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The Flying Lady Mascot concours

The Mascot concoursLast week was the "20 HP Register Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Touring from Asturias". Under this long intrincate headline one of these typical turistic rallyes took place, in this particular case in the North of Spain. As nearly all participating cars were beautiful with high quality bodies it made no sense celebrating a concours d'elegance to point out the best car of all, and so the concours was about dressing up the well known mascot. The theme of the "costumes" had to be Spanish as you can see in the main photo, but the contestants proved to be very imaginative and created prehistoric displays (photo 4) or a "nest inside the snake´s mouth" (photo 5). Even there was somebody who used the concours to express his opposition against the marque´s current ownership (photo 6). We must congratulate the organisation for this creative pastime, as interesting for the drivers/owners as to their companions even when they had only superficial interest for old cars.

(Text Francisco Carríon, photos Unai Ona) 
 
      
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Who bought these Voisins?

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Pieter Veenje is a collector of old car auction catalogues and other publicitary outings. Recently he bought this intriguing announcement of a 1933 auction by Campagne & Morlot in Paris (no information found on them, except location). Of specific interest of course is the fact that the chassis numbers of two cars and two rolling chassis are mentioned, which may lead us to the current owners of the cars #47.186 and #47.192 and the chassis #47.126 and #47173. They were sold as one lot, how much times have changed! We are of course curious what has become of these cars. Click photo for full poster.

Monday, 07 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

A 1909 'Selfie'

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Ace Cenek tells: "Two photos of a 1904 Cadillac Model B I found yesterday on a postcard at a flea market. I believe this is a 'selfie' because the postcard is addressed to himself with no other writing on the back other than his address (JC Roberts, W. Elkton, Ohio). The Cadillac Model B was made from 1904 to 1905, but, from everything I have found online, it seems to only have had this radiator and light configuration for 1904. The license plate is a 1909 Ohio issue (note that numbers below 10650 were issued in 1908, and this license plate was used for both 1908 and 1909). 

I believe one of the gentlemen in the car is Mr. Jessie C. Roberts and one of the passengers is his wife Ada. Attached to the tree in the background is a sign for his shop, J.C. Roberts General Merchandise in West Elkton, Ohio." (editor: please also note all other text in the background!) 

"This is a village of about 200 people about 25 miles southwest of Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Roberts lived from 1870 - 1952 and, in addition to his store, he was the village postmaster from June 1902 - March 1915. U.S. Census data confirms he owned a general store. I also found that he issued merchant trade tokens."

Sunday, 06 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About Quiz #373: 1902 Yale Touring


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This Quiz 373 was a jury-members quiz. Four of them - Roger Fields, Chris Paulsen, Ariejan Bos and Fritz Hegeman - all came up with the right answer. Plus two competitors. They all told us this is a 1902/1905 Yale Touring with two cylinders. Ariejan Bos came up with "Beverly Rae Kimes' standard catalog only mentions 2 cylinder engines for all Yale models except for their model F in 1905, which had a 4 cylinder engine. Also the Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal of April 1903 describes the Yale as having a 2 cylinder engine." The two remaining competitors  are Korneel Vanremoortel and a sender who said to be one of the winners of Quiz #300. Korneel points us to the amazing history connected with this specific car, that was bought after April 1902 and sold in August 1904. Reason to buy the car was to train the horses for the noises and smells of motorcars. When reading the story you'll that find the program didn't really work...

We also mentioned the slogan that was used by Yale. Well that was inspiring! This is what came in:
- "The car with the jar and the doubt left out".
- "The prettiest tourer that ever dashed down a country road –a flash of gold and blue, whizzing by with no more noise than a mere musical whirring of the wheels”
- "The simplest, safest and most economical touring car made in America.", „in outline, style and appearance, no other car, at anything like the price, can approach it“
- “Beau Brummel of the road” (this is the line we referred to in the quiz text."
We decided that Korneel Vanremoortel came up with the best answer due to the fact he found the connected history of this specific car. Congrats Korneel! Please send us your T-shirt size and your mail address.

The photo was provided by Rick Nicolaas: "A friend gave me a copy of this photo which I like to share. This photo was taken of John Salchow and Joseph Mann with their Yale car in 1903, Concord, Massachusetts, USA."

Saturday, 05 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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