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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.
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."
The 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?
Text/pictures Robin Batchelor.
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