Our Lang Library and Education Center houses a collection of amazing transportation related publications, documents, ephemera, scrapbooks and much more. Inspired by our wild Maine winter, Archivist Sarah Dunne selected several collection pieces to share including this image of an early book cover. This excerpt from a 1910 review of The Boy Aviators' Polar Dash; or, Facing Death in the Antarctic lauded the tome for its informative tale of adventure: "The useful information concerning the Antarctic regions, and the aviation features and their technical correctness, set the book apart from those with simple entertainment and adventure." - Dallas News, Dallas Texas; 1910. Hurst.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. when OHTM Curator and Education Director Ethan Yankura will present "Samuel Franklin Cody & British Aviation at the Dawn of Flight." This fascinating talk is hosted by our friends at the Seal Cove Auto Museum and is free to the public. For more details on Ethan's talk and other upcoming programs at the Seal Cove Auto Museum check out their website.
On February 21, 1948 the National Association for Stock Car Racing, commonly known as NASCAR, was officially incorporated. Happy birthday NASCAR!
Racing fans should be sure to check out "Faster: the Quest for Speed" at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The exhibition focuses on mankind's ongoing quest for speed on wheels and many exciting historic racing vehicles are on display.
The second installment in our 2015 Winter Education Series is coming right up! Don't miss "The fastest bicycle rider in the world: Major Taylor's legacy picks up speed" tomorrow, Saturday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. Admission to the talk is free to the public.
On this Throwback Thursday we're honored to recognize John McComb. "Mac" and his wife, Vici, are both volunteers at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
McComb is a well-known sports car driver in the SCCA and IMSA. During his three-decade career, spanning the 1960s through the 1980s, McComb drove for six factories and numerous private owners. He won numerous SCCA divisional titles and two National Championships.
In 1966 McComb won the six-hour Trans-American race at Ft. Worth, TX in his Shelby, the points he scored in the 1966 and 1967 Trans-American series contributed to two manufacturers Championships for Ford. He also won the SCCA National Championship in his Shelby.
In 1970 McComb was hired by Datsun (now Nissan) to drive the BRE race cars and 1971 saw McComb driving the factory-backed Lotus Europa and several races with Al Holbert in the factory Porsche Carrera. In 1972 he was hired by Group 44 to drive the British/ Leyland factory Triumphs and he was with them through 1976, winning the D Production National Championship in 1975.
Photo: John "Mac" McComb gets ready to race.
Photo: John "Mac" McComb with fellow Group 44 driver, Paul Newman.