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Four-Links – motorcycle bicentennial, Bessie B. Stringfield, Helene Rother, buried Daimler

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Did we just miss the 200th anniversary of the first motorcycle? Over at the Vintagent, Paul d’Orleans presents us with possible evidence for a steam-powered Vélocipédraisiavaporianna, reportedly built by an unnamed German inventor and exhibited in Paris in early April 1818. However, while Orleans gives some interesting historical background (Europeans feared a coming extinction of the horse), the lithograph appears to be the only evidence to support such an early date for motorcycling.

* Speaking of motorcycles, the New York Times‘s Overlooked project this week took a look at the life, times, and identities of Bessie B. Stringfield, who rode Harleys across the American South before and after World War II (and who we’ve mentioned here once before).

* Speaking of pioneering women, the Historic Vehicle Association this week profiled Helene Rother, who escaped the Nazis, immigrated to the United States, and became a prominent auto designer with her own studio.

* And, well, unrelated to really anything above, a Guernsey homeowner dug up a Daimler from her garden, as the Beeb reports.

* Finally, Ford Heritage has on its YouTube channel this 1967 video titled “First Time Out,” which tells the story of the Lotus 49’s first race – and first win – at Zandvoort. (via)