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by Rudy Kousbroek:

(the photo was a gift by Gabriel Voisin)

"What is the meaning of the word ‘classic’ in connection with motor cars? With the increasing use of the word its definition has become detached from the original meaning of 'a creation of the highest excellence', to mean not much more than 'old' when it is applied to cars. For this reason I prefer to use the English word 'vintage'. A vintage car is, in principle, an automobile dating from before 1930, but even so not every car from that time is eligible. Very rarely some vehicles of a later date may also be included in the vintage category, but they must fulfil exceptional criteria. That, to me, is what 'classic' means with respect to cars. No American cruisers with fins, no Volkswagens, no ‘oldtimers’. Recently someone handed me a copy of the magazine Classic Trader. I was appalled ....
Sunday, 14 November 2004 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

upd. : What is it? # 111 (or doing 100 mph in a 1915 'walking beam' Duesy )

by restorer David Greenlees: "To give you a feel for what this car is like we will give you a trip around the Indianapolis Speedway but first we must start it. The hand pump on to dash is used to pump up two pounds of pressure in the gas tank. The Miller barrel valve updraft carburetor with seven jets has no choke so we must stuff a rag up the velocity stack. Then we give the crank about five smart pulls to choke it. Rag out we go back and adjust to controls for spark, throttle and turn on the Bosch switch. Back out front one quick pull of the crank and it comes to life with a roar and pulse I can best describe as two big twin H-D motorcycles with straight pipes running at a fast idle. While it is warming up we put on our helmets and goggles and slide in. It is a very tight fit for the driver and riding mechanic who must be careful of the hot exhaust pipe. Into gear and we are off and enter onto to unbelievably large 2.5 mile track and down the 5/8's mile front straight. The car is geared very high ( Has three sets of rear end gears 2.2 to 2.6-1 for different tracks) yet pulls very strongly through the gears letting you feel each cylinders firing pulse. The track, pits, grand stands and people are an incredibly colorful site as we get up to about eighty entering the first turn.... proceed at --->'Read More' (includes technical background and a second driver's report of a second Walking Beam driver: Bob Cole ! )
Wednesday, 19 May 2004 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

The Figure Five in Gold

among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
with weight and urgency
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

Today's feature is dedicated to the brave firemen of New York.

(poem by William Carlos Williams (1919), painting by Charles Demuth (1929) collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Thursday, 11 September 2003 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Fender revisited...

We want to congratulate this smiling young lady at the fender of this 1935 Opel 1.3 litre, with her 81st birthday...! (yes - no typo - it's 81, not 18). It is the mother of reader and frequent contributor Rutger Booy. His mother still likes to drive and in fact is doing her first steps along the electronic highway. So Rutger thought it a great idea to put her photo online as a present. Just a little while back he sneeked this thirties gal into a new shot to show the world that despite her age she still likes fender sitting (click here). Congratulations Mrs. Booy, we wish you many, many future fenders! (photos Rutger Booy)
Friday, 30 May 2003 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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