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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

Twelve Cylinders... Voisin... That sounds really gorgeous!

Stanislas Maloir Auction
Twelve Cylinders... Voisin... That sounds really gorgeous! And there is the very special opportunity at the Stanislas Machoir Auction on June, 28th to let this dream come true.
Gabriel Voisin started his 12-Cylinder adventures in 1920, building two prototypes with an 7238cc engine. But those cars were so over the top, that production would have been much to expensive. After the big success with small and big four cylinder and the famous six cylinder engines, a new try was made in 1929. At first with the record car, powered by a mighty 11.660 cc V12, made of two C16 blocks and finally on the stand of the Paris-Salon, the new Model C18 was introduced. It was fitted with a 3,900 cc unit, which was soon replaced by a 4885 cc version. The chassis was the C12/C16 one and the factory bodies were also the same, as the ones of the six cylinder cars. You had the choice of four bodystyles (5-seater saloon "Chevauchée", 2/3 seat coupé "Chatelaine", 6-seater long wheelbase saloon "Chevreuse" and 7-seater limousine "Caravane") and for external bodies, the bare chassis named "Diane" could be ordered. Later, the standard saloon gained two extra seats the coupé was dropped and a 7-seater coupé-limousine "Chevance" was presented in 1931. The underslung verion was the C20 and the sole survivor fascinates till today. It was by the way the first "real" Voisin I ever saw. The last 12 cylinder Voisin was the myserious V12L, which was not a V12, but a 12 cylinder with two coupled six cylinder engines mounted in line. The C18 offered at Stanislav Malchior is one of only three Voisin V12 known to have survived (plus the Voisin V12 engined Bucciali TAV12), so it is a really rare opportunity. The other surviving V12 are one more C18, that is still part of the royal stable of Thailand and the already mentioned underslung C20 demi-berline. The body of the car is believed to be built in 1938 and especially the rear end looks like an ancestor of the C30 while the front still carries the typical radiator grille. The catalogue tells us, that "Saliot" MAY be the coachbuider, but I have my doubts. I know at least two Saliot Voisin bodies and they don´t show many similarities, and this special body was titled as "unknown coachbuilder" till now, but who knows!? The interiour with its aeronautical style instruments and the lightweight seats is typical Voisin. The car was delivered in 1938 and soon after, the rear end of the body was modified by a coachbuilder in Bayeux. During WW2 the car was stored, but still in the first owners family. In 1958 the car was sold to Alexis Dreye, but after only 20 kilometers with the new owner on the wheel, the car broke down and it was stored for many years again. There is one cut out picture of the car in my collection and the car seems to have had a one tone paintwork then. A bunch of letters between the second owner and Gabriel Voisin debating about the car are part of the lot. In 1975 the engine was rebuilt and a paintjob was done, but still the car didn´t make many miles. The odometer shows about 2700 kilometers and it is believed to be original. Even if the car was displayed a couple of times, it was always trailered. So what can you buy? It is an 80 years old two owner car with a unique body. Only one other C18 is known to have survived. Most of the history is known and even if the coachbuilder is not confirmed, the body is really spectacular.
But if you miss this opportunity, about two dozend other cars are auctioned, plus a lot of automobila stuff and parts. What about a 1929 eight cylinder GAR Type B5? I must confess, that I never heared about that brand before, but the car looks superbe! Another great project is the Hotchkiss Z2 hotel omnibus fitted with a Z2 inline four engin and not to forget the two litres Ballot TS with its very elegant black and green limousine body. But if you don´t need another project or parts for your current one, a radiator grille or an old billboard will look very nice in your living room!

text: Hubertus Hansmann
main pictures: Thierry Auffret (Thank you very much Thierry for your help!)
Thursday, 22 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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