Tidbit of Franklin History

September 3, 1928 - Cannon Ball Baker, driving a Franklin special raced the Classic Pikes Peak hill climb in 19 minutes 25 1/5 seconds. This was the first time a Franklin was ever entered in this Labor Day classic, and by its remarkable performance gained the admiration of all those present.

From Book 1 and
Book 2 of the contemporaneous notes of the Franklin Board of Directors. Refresh your browser for another random entry.



Franklin Audio

Listen to a fun song written for and about the Franklin car. Click here to jump to the song page.

Not a member and wondering what the "Trek" is all about? Listen below to an NPR radio report done during the 2006 Trek.


Make a Donation

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to The H. H. Franklin Club.


Franklin Forum

Get Answers to Technical Questions - Connect with Franklin Enthusiast

Check out the Franklin Forum hosted on the AACA website.

Read Discussions


Events


2022

Board Meetings
February 12
April 30
During the Trek Week
November 5


Midwest "M3" Fall Meet
Maryland
Sept. 29 to Oct. 2
Click here for flyer

Hershey - Franklin Club at space RNE 8, October 3 to 7.


2023

Midwest Spring Meet
Nebraska

53rd WesTrek
Presser, WA
June 4-9, hosted by Kevin and Brenda Sullivan

Air Cooled meet
Hickory Corners, MI
June 17

69th Trek, date TBD

Midwest Fall Meet
Keweenaw Peninsula, UP of Michigan


3rd Tuesday of each month
Lehigh Valley Franklinites
Allentown, PA


Click here for more info on these and other events.







The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization devoted to the preservation and exploration of the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company history and its effects on the history of the automobile.

The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY built America's most successful air-cooled automobile, with its first innovative air-cooled motorcar in 1902 and continued production until 1934. Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it's estimated that about 3,700 have survived.


Become a Member

Bouv's Car Join TODAY and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to our club. Tour with other Franklins at the Trek, the Westrek, the two Midwest Regional meets each year, and other club sponsored meets. The H.H. Franklin Club offers a variety of resources to repair, restore, and/or maintain your Franklin. Enjoy the comraderie of our members who all appreciate the Franklin marque and will share that enthusiasm with you. As a 501(c)3 educational club the H.H. Franklin club has a variety of technical and historical resources available for club members and the public. Club members receive the award winning club magazine 'The Air Cooled News' three times a year, the club newsletter 'The Franklin Service Station' four times a year, and the Franklin Registry of all members and Franklin cars around the world. As a member you will also receive access to our Members Only section on the web which includes:


What's New on the Web and News

Do you have news or information (or corrections) for your Franklin Club website?
Click here to send mail to the webmaster at "Webmaster@Franklincar.org"


What's New on August 10?

Lynda


We sadly note the passing of Lynda Johnson on Saturday, July 30th. Lynda was the wife of Charles "Chuck" Johnson, long time member and past club president. Go to the News page or click here for more information.




Updated on August 5.

Midwest Maryland Meet. "M3" Fall Meet September 29 to October 2 Flyer and Registration form are available on the News/Midwest page, or click here.


A compilation of all of the scanned Franklin and related publications in the Franklin club library are available for members on thumb drive or portable storage media from the club librarian. Email the librarian at library@franklincar.org

Updated on August 3.

Shirt

Just during the Trek, and until August 14, order Franklin apparel from our Pop-Up store. Click here to see what's available.







Updated on July 21.

Miscellaneous Franklin Parts for sale. Look at the new ad for 10-C Hoods, running board, Steering column, Gas pick up, Dashboard for 10-C?, Overdrive unit for 1932 era Car, and more. Go to the Forsale/Parts page or click here.

Updated on July 19.

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For Sale. Series 12 Coupe. For more information, go to the For Sale page, or click here.


Updated on July 18.

Midwest Region Spring Meet Photos. View some photos of the recent Midwest meet in Winona, Minnesota. Go to the Pictures page or click here.

Updated on July 8.

Franklin Line. The Spring issue of the Midwest Region's newsletter, the 'Franklin Line" is now on line for your viewing pleasure. Go to the News/Midwest page or click here.

Updated on July 7.

Just added to the Members Only page: Search for tech tips from the John Burns columns. The John Burns column appeared in the Air Cooled News from 1955 until the mid-1990's. Early issues were written by the late John Burns, a prominent engineer at the Franklin company. (Click here for John Burns bio.) He responded to technical questions submitted to the ACN. Later, questions and issues were handled by Franklin engineers and experts, as well as tips and suggestions which were submitted by members. Go to the Members Only page, or click here to search the John Burns columns.

Updated on May 28.

Franklin Service Station. The May issue of the Service Station is now on line. Go to the Members Only/Service Station page or click here.

Updated on May 18.

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For Sale. 1914 Franklin Series 4 Touring. For more information, go to the For Sale page, or click here.











Welcome New Club Members


Jamie Brewer
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Dick and Ann Bilharz
Manlius, NY
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James T. Snyder and Georgette Gonzales-Snyder
Fayetteville, New York
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Chuck and Amy Mcclain
Sturgis, Mi
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Mason and Alaina Polston
McPherson, KS
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Wayne and Sharron Kinne
Beaverton, MI
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Donald Winzer and Nuthagon Paisankinkhuntod
Decatur, GA
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Robert Traylor
Tucson, AZ
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Edmund and Kate Chapman
Yoder, CO
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Scott Bowen
Santa Ana, CA
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Stuart and Kathie Duguid
Harper Woods, MI
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Franklin Vintage

Franklin Vintage
Franklin Vintage — An elegant photo book with text by Sinclair Powell. Buy the book.





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