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A good side of Egypt

Cairo 1928
Egypt is most known for its pyramids. Unfortunately, the last few weeks the country was the subject of an act of terrorism. This tragedy is something we do not want to pay any more attention to. Therefore, we keep it to cars and show you a good side of Egypt.

This photo was taken on Sherif Pasha Street (currently Salah Salem) in Alexandra in 1928. What we see here a few cars parked on a sunny day. Can you identify the cars?

Source: Monarchy and Dynasty, sent in by Mahmoud Ezzeldin
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

An original photograph that just raises questions

Original photograph of G. Baker & Co.

A very friendly man sent us this original photograph. He had this wonderful photograph for several years and decided instead of selling it, to share it with us. In fact, he shared it with all of you. You see, those are the people we like a lot at Even though there is no information about the photograph. It would be such a shame to keep the photograph in an album without anyone enjoying it. So, if you have a dusty old box with photographs in the back of your cupboard. Take it out if you have a spare moment and see if there are any car-related images.

Then over to the photograph. What do we see? An everyday scene of a shopping street in…. What year would it be? The cycle and engineer shop of G. Baker & Co. Motors made & repaired. Machines built to order. Do you think one of the men in the photograph is the owner of this specialized cycle (work)shop? Maybe there is someone who knows something about the (work)shop. Or the car on the left-hand-side. What make do you think it is? The car looks in a rather good condition. And the man behind the wheel is probably a chauffeur. Assuming the car is owned by someone related to the shop in the background.

Tell us what you think! Does anyone have more information about the shop, the people or the car on the photograph? Or if you have car-related images both old and new, please send them to us.

Photo by Tim Gunn, text by editor.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

3 x Morris Eight = A Bundle of Joy at Brightwells Leominster November Sale

3 x Morris Eight = A Bundle of Joy at Brightwells Leominster November Sale
If you happen to be looking for rugged but comfortable motoring in a pre-war purchase, you may well wish to consider three examples of the charming Morris Eight, all of which are due to go under the hammer at Brightwells Leominster Classic Motoring Auction on Wednesday 29th November. Between them, these three Morris Eights provide chronological insight into the evolution of a pre-war car that was manufactured in great number and became one of the best-loved family cars of the 1930s.

First up is a rare 1935 pre-series model that represents the very first configuration of the Morris Eight. With an estimate of up to £15,000, this is the most expensive of the three Eight’s available. However, following a high-quality restoration that has endowed it with an immaculate interior, side-screens and fully functional hood, justification for this price is easily found. In its flawless forest-green paintwork, this particular Eight oozes a tangible charm whilst its pre-series status offers an element of exclusivity.

Morris soon made some design tweaks to the original ‘pre-series’ Eight and the updated version, released as of June 1935, was known as the Series I. A commendable example of a Series I features in the auction in the form of a four-door saloon. This Eight is from 1936 and has enjoyed a bare-metal restoration within the last decade which has brought it back from being completely covered in moss and looking rather sad to its joyous condition in two-tone blue and black. Step inside and you’ll see the interior has also been extensively renovated with particular care paid to the sliding roof. Not one to simply be stored away, this Eight has proven itself a reliable runner at local rallies, most notably the Morris Register National Rally in 2016. There is little if no work needing to be completed on this now immaculate Morris but if you’re a keen reader you’re in for a treat thanks to its comprehensive history file, original manual, Morris 8 book and several Morris Register magazines included in its sale.

Finally, of the three Eights available in the upcoming sale, it’s an unfinished restoration dating from 1937 that will likely attract someone looking for a modest challenge. Sat in a fresh coat of primer, this particular Morris is an example of a Series II Eight four-seater tourer. This car has benefitted from a new ash body frame and half of the body panels are new, incorporated amongst what original material could be salvaged. Both the engine and gearbox have been recently serviced and treated with fresh oil whilst the steering, brakes, and hubs have been overhauled. A new wiring loom, as well as new plugs, points, and 6v battery, should provide the new owner with an electrical system in excellent working order.

All three Morris Eight’s are available to view on Tuesday 28th November, prior to the auction’s commencement the following day. Whichever Morris you choose, you’re likely buying a rugged bundle of motoring joy from the pre-war era.

Words by Gillian Carmoodie, images courtesy of Brightwells
Monday, 27 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

First British Motor Races re-staged at Brooklands circuit

Well, now you know how to start one of those little De Dion Bouton Tricycles, or trikes as the English man likes to call them. Driving them is challenging but still very much doable. Lean a bit in the corners, make sure you overtake the one in front of you, and of you go to the finish line! Well, that might be entirely true but still, it is an interesting thing to see. All those bikes/ cars going over the circuit and competing against each other.

This is exactly what they are going to do on the legendary Brooklands circuit. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the very first British motor race, organised by the Motor Car Club. The event will be held on Wednesday 29th of November. 15 Tricycles will be at the start line. Let's be honest, what a wonderful day out.

If you are going, please share some photos with the rest of us through the website please (click here to share).

Normal Museum admission charges apply to witness this fantastic historic event with some spectators wearing period attire to add further authenticity. The video clip above shows some races on c.1899 De Dion Bouton Tricycles from 2014 at Dunsfold Aerodrome. The timetable for the day is as follows:

10:00 Museum opens
10:30 Riders’ Signing on and Briefing
11:00-12:00 Practice
12.00 Recreation of the scene at the first races
12:30 Talk & Lunch in the Napier Room (£15 extra)
14:00 Races, including the De Dion Bouton 5mile Championship
15:30 Awards Ceremony

For more information,
Sunday, 26 November 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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