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What is it? Quiz #381

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 might tell us some of its history. As a tie breaker, you could offer the name of the model that succeeded it. Just read the Rules under Read More and start looking, looking, looking. This may finally be your chance to win the coveted PreWarCar T-shirt. Results will be published next Saturday, October 25.

Saturday, 18 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Kate and the Busy Bee

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 scratch in 1919 by Mr. J.A.Mills and you can read more about it here. I believe this is its first time out since Kate and David did the necessary fettling after acquiring it last year. (David entered one of their other cyclecars, the Graham-White)

Kate looks a picture of concentration as she not only keeps control of her eccentric contraption but also tries to remember the instructions for the test she was driving. The rain didn’t help either, but it didn’t dampen her spirit as she splashed her way through the puddles to the finish line. The article describes the Busy Bee’s popularity… ”several friends enjoyed driving the Busy Bee , but a combination of slow driving and stationary idling ended when the V-twin decided to seize. Fortunately, in less time than it takes to drink two pints of beer, it had cooled down and recovered, apparently none the worse for the experience.”

(Words Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy David Grounds)

Friday, 17 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A day of rest in Zaozhuang

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 fabulous hospitality of course director Mr. Zong, here assisted by his most charming PA with a perfect Boston accent showing us how to prepare a local spicy pancake (as served in the top location depicted above). The outrageous variety of food and dishes is just one of the treats of this exotic rally along the highlights of China. Tomorrow back in the MG's bucket seats for a long day of winding and fast back roads leading to Nanjing.
Maybe we should end the day with the wise Confucius' words:

"Man who run in front of car get tired.
 Man who run behind car get exhausted.
 Man who drive like hell, bound to get there."

(source of these confucian sayings)

(Text and pictures Joris Bergsma)
Thursday, 16 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Hershey Tradition

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 sprinkled the Saturday morning car show. The visitors didn't mind, though, nor did the car owners. There were ample quantities of both.

As always, interesting and unusuals cars abounded. A case in point was the rare 1932 DeVaux that heads this article. Others included a late model (1932) Detroit Electric and a French Front 1904 Oldsmobile. The latter is a version of the curved-dash Olds, but with a "conventional" front radiator. Also being judged were a 1934 Aerodynamic Hupmobile and a 1934 Railton from the saem year. Built in Britain on Hudson chassis, Railtons sported classic coachbuilt bodies.

The Antique Automobile Club of America's Historic Preservation of Original Features Class continues to grow. In near-barn find condition, a 1918 International truck delighted visitors with its engine running. Showers resumed as spectators flocked to a brace of Mercers, but they were not deterred. The umbrellas went up and the show went on.

(Text and pictures by Kit Foster)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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