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Sprints, smiles and silver linings


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The photo captures all elements in a nutshell. Great cars from the early days of motoring, vintage, pre-war, post-war and smiling girls. Sprints on the palace driveway and dark clouds plus lots of silver lining over a superior location.
This was last weekend's Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo.

Large crowds didn't let themselves defeat by massive showers, luckily limited to the morning hours. Not all of the sprint cars were in the fast Lane, and some of the sprint drivers had double joy due to the circumstances. Like renowned Austin Seven driver Bas Jansen.

The Pionier Automobielen Club celebrated its 60th birthday with a grand show up at the Royal Stables.PAC royal_stables-800 
The 45 year younger PreWarCar celebrated with a new "PreWar Well Preserved" concours class. Won by an amazing never restored 1930 Lancia Dilambda tourer by Viotti (we particularly loved the supershort description "...bought from a man across the street in '59 ; since then in the family." ) 

More atmosphere pics here

(Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo, next year 1 & 2 July )


Friday, 08 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

3 Free Invitations for the Antwerp Concours d'Elegance


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Greg Mackie from Australia was kind enough to send a photo of his magnificent 1924 Minerva AB in response to our recent search for great unrestored cars. Too bad he was not in the position to send over the car for last weekend's show, but we are very grateful that he took the trouble to share the photo with us. Like the owner the car is very much unrestored and still kicking.

Perhaps he will reconsider when he will read that Minerva cars 1918-1934 are a featured category at the Antwerp Concours d'Elegance September 18 & 19 September.  
Main theme: Aston-Martin, Lagonda. Featured Marque: Minerva. Further categories: Pre-war Sports & French curiosities.
Post-war categories: featured marwue : 70 years Bristol, Red Arrows 1947-1957, Fast Litle Gems, Italian cars of the 1960s, Supercars of the 1970s. 

There will be three (3) free invitations for cars that will apply through PreWarCar-PostWarClassic. When interested please send one or two photos with a very short description of the car to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and do so before Saturday July 16. 

photos courtesy Greg Mackie who added: "The first photo - taken about 15 years ago - shows the second owner at the wheel. The Minerva has not been restored, just maintained.  The photo below shows the original owner at the wheel, with the second owner on the running board. I am the third owner."
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Thursday, 07 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Unusual wheels for Citroën (update: made by D.F.)

Unusual wheels for Citroen

Craig Little is a very active restorer and highly knowledgeable with twenties Citroëns. Still he will stumble over small and larger mysteries form time to time. Like this one:

"I recently aquired these wheels and think they mey be worth of investigation. 
They come attached to a pair of B2 Citroen type front hubs which  are fully equipped  with the readily recognised Citroen aluminium wheel cap and Citroen wheel nuts. 
Both wheel hubs retain the remains of a substantial 40 mm diameter solid axle.
And both of these axle stubs have been cut with an acetelene torch It appears the whole was once part of a trailer axle.  The central drum part of the wheels makes them a reasonably heavy assembly. 
After trolling though countless photos of rear wheel drive Citroens on Google and in Citroen literature, the last photo supplied is the only one of a Citroen (5CV?) I can find equipped with identical wheels."

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

A Vintage underdog

A Vintage underdog

If you happened to be in Presteigne for the VSCC's Welsh Weekend back in 2014, you will probably recognise the car pictured here. It was parked up in the High Street, drawing a crowd of curious and confused onlookers. If you weren't there, chances are you will struggle to identify the large, understated coupé.

The radiator shape is vaguely familiar, but it's not enough to go on. It's obviously a car of quality – 'Comparable with the Best' said the firm's advertising, and details such as the split V-screen and ingenious hinged dickey seat confirm this. If you were to open the bonnet you would find an attractive, six-cylinder unit of 2.6 litres. Oh, and it's one of only two survivors in the United Kingdom.

If you recognise this underdog as an Aster, congratulations. Asters, of course, were a big success in the world of proprietary engines in the pre-World War One days. By 1912, more than 130 makes were using Aster engines. Fast-forward to the 1920s and the firm was building its own luxury cars, including the 18/50 model like this survivor, all available with a variety of coachwork, but never in large numbers.

In the latest issue of The Automobile, which is out now, you can read more about the Aster company and this car's recent return to the road.

Photographs by Peter McFadyen 

 
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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