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Gordon Bennett Balloon Race; follow the flight!

The Gordon Bennett Balloon Race has started last night from Vichy in France. 19 balloon crews took off with balloons filled with hydrogen and the winner will be the pilot who travels the furthest.

The best will stay in the air 70 hours or more open to the elements in a wicker basket. Balloons can only travel where the wind takes them and nobody know...

About quiz #377 : 1923 Newton (Ceirano) Brooklands
Well this was one of those cars that you either know or never haVE heard about.  The car that was subject of  quiz 377 turned up at a most pleasant 'strawberries & bubbles' event at Bicester Heritage airfield. It is the 1100 cc  1923 Newton 200 miles Brooklands racer as developped by Noel Newton. You can read the various knowledgeable additions about the car from the commen...
Hats off - goggles on.

We are lucky to live in this digital age and today we invite you to revisit an old friend we introduced back in 2012. Our picture shows Joan Newton Cuneo in 1911 at the wheel of her Pope Hummer (corr. 1911 Knox) with which she set the woman’s speed record of 111.5 MPH. This was after her previous successes had helped The American Automobile Association  ban women from ent...

The Pierce Arrow must go
What do you do when you find  a superb unrestored 1931 Lincoln Dietrich convertible sedan? No issue for David Schultz, director of the Stan Hywet Concours d'Elegance. He has Lincoln blood in his veins, so he will always choose the 'Lincoln highway'. Even when it will ask for sacrifices in other areas. In this particular case he probably will need to say fare well to the untouched, never resto...
Portugese pumper mysteries
Not a long time ago several interesting fire pumps were exposed at a Portuguese classic car event. The 1930 Citroen C6  (photo 3) or the 1929 Brockway (Photo 4) seem to be fully original while others like the 1929 Buick (photo 5), 1930 Cadillac (photo 6) or 1920s Packard (photo 7) have suffered of deep transformations during the postwars years. The Packard seems to be derived of a grand lux...
A $200 American Dream
Auctions are wonderful opportunities to dream, and we all need our dreams. We must believe that dreams can come true and so when deciding which one car to buy at the 7th annual Auburn Auction held by Worldwide Auctioneers on Saturday August 30th in Auburn, Indiana (Labor Day weekend) we are faced with a difficult decision. One man whose dream came true is Virgil Sciolaro who always admired h...
A long weekend Mystery (Update: 1918-19 De Dion Bouton v8? 1913-20 FN? Minerva? Vauxhall?)

Alain Legrand sends this photo that was shot in Belgium around 1920-1925. It seems the couple depicted just has returned from a long weekend or similar. There's still some luggage waiting in the gravel behind the automobile. A lady passenger is bringing in her luggage to the big house. The car seems nearly new and of american making if we're correct. An interesting detail is the nearly total ...

