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Sporty ladies in the Lumière family

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Ariejan Bos recently acquired this most attractive picture of two ladies and their sports car. It seems that like here at the PWC headquarters the wheather is still a bit chilly. And yes without a proper cowl or windscreen a quick drive can be very fresh. Ariejan is analysing the picture below. We only asked about the chassis(?) plate. Is it the makers plate or a body plate of this 1907 La Buire Coupe de la Commission Sportive...   The plate is showing the word Lyon in large lettering, while most early La Buire chassis show the La Buire wording instead.

"While doing research for the PWC Whatisit quiz 415 I came across this beautiful photo with lady driver and passenger by the Société Lumière. Nice little sports car, but what is it? Because of the make of the mystery photo I immediately thought of La Buire and tried to prove this. La Buire literature is scarce, but fortunately in the October 2003 issue of The Automobile an article about La Buire had appeared showing a small photo of a very similar car, but viewed from the other side: it is a La Buire of the type which had competed in the Coupe de la Commission Sportive in 1907. If this specific car was one of the three entrants in the race, I do not dare to say.

The Lumière family was known to appear regularly in the photos by the Lumière brothers Auguste and Louis, so I was curious if I could connect the two ladies to the family. This took quite some research in genealogy and in comparison of facial features, but I am now confident that the passenger is Jeanne Lumière, a sister of Auguste and Louis. About the woman at the wheel I'm less certain, but it could be Marguerite Winckler, the wife of Auguste. Apparently there was a warm relationship between the Lumière family and the La Buire Works. Nice detail is that the passenger had her own tasks: not only the operation of the 'trompette-avertisseur', but also pressurizing the gas tank!  

text Ariejan Bos , photo from his archive
Friday, 15 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Throwback Thursday: The ultimate barnfind? (+ 2 crated Napiers?)

This feature story was earlier published in 2005. It is part of a looking back on 15 years of PreWarCar history. And Rutger Booy suggested to show this piece as today it is exactly 104 years ago that unsinkable Titanic went down...with at least one magnificent Renault CB Limousine plus maybe several others.  

When we saw this cross-section of the Titanic, we immediately started dreaming: what if? What if the forward cargo hatches of the Titanic were filled with motorcars? What if these cars could still be salvaged from the bottom of the see? What if…?
But then we have to face reality. Contrary to the layout of the hold, according to the cargo manifest there was only one Renault motorcar on board Titanic when she sunk in 1912. And it was crated, not hoisted aboard as depicted in the 1997 James Cameron movie  of the disaster. And what would remain of the car after all these years on the bottom of the sea? Probably not very much. Most of the wood will have been rotten away; metal parts rusted thoroughly and very likely all the decks collapsed on top of each other. The only parts that will have survived are the brass headlamps, as evidenced by the brass parts  that were found on the Titanic during the 1987 exploration. Will we ever know? In a way we hope not, as we think that the site of Titanic should remain as it is, as a memorial to all the things that went down when she sank. Ahh, but we can still dream? Can we?

(Cargo plans courtesy 7C’s Press/Titanic Historical Society & Titanic Museum).
Thursday, 14 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Light Cars by the seaside.

Light Cars by the seaside.

The Light car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC recently held their popular Welsh Rally and Trial with a full entry of 158 cars.  The Saturday tour followed a route of 93 miles with lunch stop at  the seaside town of Aberystwyth on the west coast where cars were carefully parked along the promenade and each car was given a square of carpet to act as a drip tray to protect the precious paving.
The morning section was blessed with healthy Welsh rain which added to the impact of the dramatic scenery as they drove through glorious countryside famous for its silver, lead and zinc mining history since Roman times and those who stopped to inspect the ancient Cwmystwyth mining remains should have read the sign!
The Austin Sevens numbered 55 this year, with 11 GNs, 9 Humber and Morris, 6 Riley, 4 Singer and Talbot and assorted others, including 2 rare Deemsters.
Hamish Ogston owns them both and he drove the 1923 yellow car
whilst his friend Hugh Wace drove the 1928 Red car. Ogston enjoyed demonstrating the earlier car's superiority uphill which spelled disaster for the big ends by Aberystwyth!
The afternoon teased us with sunshine on the return route and after parking all the cars in the hotel car park, everybody enjoyed dinner together and then sat back to be entertained by our 'speaker' who is famous for making the sounds of railway trains. After starting a Brough Superior motorcycle, taking us on an underground train, firing up a Merlin Spitfire engine  flollowed by a 'Seagull' outboard motor we were rolling in the aisles. His pièce de résistance was the Flying Scotsman getting up steam and pulling out of the station. Simply brilliant!
Sunday morning saw 40 stalwarts slip-sliding about the trials hills and we can share with you a picture of  Winston Teague in his 1922 GN Legere who won the Cyclecar class with 123 points.
More pictures can be found  HERE whilst this writer attends to his wayward sidelight, and Hamish his big ends.

Text / pictures Robin Batchelor.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Some extremes at Techno Classica 2016

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Tucked away in a dark corner of the Techno Classica one could find the best connecting bridge between cars and the dawn of BMW history. The well known beast called BRUTUS was created 20 years ago making use of an early twenties BMW 46 litre V12 bomber engine. In the large BMW stand the connection was a light BMW engined aircraft suspended over early BMW motorcars. It will be 2027 when we can celebrate the real BMW motorcar centennial. BMW motorcycle afficionados will have that fun already in 2023. 

Brutus was not the only brute vehicle around. Massively impressive - Hispano suiza_8liter_pueche-150yet elegant and refined compared to Brutus -was the eight litre 1925 Hispano Suiza Boulogne with a works racing torpedo body. Too bad that we forgot to shoot the car with seller Francisco Pueche to show the awesome dimensions.  If you don't know the car you are swept from your feet by the first impression. The bonnet is up to shoulder height and one can park an Amilcar C6 between the front and rear wheel of the car. People don't overlook the car, the risk is considerably larger that they 'underlook' the machine. Bentley 8_liter_Axel-150Just slightly smaller was the eight litre Bentley shown by Axel Schuette.
 The industrial design of the exhaust is a visual prelude of what sound to expect from the open end...

On the far end of the car size spectrum  we found this tearjerking charming Slaby Beringer. Produced in electric form in large numbers since 1919 it was shown - reintroduced -  DKW engine-150with a DKW two-stroke engine at the Berlin Motorshow of 1923.  According to owner Audi AG 266 units of the rear engined baby car were built. The one cylinder, 170 cc  2,5 hp machine is for sure a bit less noisy than Brutus, but without any doubt -luckily(!)- equally uncomfortable to drive. A great candidate for Lantilly.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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