In conjunction with our ongoing motometer exhibition at the Ontario County Historical Society Museum in Canandaigua, New York collection owner and MotometerCentral™ Founder Francis G. Clax is facilitating a series of motometer-related seminars aimed ay increasing public awareness on motometers; how they functioned; and, how they contributed to the development of the automobiles of the 1920s.


In the first of four Motometer Seminars held at the Ontario County Historical Society Museum MotometerCentral™'s Francis G. Clax facilitated a large group of demonstrated enthusiastic antique automobile collectors and owners on the subject of: "Motometers- What are they and Why were they needed."

Francis dispelled the many misconceptions around the device origin, purpose, functionality and application.  Examples of different types of early Twentieth Century automobile radiator-mounted engine temperature indicator gauge-devices were shown as the developed over time.  The evolution of the engine temperature gauge from "Motor Heat Indicators" as they were originally referred to as a collective group auto accessory all the way to in dashboard instrument panel and check engine light warning systems, including the onset of hood ornaments (or more technically "automotive mascots") and how they came to dethrone the motometer from its place of prominence at the front of the automobile at the start of the Classic Auto Era.

The crowd was very enthusiastic; enjoyed the many motometers Francis brought with him for seminar reference purposes; asked a great many questions; and, the session ran well over the scheduled allotted time.


The second of this four-part series of seminars took place on Wednesday, March 21st.  The topic of the seminar was “Motometers – What are they and Why They were needed.”  This seminar was well attended primarily by members of the Genesee Valley AACA Car Club.


Against the figurative background of the ongoing motometer exhibition at the Ontario County Historical Society Museum in Canandaigua, New York collection owner and MotometerCentral™ Founder Francis G. Clax lead the third of four scheduled seminars on motometers.


The second such motometer seminar was titled, “Motometers and Automobile Development” discussed and showed how motometers influenced carburetor; cooling systems; engine, radiator; and, coach body design and styling all from a documented, but little correlated historical perspective.





The third OCHS Motometer seminar focusing on “Motometer History and Legacy” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 begann at 6:30 pm in the OCHS Museum 55 North Main Street. Canandaigua, NY 14424 [].


The event was free to the public and donations to benefit the OCH Museum are tax deductible, encouraged and greatly appreciated.





The fourth OCHS Motometer Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  The subject will be “Motometer – How They Work,” besides a historical perspective discussion Francis will perform a series of demonstrations on how a variety of motometers work/function based upon original manufacture demonstrations not seen in 100 years.


Each of these Seminars is Free and open to the public, seating is limited and reservations recommended, especially for groups.  Special seminars can be arranged for groups including Auto/Car Clubs.

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Motometer Seminars of any type or subject matter are unprecedented and there is no one better, more knowledgeable or verse than Francis G. Clax to speak on the subject.  Francis has been an expert motometer collector, preservationists, documentarian, researcher, historian and author for the last ten years.  No one has gone to the extent as he has to accurately re-construct the historical record of/on these highly significant automotive devices.

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