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Memory Lane: Delage DR70 Park Ward for sale!

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Author: Peter Maguire Monday, 08 February 2016

I used to garage my first car, a 1932 Armstrong-Siddeley 20HP Sports Saloon in a garage at Pollards Hill South, Norbury, London S.W.16. One evening, I think it was early in 1965, I walked round the corner of the block in which my garage was located (there were several blocks, with over one-hundred garages in all!) to see this car being warmed-up by its then owner. His name, if I recall correctly, was Bob Baxter and we became friends because of our interest in , what were then, 'old' cars.
He told me a lot about the car. The Park-Ward body was fitted to replace a Weymann one that was seriously damaged in a collision with an Army lorry - if my memory serves me correctly.
We fell out of touch when I moved to Jamaica and, sad to say, he had by then  sold the car.
I still have fond memories of those days when fine old cars were owned because they were liked and not just because of their value.

Best regards, Peter Maguire.

We do have our national pride!

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Author: Tom Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Dear all,

I see the little Delin is back in the Veteran adverts.
I hesitated last time when it appeared on the site, but I can't restraint myself now to beg you... to do justice to history and our National Pride !
Delin is one of the early Belgian car makes, but it is listed among french constructors.
The French already claimed Hélène Dutrieux, Jacques Brel and Axelle Red.
So please let us keep our little Delin ! 

As in the famous song... Potverdikke, I'm proud to be a Belgian.
We're not English, we're not French and we're not Dutch...

Thank you very much and congrats on the excellent site !

Kind regards,

Tom Van Calster

The Sad Erosion of a Culture

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Author: N Wright Monday, 23 November 2015

A serious letter from a concerned enthusiast regarding the new UK government policy with respect to Specials and other changed vehicles.

Dear Editor,

A Special Case.‘the ultimate truth of the English peoples’ existence lies in that mixture of order enforced by authority with freedom exercised under authority which is not to be found elsewhere’. We in the United Kingdom are certainly the envy of our European fellow enthusiasts when it comes to what we can and can’t do with our cars and long may this state of affairs continue. But these freedoms are now under threat and everyone who adds to, takes away from or alters their vehicles, certainly of Historic status, has cause for concern, possibly alarm because there is as yet no provision within the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority’s (DVLA) system for vehicles that are clearly of Historic status but might be denied that privilege on a new interpretation of the current rules. There has, up until now, been no suggestion of an accommodation for this new class of vehicle.

At a recent meeting concerning the registration of Historic vehicles, DVLA said that they would be tightening up their application of the existing regulations (the 8 point system that determines whether a car is Historic or not). This is fair, but the DVLA has also made a statement that as a record-keeper, must be not only outside their remit but is illustrative of their unsuitability for the rule-makers role: ‘What is DVLA's attitude to Specials?’ the DVLA response given was: ‘They could be a Reconstructed Classic, but if it has new components (including a new body) it must have a Q plate.’ The Government brief for the DVLA does not include the gift of policy making or re-interpreting rules to suit the Department’s now straightened and centralised circumstances. Add to the mix opinion from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC)…. There is a valid question as to whether our fairly liberal regime in the UK permitting wide change to engines, brakes, gearboxes and bodies, might not of itself be a safety risk.’ … and we have confirmation that if we as Historic vehicle owners, Special builders and Classic Car enthusiasts don’t take up the cudgels ourselves and put a stop to the erosion of our freedoms, nobody else will. The centralisation of government departments is not an excuse to implement ‘fits-all’ policies. To destroy our heritage through laziness or pressure from beyond our shores is inexcusable.

Even if the specifics of this debate do not affect us all directly, our freedoms under authority are at stake. Please write to your MP and express your concern with these proceedings otherwise all too easily, part of our culture will be consigned to history.

Yours Sincerely

N. Wright


Pre-war Model T Hot Rod ?

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Author: Joris Bergsma Friday, 19 June 2015

Dear Editor,

There is an ad for a "1922" Ford Model T Hot Rod at your website. Do you consider that being a "PreWarCar"?

Best regards,

Gunnar Geijer

Dear Gunnar,

 This is a question that's coming in frequently since the day we started back in 2001. We do not 'consider' the cars in the adverts.

If you would take the trouble to check all the adverts and would visit all the cars in person you probably would come to the conclusion that 50-100 cars in the adverts are built after 1940. And still you would overlook one or two.

In other words. It is totally impossible for us to decide which is a true car or a good car or what is an honest advert. We just show what's on the market. 

 When  leaving out the most obvious 'wrong' cars like your Model T, all brandnew Bugattis, certain Rileys, post-war Rolls Bentleys, Auburn replicas  and similar creations we would give the false impression that all other cars are 'good', which would make things even worse.

 the Editor

Amazed by a 1910 phenomenon

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Author: Jon Brooks Monday, 15 June 2015

Hi there.

My name is Jon. Very new to the veteran car world, having always been more of a 60s/70s kind of person.

Just wanted to share a quick video I pulled together on a 1910 Phanomobil in South Australia. Such a beautiful machine and part of a culture I just didn't know existed.

I'll be looking for more stories like, for sure. 

Jon Brooks 

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