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You may have heard of so-called hi-tech companies like Google and Apple who recently try to reinvent and re-market stuff that others have invented already a l-o-o-o-ng time ago (sorry for stepping on one or two toes perhaps). Both companies now are investing heaps of billions in chauffeur-less carriages. In a very distant past the word 'automobile' was invented for that to start with. And before that Leonardo Davinci left the idea alone as being a kid's toy.  

So who needs an automobile created by companies that are primarily good in combining bits? Like Google's 'selfdriving car' that looks like an over-sized laptop mouse. Apple is busy checking the same beaten track, but feels so embarrassed about their unmanned bitsa project that they don't dare to write about it themselves... and leave the collateral image damage to Dodge.

And no wonder, as you can see above the whole concept was around and on the streets already 80 years ago! Built and used for the 1933 feature movie 'The Invisible Man' (probably the same trick is employed by G&A). It looks like the original inventors have used an Austin Seven chassis. Anybody who can be more precise? 

Sender Paul Hennessy writes: "Can anyone help me identify the car from these pictures (here in another perspective). Believed taken in January 1934. I'm researching R.C. Sherriff the play/script writer, and have come across this in his archives."  

Editor: next issue, what happened in the end with the Austin Seven without driver? Probably the same as what the future will do with the automatic lawnmowers and vacuum cleaners created by coachbuilders Apple & Google: the scrapyard. As they overlook one very important fact: driving is fun. So who on earth would wish to send out his car alone? Crazy idea.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About Rousson, from Feurs, France

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One does not often get the chance to buy a Rousson. About 130 seem to have been built from 1903 up to 1920, in the small town of Feurs, near Saint-Etienne and Lyon. To automotive historians the make may be hardly known but to the people of Feurs, the name Rousson is not. The company was founded in 1880 as a general machine builder. From 1897 they concentrated on machines for oil mills and on hubs and other parts for bicycles, motorcycles and cars. In 1903 the first chassis left the factory and from 1906 complete cars were delivered.
   Rousson was an ambitious car maker which offered at least seven different models, most with Chapuis-Dornier and some with Buchet engines. There were small twoseaters but there was also a quite long hotel omnibus. After the Great War Rousson tried to retake production with a small Citroën-like model but they failed. The company, however, remained a quite imporant builder of bicycle parts and specialized in gear trimming. It was still active in the 1980s. Last year the people of Feurs celebrated the return of one of the few surviving Roussons, a 1907 model. One of the interesting aspects of the Rousson company is that the original factory is still there. If you enter “13 Rue Parmentier, Feurs” in Google Maps, you will find it. It is hard to find other ‘unspoilt’ automotive factory buildings from the 1900s in France.

(text Fons Alkemade)
Monday, 16 November 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A new day: 1937 Hotchkiss Hossegor roadster

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We're still deeply shocked by the horror in Paris. Yet just like the French we will try to pick up normal life again and stand at their side. So let's show on this November Sunday a brighter picture of our beloved France.

Jean-Patrick Roth sends these photos of his proud posession: a 1937 Hotchkiss with beautiful convertible body named after the fine beaches at Hossegor, just north of Bayonne:
"This Hotchkiss belonged to one of the oldest members of the French Hotchkiss club; he owned it for almost 40 years and I bought it last year. The car has been bought in the 70s in the region of Tours. The only thing I know is that it is the only surviving example of the 1937 Hossegor factory roadster."

Jean-Patrick, you don't tell us why you show your car in Rupt de Mad, not too far from Metz in the north east. Do you contemplate to make the 1000 drive to Hossegor in a near future? 
Sunday, 15 November 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Grieving with Paris

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We are shocked, we are devastated and we grieve with the family and friends of all victims in Paris.

Follow the latest news through Le Monde or CNN

Saturday, 14 November 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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