Despite some minor fuel issues and the occasional downpour, the 1919 Franklin traveling cross-country this summer has completed the first 1,485-mile leg from Florida to Michigan. Jim Eby won the “Worst in Show” award from the Concours d’Lemons Atlanta with his air-cooled Franklin and he is traveling to the other two Concours d’Lemons events this year in the United States in Michigan and then California before rounding out the 8,000-mile trip to Florida. You can view Leg 1’s travelogue of sorts on the Concours d’Lemons Facebook page.
The Franklin has been in Eby’s family since it was new and undertaken several cross-country trips. With a top speed of 45 miles per hour and required maintenance every 100 miles or so to oil the engine’s top end, Eby and his wife are touring the country’s two-lane roads. They arrived in Michigan after just a week to visit Eby’s father, who previously owned the car.
This Saturday, July 28, Eby will enter the Franklin in the Concours d’Lemons Michigan at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The following day, the Franklin will also join the Concours d’Elegance at the same location.
After that, Jim heads off to California for the Classic Motorsports Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In on August 21 in Pacific Grove and then Concours d’Lemons Monterey on August 25 in Seaside. FAST Cooling has provided a FAST Cool Suit system for the hot days across the deserts while Reliable Carriers remains on standby to truck the Franklin to California (or home) if needed.
You can see Jim Eby’s 1919 Franklin and enter your own heap in the Concours d’Lemons Michigan this Saturday, July 28, in Plymouth at the Inn at St. John’s. Follow Jim’s adventures on the Concours d’Lemons Facebook page.