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Horseless Carriage : circa 1909 by George Petrovsky

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This 1909 Schacht Runabout Model K was one of the star exhibits at the recent celebration of 150 Years of Transport. This was held at the Bong Bong Racecourse, just outside Bowral, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, organised by the Berrima District Historical Vehicle Club. In the annals of transport, this was the next step from the horse drawn carriage, as seen in my previous picture. Please view larger for detail.

Schacht was an American manufacturer of automobiles, trucks and fire trucks from 1904 to 1940. The company was started by William and Gustav Schacht in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were some 8,000 automobiles produced from 1904 to 1914, with truck and fire truck production continuing until 1940. (Wikipedia).

Nikon D 80, Sigma 17-70mm lens, Program setting, 1/160 sec @ f 6.3, ISO 400, Pattern metering . Cropped and processed (distractions removed) in Paintshop Pro X5 to give a vintage look of the times.


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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    An excellent capture and presentation

  • Thank you very much, Kala – this was quite an unusual find and I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    Oh I love this George. Wonderfully processed. Perfectly presented.

  • Thanks muchly for the fave, Maree – I’m hoping that presenting these cars in this way gives them a more authentic “vintage” feel. In some cases, such as this, I try to remove distracting surrounds to concentrate on vehicle details – glad you like the results! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 1 year ago

    This looks great George…fancy a drive in this carriage on a beautiful Valentine’s Day!!

  • Mais oui, Gilberte! I’ll get the car ready, then we can prepare a nice picnic lunch with some cheeses, bread, fruits of the forest and some nice red wine. Then we can parade down your main street and you can wave to your admirers! What a good idea! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 1 year ago


  • Thanks very much for the fave, Luda – always appreciated! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    how long have you been hiding this beauty?
    it’s a stunner!
    and soooooo romantic! the seat is just about big enough for two – and a very snug fit too :)

  • My first sighting of this magnificent machine was only on 9th Feb, at a local “150 Years of Transport” celebration. Yes, the seat is nicely padded and snug for two nicely padded people – poyehali? :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Thanks for the fave too, Irina – much appreciated! Honk honk! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    lol.. nice idea / posting Geeorge

  • Thanks, John – glad you like this ancient beastie! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsover 1 year ago

    What a romantic carriage! Beautiful shot!

  • Ah, yes Thea – from a far more elegant time…. thank you for your visit and comments – much appreciated! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 1 year ago

    amazing! ready to charge. great shot and postwork, George!

  • Thanks, Nikolay! Ready to chug down the road at maybe 10 miles per hour – frightening the horses and children…. This is a working example, as it later led the parade of old cars around the racecourse. I’m very pleased that you like the postwork – it’s fun experimenting! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 1 year ago

    Personally, I am quite happy with a couple of dozens , but somethings have to look for “how to” in the multi-page instructions.

  • Thanks again, Nikolay. Some facets are fairly intuitive, but I’m still doing a lot of reading. As the old saying goes: “When all else fails – read the instructions!” :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 1 year ago

    Great work!!!

  • Thanks for visiting and for your comment Paul – much appreciated! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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