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PWC workshop: Play on the brake arms
In this episode of the workshop series, we take a look at a fairly common issue seen at many old cars: worn out pins and bushings. In this case the play occurs at the arms that actuate the brake shoes. The same principle counts for leaf spring pins though, for which the same repair method can be used.The pins are worn on one side because they always rub on that same side while being used. This cau...
The Caversham Beauty

For a new manufacturer dipping a toe into the water of motor car production in the early 1920s, there were two ways to go about things. The easy way was to build up a car entirely from proprietary parts – a chassis from one maker, an engine from another and steering, axles, transmission all from different sources.

The s...

How to arrive warm and dry in Brighton!
Ask people about the famous London to Brighton run and the first thing that comes to mind is how wonderful it is. It is something your need to put on your bucketlist etc. After this wave of positivity, they probably also come up with the fact that LtB the first weekend of November may be not the best time of the year for a veteran outing. In general it's cold, wet & miserable: fine English a...
Romance in the air: Motorcycle Dating
First dates are all about first impressions. And of course, you want to show her/him your biggest pride. So with what wheels (two, three, four or more?) did you take your date for a first drive out? Was it your classic pride?Lance Milne sent us the above picture with a question."A few years ago your skilled readers were able to help me pinpoint the likely year of some pics of my historic Chateau M...
About 'What is it' quiz #429: 1911 N.E.C. 30hp
No electric Elmo or Rolls-Royce Legalimit, but another unorthodox car from England: the New Engine Car built by the New Engine Company, abbreviated N.E.C. Forgotten now by most people, but in pre-WW1 England regularly described in the columns of car magazines. Two people however could still remember the make and these were Frank Sauerwald and Fried Stol. The latter was already a three-time winner,...
Barbara Marshall & Kay Petre at Beaulieu
This is a small Beaulieu story as so many happen every year. Those who passed our stand may have noticed a small radiator with AC/Bullnose looks. It was offered by Robin Batchelor who at first presumed it was Bullnose.Sunday morning a man walked in who was intrigued by the radiator and decided he might wanted to use it on his Anzani engined trials/racing GN of 1924. The car is known to have been r...
Two brothers in Bordeaux
The year is 1900. You and your brother sit at the kitchen table in the house in Le Mans. What to do this weekend? You are both car manufacturers, just like your father was. And are planning to have a nice trip in the Bordeaux region. You notify a few other French car builders ( snail mail, pigeon, telex?) and off you go, to Margaux. This was probably the scenario in 1900 and in 2016 it...
How to date an early Aster ? ( Update: 1902 Gladiator, Century, Waltham?)
A good friend from the US has this nice one cylinder Aster. In his own words it is huge, heavy and  crude giving the impression that it is rather early.  But what the age really is? Anyway it is numbered #5723 and the height of the veteran thumper is 24 inches. Bore & stroke is 88 x 100 mm, which results in 608 cc;  thus being a 5HP? Interestingly the engine seems to have seen hardly any use wi...
What happened to 'Benny' and other cars of Vincents from Reading?
Louise Vincent contacted us regarding the cars and business of her grandfather: Vincents coach builders of Reading. It appears they were Austin Main Agents as you can read from the group photo in front of the Reading premises. And look at the 2000th(!) AEC 'Matador' behind them. And they did more. Much more. Just a few samples are this Rolls Royce  (Phantom I ?)  Limousine, the smaller 2...
Not really an Amilcar mystery
David Jackson sent us some vintage pictures of his late father with friends in an Amilcar and he would like to know the model and year.The pictures are postcards by now and look amazing.  David said "There are two men and one woman, the man who never gets to sit behind the wheel is my father,  W. Montgomery Jackson.  The names of the other two are unknown to me. I think th...
Fobello: 60 Lancia Lambdas and only one trailer!

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were born in places that even a hundred years later had hardly more than 1000 inhabitants and so there are  many examples. So it may not come as a surprise that Vincenzo Lancia was born in Fobello, even today still a mountain village with a mere 250 inhabitants. Together with Frederick Lanchester, Henry Ford, Ferdinand Porsche and Alec Issigonis he counts...
What is it? Quiz # 429
It's a shortnosed four door tourer designed to provide the passengers a luxurious body with as much room as possible. So no engine at the front, but somewhere else. Built in England, I can tell you already now that it's not a Lanchester. The name of the make was an abbreviation of this new concept. Most cars were limousines and landaulettes built for town or even long distance use. As you can see ...
Who is the little girl?
Tom Cook, chairman of the UK based De Dion Bouton club, sends a picture of another brand he likes. He owns a fine 1910 Renault BZ (so he is probably a member of the Renault Freres as well). Tom found an old picture of that one shot in Australia, where the Renault was a well known car in Adelaide. Originally the car most probably was shipped to Sydney to be used by the owner of a lar...
Brightwells 21 September: saloonist heaven
Some of you will turn away in dismay. You may primarily be interested in bright coloured Coupes and Convertibles. Sorry,  today we will zoom in on next week's auction of Brightwells but concentrate - for a change - on the not so bright coloured but quite long line up of pre-war saloons that will be on offer.  Starting with this most attractive 6 cylinder Alvis Crested Eagle Six Light Sal...
Mystery brakes on the Parry Thomas GP Car (update: Perrot ?)
Geraint Owen, whom we all know from the famous BABS (a lot less people know he was the first private to sell a car through these pages many-many years ago), has problems identifying the vintage brakes on another brilliant car, the Parry Thomas Flatiron car (right in the picture below, Babs on the left and the Leyland-Thomas in the middle).'They are metric (all the bolts are metric threads and the ...
125 years of Panhard traces

On the first weekend of October, there will be a get together with more than 100 Panhard (et Levassor) cars in Compiegne to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the grand marque.It is during Rallye des Ancetres, organised by Club de Teuf Teuf of France, so a good reason to visit Compiegne that weekend. For the occasion we invited french car historian Fons Alkemade to sh...

A London & Picton Mystery
We received these beautiful pictures from Alex Selley, who is looking for identification of the 2 cars. Alex writes: "The photo of a chauffer driven car was taken in London, Circus Road, St. John's Wood in about 1913, the photo was given by his brother neighbour, a Mr Hartley of Western Australia who's Grandfather is the gentleman standing along side the car.The second photo was given to me a...
Sunshine just in time for Salon Privé
Apparently the summer in England this year has not been a bad one at all. Certainly not as hot as the legendary heatwave of 1976, but passable nonetheless in this the country's first Brexit season. I should have arrived in the country sooner, because the start of Autumn was a shocker. Arriving on 3rd September was a few days late for sunshine but fortunately just in time for Salon Privé at Blenhe...
About What is it #428 : 1908 MAF D3 5/12HP
Wow !  No less than 13 competitors were right in naming the right make with this rather neglected motorcar: Christian Günzel, Michael Slenger, Moritz,  Jiri Schwarz, Gerd Klioba, Joseph Schmitt,  Tony Presensen, Lard Göran Lindgren, Frank Sauerwald, Göran Flank, Leon Mitchell, Fedor and jurymember Anders Svenfelt..! So there must have been earlier publications regarding this quit...
MG PB ENGINE BLOCK SOLD to uk (Sep 09, 2016)
finding my way around, everything been very helpfulJane Goodacre...

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