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What is it? Quiz #382
A fine two seater cycle car roadster. It looks lie many of its contemporaries, but be careful!  Most of those had just like this one a 1000 cc four cylinder engine; yet not in alloy like this one had.  We understand the car came in various appearances, this being the most sporty body.  Too bad they made so few and died off years before 1930.Over to you. Tell us all about the exact car depicted,...
Jack o' Lantern and Witches
The annual habit of carving a grotesque face into a pumpkin dates back to long before our cars were made, and commonly believed to be an ancient Irish custom where they also carved turnips and was named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp’or jack-o'-lantern . Those of you who, like me, were brought up on Eagle comic will remember the chara...
Looking for new facts about the Schlumpf brothers
At the moment Arnoud and Ard op de Weegh are working on a new book about the Schlumpf Affair. "This book will tell the whole truth about the affair and will display many new photo's that never have been shown before. We're also the writers of 'The Fate of The Sleeping Beauties', the book that tells the truth about the Dovaz collection (Sleeping Beauty collection) that was photographed i...
Austin Seven Vs Morris Minor

There are some types of car which inspire total dedication from their owners. Much more than a means of transport, they become part of the owners' personality. Along with this dedication comes too a single-minded belief that their car stands head-and-shoulders above its rivals, and they pull no punches when debating this fact with owners of other, lesser, vehicles....

A 1914 GN returns home
Amongst the cars sold at RM’s Hershey auction was a 1914 belt drive GN which is well known to the British GN fraternity and had enjoyed some competition after being discovered in a UK barn in the 1950s. A new generation of enthusiasts has emerged along with more knowledge about GN cars’ history and the good news is that the car is returning to UK into the hands of a deserving owner who is pain...
Vive Traction Avant!
Report and photos by Mike Tebbet: "Les Amis de la Traction Club de L’Aigle” held their seventeenth annual ‘Bourse d’Echange’ last weekend (19th October). Welcoming visitors at the entrance into the show was this ‘Traction on a string’ or is it ‘Traction in the Air’? This was a spectacular celebration of eighty years of the Traction since its launch in 1934. As usual the Bou...
Pre Wars in Athens
What better place to make contact with “the right” people than a Concours d’Elegance? While planning the Via Hellenica we visited the Athens show at the Flisvos Marina. We immediately spotted our ideal car, a 1930 Rolls Royce with beautiful patina and thus not a candidate for the Concours awards. There must have been some 10 pre wars on this pleasant event. Most special (during-war-ca...
About Quiz #381: 1937 Mack Jr.
As we suspected, this was an easy quiz, and all but one of the 17 who responded were on the right track. Most of you got the make, model and year of this truck (the model year of the truck encroached on the calendar years either side, so 1936, '37 and '38 might all be considered correct). It's a Model 2M Mack Jr., created for Mack Trucks, Inc. by the Reo Motor Car Company by rebadging a Reo ...
Dina plays for time
The clocks ‘go back’ this weekend which marks the official end of British Summer Time. It was Germany that first introduced daylight saving in 1915 and Britain followed in 1916. It is New Zealand who can take credit for the idea thanks to George Vernon Hudson who proposed it in 1895, but his native country waited until 1927 before introducing it. So with time being on my mind, I dug out my s...
A low bonnet Mystery ( update: Crossley RAF staff car)
Jaap 'Molsheim' Horst sends this fine photo which came to him from an enthusiast who was thinking (or hoping?) this could be a Bugatti. Well one thing is sure it's not a brainchild from Ettore Bugatti.  Maybe it is french...? Maybe we're looking at a fine set of Bleriot headlights. Maybe Dealunay Belleville, or even Turcat Mery? Yet it is hard to say, there's so little to see. We can only hope th...
Driving home the Model A
Gregory Wells recently decided to buy and left on Monday with his new purchase trying to drive it home on own wheels: "Been wanting a driver quality antique car to tour with for a few years now and I finally found one at a price point I could afford. So I pulled the trigger on the purchase of this car about a week ago. The price was too good to pass up, barely into five figures in USD. As you...
Barbara's Rolls-Royce links to all the cars that matter
You will know by now that we have a soft spot for cars with a bit of drama attached to them, and so when regular Uffe Mortensen sent in a picture of his 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II we nearly melted. Not just because of the car – a truly great design, oh yes, and in a marvellous shape and colour combination, no doubt. But it’s the history-bit that got us really enthusiastic here, as this car ha...
Another mystery hailing from India (update: Standard Avon)
You may remember we had a rather hard time identifying the (alleged) 1905 l’Elégante some weeks ago, believing the mystery car, shot in India, was a Rover. But you knew better, and right you were! Want more of that? You get more, as we’ve had another message from our friend Karl. And once again, he attached a picture of an old car photographed in India a long time ago. Karl wrote: “Hello o...
Back shed bike to rich and famous Packards
If you are in Melbourne on October 25th then head over to Theodore Bruce for their Motorclassica Collector Car Auction. Sixty lots of automobilia will go under the hammer at 6pm and 34 vehicles start at 7pm. Lot 7 is a 1914 Victor, the last and only surviving motorcycle from a series of five built over many years by Mr. Edward Victor Bowen in a shed at the back of his bike shop. As each one...
What is it? Quiz #381
It's a pickup, obviously, but what pickup? We've obscured a few identifying features, but we can tell you that it was sold by a company that normally did not build pickups. It was built for a few years only, and was produced in conjunction with another company that had roots in a General Motors brand. You just have to tell us the make, year and model. Many of you may find it easy, so to win you mi...
Kate and the Busy Bee
When certain magazines drop through the letterbox, I down tools, make a cup of tea and read it from cover to cover – the quarterly mag from the VSCC Light Car & Edwardian Section is one such publication. I turned to page 17 to read about the Cyclecar Capers at the the 80th anniversary celebrations and there’s Kate in her 'Busy Bee’. The car is a wonderful home brew cyclecar built from scrat...
A day of rest in Zaozhuang
Sorry chaps, no cars today. Even a rallying reporter has to obey to the rules. And today - yesterday to be exact - was a day of rest & relaxation in the China Classic Cars Challenge. This to gain new energy in view of tomorrow's 200 mile trip. So this day we used up to explore Zaozhuang - also known as Shandong - the place of birth of philosopher Confucius and to indulge in the fabu...
A Hershey Tradition
That's what some people call rain. Others call it a curse. More often than not the high holy days of Hershey see some rain; once in a while many days see a lot. It's not the horror it used to be, when the meet was held on green fields and even moderate rain meant deep, deep mud, but it still deters shoppers and spectators. This year, the rain fell mostly at night, but lingering showers sprin...
China4C: Stains of honour... (update: 1929 Phantom II !)
Lean back and relax when you read this - we will be somewhere on our dusty jaunt from Beijing and Shanghai for the Classic Car Car Challenge China. Earlier we proposed to you the oldest competitor in the 2014 Beijing - Shanghai rally: a fine 1929 Rolls-Royce Pantom I Sports Saloon by Parkward. Upon closer inspection at the start we found the car to be in perfect fettle and up to anything w...
When is a trunk not a trunk?
When it's a Carrier Deluxe. Then the trunk becomes a pickup box, a bathtub or even a coffin. A neighboring vendor at last week's gigantic AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania, offered this unassuming auto trunk. A second glance, however, shows that it opens at the middle, not at the top or side. When the clasp is released, each end section swivels outward, allowing the tr...

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