Killing the AV Monocar gremlins
Back in 1919, a new British Cyclecar appeared on the market. The AV was manufactured by Ward and Avey in Middlesex between 1919 and 1924. One of the more successful cyclecars, it was based on a design bought from Carden and built in the factory they had previously occupied. The first model produced was a mono-car and I was recently invited to drive the only road going example. The V-twin JAP...
What is it? Quiz #377
This beautiful Brooklands rocket is a racer of ill fame. Developed for the 1100 cc class with complicated twin cam engineering ahead of it's time it wasn't very successful. Twin overhead cams and tubular conrods were some of the features of the car that was partially based on the equally complex production car with Italian genes.In order to have a chance of winning the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt t...
Lady in Racing (update: 1919 Eric-Campbell 10 h.p.)
The lady you see smiling from the seat of her car is Violette Cordery – or Violet for short. The car is a 1926 Invicta and it was this marque with which she was closely associated. Her eldest sister, Lucy, was married to Noel Macklin who founded The Invicta Motor Co. After Macklin was wounded in WW1 he employed Violet as his driver and that started a long and successful period of motor sport fo...
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Dear PreWarCar/PostWarClassic user,At the moment we're experiencing a problem with our adverts section. We're working hard to fix it as soon as possible.In the meantime we ask you to check which adverts of you are online. It may be possible that old adverts which have been marked as sold are still shown as available. We kindly request you to check this and change the status of adverts of cars and/...
Oily Rag Ford returns to the road
With The Automobile's event exclusively for unrestored cars, the Oily Rag Run, drawing ever nearer, it seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at a truly Oily Rag conservation story. This rare 1935 Ford 22hp coupé was found by owner David Acon in 2012 in the USA. Discovering it was originally an English-market car, he bought the Ford and had it shipped back home. Instead of emba...
What colour to choose for George Roesch's finest saloon?
This is about the dilemma of Stewart Wilkie. While restoring his Talbot Saloon (hear-hear!) he has arrived at the point where he needs to decide about colour. Stewart adds: "Very few of the type 110 saloons have survived as they were broken up for racing spares or converted into racing specials. Even more rare than the standard saloon is the James Young creation. Two were made and only one s...
Art-deco Ruxtons overwhelm at Pebble Beach
Right. Holiday is over and we’re going back to work. Well, okay – just one more look back at Pebble Beach before we do just that. Now, there was quite a lot that impressed. How about a Bentley Speed Six with drophead coupe body by Saoutchik. Yes – a Bentley! Or that gorgeous little 1913 Peugeot L45 racer in between all that big machinery and century-old BIS Mercedes racers.But it’s ...
Pebble Beach 2014: “The most interesting, breathtaking, swoopy cars ever built”
Concourses d’elegance will never get rid of all their stigmas about piano-gloss paint jobs shining deeper than the Kaspian sea and waxed tyres on glass plates. But then you may like to know that Pebble Beach – the concours of concourses that took place yesterday – every year submits their participators and their vehicles to the ‘Pebble Beach Tour d’elegance’ – a 65 mile drive along t...
Monster - A different kind of hot rod
After Tuesday's controversial Lakester, how about this for an altogether different type of hot rod? This Antipodean special started life as a 1920s Crossley 20/70 tourer, owned by Mrs Vida Jones of Sydney. Vida and her husband John were keen motor sport participants in races, trials and hill climbs in a variety of interesting cars – Vida even owned an Alfa Romeo 1750SS at one point. The C...
About Quiz #376: 1914 Victor 8hp Cyclecar
Ariejan Bos is to be congratulated for sending in the right answer, but since he is a jury member he unfortunately does not qualify for a T-shirt prize. But he does give us another possible question. We were convinced our picture shows a 1914 Victor because it is the same as the picture from our Victor catalogue. But Ariejan points out the position of the petrol filler cap has moved. So perhaps th...
The Fast Lady
When I saw this photograph, I have to confess the eyes were immediately drawn to my heart-throb from the ‘60s, Julie Christie. We see her here in 1962 posing with her co-star of the film ‘The Fast Lady’ – a 1927 Bentley  4.5 litre Red Label Speed short chassis speed model with Vanden Plas fabric body, painted of course in British Racing Green. Julie Christie rose to fame with her per...
Raceabout with a difference
When you fall for the brawn of an American short chassis racer from the brass age, the Mercer Raceabout or Stutz Bearcat are the ones to go for, right? Not necessarily. There was the Speedwell Speed Car, too. Trouble is, only one of them is known to survive but it is offered in Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale tomorrow.Speedwell has of course nothing to do with these chaps here. The Speedwell Motor Com...
Who knew of Mercedes’ 540K Stromlinienwagen?
We were aware of something special Mercedes was to bring over to Pebble Beach this year. What exactly has been made public earlier this week – it’s a one-off 540K Streamliner – or Stromlinienwagen - of 1938-vintage. Thanks to its slippery shape, hammered from lightweight metals and born from windtunnel testing, plus with a supercharged eight cylinder it was supposedly quick enough to win the...

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