 and June 1, 2008.  Since announcing we were having the meet I had a couple of response from people that are not members.  Jeff Godshall who just retired from Chrysler is the announcer for our 100th celebration.  Jeff  who has a friend, Cliff Lockwood that worked in the Chrysler archives.  Jeff goes on to say ”He once showed me a small notebook, bound in black leather, that was a kind of a diary kept by a workman at the Chalmers Jefferson plant.  In this notebook was a notation “Last Chalmers Built Today”.  I don’t remember the exact date in the notebook, but do remember that it was either the day before or the day after Thanksgiving holiday in 1923.  In that year Thanksgiving fell on Thursday, November 29.  Thus the last Chalmers automobile was built either on Wednesday, November 28, 1923 or Friday, November 30, 1923.”  Jeff also included a copy of a story about the Chalmers Motors from DAC (Detroit Athletic Club) dated October 2004.  Another story about the 1924 New York Auto Show includes a picture of the Chrysler-Chalmers.  New Member Gordon Snook from Arizona send photo copies of old magazine articles CHALMERS-DETROIT AND HUDSON COMPANIES TO SEPARATE from December 23, 1909 issue of  THE AUTOMOBILE.  The second from the same magazine dated August 1909 CHALMERS-DETROIT 1910 PRESENTATION.  The last is a name change from HORSELESS AGE dated February 2, 1910.  CHALMERS-DETROIT TO CHANGE NAME.

There is two other new pages for December.   First by Dan Olsen on When Your Tire Goes Flat.  The second by Joe Alackness about the Tirometer.


Best in Class

Congratulations goes out to Skip Marketti, The Nethercutt Collection for their Best in Class and the Ansel Adams Award at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.  They finished their 1913 Chalmers Model 18 just in time to attend.  The car is blue with a black fenders, hood and black top.  Great job Skip and crew.



Great Race

2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the New York to Paris Race.  On May 31, 2008 Great Race will start its trip around the world from Times Square New York City.  After being involved with Great Race for more than 20 years, it has been a big part of what we do almost every year.  Logging 50,000 mile in our 1932 Buick 60 Series Convertible.  We crossed the country many times East to West, West to East and from Canada to Mexico City.  Read the story "Can History Repeat Itself".







I thought this next story should be reprinted
Jim Stamper (#52) recently wrote me about his successful efforts in rebuilding the cork clutch on his 1914 Model 24 “Master Six”.  Jim told me that it was quite a job with very little information available and he had to learn a great deal about cork clutches.  He is willing to share this newfound knowledge with registry members.  Anyone who is interested should contact Jim to learn more about cork clutches.



"Jim Stamper 1914 Model 24 “Master Six”







Nelson Update Story and pictures  July 2005

Our Founder David Chalmers Hammond June 2006


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