5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fawick Flyer of Sioux Falls
In my ongoing quest to find out more about cool stuff in Sioux Falls I decided to find out a bit more about this classic car that sits in the lobby of the Old Courthouse Museum.
Here are 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Fawick Flyer Of Sioux Falls:
- Thomas Fawick, who patented over 250 inventions, was born in Sioux Falls, SD in 1889 and died in 1978 in Cleveland, OH.
- Fawick's 1st car design was called the “Silent Sioux." When he was 19 years-old he designed and built the first 4-door car which he called the Fawick Flyer. His auto shop was on West 13th Street in Sioux Falls.
- The car sitting in the lobby of the Old Courthouse Museum is the very 1st Fawick Flyer that he built. He only built 11 Flyers. In 1910 Theodore Roosevelt road in a Fawick Flyer during a city parade.
- Thomas Fawick was a self-taught violinist who composed and published numerous works. He owned 2 Stradivarius violins and also built his own 'Fawick Violins.'
- Fawick earned special citations for his war contributions. He design clutch parts used in airplanes and ships during World War II.
I wonder how this gem handled during a South Dakota winter on the snow packed Sioux Falls streets?