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30 years ago, Elga van Wenum met a classic car enthusiast, whom she married. With that man - Sikke Klein - who passed away very recently - she entered a new world. Before that time she drove a charming Citroen 2CV and had no idea that some people drive even older and even more spartan cars. They made trips to Britain, for the London to Brighton Run. Quite often to France, for the runs Paris-Versailles, Compiègne, Paris-Rambouillet. And Elga herself, she organised several events, like the De Dion Bouton rally Rotterdam-Antwerp-Rotterdam and is now in the event organisation at the Dutch Pionier Automobile Club.
The motorcar is a 1902 Bolide de Paris with a 6hp De Dion Bouton engine. The car is in the family for more than 50 years now (kids, young and old use it) and is going to the London - Brighton again this year. Sometimes the Bolide will need a light encouragement to move uphill. But not a problem for Elga.
Despite her recent sad loss she will keep using old cars. By herself and with her children.
(text Laurens Klein(the little boy in the picture above) ; photos from the family album)
This feature - first published 12 December 2001 - is part of a series of 15 'rearview mirror' articles in view of PreWarCar's 15th full year online as per July 1, 2001. In the years after several more or less similar publications were started since they saw the success of PreWarCar.com. One in particular we like to mention as it is no respect a copy, but one that gave shape to an earlier idea that was going in circles in our mind. Glad somebody else started a basic online car encyclopedia: AllCarIndex.com . More specific encyclopedias - outside Wikipedia - are Early American Automobiles and countless more. A famous one of the early days is also OldWoodies.com. Now that we think of it. What happened to that friendly website with good information on most British carmakes?
Chances are pretty big that you have never seen the Stoneleigh badge before. It's one of those hundreds of makes thatcame, rose and fell. We are determined to tell you more and show you more of these almost forgotten cars. But we only want to mention a make, when we have something to tell or to show. There are websites with hundreds of makes and nothing behind it. That's against our small package of principles. Some people wonder why we don't show Ople. Or Schaudel Motobloc. Or Unic Puteaux. Or Pope from the US. Now you know. But this is going to change in a near future. Now we only show makes which have cars on sale to offer. Later on we will also show makes that have a clublink to offer at least. Want to see a Stoneleigh car? Click here.
added: Stoneleigh was - according to Georgano - active from 1912 -1924.
Jos van Genugten is a young engineer and is approaching restoration jobs 1. as an afficionado, 2. as somebody who likes to show but even more likes to drive his cars. It occured to him that whenever the subject of the cone clutch comes to table, that there are as many opinions as cone clutches...! Below you will find his approach and his opinion. Feel free to respond.
"Part of our beloved hobby is the restoration/maintenance of the aged & tired vehicle. Just recently we have started a series of repair samples under the name "PreWarCar Workshop". In this week's Workshop a maintenance job that many people have dealt with in the past: relining a cone clutch.
There are many ways of doing this job, and just as many opinions on which material to use and how to maintain it after driving. I would like to begin with this article asking you to comment on this article with your own experience on material and lubrication/non-lubrication of the chosen material afterwards.
As said: this way I’m showing you is just 1 of the ways that I happen to have excellent experiences with this method during thousands of pre-war miles with my own vehicles. Anything could potentially work from greased leather belts to certain rubber types to composites and everything in between. Please comment!
For this job, I have chosen a high-quality modern friction material which is found in excavators, certain marine applications and heavy-duty off-road and mining equipment. The reason for this material is that it has very good wet and dry brake capabilities. Meaning that it will work both when it is dry as new, but also after having suffered many miles behind your non-sealed pre-war crankcase, soaked in oil and grease.
The glue that is used for mounting it is a cold-applied high-temperature high-strength 2-component glue which is especially for glueing metals. I have tried using many different glue types in the past, and this one has given me the best results. Although for a cone clutch it’s not a very difficult application, because 99,9% of the times the clutch will be pressed in the cone and it’s fully seated all the way around. It’s a different story for brake linings.
For the story of making this part, I prefer to let the pictures speak for themselves, since the whole story is very self-explanatory and easier to describe from pictures. Please visit my photo album for the complete report via the link
(work, photos & text by Jos van Genugten)
Remains of a 1912 Regal Underslaung, found in Virginia, USA ( editor: well in fact at PreWarcar, check 'Sales History' ) in September 2005, an almost bare chassis ( Nr. #2722 ) with only small bits of a body (see photo as found), but it was clear that it wasn't a factory coachwork. Cowl, racing bucket seat and remains of a round petrol tank indicated sporty use in its past. The underslung set up is a joy to the eye alone.
Jan Bruijn decided to restore the car as a race car and use as much original parts as possible, the radiator core was beyond repair but the old radiator shell was saved, so was the bonnet and all mechanical parts with exception of a part of the clutch. The chassis was heavily pitted by rust but could be retained after strengthening inside. The four cylinder 3.5 litre 25HP is cast as a monobloc with the crankshaft showing an offset with the goal to reduce the effect of sideforces of the pistons after combustion. The engine is connected with a straightforward three spead gearbox.
The cowl was beyond repair as was the sheet metal of the seat. To blend old and new parts Jan and his mechanics choose to paint the car by hand and make the finish as a well used car. To your editor's pleasure and pride jan Bruijn adds: "We were very Lucky to locate some very nice period fittings such as the early rev counter and fuel pressure pump through the parts of sale pages of PreWarCar."
A restoration that took us nearly12 years. Jan Bruijn of Galleria Style & Auto will exhibit the car for its very first re-appearance at the Concours d'Elegance at the Palace Het Loo, next 3rd and 4th of July.
(photos courtesy Galleria Style & Auto)
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