James Scripps Booth was an artist, engineer and philanthropist. His family founded what became the Detroit News and endowed the Cranbrook educational community. He created what is surely one of the most outrageous motor vehicles ever built, the Bi-Autogo, a V8 powered motorcycle. The Scripps Booth automobiles were more conventional, and the Scripps Booth car company was one of the firms that Billy Durant bought to create General Motors. Booth also tried to capitalize on the cyclecar phenomenon with the JB Rocket Cyclecar. Cyclecars were popular from about 1910 into the 1920s. They were lightweight, carried one or two passengers, used motorcycle engines and wheels, and often had chain or belt drive. The rapid development of conventional automobiles consigned cyclecars to the scrapheap of automotive history. Those big drive belts were kind of dangerous in an Isadora Duncan kind of way.
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