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China4C: Stains of honour... (update: 1929 Phantom II !)

Stains of honour...
Lean back and relax when you read this - we will be somewhere on our dusty jaunt from Beijing and Shanghai for the Classic Car Car Challenge China. Earlier we proposed to you the oldest competitor in the 2014 Beijing - Shanghai rally: a fine 1929 Rolls-Royce Pantom I Sports Saloon by Parkward. Upon closer inspection at the start we found the car to be in perfect fettle and up to anything what a gentleman driver would plan to use it for. Now maybe slightly more dusty than an appearance at Oxford Street would demand for, but apart from that it appears to be in spotless condition. But it also seems that the princely motorcar is a very well choice of transport for this event. The Belgian owner and his spouse cruise effortless over steep and winding mountain roads, along fast mainroads and through the crazy busy Chinese city traffic. 

Now, taking part in a sports event - and certainly in China - will bring you in circumstances unforeseen from time to time. Yesterday a sudden break up of the road resulted in manoeuvring the cars over a very much unpaved area with several nasty potholes. The elegant Sport Saloon picked up an unpleasant blemish in the course of taking a very deep bump, leaving its track to touch a parked tricycle. A small dent and scratch were left at the off side front wing. This was the only incident on a harsh rallying day with 350 km along demanding roads. We were most happy to learn that all competing cars arrived safely at the superb hotel in Jinan. And the Parkward R-R - that's taking a deserved rest for the night as well.

(Text and picture Joris Bergsma)
   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

When is a trunk not a trunk?

When is a trunk not a trunk?

When it's a Carrier Deluxe. Then the trunk becomes a pickup box, a bathtub or even a coffin. A neighboring vendor at last week's gigantic AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania, offered this unassuming auto trunk. A second glance, however, shows that it opens at the middle, not at the top or side. When the clasp is released, each end section swivels outward, allowing the trunk to be top-loaded, then closed again. Alternatively, the end sections can be swiveled completely downward, forming a large open vessel twice the length (or width) of the trunk when closed, ostensibly doubling its capacity. The concept seems clever, but poses a few questions. What supports the extended ends when it's open? The trunk rack would have to be twice as wide, and would have to be mounted clear of the rear fenders. And what do you do when it rains? A canvas cover of some sort would be needed. Did the Carrier Deluxe come with a cover, one wonders?

It bears the label of the Durkee-Atwood Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Durkee-Atwood apparently manufactured or distributed a considerable line of auto supplies and accessories, like vee-belts and tire tube repair kits - and trunks. The company appears to be out of business, for its building, at 215 NE 7th Street in Minneapolis currently houses Durkee-Atwood Lofts, offering "very economical converted living space". Does anyone have experience with a Durkee-Atwood Carrier Deluxe? If so, how well did it work? This example certainly had appeal, as it found a new owner by Thursday afternoon.

(Text and pictures by Kit Foster)
 
     
Monday, 13 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Classic rally prep in Beijing

CHina4C: classic prep in Beijing.

Imagine a country, a big country; a huge country, where the horse-drawn carriage and bicycle were the number one transport mode untill not too long ago. Imagine the world's big six motor manufacturers finding a way in there, always eager to enlargen their market share, soon resulting into world's largest motor market. The country exists and is called China. And we are there to drive a rally.
 
So when you want to rally China you need to learn a little history first. Less than 29 years ago, there were hardly any cars in the roads here. Currently Beijing is planning to build its 7th ringroad/ peripherique. Paris has 'only' 2 peripheriques. So China is a very young automative nation with zillions of cars. Road safety is asking for a totally different approach. In order to get a temporary drivers licence any foreign driver must take a safety training. The head of the traffic department of Tianji gave us a short history lesson starting with Karl Benz and the first automobile accident victim in the USA.

Bottomline of his speech was that preserving human life is the most important rule in Chinese traffic today. When all rally participants in the room had agreed on this with a handshake, he signed off our temporary drivers licenses (below). Off we go.

To be continued.

(Text and pictures by Joris Bergsma)

   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About Quiz #380: 1928 Ford Model A taxi!

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Finally we had an extremely simple car in Quiz 'What is it' #380 and now people were afraid to answer. At least it seems that this was the case. Four competitors were spot on with 1928 Ford Model A Tudor. When you check in to see the quiz results you can read that John Elema came up with most details; well done John. Still it's our opinion that this week's prize should go to somebody else as we asked also to be very correct on the accessories. And there was only competitor to identify the extras on the car correctly as from a taxi!

His wording: "It's a 1928 Model A Tudor sedan. You can see the Drum tailight which was only used in 1928. Later cars had a light mounted on the rear fender.It is being used as a taxi; has a luggage rack on the back and a for hire light on the lefthand screen post. Accessories include left hand welled fender for spare tyre and a tool box on the running board." Congratulations John Cochran! Please send us your T-shirt size and mail address. See you all next week. 

(Family photo collection Stew Dean)

Saturday, 11 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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