Experimentation was the name of the game during the early years of the automotive industry. And that, apparently, extended to how many tires a car drove on. While four wheels quickly became the norm for cars made in the early part of the 20th century, some people just had to push the envelope and tinker with the car design. One such tinkerer was engineer Milton Reeves, who thought that six or eight wheels might provide a smoother ride than the typical four wheels. Welding some parts to a 1910 Overland car, and adding two additional axles and four more wheels, Milton Reeves created the “OctoAuto,” and proudly showed it off at the first Indianapolis 500 race. Of course the car proved to be quite a monster at more than 20 feet long. Milton Reeves received precisely zero orders for his invention, making the OctoAuto one of the great failures in automotive history. Like all good inventors though, Milton Reeves was not discouraged. A year later, in 1911, he came out with the “Sextauto,” which featured six wheels. This car was banned because its name included the word “sex” in it. Did we mention that Milton Reeves also invented the car muffler? So see, crazy people can do good things.