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This week's Quiz-Car is a special, that was built in two similar examples or, as sometimes assumed, only one time and the second car was just a modification on the old chassis. All in all, around 400 chassis of this type have been built from 1919 till 1928, usually carrying big limousine-bodies. This edgy single-seater was not only built for records/racing, as it was also used for testing tyres on the old track of Brooklands.

We want you to tell us more about the car shown here and of course about the customer, who ordered this special version. Give us your best shot plus any information you may have at hand. As you know the details often determine the winner! And as usual, take care not to use more than 100 words, send in your answer before Monday and don't forget to check the rules under 'Read more'.


Saturday, 18 February 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

This is not some ordinary lady, sitting on a truck

This is not some ordinary lady, sitting on a truck
This is not some ordinary lady, sitting on a truck. The year is 1936, and on the main picture is posing one of the most famous American female photographers, Dorothea Lange, with her Graflex 5x7 Series D camera sitting on the roof of a 1933 Ford Model C, 4 door Wagon.
In the 1930s, the US Farm Security Administration (FSA) employed several photographers to document the effects of the Great Depression on the population of America. Many of the photographs can also be seen as propaganda images to support the U.S. government's policy distributing support to the worst affected, poorer areas of the country. Dorothea Lange was one of these photographers. Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography. She became well known by her picture "Migrant Mother" of a supposed migrant pea picker, Florence Owens Thompson and her two kids in California in 1936. Lange captured the mother and her children's feeling of lost hope for the future. 
Lange was educated in photography at Columbia University in New York City. In 1918, she left New York with a female friend to travel the world, but was forced to end the trip in San Francisco due to a robbery and settled there, working as a photo finisher. By the following year she had opened a successful portrait studio. 
With the onset of the Great Depression, Lange turned her camera lens from the studio to the street. Her studies of unemployed and homeless people led to her employment with the FSA.
In December 1935, she divorced her first husband Dixon and married economist Paul Schuster Taylor, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Together they documented rural poverty and the exploitation of sharecroppers and migrant laborers for the next five years – Taylor interviewing and gathering economic data, Lange taking photos.
Lange was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1941 for her photography work. During the 2nd World War she covered the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast, on assignment for the War Relocation Authority (WRA). Her images were so obviously critical that the Army impounded most of them, and they were not seen publicly for more than 50 years.
Lange died of esophageal cancer on October 11, 1965, in San Francisco, California, at age 70.
The pictures show Dorothea Lange herself, her most famous picture "Migrant Mother", and because we are a website about cars, some pictures she made that are showing us some cars. 
Text: Marius Hille Ris Lambers, Onestop Photo
Photographs by Dorothea Lange on assignment for the Farm Security Administration.
Source: Wikipedia
Friday, 17 February 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Model T meeting in the snow!

Model T Ford Snowmobile Club Meet, February 4th, 2017

After 3 short months' working only on Thursday nights Ken and Paul Leblanc, with friends Chet, Pete and myself (mostly just looking on) had his 1926 Model TT Snowmobile ready for the Model T Ford Snowmobile Club meet. Saturday February 4th turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in Tamworth. Ken, Paul and myself had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends, Russel Nave came all the way from the Mojave Desert in southern California! We spent most of the day driving his snowmobile all over the farm making a day full of fond memories that will last a life time.

"Back in the day" these Snowmobile became an indispensable necessity for the anyone requiring dependable transportation during the cold snowy winter months.  Country doctors and rural mail carriers were the largest users of this type of vehicle.  In fact, when the father of President Calvin Coolidge died on March 18, 1926, a Model T Snowmobile led the Coolidge funeral procession over the snow-covered hills of Vermont.

Getting your Model T Ford out of the shed and started was no easy task it required a major effort! 1st jack up one rear wheel, next place the emergence brake lever all the way forward, pour boiling hot water into the radiator (these would make it easier to turn the crank). Trying to spin the flywheel magnets through oil as thick as molasses in the hogs-head would be easier after you drained the oil into a can the night before and set it on the cook stove to thin in out, but DON'T forget to put it back in before trying to start your Ford.

Words and photos by Warren Henderson

Thursday, 16 February 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Dual power: petrol electric transmissions

Dual power: petrol electric transmissions
This example of FIAT’s first cheap small car for world markets was modified by Tilling Stevens of Maidstone and fitted with one of their petrol electric transmissions.  These modifications were carried out by their chief electrical engineer H.K.Whitehorn.   The car was presented to the Museum in 1935.  The Museum staff were responsible for sectioning the coachwork and the mechanical components to give visitors a better idea of how it all worked.”
FIAT built some 90,000 509’s including sports versions, taxis and light commercials. Tilling Stevens of Maidstone specialised in the building of petrol electric buses and commercial vehicles. During the 1920’s and 30’s these were also popular with travelling showman as well. I have no idea who the FIAT electric was built for,  It could have been a prototype, perhaps some reads know. Sectioning exhibits was at one time popular with museums, but I suspect now many enthusiasts wished they had not! The Science Museum store at Wroughton used to have one or two open days a year. It is such a shame that there is basically no public access now as the exhibits in store are wonderful.

Words and photos: Michael Ware
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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