Texaco was concerned about its image back in the 1930s of our timeline, and spent a ton of money (for the time) on image making, logo wearing vehicles that set the tone and theme for the company. There were several Texaco-themed racing aircraft, and other vehicles, but most especially, there were Texaco themed delivery trucks dating back to the 1920s. The prettiest of them all was the 1934 Texaco Doodlebug fuel truck. Designed with a futurist aesthetic and to streamlined with stark clean lines, the Doodlebug was one of a kind. Or six of a kind. There is very little written about them beyond a few contemporary articles in automotive magazines. The design was the brainchild of Norman Bel Geddes, a famous industrial designer and early futurist visionary associated with retro futurism. He created Texaco’s famous Star/green T logo, which is used today.
Apparently there is little evidence there were ever more than six of these vehicles produced. Their mission was to deliver fuel oil to industrial facilities. I assume they did the job but their carrying capacity was limited, nowhere near as large as the giant tanker trucks on the road today. One assumes their primary job was a rolling billboard for Texaco. Still, they must have been very impressive both as a triumph of industrial design and for their futuristic, glamorous look. Since this vehicle debuted in 1934, I thought it might be a natural for Mad Maximilian 1934, a game I’ve been running at conventions.
Gasoline Pirates of the Great Plains: A Mad Maximillian 1934 adventure
So I’ve been working on a classic post apoc scenario, the tanker being chased by small gnat like vehicles first seen in the Road Warrior (1982). I have a mental picture of several motorcycles working in teams taking on a convoy of tankers (two of them), one of which is the Doodlebug. The tankers would have an escort and be crewed by a state mercenary unit who use rocket jet packs. I’ll have to make up rules for those. The Doodle bug is heavily armed and has bolt on armor pieces, There is one other tanker (smaller) and maybe a Junker escort. Against this, a small horde of bikes and buggies.
I have roughly 20 bikes and about 5 to 6 buggies. More than enough firing power to take on the tankers. I’m finishing up the paint job on the doodle now. The other period fuel truck is done. I look forward to running this one at Historicon, if there is a historicon, and I’m still alive.