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The SAE Mobility History Committee (MHC) is exhibiting at the 40th Concours d’Elegance of America

A Shunpiker's Journal
July 28, 2018 6:00 AM

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The SAE Mobility History Committee (MHC) is exhibiting at the 40th Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St John’s , Plymouth MI, on 28 & 29th July 2018.


The MHC is very pleased to be involved in The 40th Concours d’Elegance of America (www.ConcoursUSA.org

 unnamed (5)At the Booth will be the world’s first semi-trailer, built by Detroit blacksmith August Fruehauf in 1914.

August coined the phrase "semi-trailer”, when he converted a wagon into a trailer to haul a boat using a Model-T Ford.


The Fruehauf Trailer company was founded four years later in 1918 and became the world's largest and most dominant manufacturer of semi-trailers for nearly a century. 


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The trailer on show is paired with a rare 1913 Smith Form-A semi-truck adapted from a Model-T Ford.


Model-T's were used for many commercial applications, including postal delivery, hearses, snowmobiles and many other uses.


This unique truck & semi-trailer can also be admired at the Concours Truck Night on Saturday July 28th from 6.00-9.00 pm .

 Fruehauf Hall of Fame page

Inn at St John's Map

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