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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...
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-stro...
A trooper on its way in 1929
Another of Peter Huson's archive photos - This was taken in March 1929 when Trooper "Ginger" Newton of the B.S.A.Police (British South Africa Police in Southern Rhodesia) and party was en route to Victoria Falls with police reinforcements, because of the Rhodesia Railways strike. There was no Bulawayo to Victoria Falls road back then and the party had to use an old wagon trail. In the ba...
A Total Panhard & Levassor Racer Makeover

Sometimes a photo comes by, which makes you scratch your head at first. Formidable in appearance, where both the length of the bonnet as well as the large chain wheel point at a very powerful car. Several possibilities pop up in your mind, but none lead to a solution. The six-spoke sprocket wheel is a mystery, no car ever seems to have had one. But then the f...

What is it? Quiz #458
This week, we are looking for a car, I don´t have much information about. But I´d like to know more about this company, that existed in France between 1932 and 1934. At first, small racers with 350...500ccm engines were built, followed by the small sports car, you can spot on this weeks quiz-car picture. It had a two-cylinder 500ccm engine with a four-speed gearbox and was built as a roadster an...
Red and white in spring
This week Friday-Lady seems to enjoy the new Berliet 944 and her new dress in matching colors!But I think that she´s „just“ the model for the advertise-shooting. And during this, she seems to dream about a grand tour with the new car (and her new dress). Hood and windscreen down and enjoying the warming shine of the spring sun, while most of us begin to prepare our classic cars to store...
Not only the newest, but also the oldest Bugatti in Hong Kong
The new Bugatti Chiron has just made its public Hong Kong debut at the 2017 Hong Kong Gold Coast Motor Festival. The Festival, Hong Kong’s premier motor celebration held at the picturesque waterfront precinct in Hong Kong’s New Territories, half an hour from the hustle and bustle of the City, was being held for the second year. The Chiron, perhaps the most powerful, fastest and most luxu...
London to Brighton run 2017: A great fun event! But never change a winning team...
Singing birds in the rising sun. Reflection on the polished lamps. The sound and fumes of hot steaming engines. A lot of warm clothes (which were certainly necessary, but at least it was dry). In this international event participated approximately 450 pre-1905 cars. Every single one on its way to Brighton, passing the London landmarks and the wonderful autumn sceneries. For many of them tradition ...
Edward P. Zerė and his C6 Amilcars
Anyone interested in the C6 Amilcars imported to UK by Vernon Balls in the late 1920s may be aware of Edward Zerė who ran a workshop called Z.N. Motors Ltd. at 904, Harrow Road, London, NW10. He was in partnership with a Scotsman whose name, therefore, may have begun with an N.  Zerė himself specialised in tuning and is reported to have been involved with the final tuning of Widengr...
A double mystery start of the week
Let's start the week with a double mystery: Jon Dudley has been trying to identify these pictures elsewhere but the results were interesting but inconclusive with many good ideas but no positive identification of these interesting cars. Maybe the prewarcar.com readers can help? The photographs were purchased in Eastbourne by an expat friend over visiting the UK from the USA just a coupl...
How to become a fan of...

I think we all love many old cars and we´re all interested in lots and lots of brands, but I also think, that most of us have at least one make, that we love most, don´t we? Everybody who is interested in soccer has a team, he follows, if you are interested in music, you have the one band or singer, you love most. But what are the origins for being an afici...

About What is it quiz #457: Gladiator 12HP
No, not a Clément, but indeed a Gladiator, which most of the contestants had indicated. The complete and correct answer was given by Luc Ryckaert, who also knew that the photo was originally published in The Sketch. Shown here is a similar photo in Country Life, showing the 12 HP Gladiator tonneau from a different angle but with the same acting and singing beauties Marie Studholme, Ethel Sy...
From the family album: a lady behind the wheel in Trinidad
Would you smile if your just drove into a palm tree? Or is it that she just stopped on time in front of some palm leaves. Fortunately, there is not much damage to the car. At least not that we can see.Earlier we received a photograph from Julian Hill that came out of the family album, showing a 1925 Star. But he also shared another photograph with us. One with his aunt Rosalie (Bay) Bryan, nee Hil...
The history and future of a pie-truck
The story of this 1914 Ford Model T Pie Truck, bought new by our family, is really the story of Irish/Scottish laborers and indentured servants. These immigrants who made their way to America were farmers, laborers, and veterans of the Civil War.  They started selling pies on Thanksgiving Day 1885 from the back of a wagon in Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, and over the next 3...
Epic Glimpses into French Pre-War Motoring

 

      

Nestled amongst numerous commercial vehicles and more ...

River crossings in the 1920's
The early days of motoring in Southern Rhodesia were often hard work if you left the major cities and ventured into long-distance travel. Apart from the fact that the roads to the outlying districts were merely tracks, dusty in the dry season and muddy in the rainy season. Whether dry or rainy weather, problems nearly alway arose crossing the many rivers in your path. In those days there wer...
What happened to the Ariel Grand Prix racer?

This post was originally planned as two separate posts: the vanished Ariel Grand Prix racer and a rakish Ariel sports car. However, during research and writing, both converged to one, as you will see. The racer was presented at the Olympia Show end of 1907 and was a great attraction. The Autocar wrote that it was the first Grand Prix racer built to conform with the new international rac...

Photos when his father was young.
Some great photos were sent by Alistair Dray, taken by his father when he was a young man. His father visited the UK and Europe in 1962-1963. He was 'road crew' for Len Southward, who brought his 1904 Wolseley to UK for London-to-Brighton, and also he followed Bruce McLaren around some of the GP circuits.The photos are of Mephistopheles resting in the paddock, and another of a fine Alpine Gh...
What is it? quiz #457
This car with three beautiful ladies is of a well-known make, both in France as well as England. Twin sister cars were regular competitors in the London-Brighton run, but checking the starting list I noticed they are absent this year. However, 6 of her sisters of a different model, partly of slightly younger age are present. The three ladies in the car were well-known in their days, but as you may...
Two Ladies lead the way for all the ladies this Sunday with a Steam Car
On May 21st of the year 1902, two ladies decided to make a short tour from a place near Dover to Chandler's Ford in Hampshire, a distance of about 155 miles. The car they drove was a 1-year-old, much used Serpollet steam car. I must admit that I've read their story, which was published in The Autocar of June 28th, with increasing amazement. In their story, the author stresses mainly their tr...

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