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A great day at Beamish Steam fair

Beamish Steam fair

James sends his report on the recent steam fair:
"I have enclosed a selection of pictures taken at the Great North Festival of Transport at Beamish Open Air Museum which took place over the weekend 9th – 12th April, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend will a great selection of vehicles on display. These ranged from my 1925 Morris Oxford through to a 1912 Silver Ghost once owned by Harland & Wolf the famous ship builder from Belfast which constructed the Titanic. Many other vehicles were on display these included a 1905 Star, A First World War Battle Bus which had been brought up from the London Transport Museum for the weekend. Also at the event all the way from Aberdeen was a spectacular Dennis Fire Engine."

Sunday, 26 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #393

What is it? Quiz #393

It's will be the first truly sunny & warm weekend, so we decided to give you an easy one. A very nice havana shaped racing car with not too much engineering efforts on the front part. For those who hate the use of white wall tires (or tyres) this early 1920s racing photo must be an unpleasant revelation... In fact the history of white wall tires is going back to 1914. Anyway don't expect any more clues form us. What you see what you get. Tell us what you know about the car. Marque. Year. Model and maybe what you know about this specific photo. Adding trivial knowledge which is not readily available onm the web, may give you an edge to other competitors. 

Answers in the comments below (please do not e-mail) and be sure to read The Rules under Read More. This may be your chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt and wear with with pride at this season’s events! Results and photo source will be published next Saturday.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Students of Amsterdam (UPDATE: 1931 Model A Convertible Sedan 400-A)

Students of Amsterdam.

Our student days can sometimes be the best days of our lives and when we see nine young ladies crammed into a Model A Ford with ‘mortar boards’ on their heads it tells us they have just graduated and are off to celebrate in the traditional way by throwing them into the air.

The building behind is typical Amsterdam School architecture and possibly in the Rivierenbuurt area - can you identify it? The students probably studied at The University of Amsterdam and the car's sidelights suggest a date not before 1930 but if it had been 1928 then we could have expected the ladies to have a little more jollity because the Summer Olympics were celebrated in their city.

The traditional student car used to be the Austin 7 - cheap and readily available - so it is understandable that it was occasionally used in pranks. One famously ended up on the roof of Cambridge University. The Model A Ford is heavier than the Austin 7 and these ladies don't look as though they are about to do such a thing - plus the car is probably borrowed because it's too clean and tidy for student transport. The older generation in the background don't look interested, and perhaps we will never know just what mischief these ladies got up to? So, readers, see if you can identify someone in the picture and ask her for the whole story?

(Text by Robin Batchelor)

Friday, 24 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A 1910 'Lobster' SZ Mystery

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Well, well, that's not the car you would expect in strong reformed Holland of the early 20th century. It's one of the sporty one cylinder Sizaire Naudin of course (listen to that) and contrary to our expectations the Dutch had an official SZ importer in those years. Ed van de Beek spent his Easter holiday sorting out the photo files of his wife's family and stumbled upon this little gem. Details are unknown, apart from a few facts. First there is the driver who can be identified as a brother of Ed's grandfather-in-law. Then there's the registration; the number was issued in the province of Utrecht, "which coincides with the family history", says Ed. Furthermore there is a mysterious name written on the back, saying 'Lobster 1910'. We do not know of any Lobster cars other than this one, but can see why this car was named thus. Just have a look at the side of the car here. We wonder if our 'Lobster' is a one-off coachwork or if this variety is more or less wellknown in the small but worldwide Sizaire Naudin community.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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