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There's a hole in your piston, dear Heidi, dear Heidi...

Theres a hole in your piston, dear Heidi, dear Heidi...We introduced you to Heidi last year (click) when she started her ambitious trip around the world in “Hudo”, her 1930 Hudson Great Eight Saloon. She started in July 2014 following (more or less ) in the footsteps Clärenore Stinnes, who made a similar journey from 1927 to 1929.

Heidi’s travels have taken her through Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China, South Asia and Australia and it was in Adelaide that two pistons broke. She has driven about 30,000 km so far and along the way “Hudo” has had a piston and clutch replaced in Uzbekistan.

Wisely, Heidi had bought two Hudsons when preparing for the trip so she had a good source of spares when needed . The second engine was shipped to Melbourne where she met Michael Martin who offered his skills, tools and workshop to fit the motor. She also had a new wheel made after the wood gave way on one of her originals.

Heidi will never be short of helpers with her ready smile and joie de vivre and it’s no surprise that Ray Pank tracked her down. He’s a 98 year old ‘gifted engineer’ who owns a 1934 Hudson Straight Eight and described by Heidi as mentally sharp but has difficulty walking. She then wrote, “aus dem hüftgelenk knochen hat er sich einen schalthebel für den Hudson gemacht”. Does that really mean he made a gear lever from his old hip bone?

The slower pace of the Hudson has taught Heidi patience…” At home I was a race car driver and I always wanted to be first, now I have to learn that everybody passes me,” she said. “Now, in one day, if I pass three cars I go ‘yay!’ and have to write it in my book.”

You can follow the progress of Heidi and Hudo on her blog HERE and you can track her position live on THIS MAP. From New Zealand, she travels to USA in June starting in LA, heads north to Canada, east by way of Chicago to New England, south to Florida and west finally back around Thanksgiving 2015. Then she will drive her Hudson south all the way to Patagonia and cross the southern Atlantic to South Africa (April 2016). Finally back home to Berlin by June 2016 in time for her 80th birthday.

“Then I make the next plan.” She is contemplating planning another trip, taking 10 companions, on a similar journey.   “I don’t think this will be the end, no.”

Text by Robin Batchelor,  pictures courtesy Heidi Hetzer (see her blog)

Friday, 10 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

White BMW 315/1 with white spots in its history

1935 bmw_315-1_470
It is hard to compare a BMW 315/1 with the superfamous 328. Still you will. So let's say it is the 'poor mans' 328... but still a highly attractive car and only on very rare occasions on the market in restoration quality. Currently the pretty roadster is is not road worthy and according to Christoph Grohe it is in need of a ground off restoration. In a way he is right as it is scruffy wherever you look. On the other hand these cars have so much more personality when they have their past 'written all over'. Check for instance the shabby seats, the non original carbie arrangement (another expert confirms thse are the correct ones). Originally the paint was a two tone 'Schwarz/Fischsilber' which is very 'schön'. Take away the BMW history and it's just a friendly old bugger. With some white spots in history as well. But no sweat, in May 2001 it was recognised by BMW Mobile Tradition as the BMW 315/1 with chassis #51461, that was built in April 1935 with 'Auslieferungsdatum' 12.04.1935 to a Mr. Paul Mohr in Mönchen-Gladbach. To this we can add that the same Luxembourg owner who received the certificate kept the car until 2007 when he offered it for sale through these pages. And now the car pops up again from oblivion in the hands of Christoph Grohe. He would love to know all about the period 1935-2001 and after 2007. The car will be on display at his stand in Hall 6 during the Techno Classica, next week in Essen.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Brisbane Find: 1924 Crossley 20-70

Crossely Barnfind

Frazer Sloan sends a pride report about a rare Crossley he found in Australia: "This Crossley came from Brisbane and I think can be considered 'barn find'. It was the property of the widow of a well known Crossley enthusiast in Australia. I bought it because I couldn't afford a 30-98 Vauxhall! Contemporary road test reports listed it as one of the best sporting touring cars, amongst greats such as aforementioned Vauxhall 30-98, Bentley, twin-cam Sunbeam or Lagonda. The chassis appears to be original 20/70 and not just a 4 wheel braked 19.6 (the standard model which the 20/70 is derived from) with stampings on components such as the steering box and other parts (3.33 to 1 back axle ratio, larger steering wheel, rev-counter drive) clearly indicating it's history and model as a 20/70. I thought it very similar to the photo of the chassis photo you posted previously of the Mercedes-Crossley before installation of the Mercedes engine. The 20/70 (front viewside view ) was guaranteed from the factory for 75mph in touring trim and a stripped down 20/70 lapped Brooklands at more than 103mph. The decision now rests with me whether I should start the restoration and a long period of rebuilding, or move on to something more manageable, and perhaps running. Decisions decisions."

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

No Mumbai Mystery (UPDATE: 1928 Erskine 'the Little Aristocrat')

Mumbai mystery

Harit Trivedi sends this stylish picture: "I am sending herewith a photo. Don't know what it is, Studebaker? Wheel nut looks like there is an "S". The registration is from Mumbai, around 1933. The gent appears to be Indian. What is your opinion?"
Well in our view is doubtlessly a 1928 Studebaker (you may fill in the details). If the photo was really taken in 1933 the car has had a tough life since 1928. Yet maybe these registrations stayed with the car for ever, so possibly the photos was taken many years later. Maybe we can learn more from the sticker appearing on the right in the windshield? And now that we have you looking properly for details, can you give us the background of the 'seagull' mascot with wings spread widely?

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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