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It was easy to determine that it's a Lorraine-Diétrich.

The first to enter PWC’s Hall of Fame is Hans Etzrodt, GP specialist from the US who came up with a clear answer to last week’s mystery car. Enjoy his detailed deduction. “There is no other car with this specially shaped radiator grill upper end, almost like a trademark. Now the year. The car was raced in 1906 with the same radiator/hood arrangement, but there were no wire wheels yet in use except by Hotchkiss. I cannot find any good Lorraine-Diétrich pictures from the 1907 or 1908 Grand Prix. But in 1912 the Grand Prix was held again. Lorraine-Diétrich started with 4 cars. Victor Hémery drove car #11, while Paul Bablot had #31, René Hanriot had #34 and Heim #57. ----click the photo and you'll end up at hans Etzrodt's Grand Prix Winner listings 1895-1949) (photo collection editor)
Tuesday, 20 September 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Which advertised car will WIN the Private Sellers painting ?

Think of the day you'll have to sell your vintage car again. Keep a few decent photos at hand. Starting this April we start a test to see what kind of amazing photos you have made of the car you offer for sale. The car-photo we think is most interesting, arty or uncommon will win. That car will be painted with oil on linen by the specialists of and will be presented to the winner. Now don't think you will only have a chance when you advertise a V 12 Packard, T 35 Bugatti, or Mercedes-Benz 540 K. No matter if you see a 1000 Euro or a Million dollar car, when judging the photos we will only look for the artistic possibilities. So to make a chance the only thing you have to do is: put up your private prewar car of motorbike For Sale through these pages. Take for instance this living room project: the BSA offered by Carl Hinchclife from the UK. A full history on the GBP 2500 project when you go to 'Read More'. Early in May we will report which advertised car has won the painting and show it as soon it is ready.
Thursday, 07 April 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Majola Monjoie Mystery ... (about # 142 + OHC-Update)

Update: Mark Dawber (NZ) on early OHC cars: "I recall reading a long time ago that the Welch car in the US was an early user of ohc. I see by the Statdard Catalog that they claimed in late 1905 to be the first US manufacturer to have this feature. The Pungs-Finch of 1906 was similarly equipped. In England, the Maudsley car featured an overhead camshaft that could be swung out of the way to allow access to the valves. It was designed by Alex Craig who did design work for some other makers. The Maudsley also had full pressure lubrication but it didn't extend to the ohc - that required oiling with an oil can (according to the article in On Four Wheels). I am not sure when this model was introduced but it could have been as early as 1904."
EARLIER TEXT: Competition # 142 maybe was an overdosis in difficulty. Just one competitor and one jurymember who had the courage to respond! We will not keep up the mystery longer than needed. The car is a Majola. As the overhead cam has not yet the later chaindrive this is the type A, which places the car before 1913. The engineer Doutre Maurice constructed the brilliant 8/10 HP 1,3 Litre 4C. Still many questions should be answered. Like what the meaning is of "Monjoie St. Denis" on the radiator shield. As the car was constructed we think these are heraldic banner words of the city. A small Google search also learns that this was the French warcry form the Middle Ages (Charlemagne). Anybody who knows about the relation Majola / Monjoie? Owner and Salmsoniste Bertrand Lopez would like to hear from you. Also if you know more about this very special Make. The other questions about which car, which boat were the first to have an OHC will have to wait to another occasion maybe. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Despite all this we had one -yes one !- response in of a French visitor who had it right! By lack of a proper translation we print his French answer: "La voiture représentée est une Majola 1ère version, (avant 1914), dotée d’un moteur à arbre à cames en tête dont la rotation est assurée par un ensemble de pignons à renvoi d’angles et à un arbre de transmission vertical. La particularité de ce moteur est d’avoir des ensembles, ( siège de soupapes, ressorts de rappel et soupapes) démontables tant pour l’admission que pour l’échappement."
Congratulations / Félicitations Roselyne !!!
(photos Bertrand Lopez)
Friday, 11 February 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? # 137 (Update: '37 Panhard

It is a brand New Year! And we want to express our wish that 2005 will bring everything you hope for. For instance a brilliant barnfind like this one which landed in the editorial mailbox only very recent. The car emerged after a barnsleep of no less than 50 years. Now for connoisseurs of the French car this will seem not very complicated. This make by the way was the first -long before Henry Ford- to introduce series production. We think this was even before 1900. Anyway. hope you're still on board, we want you to name the Make(1), the Year(2) and the Type(3). Now everybody can see this is not a standard model, so that is where this quiz is getting ugly... Question 4 : who is the coachbuilder? By the way this southern France company is still alive & kicking and even do have a website...! (photo source to be revealed next week)
Saturday, 01 January 2005 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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