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Lantilly: the French festival of slowth

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It is not without humour that the organisers of the Vintage Revival Montlhery are offering another event at the Chateau de Lantilly in the heart of the baye-150Nivernais region on 25th and 26th of June.  Their slogan is "Saucisson sec, red plonk and Charentaises (the felt tartan slippers)". It sets the spirit in which the participants are invited to bring the most improbable cyclecars and infernal machines to compete in a race of slowth and other challenges under the watchful eye of Lord Ramillon, the host of the event on the Saturday and test their navigation skills in amphibious vehicles at the Lake of Baye on the Sunday. chateau de_lantilly-150By now, you might have guessed that it is inspired by the now famous British event and is a friendly and satirical wink to the Goodwood and Chantilly festivals. Many of the original creators will actually cross the channel and attend in support of the first international edition.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About quiz #418: post-1920 TB Thompson Brothers Cyclecar.

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The remains of a cyclecar shown in last week's Quiz 418 were not very easy to recognise. The big 'giveaway' in this case was of course the 'Brescia' like radiator. Long time visitors may remember the TB Radiator Mystery. We had loads of response back then, but it must be said that this earlier photo had the TB logo showing which is quite helpful... The project showing last week was photographed years ago by Michael Ware. He had to climb on top of the office in the Black Country Living Museum, in Dudley,UK. Quite possible it's gone now. And maybe even on wheels again! Who knows? 

We had four competitors who all came up with the correct make and lost of useful information. Including the wonderful postcard sent by competitor Luc 'tricycle' Rijckaert. Thanks a lot for sharing Luc! However neither Luc nor Robbie Marenzi, nor Graham Arrondelle are winners. These three gave good but general information regarding all TB cyclecars. While our question always is which specific car is pictured. Again the radiator was a giveaway. It is clearly not a fake but a watercooling radiator. So the TB project must have had the Blackburn or British Anzani engine. So it was built in or after 1921. Only Anders Svenfelt was courageous enough to pinpoint the car based on this simple feature. By doing so he is not only winner of the quiz but also a new jurymember. This was his third win since 2006! Congratulations Anders. Please provide your mail address and current size. 

(photo collection Luc Rijckaert) 
"Above my picture of the TB Threewheeler Cyclecar. I found this postcard  some years ago. As the registration number starts with TB, this could well be a works "press" picture!"  Luc
Saturday, 23 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A next generation of Friday Ladies

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Last Sunday's article about the Beforty rally produced a lot of response. Also messages from people who's (grand-) children actually get the chance to drive in old cars. A thing we want to encourage.
John Memmelaar from Oakland, US sent us a very proud email showing his 13 year daughter who restored a Model T and learnt to drive it properly. Don't worry too much for an encounter with this junior speeder on the road, so far she's only practising in her father's backyard. (editor: for once and with great hesitation we add the old American saying  "Don't try this at home")  
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Another girl (&boy) Friday picture comes from Australia, sent by Min Innes-Irons.
"We recently had a 4-day rally and had 3 to 5 young adults attend - with two that did a lot of driving in various cars - and they really enjoyed themselves and want to return to future events.  The "common thread" is the wonderfull cars that are being driven. The big question is how to include the younger generations to have fun within the xcar clubs and their events. We have discussed concessionary memberships to make the next generation's annual memebership more affordable while studying. "  Editor: thanks a lot John, thanks a lot Min for sending in your photos and ideas. If there's more, just let us know.
Friday, 22 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Throwback Thursday: 'The Café Mystery' solved after 11 years!

Royal-Star-1907-limousine-3Very frequently we publish a mystery and very frequently you lot come up with the correct answer. However, sometimes it takes a bit longer, like the solution to this Café Mystery dating back from January 2005, eleven(!) years ago. Ariejan Bos decided to have a look at all our (un)solved mysteries and after a lot of research he came up with the correct answer to this one. It's none of the makes already mentioned back in 2005, but it's a Belgian made Royal Star dating from 1907. Royal Star has always had those sloping louvres as can be seen on this picture of a Royal Star with an identical radiator pictured at the stand of Dutch importer van Genderingen at the 1907 RAI-exhibition in Amsterdam.

Earlier text (and updates):
Hans Waldeck (member of the Dutch car history club 'Conam') sends this unidentified Café 'taxi' from around 1910. The licence is known to have been on the name of a Mr. N. Peereboom from Oosthuizen, a village just north of Purmerend that was known for its cattle market. It is not known if he was the owner of 'Café de Tuinbouw'. Mr. Waldeck suggests the car can be an Austin, a Pipe or even a Laurin & Clement, but his gut feeling says it is probably none of those.... (photo courtesy Conam; click for more detail)
Edit.: Note the 'backward leaning' louvres and characteristic headlamps with extra inside lenses. What is your opinion? Info*

Update I: Wiggo Carlsen from Norway writes that these backleaning louvres are like with the 1911 Olds louvres. However the form of the hood is quite different.

Update II: Triggered by the earlier remarks about the louvres Hans Waldeck found in 'Schweizer Autos' by Ernest Schmid a photo of a Lucerna landaulette 1907/09 with Aster 4 cylinder engine. The car is showing great similarities, also in the bonnetshape.

Update III by Hans Compter:"Pre World War-I German, French and Belgian made cars were quite strongly represented in the Netherlands, especially during the first decade. A Pipe therefor would be a candidate were it not that all those cars' radiators had a small elevation on their centre tops. I don't see that feature on this car. The brass acytelene generator and brass headlights appear to be Riemann. The wide flat radiator and leaning louvres all correspond with a 4 cylinder German Scheibler of about the 1905-1906 period, type 24/30 or 35/40PS. The shortlived Scheibler cars were made in Aachen (Aix-de-la-Chapelle) just across the Dutch southern Limburg border. They were expensive quality cars made between 1900 and 1907. After that a newly formed company continued to make the Mannesmann trucks and buses until the beginning of 1928. The only other car which virtually has the same wide radiator and 12 spoke wheels was the Belgian Fondu but none of my Fondu-cars photos show the leaning louvres. The coachwork on this car looks to be from a coachbuilder and with the former Dutch owner living north of Amsterdam it could very well be a Schutter body (Schutter & van Bakel). (see also Günther Schnuer "Der Automobilbau in Aachen" (1896-1928) (Edition Euregio). I have never seen a Dutch importer's advertisement offering the Swiss Lucerna, only Martinis and Pic Pics."
Thursday, 21 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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