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Not your everyday gathering: 5 Voisins

Not your everyday gathering: 5 Voisins
Earlier we published a feature about how Hubertus became a fan of the Voisin cars. It was clear he wasn't the only one. And we totally agree, it is something special which you don't see that often. To be honest, we haven't seen one on the road yet (only on shows or other events). But Fer Cools was very lucky.

A few years back he made the photo above in Troyes and he told us they are all running. Fantastic photo Fer! What we like is that the cars have many typical Voisin similarities, but you can also see differences.

We are not the Voisin specialist so cannot tell you what types we see here. But we are sure, you can help us!

Sunday, 03 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #459

What is it? Quiz #459

The weekend has just started! Which means.... the quiz is online! This week, it is probably not that hard. Because if you do not know the car itself, you might be able to recognize the persons in it. The photo is sent in by the person who owns a car like this (and probably the only one still around).

Can you tell us more about this important piece of history? Please leave your answer in a comment before Monday. Do not forget to use no more than 100 words. We will stockpile your account of points for the six-months-competition.

Good luck!

Saturday, 02 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Come aboard my road yacht!

Come aboard my road yacht!
Our Friday Lady looks especially pleased to welcome her gentleman to their luxuriously appointed motorized caravan. And well might she – because this could quite possibly be the first true motorhome.
In 1907, many years before this photograph was published in January 1928, Lloyd Osbourne, the American stepson of the famous British author Robert Louis Stevenson, published a novel, “The Adventurer”, which featured an ambitiously designed motor caravan – at that time no doubt considered to be a wild dream of the author. But it was the English aviator, inventor, publisher, and Member of Parliament Noel Pemberton Billing who recaptured the spirit of this fictional design in his Road Yacht.
Based on the chassis of an Erskine Six, the Road Yacht had a deliberately nautical theme; we can just see a sailing yacht in the edge of the picture, and this prototype was described and named as ‘light cruiser Dawn’. Although only 18 feet in length, Dawn’s cabin was said to have the accommodation of a thirty-foot waterborne motor cruiser – with a quality and quantity of fittings that would have cost “considerably more than a thousand pounds” on water, against a quoted cost for the Road Yacht of 495 guineas (without chassis).
Some of the furnishings are quite remarkable – such as: seating for five passengers on either side of the dining table that sits on top of the engine housing (itself equipped with a comprehensive instrument panel); a large zinc sink under the table top, with an electric heater for warming the water; bookshelves; an electric fire; a powerful wireless set; a gramophone; a writing desk; a shower; and ‘miniature dressing tables on the forward bulkheads of the staterooms, complete with all requisites for a lady in one room and a gentleman in the other.’ And a cooker. The only criticism from the enthusiastic reporter were of the strange look of the machine, and the lack of a periscope, ‘to enable the helmsman to see behind when going astern.’
Pemberton Billing was a fascinating and complex character – but we’ll let you find out about him from his Wikipedia entry. For the moment, let’s imagine our Friday lady anticipating a most enjoyable drive with her gentleman friend – or should that be a sail? Most confusing.

Words by Peter Moss. Pictures from the Richard Roberts Archive.

Friday, 01 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

How many people fit in one car?

How many people fit in one car?

Going on holiday with a big family can be a bit of a challenge (we know from experience). How to fit everyone in the car, including the dogs, cats, all the clothes and sometimes the tools? We have seen many photos of old cars with stuff packed everywhere. But another solution (a very simple one) is to get yourself a big / bigger car.

For example, this photo sent in by Piet Geinaert. The photo is taken in Austria in 1954. Although it is a big car, it will be a real challenge to fit all those people (we counted 17, don't forget the child behind the steering wheel) in this car. An open sun roof is a good solution indeed, as long as the weather is all right and they don`t drive too fast.

But let's talk about the car: it is most probably a c1930 Steyr, if we look at the radiator and lights. We hope to get this confirmed by you. Please also answer the other question: how many people have you ever put in your car?

Thursday, 30 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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