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A Hudson through the roof

A Hudson on the roof

An accident is always something sad. If the car involved is old it´s even sadder and if the old car was brand new when the accident occurred... good Lord! This is what appears to have overcome the brand new Hudson seen here halfway through the roof of a little hut. Ohoto 2 shows the broken pieces of a railing, too, as well as the ceiling surrounding the unfortunate car, so we can guess what happened here.

The Hudson appears to be a brand new car judging by the bright paint and the covers on trunk and spare wheel. The colour combination could be white-black or even a more attractive pale yellow-black. Probably like this 1928 model? No further information accompanies this set of photographs, but the 'SS' number plate does give a clue: these photos were probably taken in San Sebastian (Pais Basque, North of Spain), and more specifically in the port zone of the 'Urgull' Mountain. In this place there is a high road which runs along the hillside and above a group of old houses, as you can see at the left in this picture. What an infortunate Hudson!

(Text Francisco Carrión, pictures from his files)
Thursday, 31 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Champagne Mystery (update: plm. 1911 Grégoire)

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Remi Weber sent this charming picture of his grandma: "This picture was taken in Champagne (France) in a small town called Damery. My grandmother Henriette was very young, about ten years, so this must be in 1906. She had a servant who would drive her around. The car was owned by her father, monsieur Charles Justin Lepron. He was a wealthy rentier who would spent his summers in this house to fish and visit his champagne 'farms'. He was a real bon vivant and, like a decent Frenchman is supposed to, died at the dinner table in 1907."

Editor: a wonderful story which adds lots of colour to the otherwise B&W photo. One thing we disagree with Remi Weber is the year 1906. Looking at the car we presume 1912 is more close to the truth, which means his grandma was more like 16 here and possibly even allowed the refined torpedo. Remi presumed we're looking at a Delage. Possible, but we couldn't find proof for that. It could be Delahaye, Berliet, Lorraine Dietrich, Roland Pillain, Turcat Méry. Low bonnet, no side louvres. Then take into account the number of front wheel spokes: 10, rear: 12. And finally, don't overlook those small hubcaps. Delahaye? 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Contrasts at St. John's Concours

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Early in the American summer concours season is the Concours of America at St John's, Plymouth, Michigan. According to our on location witness JP Vandebundt it's getting better and better every year. And there's good reason he's using those two words as by tradition this concours is selecting not one but two best of show cars. One US made car and one of foreign manufacture.  The first - not very surprising - a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Murphy and a lot less obvious, not because of the fact that it's a Bugatti T57C, but because of the much lesser known roadster body by Voll & Ruhrbeck. This superb restoration by our friends of Classic & Exotic Service in sharp contrast with the well taken care for but very much unrestored 1910 Maytag Runabout pictured above. But contrast is what we like. Check the ex- Al Capone the Duesenberg formerly owned by Al Capone's lawyer ( yes, crime pays well!)  and the 1924 Isotta Fraschini by LeBaron (looks almost like a Stutz) presented by our reporter JP. Some more St John spectacular? Check this post-war space gear

(photos JP 'Victorycars' Vandebundt

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A rare pair of 1939 Bentleys

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Saturday 19th august saw the re-union of two rare Bentleys at Prescott Hill Climb venue, and even torrential rain and thunder storms did nothing to damped the excitement of the owners. 
Lawrence Bleasdale has owned his green car, chassis number B125MX for 13 years and at a Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club meeting was stunned to see another 41/4 Over-Drive model with the very next number plate to him on display.  
Making friends with the owner of B201MX, ex racing driver Hamish Orr-Ewing, it was decided that the two cars ought to be re-united once more, given they were both sold from Jack Barclay, with Lawrence's clothed in Park Ward coachwork.
Standing next to each other, detail differences were noted, but the sense of occasion was  heightened by the sounds of Pre-War Prescott going on all around, even though the weather was hardly clement!
FYH 535 and 536 are, perhaps, the ultimate examples of the pre-War Bentley, benefiting from Mahler steering boxes;  Borg and Beck clutches and thermostatic temperature control. 
Lawrence notes that "Because the Park Wark bodies were made from steel, and not the preceeding wood frame, their "Standard Steel" bodies add rigidity to the chassis, making these cars both more rewarding and comfortable to drive".  
(editor's note: yes, when you're so close to each other you need to define the differences)

photos & text Guy Loveridge
Monday, 28 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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