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Rick Ford received this photo from an old Royal Air Force colleague: John Porter - son of a clockmakers dynasty - lives not too far from the VSCC fundaments - The Phoenix Green Inn :
“I have just uncovered the attached photo of my father - Basil Porter - probably about 1930. Actually I think the car actually belonged to my grandfather Alfred Porter and was used for the weekly journey on a Thursday to wind clocks in all the Historic Houses in the area, amongst which was Bramshill House (Lord Brocket), Elvetham Hall (Sir Fitzroy Calthorpe) and Stratfield Saye (Duke of Wellington).
Regarding the car the closest I can get is a 1927 Morris Flatnose Tourer?” Rick Ford adds: “I think not a Morris, it is earlier by far than 1927. Beaded edge wheels, scuttle side lamps are early. Although the agricultural boot (hindquarters) suggests a cheap near cyclecar… the domed wings (mudguards) were probably 'Franconia'. An early option normally fitted by quality coachbuilders. Bonnet louvres again suggest quality. High-set bonnet fasteners very distinctive. Almost a Cabriolet rather than pure tourer, careful study shows the passenger door open and perhaps a rear side screen to that side. Valences hide all springing and chassis details.”
Well we can't add a lot to the dialogue of the two old friends, so we leave the problem on your desk.
Case solved: 1924 Singer 10 HP, see period brochure.
A fine two seater cycle car roadster. It looks like many of its contemporaries, but be careful! Most of those had just like this one a 1000 cc four cylinder engine; yet not in alloy like this one had. We understand the car came in various appearances, this being the most sporty body. Too bad they made so few and died off years before 1930.
Over to you. Tell us all about the exact car depicted, but limit yourself to the max of 100 words. We want the name and model designation of the car with any - trivial - extra information being valued highly. But before writing down your response, be sure to read the Rules under Read More and start looking, looking, looking. This may be your chance to win the coveted PreWarCar T-shirt. Results will be published next Saturday, November 8.
(source of photo to be disclosed next week Saturday, together with results)
The annual habit of carving a grotesque face into a pumpkin dates back to long before our cars were made, and commonly believed to be an ancient Irish custom where they also carved turnips and was named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp’or jack-o'-lantern . Those of you who, like me, were brought up on Eagle comic will remember the character Jack O’ Lantern – a lad called Jack Yorke whose adventures in Napoleonic England gripped the boys of Britain every week. True afficionados in Britain know that Jack O' Lantern has a strong car connection as well.
The flickering pumpkins you’ll see tonight however will herald a night of superstition where we are led to fear ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. But most of the posters and post cards from the past tell us there's nothing to be afraid of, so whether you encounter witches or goblins, HAVE FUN!
(Text Robin Batchelor)
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