Horsemobiles in the Moxie Festival Parade
Moxie Horsemobiles were the invention of Frank Archer Sr. and
first appeared in early 1916. The Horsemobiles were last used by the
Moxie Company in the 1950s. The last remaining original Moxie
Horsemobile was restored in 1971 by the Monarch Company, owner of
Moxie during that time. This 1929 LaSalle appeared in the 1978 annual
Frontier Days Parade in Lisbon Falls, Maine. This event may have later
morphed into the present Moxie Festival thanks to Frank Anicetti and
Frank Potter. The 1929
LaSalle was the first Horsemobile to appear in the Moxie Festival in
the early 1980s. Q. David Bowers and Eddie Clark purchased this
vehicle on December 20, 1984. The original Moxie Horsemobile has been
seen sporadically in the Moxie Festival Parade with its last
appearances in 2001 and 2005.
Jack Algeoís 1931 LaSalle Horsemobile was built by Wil Markey
in 1993 and started showing up in the Moxie Festival Parade in 1994.
Jack became the new owner of Wilís LaSalle in 2000. Thanks to Jack,
this vehicle has been a regular participant in the parade in recent
years and he has kept it in great condition too!
Wil Markeyís Rolls Royce Moxie Horsemobile first appeared in
the 2000 Moxie Festival. Wil sold the Rolls Royce in 2007. Jackís
LaSalle was the only Horsemobile in the parade in 2007. Wilís latest
Horsemobile is a 1929 LaSalle that he built in 2008 and it first
appeared in the 2008 parade. Wil was still ironing out the bugs
because the vehicle never finished the parade that year. Wil has fixed
it up and he did fine in the 2009 and 2010 parades.
In 2009, John Wissink came all the way from Michigan with his
1923 Buick Moxie Horsemobile. Like the job Wil Markey did on his
vehicles, John did a great restoration job on this vehicle. Also from
Michigan that year was Robert and Constance Boudeman who were driving
a 1904 Stanley Steamer Moxie car with the Moxie foxtail logos on the
vehicle. The vehicle made the entire parade on its own power - steam
of course! Wow! Constance is the great granddaughter of F.E. Stanley,
one of the builders of the original Stanley Steamer!
Honorable mention should go to the many people who enter their
antique cars and trucks in the parade each year. Again, a Wil Markey
1907 Autocar with the Moxie foxtail logo on the rear box is another
stand out! Even some modern vehicles like Russ Bilodeauís orange VW
Beatles add great interest to the parade each year. You will never
know what you are going to see at the next Moxie Festival Parade.
Bring your camera!
Submitted by James Jansson