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A Nash Quad in Holland
Tony de Vries: "In 1997 I bought three boxes of glass black and white negatives in an antique shop. Mainly because it had a lot of old motorcycle pictures just went through the pictures and found some old cars as well.  The picture of the big car is in front of a garage called Devletter en Groenendyk probably in Rotterdam.  Hope you can identify this cars for me."editor: Well, that for sure must...
La Vie au Grand Air...
Nowadays 'La Vie au Grand Air' is the name of a French organisation which is helping deprived children. Not so in the beginning of the last century. It was a well known magazine about the wonders of a new century. Biking, ballooning, boating and motoring! Weekends and holidays were a new thing rising in popularity at steamtrain speed.  The magazine hooked in with the new trend and helped thei...
What is it? Quiz #391
We found you another striking mystery motor from our files and were surprised not to be able to find it on the world wide web. That means you’ll have to know it or recognise its shapes, sizes, dimensions and detail and carry on puzzling from there. Sleuths, come on in. Oh – we have obscured some small detail, which would immediately give away its base just to make things not too easy. Having s...
On My Merry Oldsmobile
Recent sunny weather plus longer daylight hours convinces us that Spring is truly sprung and we should all jump in our cars and celebrate the new blossom, daffodils, baby lambs or whatever takes your fancy in this new season.Our Friday lady has Agaves growing nearby – not the prettiest of plants – but never mind, the jaunty angle she holds her head, and her choice of pleated frock tells us sh...
Give your Bentley a day out in Holland.
Is your car tired of the City? Then consider this. It may not have come to your mind, but it's 2015 and so Bentley cars show their aristrocratic face around the globe since 95 years. The clever organisers of  The National Oldtimer Day in Holland (always on Father's Day; this year Sunday, June 21 ) must have thought, let's not wait for the centennial  in 2020 when everybody claims these cars. ...
Auburn going places... (update: Excelsior bike and Essex Boattail Speedster)
When you live in the Netherlands the province of Groningen is not exactly the place where you expect high-end cars. Certainly back then it was a remote rural area mainly inhabited with relatively poor farmers. The attached photos were a wake up call for your editor. We never thought of the upcoming industrial culture of chaps producing carton, potato flour and more. The issue came up when a nearby...
Build your own Phony & Flashy
We know that most of you love a good replica, especially when it's made of the good type of resin. So we thought why not present to you the very best of show in this category at Amelia Island. No it's not a Volkswagen or anything near what's hiding underneath. It's up to you to decide what would give a nice fit under this shiny skin. Yet to keep your creativity alive, we decide here and now there ...
Average cars in a perfect barn
Like an impressionist painting. In fact these elaborate walls beg for finds with more pedigree... The two 1930s cars are sort of middle of the road. The first one is a second series (1934-1937) Fiat Balilla four door berlina, the other is a 1933 Dodge that at some point was cut to create some sort of pick up. Both cars have been discovered recently in the basement of an old abandoned buildin...
Reims or Rust
What is it about auto jumble's that makes you want to drive a very long day to an industrial estate in the depths of France? It's the smell and feel of rusty old parts, that butterfly feeling you get when you find that elusive part to complete a restoration or to start another. We also want to be the first to find those parts and to be the next owner. If you throw nostalgia, good company, fo...
About Quiz #390 1935 Steyr 530 'Karl Rob' Limousine
Told you so: many readers had last week’s mystery motor parked somewhere in their memories. We had plenty of good answers, although the majority of these were rather dull. Come on guys, we like some more information then just a make, model and year! It was indeed a Steyr and plenty of you recognized it as such. But we saw all kinds of model designations come by, from Type 125 to Type 630 and an...
Friday Night, Fernandina Beach, Florida
When visiting Amelia Island the days are filled with possibilities. For the Friday night we opted for the duPont Registry Live at the Fernandina Beach airport. Only minutes after arrival we had the chance to have a chat with publisher Thomas L. duPont, owner of two(!) Du Pont automobiles. The short meeting brought us both new fame in the Fernandina Observer. The party took place in two hangars...
A village called Amelia
People say that the Amelia Island Concours is the friendly 'little village' version of Pebble Beach. Hard to say if they are right as we have never seen Pebble Beach so far. And after the four day experience of hundreds and hundreds of top level cars and the Sunday crowds even more. But at least the friendly part is true, the venue is perfectly organised by Bill Warner and crew members like Ellen ...
Last of the Wiltons comes home

How many people can claim to drive a car built by one of their antecedents? Roy Halsall is one of this tiny minority of old-car enthusiasts, owning a rare Wilton 10/20 tourer that was built by the company founded by his grandfather, Charles Frederick Halsall, in 1914.

Charles started out making bicycles back in 1896, aged 1...

It's all in the family (2)
Don't think Hugo Modderman was quite finished with his Lancia Artena tale, here is his follow up on yesterday's story. Hugo wrote: "In 2012 my friend and car historian Hans Veenenbos had found a website where people post automobile photographs that they find in family albums. He saw a strange looking Lancia, sent me the link and asked me if I knew what type it was. It turned out to be my car...
It's all in the family: Lancia Artena
Regular contributor Hugo Modderman came up with another of his entertaining tales last week. It’s a story of a Lancia Artena that has been in the family for quite a while. Hugo wrote: “It was around 7 pm on a summer evening in 1959 that we were having dinner in the kitchen when we saw a military police officer walking up the drive. We joked: Dad, they are coming to arrest you (my father was a ...
Can a petrol pump be a work of art?
"All petrol stations look alike," seems a statement that we use today. But also in the early days of the petrol pump, say the 1920s, many looked the same. Yet there was one pump that stood out from the crowd. Just look at the neat design of the French lily that crowns the pump on this photo. It was designed by Gispen, an industrial designer fascinated by modern technology, but also interested in G...
What is it? Quiz #390
This week’s mystery motor of pre war days is so extraordinary that we believe many of you will be able to answer the question above. Fact is that once you’ve seen it, you won’t forget about it! Still, we can give you a few hints (in case you do not know it). The base vehicle is impressive on its own with straight-six of 2260cc capacity. It was only produced for two years in a country that is...
This Chummy is lucky to find Millie
Today is Friday 13th, considered by many to be unlucky in Western superstition, and because we are firm believers in making your own luck, we share with you a story to remind us how lucky we are to enjoy our cars the way we do. The picture shows a lovely occasion when a 1926 Austin 7 Chummy found a new owner. Her name is Millie and the L plates tell us she is still gaining experience before taking...
Rosengart - the multinational car
Mocci Demartis sent us some pictures of his Rosengart and added a brief history. Rosengart started as multinational marque from three nations of equal merit: Germany, England and France, with Germany as Lucien Rosengart's native country (UPDATE: it's not - see comment below). But the engineer had worked for Citroen and Peugeot, too, and had tried to persuade the managements of these compan...
A Darracq undercover Mystery? (update: about Raylton jr.; not Railton)
Derrick Wells got in touch again after last week's mystery image he sent in. He now writes: "Thank you for your help in unravelling the story, it has been most helpful. The picture that contained the newspaper cutting was actually a photo of the owner, a mister Edward Railton Joicey. At present I am not sure where the picture was taken. Here is another picture of Edward Joicey in his first car, ...

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