Model T Era Legends
Cornelius or CW Van Ranst - Designer, Race Car Driver
Cornelius or C. W. Van Ranst, as he liked to be called was born in 1892. His first automotive-related job
was at age 15 while still in prep school, with H. H. Franklin Co., as a part time draftsman’s assistant.
After graduation, he tested Mack trucks for a while then developed the first motion picture camera for amateur
movie makers. Late in 1912 he joined U. S. Motors. When Henry Ford won his lawsuit that dissolved the Selden
patent owned by US Motors, Van Ranst went back to testing Mack trucks.
Harry Hosterman - Speed Equipment Manufacturer
During 1921 Harry Hosterman designed and marketed an OHV cylinder head called the HAL for the Model T Ford. The HAL
Valve in Head for the Model T was quite unique. It had a wall all around the moving parts in the head that was
made high enough to keep the oil from spilling out of the top which was covered by a removable lid. The lid, or
cover, was made from aluminum, and with a big script "HAL" written across the top, it added a nice touch to the engine.
Production and sales of the heads were going well until Harry somehow got involved with some shady lawyers. These
lawyers had committed him, in one huge contract, to deliver within 30 days more heads than he could make in a year.
Of course he could not, and lost the contract, the business and control of the patent.
Carl Schmid - Driver, Collector and Restorer
Carl Schmid, born March 23, 1927 lived in Stockton, CA. where he owned and operated Schmid Iron Works. He
specialized in salvaging prewar Ford automobiles, old race cars and racing equipment. Carl began racing
after his service in Korea and his estate still owns his original track roadster. Worldwide, race car and
auto collectors who knew and dealt with Carl are grateful that he was able to save many rare cars and racing
equipment from destruction.
Carl accumulated large quantities of speed gear including at least four DOHC Frontenac engines. One he sold
to Doc Pruden, a regular competitor at the Long Beach Signal Hill Climb) and then bought it back again.
Another went to a collector in Australia.
Fred Temps - Restorer, Collector and Vintage Racer
Fred Temps was born in San Francisco in 1933. He and his wife Muriel live in Mariposa, California. They are
Charter members in the Redwood Empire Model T Club. They own a 1926 touring that they have meticulously restored,
and recently sold a Mercury bodied speedster that Fred vintage raced for many years. Fred and Muriel operate
their own upholstery business from their home, where they specialize in pre-’41 cars, horse drawn carriages,
2014 RESTORATION of the YEAR
Voboril Bros. Garage #6 Laurel Ford Special
Restored by Bill Barth for the Smith Collection
This is a restored racecar originally built by brothers Frank and Ed Voboril, from Dwight, NE. They owned and operated an auto repair shop and
built this car about 1922. The Voborils’ raced it from 1923 until the early 1930’s in Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, and Iowa.