The Tappet Clatter is the official newsletter of Revs Institute volunteers. Each issue features volunteer activities and training, Tappet Trivia, Video Treats, and Tappet Tech. Become a volunteer to meet new friends, share your passion for the automobile, help fulfill the mission of Revs Institute, and also have fun.
Revs Institute hosted the WFFMM and NAAM joint conference for automotive museum professionals in November. The Volunteers stepped up to help provide the best possible conference experience. Italy has a wealth of automotive history. Our Volunteer shares his automotive experiences in Italy last summer. Have you ever wondered when car audio got its start? This month we explore the evolution of car audio. Board track racing was a short-lived, dangerous period in early American auto racing covered in an article that helps you understand its significance This month’s Tappet Trivia has four questions about early automotive history. Tappet Tech explores why roadways and racetracks are banked.
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In this November issue, we have a “passing of the helmet” story from a Volunteer. What does your editor consider Porsche Gallery Bookends? Find out inside. The Lotus Elite, the epitome of “lightness,” is explored. Also, this month is a report on the Miles Collier Collections Ferrari 250 LM, the car that Ferrari had to build. Tappet Trivia this month features one question about a unique Indianapolis race car. Tappet Tech explores wooden and wire spoke wheels.
Tappet Clatter editor
The Cunningham D-Type Jaguar is featured in this month’s issue. Also a history of Bill Sadler, Canadian race car builder and his creations. A true grass-roots racer and race car builder. Included is a research report on the Ford Indy V8 display engine in the Revs Gallery. We have reprinted a favorite article explaining why tires went from white to black and its connection to a beloved childhood possession. Tappet Trivia features questions about the Cunningham race cars. This month’s Tappet Tech explores hydraulic shock absorbers.
- September’s Tappet Clatter opens the season with a new look. Tappet Trivia features questions about Harry Miller and Miller racing cars. The Membership Committee reports on seven new Volunteers. We also highlight our summer Volunteer activities locally and at Road America. A concise history of the Porsche 550-01 is included as is an investigation of the influences for the McLaren F1. Tappet Tech explains friction dampers used on many early sporting autos.
- This month’s Tappet Clatter has a special Month of May Tappet Trivia that features questions about the Indianapolis 500. Also featured is Part II of the Iceberg in Motorsports reporting on the unseen preparation an IndyCar receives before the start of the race. The Membership Committee reports on three new Volunteers. Also a report on the April Members Meeting. Since April is the start of a new term for the Volunteer Board of Directors, we present a short biography and picture of each Board Member. Part III of Lucy O’Reilly Schell story concludes the story of this amazing woman. Brian Lanoway’s timely history of the Porsche 906- 125 appears just in time for the car to return to the museum floor. Tappet Tech explains the Hybrid automobile.
- Revs Institute Volunteers welcomes six new Volunteers. The Membership Committee reports on the support for the Hodges University Car Show benefiting the student veterans support organization. Tappet Trivia features questions about the Stutz Motor Car Company and its founder. Also a report on the March Members Meeting featuring a great report from Chuck Schmitt on the history of the museum’s architecture and a presentation from Nancy Carlson, retired Exxon Mobil motorsports manager on the value of motorsports sponsorship. This issue features a great report on the recently donated 1929 Du Pont Speedster, an article on the “other” Briggs and Part II of the history of racer, car owner and innovator, Lucy O’Reilly Schell. Tappet Tech explains gears and why automobiles use a transmission.
- Revs Institute Volunteers have been busy with three that have completed their Docent training, remarks from two high school volunteers on their volunteer experiences, support for the first Hodges University Car Show to benefit their Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center and a report on our February Volunteers Meeting. That meeting featured a great report from Lauren Goodman on racer, race team owner, and innovator, Lucy O’Reilly Schell. Part one of her article appears in this issue. Also, Part Two of Lodge McKee’s history of the museum and volunteers. In this issue are pictures from Miles Collier Collections cars getting exercised at Brian Redman’s Targa 66 event. This month’s Tappet Trivia goes Italian, so put on your Ferrari cap and dig in. New Volunteer, Bill Vincent gives us a peek at the tip of the “iceberg” of work required to ready a race car to compete in the IndyCar series before the first race. Tappet Tech explores the origin of pneumatic tires and their construction.
- Tappet Clatter showcases our annual Volunteers and Staff Appreciation Awards Banquet summarized with lots of pictures. Ralph Stoesser’s Adopt-A-Car report on the Porsche Tractor becomes an article with some assistance from Morris Cooper. One of the inventors of the technology beneath the automobile’s hood, Charles F. Kettering, is profiled this month. Profiles of our new Volunteers and a summary of hours contributed in 2021. Finally, Tappet Tech explores why engines sound the way they do.
- The January 2022 Tappet Clatter explores what the experts are saying about autonomous automobiles. Are they coming tomorrow? Or is it more difficult than we realize? One of our new Volunteers, shares her first in-person experience attending a Formula One race in Austin, Texas. It is a fun read whether you have attended a major race or not. Also, a look at the early history of electric automobiles in an era when they were dominant and a few reasons why they may have faded from the automotive landscape…for a while. Finally, Tappet Tech explores why some multi-cylinder engines are inline, and some are configured in Vee shapes.
- A message from our Chairman Chip Halverson. Also featured is a report on the terrific November Volunteers’ meeting with Lodge McKee, Scott George, Mace Wolf and Miles Collier as speakers. There are several links to videos featuring familiar cars and events mentioned at the meeting. Morris Cooper has done a little reading about electric cars being marketed to women as the reason for their demise. It is an interesting take on a changing period in the early automobile market. Also, a look at the maintenance requirements of a typical automobile from 1914. Finally, Tappet Tech explores multi-cylinder engines.
- Welcome Back from Our Curator, Membership Committee, Volunteers’ Meeting with GM’s Sports Car Racing Manager, Laura Klauser, From Fiat to SIMVA to Chrysler to Peugeot to Lee Iaccoca and Chrysler Again (part deux), the Metalworkers Art, What is the Dewar Trophy, Horsepower and Torque, Welcoming Our Newest Members.
- GM’s Sports Car Racing Manager to Speak at Volunteers’ Zoom Meeting, New Face at Revs Institute, Historic Races Honor Bill Wuesthoff, From Fiat to SIMVA to Chrysler to Peugeot to Lee Iaccoca and Chrysler Again, Cars as Canvases Exhibit, Fuel Injection.
- Volunteers’ Appreciation Lunch, Sales Brochure Digitization, Jaguar XK100 Display Engine, Steering Basics.
- Millennial Interest in Cars and Collecting, Roads Scholars Event at Road Atlanta, the Allure of French Cars, Origins of the Electric Starter
- Cars on 5th, Opening Day, Targa 66, Lancia D50, Dennis McCluggage.
- Volunteer Gimmick Road Rally, Cars and Coffee at Mercato, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Henry Ford and Barbeque, Fiat D Multipla.
- Festive Fuel Up, Emeritus Awards, 1938 Race to the Death on the Autobahn
- Cruise to Gypsy Isles, Rookery Bay Car Show, Naples Christmas on Fifth, Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe
- Cruise-In, Cosworth DFX, Motorsports in 2020
- Cruise to Road and Gun Club, Targa Florio, Colonel Waldon and the Checkered Flag, Luxury Cars in the Depression Era