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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...
Classic rally prep in Beijing
Imagine a country, a big country; a huge country, where the horse-drawn carriage and bicycle were the number one transport mode untill not too long ago. Imagine the world's big six motor manufacturers finding a way in there, always eager to enlargen their market share, soon resulting into world's largest motor market. The country exists and is called China. And we are there to drive a rally....
About Quiz #380: 1928 Ford Model A taxi!
Finally we had an extremely simple car in Quiz 'What is it' #380 and now people were afraid to answer. At least it seems that this was the case. Four competitors were spot on with 1928 Ford Model A Tudor. When you check in to see the quiz results you can read that John Elema came up with most details; well done John. Still it's our opinion that this week's prize should go to somebody else as we as...
Fun in a GN
Tomorrow is October 11th and that can only mean one thing - the annual VSCC Welsh Trial when a large proportion of the active membership converge on Presteigne in Wales for a weekend of vintage motoring up steep muddy hills in glorious autumn countryside. One of the most popular and successful cars to enter is the GN, with its light weight, solid chain driven back axle and ample power. Here i...
The most desirable brass era Toy at $500 only?
Arguably one of the most successful supercars of the pre WWI era is the Mercer Raceabout. Being the iconic brass time race car it is also the daddy-toy which has been replicated most. In sizes ranging from Matchbox to scale 1:32, to scale 1:16 and yes of course 1:1 replicas as well. But in the end you want to go beyond your fantasy, you only want the real thing... I...
Badge collector shares his life-long passion

Per Faxe lives in Denmark and the purchase of his first motoring lapel badge 40 years ago fuelled a passion which has grown into one of the greatest collections in the world. OK – you may think another man another collection. But I think he deserves more than that. As I read through the history on his website I am drawn into a subject I knew nothing about.&...

Victorian Guernsey Number Plates? (upd. Edwardian / railway or real?)
Rob Lawson sends the above photo of a set of antique plates. But is it car or bike? He writes: "My family and I are currently in the process of sorting through items from my late mother's estate. We have come across a pair of cast metal number plates bearing the # 435. We are assuming that they may be genuine early Victorian car registration plates." Editor: Well Rob, we must say that we persona...
A new generation is picking up the spanner!
After our article about the new generation of pre-war car rescuers, we received a lot of response for the 2015 calendar (and you can still send in your photos to office@prewarcar.com). A chap in his early thirties thought he was probably the youngest nutter in the hobby, but hey read about Tom Barrett. He writes: "I am a 14 year old enthusiast coming 15 this weekend. I am doing construction, s...
What is it? Quiz #380
Hey, here you go! This is a car you all will recognise. We thought, give them some slack while we are packing our bags for China4C and many others are preparing for Hershey. So yes it is easy, but... but...  we want to hear exactly - we mean e-x-a-c-t-l-y what it is. Year, Make, Model and every detail added ... or left out which you can find. Don't know if this is of any help but the photos was ...
What every woman should know

‘The Woman and The Car’ was first published in 1909. To complete the title, it is ‘A chatty little handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor’. Its author is Dorothy Levitt and what a woman she was! Dorothy first came into contact with motorsport through her work as a secretary at the Napier motor company. There she met S.F. Edge who took her under his w...

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