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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."

text and photos Craig Little  
  
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
   

French Festival of Slowth

French Festival of SlowthThe Cyclecar movement grows and grows and after the UK enthusiasts had such fun with their 'Festival of Slowth', it was only natural that the French Cyclecaristes should celebrate Slowth on their side of the channel.
The event was held at the Chateau de Lantilly with history going back to the 14th Century and after the variety of vehicles assembled in the grounds on saturday morning, entrants were given a guided tour of the ancient fortress followed by a fabulous lunch.
Cars were then invited to enjoy some mild competition by following a course as slowly as possible to the cheers of onlookers at the finish line.
Some drivers were having too much fun to go slowly, and others used all the road (and verges) to lengthen their route and time.  The Velocar, entered by The Automobile Magazine, had no trouble going slowly and crossed the line at a veritable snail's pace to much applause - almost as much as that given to Kate in her Busy Bee who cleverly used air brakes!
Having gained confidence in their wonderfully original Velocar on its first outing, the entire editorial department of The Automobile Magazine climbed aboard for the afternoon's final section - a gentle drive along the canal towpath. Lack of visible 2-stroke oil smoke suggests more pedal power than motor.
You know us well enough to understand how keen we are to support events like this and after dinner on saturday evening, it was decided that the Velocar was the winner and the Velocar Team were asked to receive 'The Best of Slow' trophy in the shape of a snail containing a desk lamp.
Sunday morning was warm and sunny and just right for a trip across the lake, but rather than boats, they laid on amphibious landing craft - enormous fun! Then after a successful visit to a local Brocante, everybody enjoyed lunch and a chance to have a closer look at all the extraordinary cars gathered together for this marvellous event. See you next year?

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Text/pictures Robin Batchelor.
Monday, 04 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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