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A 'Lucas, King of the Master Bedroom' story (update: Rotax rebadged)

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Richard Thomas writes: "I got these headlights at a swapmeeting looking very sad, I was told they were off an American PT boat, but after I cleaned off about six mm of tarry paint, I found a Lucas King of the Road badge and on the underside of the headlight bucket I found the following: RLH 803K. Could I please impinge on your patience and knowledge to ask what year these were made? And what vehicles were they fitted to? I was going to use them to replace the obviously incorrect 1924 Buick headlights that are on "Burt" my 1917 Studebaker, but it looks like I've jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire! Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

How did I become an old car fanatic? Well, when my mum and dad got married and bougt their first house, dad wanted to restore a veteran, but they couldn't afford a garage. So late one night, when the neighbours weren't watching, they took the bay window out of the master bedroom, and dad restored a 1913 Fiat 52B in the master bedroom! That was back in 1952 and dad is still a member of the V.C.C.A! Tragic isn't it!

Editor: Well Richard, if your mum and dad are still together and not in fight with the neighbours we think it was all worthwhile doing.
 
 
Monday, 24 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Hans Davids' pre-war racing career?

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Jan Roosenburg writes: "I am looking for information on the Dutch driver Hans Davids from Rotterdam. His post-war accomplishments are documented, both in the ex Ecurie Ecosse C-type and the factory supplied Aston Martin. However, he was also active in pre-war years, first on a Velocette motorcycle, then in a 1934 Railton and finally in a Wolsely. He successfully drove the Railton in the 1934 Alpine Trial without losing any points. He started in the 1934 ten hours of Spa under number 8 (see photo's of both events). He also drove his Railton in a number of local events. If anyone has information what he did for a living, where the Railton was purchased, what happened to it, etc. I would be very grateful."

Sunday, 23 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About Quiz #383: Buick Master Six

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Well, that was fun! Lots of good and better aswers coming in. One answer - though not correct - was quite interesting as it told us about a make of car we never heard of before: the CWS T-1 , which was the first car ever produced in Poland. According to Wikipedia some 500 were made between 1925 and 1932. 
No the car depicted here - photographed near the entrance of the castle of Bran now better known as the home of Count Dracula... -  was produced in much larger numbers. All other senders agreed on Buick so we presume they are right. Most jurymembers agreed on Buick Master Six. So like quizes similar to this one in the past we had to go into the details.  And honestly we were quite glad to have solid support from long time jury member Kit Foster who graciously admitted his own guess was not perfect. "Goddess on 1927s, Motometers on earlier cars for example". It was decided that Ace Zenek was best on details and also on giving fundament to his guess. We are looking at a 7 passenger variety of the car - the lady in the middle almost 100% certain seated in the jump seat - which made the choice a lot easier. 
Ace, please send us your mail address and T-shirt size.  See you all next week! This weekend you can test yourself on a seemingly easy PostWar Puzzle. It's not!

(photo collection: Radu Comsa)

Saturday, 22 November 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Ode to Netta the navigator

Netta the navigator.

When driving abroad it is essential to have a map, and even more essential to have a map reader. You’re driving on the opposite side of the road, there are frequently beautiful views to distract you and roundabouts drain your intellectual powers for many kilometres. So we were very lucky to have Netta as navigator and many days of continental motoring were made more enjoyable by never missing a turning.

Even when we stopped for fuel, Netta would plan ahead while driver Hugh would watch the litres go up and the Euros go down, and when she nipped out to spend a penny, she always took the map with her!  Other drivers strolled over to discuss the route because Netta had gained their trust, and when you see a Frazer Nash label, you know he takes his driving seriously. Even when we stopped to stretch our legs and drink coffee, Netta would remind us she was on top of things and we could relax. When not driving, she diligently attended to the myriad of little jobs which our old cars demand if they are to perform well and at the end of the day we all sat down together and ensured our gallant navigator had what she wanted, and even then she was thinking of how to please those around her. Did I hear someone mention SatNav? No thanks, I’ll stick with my good old fashioned map – and its lovely reader.

(Text and pictures Robin Batchelor)

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