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About Quiz # 323: Spyker C4

Last week's photo was the kind of picture you instantly recognized (or not). Maybe the reference to the track helped a lot. Anyway, all answers we received identified the racing car as the Spyker C4, driven by Selwyn Francis Edge in an attempt to break his own "double 12-hour" record which he had set at the Brooklands circuit in England 15 years earlier in a Napier. Edge succeeded, averaging 74 mph for 24 hours. So, apart from the easily found statistics, we had to rely on the small details in your answers to pick a winner. We found it in Richard Armstrong's answer who added: "Spyker had recently set a 30.000 km record with one of their C4s and Edge had borrowed this streamlined C4 racer. He had achieved 60mph with the Napier (in 1907) and raised the record to 74.5mph with the Spyker, which he described as "absolutely faultless" on its "double-twelve" run - split into two sessions due to a ban on night running imposed after noise complaints about his original attempt on the Napier!" Well done, Richard, this third correct answer elevates you to the ranks of our distinguished jury members!
And speaking of jury members, Mark Dawber expressed his doubts as to the Spyker being an original production car as it had the Maybach engine. Before making this quiz, we consulted the book 'Spyker 1898-1926' by automobile historian Vincent van der Vinne in which he wrote that although the Spyker company was famous for constructing the first 6-cylinder engine, they chose the 6-cylinder Maybach engine for use in the C4, but kept very, very quite about that fact. Vincent wrote the definite history on Spyker, too bad his book was only published in the Dutch language. (See Read More for the list of correct answers)

Other correct answers came from:

Pug Vogler
Callum Walsh
Kaspars Dortāns
Jean-Yves Lassaux
Ruud de Pater
Allistair 'Bud' Smith
Michael Hortig
Jaap ter Linden
Mark Dawber (jury)

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK