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The fastest car in the world in 1906 was a specially built Stanley Steam Car called the "Rocket". Fred Marriott drove the Rocket on Ormond Beach in Florida from January 21st to 28th, in 1906.

At the January 1906 Ormond tournament Fred Marriott won the Dewar Trophy for the Stanley Brothers makers of the Stanley Steamers. Marriott set a world speed record on the first day in the one mile steam championship. The second day he set another world record in the five mile race.

Then on January 26, 1906 Fred Marriott drove the Rocket 127.66 miles per hour completing the mile in 28.12 seconds. A world land speed record that would last until 1910. Former records were held by the Darracq (France) and the Napier (England). Below is an image of the Rocket.

1906 Stanley Steam Car - The Rocket
1906 Stanley Steam Car - The Fastest Car In The World

The steam engine in the Rocket was exactly like the regular Stanly Steamers, except that it was larger or about twice the size of the Stanley touring Car (Model F). The Rocket's weight was 1,600 pounds. Boiler size was 30 inches in diameter and 18 inches deep and contained 1,475 tubes and had a total heating surface of 285 square feet. Operating steam pressure was 800 to 900 pounds. Wheels were 34 inches in diameter and equipped with 3 inch tires.

1906 - Fred Marriott's Record Run On Ormond Beach
1906 - Fred Marriott's Record Run On Ormond Beach

Louis S. Ross, with the Stanley Brothers assistance, built a Stanley steam engine equipped steam racer in 1905. The automobile was nicknamed the "Wogglebug" and was entered in the January 1905 Ormond Beach tournament. Louis S. Ross won the Dewar Trophy and nearly every other race on the Beach.

Louis S. Ross Stanly Powered Steam Racing Car
Louis S. Ross Stanley Powered Steam Racing Car

Prior to the 1905 and 1906 Ormond Beach tournament F. E. Stanley raced stock cars. His first special racing machine was built in 1903. He drove this streamlined American Automobile racer he called the "Torpedo" to a world record at the Readville, MA race track on May 30, 1903. Stanley equipped steam racers also won races at the "Climb To The Clouds" at Mt. Washington in NH in the years 1904 and 1905.

F. E. Stanley With His Steam Powered Torpedo Racer
F. E. Stanley With His Steam Powered Torpedo Racer

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