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About What is it Quiz #442: Russo-Balt 24-55

Quiz 442
A quiz that we thought was quite difficult and therefore, we gave some hints. Well, that clearly worked. Not sure it was because of the hints or because of the fanstastic car but no less than 21 comments were sent in. 

The first one came from 'some bloke' and he was definitely correct with his answer saying it is 'a really awesome car'. But what we asked for was the make and all the other facts that you can come up with.

The car was a 1911/1912 Russo-Balt, Modell 24-55.  It took part in the 1912 Monte Carlo rally, driven by Russian Andrej Platonovich Nagel from St. Petersburg (as can be seen on the photo) to Monte Carlo. Most people thought they finished 9th overall, which was incorrect. They did finish first but were at the end classified at the ninth place, as the first Monte Carlo-Rallys were a combination of Concours d'Elegance, usability of the car and sportive event. Taking all the criterias in account the jury of the rally came to the conclusion that the Russo-Baltique should be classified at the 9th place.
Quite some contesters to the quiz came to the right answer regarding the make and the type.
A fun fact came from Alan Spencer; ' The driver, Andrej Nagel, had to do all the driving because the day before the start of the event, his co-driver broke his arm starting the car!'

Best en most complete answers came from: Arild Heie, Fried Stol, Stuart Penketh, Kevin Atkinson. But the best was from Oliver. He was rather precise about the Monte Carlo result of the team.
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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