Prolog: Revisiting the automotive timeline

November 17, 2009 by
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Prolog: Revisiting the Automotive Timeline (Introduction)

The history ofCrown Coach Corporation is not just a story about any automotive company.

In the early 1900s, transportation and automotive companies were rare in Los Angeles. Crown Coach castes a history of how the West became industrialized and, from many humble and turbulent beginnings, California emerged as one of the leading economies of the world. Crown played a pivotal role in the early growth and development of Los Angeles.

This web site is dedicated to the memory of my Papa (grandfather), M. M. (Murillo Martin) Brockway, nickname Brock; his wife Gertrude, sometimes called Cupie or Nana; their son, my father, Robert M. Brockway; and his devoted wife of 57 years, my mother, Merle. I am their eldest daughter.

Crown Coach needs your assistance in helping it find its place in California and automotive history. Please help me make this the ultimate Portal for Crown Coach and Brockway Family information.

As this new site grows, I invite all other Crown Coach enthusiasts to participate in its development. Over the next months I will be sharing lots of photos from the family archives. Though I am very experienced in running websites, I am only learning how to use WordPress, so if anyone of you out there knows their way around WordPress your help will be greatly appreciated. I have several addons and new themes for which I will be experimenting. Google Picasa has proven to be the best stage to store and present photos.

If anyone of you knows their way around WordPress your help will be greatly appreciated. I have several addons and new themes for which I will be experimenting. Recently I added BuddyPress.

If you want to be a regular contributor or have a large archive to share, I can give you administration status here and at the Picasa photo album site.

Currently, March 2010, my father’s custom built home went on the market for the first time. Here is the write up.

He designed this home for my mom. A Charles Wong, architect, did the final blueprints. It was completed in 1954. With a built-in Seeburg Select-O-Matic 200 jukebox, still in mint condition, and other period technological advances — such as whole house light control panel in kitchen and master bedroom, built in speakers throughout the house — it was considered cutting edge for its time – and rumored that the windows were from the same company that make Crown’s quality bus windows.

The house sold mid August 2010

Thank you, Sandi Brockway, Editor


8 Comments on Prolog: Revisiting the automotive timeline

  1. NapaBill on Wed, 10th Feb 2010 2:50 PM
  2. Looking forward to the development of this site. I have many miles behind the wheel of Crown buses, primarily 1957-1970 models with Hall-Scott’s, Detroits and Cummins.

  3. oleknutlee on Tue, 16th Feb 2010 10:50 PM
  4. Glad to have this! -Dave

  5. admin on Tue, 23rd Feb 2010 2:09 AM
  6. I am in hospital now with pneumonia. Been here a week. After I return to my home in Cambria, I will be adding a photo program addon, like Picasa or NEXGEN Gallery – but a lot of my time will be taken up getting well. Please, advise, if there is something more promising for WordPress. I am overdue for WordPress upgrade too. Any help appreciated. I will need others to help drive this bus!

  7. Rockcave on Wed, 24th Feb 2010 11:03 PM
  8. Best Wishes and get well soon. I’m glad to see yet another venue for Crown lovers to unite. We are a special lot afterall.
    Keep the rubber side down.

  9. Bill Hoeft on Mon, 15th Mar 2010 12:39 AM
  10. As a former Crown employee and owner of two Firecoach’s, I am thrilled to find your site. Very anxious to see coming photos. Get well soon!!

  11. CFE Croucher on Tue, 6th Apr 2010 6:52 AM
  12. Sandi:

    I did not see any e-mail address on your web site or how to contact you. Plesae e-mail me. I have the archives for the Crown Firecoach Enthusiasts and would like to share with you what we have. Lots of Crown history saved by CFE. We have loads of Waren Bowen delivery photos. Don Croucher, CFE Archives

  13. admin on Tue, 6th Apr 2010 3:37 PM
  14. Thank you for contacting me. You are correct. I think the only place my email is available is at the Picasa photo album site. Please contact me at: I am very interested in working with you. I believe Picasa might be the best online site to archive Crown photos and memorabilia. I will give full administration status here and on Picasa for those who can contribute information and visual media. There are tagging features at the Picasa site. Anyone who is well versed or does not might doing the research on the photos I recently collected can fill in the blanks with details in the form of captions or comments. I could not get NextGen for WordPress to work easily.

  15. Steve Carras on Wed, 16th Jun 2010 10:15 PM
  16. Heym Sandi, longtime Crown rider and fun! Glad to see the site..see profile for the transmission types I’ve ridden…I found out in the 70s about ten speeds but didn’t get to ride one..I noted that someone on North California Transit Bus fans newsgroup had a shot of a 1959 Crown highway coach with 12 gears,a 12 speed shifter and a reverse/forward one…it would be fascinating to see close ups of dashboards…Crowns definitely were the safest to all the doubters, and sadly there are many, buses ever built and the longest lasting..

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