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Recently Mr Wilson from Bangalore, India shared this lovely old photograph with us. Where the photograph is taken exactly, we do not know. But what we do know, is that the people on the photograph are coming from one large family. Various family members, including the dog proudly pose with (we assume) their pre-war car.

After many attempts, the transmitter of the photograph is not able to identify the marque of the car. Is there anyone out there who would like to share his or her thoughts with us? Do you know which car it is? And maybe know something about the history of the car?

Don't hesitate, and please comment below!

Photograph by Mr Patrick Wilson.
Information by Karl Bhote

Monday, 26 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

See, smell, hear at Het Loo

Next weekend, is Concours d'Elegance Het Loo. When we were preparing for this lovely event, we came across some photos and movies of the sprint from last year. In our opinion, the sprint which takes place on the Royal lanes, is one of the things that makes the event very attractive to visit, or even better to participate in.  Just between all the beautiful show cars, you can see all the racers. You can see, smell and hear them. The Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club organises a sprint with mostly pre-war cars. Last year, our preference went to the amazing Amilcar C6, the Renault Nervasport and the first Renault Grand Prix car; the Renault AK40. What a magnificent view (click on the cars for the movies)!
Have a happy Sunday!

Movie by Juri Castricum, DVSCC

Sunday, 25 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About What is it Quiz #447: 1928 Indian X4

About What is it Quiz #447: 1928 Indian X4

The answer of last week wasn't that hard. It is of course the 1928 Indian X4 automobile. Built by the Indian Motorcycle Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts,USA. Their fourth experimental, thus X4, car. In the mid 1920’s Indian sought to expand their product line and built or planned to build the items mentioned in the clue. The X4 car had a Lycoming WS L-head 6 Cylinder engine, a hydraulic assisted gearbox, drive shaft and differential/rear axel, all of unknown make.  It was essentially an Assembly Car, with Indian supplying almost nothing used on it. It does not even have the distinctive Indian logo, the badge it does have is an enigma now. The oil cooler is the ornamental piping (tubing) on the radiator. After the project ended the X4 became the property of the designer, who called it “The Baby”, and was converted to a 4 seater. It was driven till 1950, which shows, I think how good a car it was. It is intriguing to think where a roadster or sports car would have placed Indian in the market, particularly in light of the post WW2 sports car boom in the USA. The X4 is in the Springfield History Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

As we expected, quite some good answers came in. From a very short one from Fedor (Indian Experemetal Roadster 1929) to some longer ones. The most complete answer came from Leon Mitchell but this was way over the 100 words. Other good answers came from Fried Stol, Graham Smith and John Hentges. But the winner of this week's quiz is Ace Zenek, who was fast with his answer and told us some extras: Indian X4, 1928 experimental roadster, the last of four cars built, modeled after the Austin Seven, with a Lycoming straight six WS L-head motor, and Stromberg Model O carburetor. Unusually the plating on the radiator was used as a cooling surface for the car's oil. The logo on the radiator badge is a cross on a shield inside a diamond so it is entirely different from the Indian motorcycle badge. On display at the Museum of Springfield [Massachusetts] History. Given to Harold Forrest Peavey as a going-away present in 1929, “Baby” has only had three owners since new.
So congratulations to Ace.

Quiz sent in by Chris Mooney, thank you for that Chris!
Saturday, 24 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

If only she had stayed with Bugatti.

If only she had stayed with Bugatti.Her name is Renee and to properly meet her, we first have to introduce you to her Father Ernest Frederich. 
friderichYou know his name - the man who accompanied Ettore Bugatti in 1909 when first visiting a large property in Molsheim .
It was Frederich who stayed behind to equip the Bugatti workshops while Ettore returned to Cologne to collect his family and sever his links with Deutz.
Frederich raced for Bugatti whilst his daughter was a play mate for young Jean Bugatti.

Renee-Friderich-1931Now you begin to understand how 18 year old Renee came to be photographed ( top picture) gazing at the engine of her Bugatti ready for the 1930 Paris-St Raphael 'Femenin' Rally.
The inaugural event was held in 1929 and won by Madame Lietard Lietard on a Salmson AL7 GS.
Renee entered in 1931 and won in her Type 43 Bugatti  ( This picture).

renee-delage-1932For the 1932 race,  Louis Delage comes into the picture and offers our friday lady a drive in his fabulous D8-S with coachwork by Letourneur & Marchand.
It's a much heavier car than the Bugattis Renee was used to and her diminutive dimensions meant she needed cushions for a driving position where she could reach the pedals.

Renee-Delage-D8-SLetourneur _Marchand1932She looks happy enough with the car and the deal struck with Delage, but tragedy was to strike and she lost control on some ice.
The car hit a tree and although her navigator ( a mechanic from the Delage factory) huddled under the dashboard and emerged unscathed, Renee died instantly as her skull fractured hitting the windscreen.
Helle-Nice won the race in her Type 35C Bugatti.
We all want to wind the clock back, put Renee in a Type 35B Bugatti, and see how history might have unfolded?

Text Robin Batchelor,  pictures from archive.

Friday, 23 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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