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The Barcelona beer truck Mystery (UPDATE: 2x Latil ! )

The Spanish Beer Truck MysteryThis photo came in from Francesco Palau, restorer & engineer in Barcelona. Neither of the two trucks are identified so far, but we are sure you can help. Take a closer look at the two trucks. We really can't tell you a lot about the two. Except that they probably were in use by beermaker Moritz SA in Barcelona, who still exists , check www.Moritz.es. According to the label they had a prize for their beer during an international fair in 1929-30. So we think the trucks are from an earlier date. Please fill in the blanks...
Monday, 24 May 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Mad Goat Lives!

Rosengart - The Mad GoatLast week we showed you a little Rosengart and asked if it was still around. It is! Nico Claerhout from Belgium wrote: “That's my car, that is Tipothé! Amazing! Tipothé was the name given by Alain Depière, the man who drove it! And now I'm the owner. I'm in contact with the sister of Mr. Depière who lives in Germany. She told me how much fun it was to drive along the Ostend roads, roof down, everybody watching the black/yellow car. As far as I could reconstruct the story, Tipothé was partly dismantled, in order to restore it, around 1975. Included a picture of the car as found and when arriving at my home. The 1934 Rosengart needs some restoration, some minor things are already done, but time and other projects force me not to mention a date to get on the road again.”
Sunday, 23 May 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Monet Goyon; like taming the rodeo machine

Monet Goyon
You may remember "Tjitte's new Love affair". The ultra primitive Monet Goyon cycle car project we posted back in 2006.  Our friend Tjitte started the project but left for a better world far too early. His son Daniel de Jong and old time friend Gerrit Jansen decided to finish the project and finally this spring the car was licensed. But licensed for what? The car is so crude and primitive and the ride so harsh that it is barely apt for driving more than a mile in one go. Daniel and Gerrit however signed up for the Elfstedentocht, a 200 km tour. And... the Monet Goyon  made it! Made it from the trailer to the camping. Made it back from the campground to the start. Made it through the starting tent. Nearly 23 km all-in-all. Yet... after that nearly all double tightened and locktited bolts had gone... and both drivers were so exhausted that further driving was not advisable. It is hard to imagine but to get an idea what driving and keeping the Monet Goyon on the road feels like, try to drive the disco bull for 10-15 minutes without a break. Still plans are made to make a new attempt in next years' Elfstedentocht. (photos Gerard Lansink)

Saturday, 22 May 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Whatisit? Quiz # 275

whatisit-275-1This should be an easy one, as we suspect that many of you will not have much trouble in naming the make of this car. Also we would like to know the model and the year. But what we really want to hear from you is what is so special about this princely automobile. For instance what was it used for and when? Winner of this quiz will be the one with the most complete answer and therefore we have adjusted the rules a bit, see ‘Read More’. Send us your answer through our Contact Form before Monday, May 24. Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, 21 May 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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