Westrand Car Show - 1911 Reeves Octoauto

Reeves Octoauto and Sextoauto


To be born an American and be named after a famous British Poet and a character out of Shakespeare almost guarantees that you’ll end up being eccentric and doing something daft.

Milton Othello Reeves (August 25, 1864 – June 4, 1925) was an early pioneer of the American automobile industry. He held more than 100 patents, many of which connected to the motor industry. One of his more successful inventions was a continuously variable transmission or “CVT” as it is known today.

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As early as 1879 Reeves invented a “CVT” to control the speed of saws in the sawmill where he worked. The “CVT” enabled operators to reduce splitting of timber and curtailed the resultant wastage. This concept was further developed by both Reeves and the designers of Clyno Cars in the early 1900’s, but quite independently of each other.

Reeves’ family had established  a component company called Reeves & Co  and variations of Reeves’ “CVT” were in their product line. Milton Reeves devoted his time and energy to developing a motorcycle using the variable speed transmission.

It is thought that Reeves built the fourth or fifth American car, but that is unconfirmed.

In 1911 Reeves formed a new company called Reeves Sexto-Octo Company. He then modified a 1910 Overland by adding 4 extra wheels. He called it the Reeves Octoauto which “Time” Magazine named as one of the ugliest cars ever built. It was over 20 feet (6.15 metres) long and carried only 4 passengers. It was a complete disaster.

Undeterred Reeves redesigned the Octoauto into a 6 wheeler which he called the Sextoauto. That even went into a Mark II model where Reeves used another Indiana Car – A Stutz. Needless to say it too was a failure and not long after the businesses were sold to Cumming Machine Company of Ohio.

Luckily the Reeves CVT concept was further developed and variants of the system were used by Clyno Cars and later by DAF in all their models starting with the DAF 600 right through to the DAF 66 and the Volvo 66. Honda, Nissan and Subaru have adapted the concept even further in recent years.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hierbo en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

IMAGE ATTRIBUTION The sources of images in this post are listed below. In most cases if you click on the link you will see a full screen image.
Featured Image – 1911 Reeves Octoauto – [Public Domain]
1911 Reeves Octoauto Advert – Scan of Picture [Public Domain]
1911 Reeves OctoautoHemmings.com
1912 Reeves Sextoauto Advert – Scan of Picture [Public Domain]
1912 Reeves Sextoauto – American-automobiles.com [Public Domain]  

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