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On a cold Vintage-Revival morning…

Friday-Lady
Did you visit the Vintage-Revival at the legendary Montlhery track in 2013? If you did, you may remember the sunny weather on Saturday. But you may also remember, that it was very cold on the plateau in the morning. It was that cold, that the starter of a friends Voisin wasn´t able to move the engines sleeves against the cold oil and even the mascots wore a warming pullover.
So what do you do, if your jacket and your skirt don´t even have pockets and your hands get colder and colder? Here is the appropriate way to handle this problem:
The best thing to do is to search for an edwardian racer, that is just back from the track. And if this car is fitted with an V8-Hispano-Suiza engine, you don´t even have to open the hood for using one of the hot valve covers to thaw your cold hands. So for my colleague Giselle, the big 1908 Brasier with its 12-L Hispano aero engine was a gift from the sky...
On the last picture, you can see another little Friday-Lady: Giselle´s two years old daughter inspecting a 1927 Lombard AL3 together with her father at the Vintage-Revival 2015. She really enjoyed the atmosphere, the smell and the sound of the old cars. We easily detected that, as she often started crying, when there was no car or bike on the track, but stopped crying every time, she saw a horde of loud vintage racers appearing on the banked curve. And as you looked at her smile, when the crowd of loud old cars passed her, you knew, that our hobby won´t die out!
text and photos: Hubertus Hansmann
  
Friday, 24 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Happy Thanksgiving Day America!

Happy thanksgiving day America!

Currently Thanksgiving in America is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Exactly! That is today! Today is the day to be (extra) thankful for everything we have, especially the food. Celebrated with special Thanksgiving ceremonies and prayers of thanks for this season's harvest. Nowadays most people will meet up with family and friends for an extensive dinner. Many of them will enjoy a traditional and old time favourite roast turkey!

But how do people get from A to B to meet up with their relatives? Of course, with their cars. A lot of traveling is involved and parking areas will be completely full. Just as we see in the photo above. The photograph is taken in the parking lot at Miami Beach Florida in 1922.

We do not expect to see many of these cars today. But of course, it will be nice to at least see a few. If you are taking your old car today, please share it with us. Also, if you plan on going away with your old car, as the `Holiday Season` starts for many Americans.

All that rests us: have a wonderful time with your loved ones and enjoy the turkey!

Photo by Florida Archives.
Thursday, 23 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

1947 Prescott: those were the days...



Let me give you a clue. It is a bit like the game Hill Climb Racing you can play on your phone, only then for real. Do you have any idea? Ok. This one might have been a little bit too easy. Of course! It is the Prescott Hill Climb!

It is a lovely sunny afternoon. A wide variety of cars drive through the wonderful Cotswold countryside. At the start, a handful of spectators came to look at what seems like a relaxed but most of all fun car event. Back then no crash helmets or race suits were required. Those were the days!

The video shows the Hill Climb of 1947. Since 1938 this track is owned by the Bugatti Owners` Club. Originally the course was 880 yards, but later also a `long` course of 1127 yards was introduced. Which rises to 200 feet. Records are broken time after time, as the trail is after all these years still in use.

Have fun watching!
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Fancy a French or Italian motorcycle at Osenat ?

Fancy a French or Italian motorcycle at Osenat ?
Exciting auction news from Osenat, with a splendid prewar selection of mainly French and Italian motorcycles. The collections of Gérard Dechambre, Vincent Crescia and Louis Meznarie are to be auctioned on the 25th of November in Paris.

There’s choice for all tastes in the first 20 lots, which has mainly pre-1915 engine blocks. Some of them unusual (like the bizarre twin-cylinder two-stroke Sevitame, lot 5), quite rare (the Werner engine, lot 3) or just beautiful (the FN, lot 17, with bits of frame, still attached). Always useful as a spare for your favorite machine, or to put on the mantlepiece. Certainly a topic of conversation ! 
The complete motorcycles go from ancient (like lot 40, a 1901 Clément, a true pioneering effort), over veteran (look at lot 59, a 1908 Moto-Rêve V-twin) to vintage (lot 58, 1927 Terrot, beautifully ‘dans son jus’). Of particular technical interest, lot 42 is a 1913 Magnat Debon, which has a 400 cc engine with overhead valves, quite advanced for its age.
Not all French marques are well-known names like the Peugeot (lot 49) or Motobécane (lot 47), look for example at the Dollar (lot 45), Motoconfort (lot 48), but definitely at the Austral (lot 44). If you are in for American power, there’s a 1929 Harley (lot 61), or the 1917 and 1940 Indians (lots 43 and 64). 
Amongst the restoration projects on offer are some typical light French motorcycles from the twenties and thirties like the 1921 Griffon (lot 56), or the 1934 Monet-Goyon Automouche (lot 52). Not for the faint-hearted ! The 1904 Bruneau (lot 41) is a rare veteran forecar, bought new by a dignitary from Tours, and now very much in the barn-find condition that we like to find them in, begging to be put on the road again. 
From the Crescia collection, there is a truly excellent choice of sexy Italian stallions with many different examples of Benelli, Bianchi and Moto Guzzi (lot 65 til 74, to only name the prewar choice !).
If you fancy more recent motorcycles, there some superb, but mainly postwar, racers in the Meznarie collection that is also on offer. Finally, for those with less space available, the Géo Ham drawings (lots 33 and 34) are evenly collectible and show his evocative style of recording period motorcycle racing. In short: much brilliant stuff to choose from... Check it out on www.osenat.fr!

Photos: Osenat, text: Nick Jonckheere
    
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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