PRLog - Aug. 7, 2012 - PHILADELPHIA -- When the “Decades of Dublin” parade kicks off on Saturday. September 8, a vehicle as old as the borough itself will lead the way.
1912 Moyer will lead the "Decades of Dublin" Parade
A classic, extremely rare 1912 Moyer Touring automobile will be cruising along Route 313 at the head of this parade, part of a weekend of festivities planned to mark Dublin Borough’s 100th anniversary. Fewer than 10 Moyer automobiles are known to exist at the present time.
Co-owned by longtime borough resident Gary Moyer and his cousin, Neil Moyer, this vehicle was a Christmas present in 1950 from Gary’s grandfather (Alvin Moyer) to his three sons: Wilmer (Gary’s late father), Clarence, and Clifford.
All the Moyer men enjoyed working on and showing classic automobiles, explained Gary Moyer.
“With a good cleaning, a paint job and new tires, they were using it almost everyday,” he said, adding that the the car company is not in any way related to his family.
The H. A. Moyer Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York was known for its luxury carriages before production began on their line of luxury sedans and touring cars. In fact, the company produced approximately 100 automobiles every year between 1908 and 1914. While expensive, the Moyer was so well built that the company could not adapt to mass production, which eventually lead to its demise.
A six-cylinder touring car such as the one owned by Moyer cost $3,250 when it was new.
“When he built this car from scratch in 1912, you could have bought a Model T for around $900, so you see why he didn’t last that long, “ he said.
With its wooden spoke tires, sparkling chrome, and ragtop, this car will definitely lend a feeling of nostalgia to the parade, bringing spectators back to the moment in time when Dublin became a borough.
The Decades of Dublin Parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. It will begin at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Saddlebrook Drive, head down Maple Avenue and make a left onto Main Street (Route 313). and end at the Dublin Fire house at Rickerts Road.
To register a classic car, float or marching unit, or to find out more information about the parade and all the other festivities as Dublin Borough celebrates its 100th Anniversary, visit the borough’s website at Dublin borough.org or call (215) 249-3310 during regular business hours.