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H.H. Franklin Club coming to Kanab
The H. H. Franklin Club was founded in 1951 and is comprised of some 900 plus members worldwide, most of them residing in the U.S. and Canada. It is devoted to preserving and enjoying the legacy of the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company and its principal product the Franklin motorcar.
From Sunday, June 17 through Friday, June 22, Kanab will host the club’s West Region tour, known as the “WESTREK.” Members, friends and family are coming from all over the country, including six Australians.
We will be touring the Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce and Zion Canyon, Pipe Spring, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Angel Canyon.
Parry Lodge will be our home base so the cars can be seen leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon. We welcome the town to come and see the cars, ask questions and take pictures.
The Franklin automobile
Built from 1902 through 1934, in Syracuse, New York, at the height of the automobile revolution, the Franklin motorcar was invented by engineer John Wilkinson and manufactured by industrialist H. H. Franklin and marked under his name.
It’s one of the most innovative motorcars of its time, featuring an air-cooled engine, scientific lightweight and flexible construction; and at a time when other luxury car manufacturers were making ponderous machines.
Although it was a custom-built luxury car, its unique features made the Franklin a pleasant and easy car to operate, and consequently most Franklins were owner driven.
The Franklin’s design allowed it to set many records in point-to-point races, revealing its superior nimble handling, durability, economy and speed over the rough roads of the day.
Throughout its history, Franklin was a luxury car and it was in this part of the automotive market that it competed with the other notable makes of the day. As such, it fell victim to the Great Depression, along with many of these same fine luxury car manufacturers.
These remarkable motorcars engendered such a loyal and faithful following that interest in them never died out. Many individuals continued to operate Franklins as their every day automobiles or preserved them right up to the emergence of the antique and classic hobby, decades after production ceased in 1934.