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Precious Prescott

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There is plenty to see, smell, hear and do, this weekend at Prescott Hill. And feel too. Despite being mid summer the weather made it sometimes feel like it was a particular autumny fall day! But it did not keep the real British toughs (and some from far awide) from racing their vintage machines. First, there was the 80th Anniversary Hill Climb on Friday with 140 cars competing, followed by the traditional Prescott Speed Hill Climb yesterday and today, where no less then 260 cars are climbing the hill. Robin Batchelor's took his picture at a particular wet moment - when marshals and driver were tipping out the water from a car stuck on the start line during a violent hail storm!

(picture courtesy Robin Batchelor)

Sunday, 03 August 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About Quiz #375: 1927/28 Excelsior van Rijswijk (Update: Albert 1)

About Quiz #375: Excelsior van Rijswijck. No winners

Oops. We inadvertedly gave away more clues than we wanted in the properties of the picture. Still, not too many people noticed it (we think). Thanks to Gerry Barrett for pointing this out. Rest assured it won't happen again! Marc Fellmann, Raoul Thybaut and Stuart Penketh identified the chassis correctly as an Excelsior, but the body builder posted more of a challenge. It was not Vandenplas, d'Ieteren Frères or Labourdette, but the Dutch firm of Van Rijswijk. Stuart was the only one to correctly identify that, but as a jury member he has to buy his own t-shirts! Raoul therefore is our winner, also because he made a good guess as to the year of manufacture. Please give us your details and size and we will send you a t-shirt Raoul! About the chassis Stuart tells us the following: 1922 Excelsior Adex (Albert Premier) by Compagnie Nationale Excelsior, 5346cc six-cylinder engine. Belgian car manufacturer established by Arthur de Coninck in Brussels in 1903. This new Adex was developed, in 1922, into the magnificent Albert Premier model, a 5350 cc six with an overhead camshaft operating valves whose diameter was more than half that of the cylinder bore; triple Zenith carburetors were standard. Like the 1920 Adex, the Albert Premier had cantilever rear suspension with Adex anti-roll bars, probably the first use of this feature on a touring car. In 1929, the company was sold to its competitor Impéria.

We're not quite sure about the year of manufacture of the body, but it must be later than 1922, which was the year of introduction of this chassis. Most likely it is around 1927/1928. Van Rijswijk started their coachbuilding business in 1895 in the Dutch residence of The Hague. They switched to horseless carriages at the beginning of the 20th century and became purveyors to the royal Dutch household when they bodied a Spyker for HM the Queen and a Minerva for Prince Hendrik. In 1920 they moved to nearby Voorburg. The last Van Rijswijk body was shown in 1952, but the company remained active until 1987. More info (in Dutch) and a lot of pictures can be found on the Conam website.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Grace Valentine

Grace Valentine

Sharp-eyed readers will remember Grace Valentine appearing here on Valentine’s day 2013 inviting you to identify the car – a 1920 Packard twin six roadster.

As always, the comments section produced accurate replies and extras. We learned of her successful career as an actress, but nobody offered this hand-coloured picture so here she is in glorious technicolour, just as such an attractive lady deserves.

(Text Robin Batchelor, picture courtesy SHORPY)

Friday, 01 August 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Hudson through the roof

A Hudson on the roof

An accident is always something sad. If the car involved is old it´s even sadder and if the old car was brand new when the accident occurred... good Lord! This is what appears to have overcome the brand new Hudson seen here halfway through the roof of a little hut. Ohoto 2 shows the broken pieces of a railing, too, as well as the ceiling surrounding the unfortunate car, so we can guess what happened here.

The Hudson appears to be a brand new car judging by the bright paint and the covers on trunk and spare wheel. The colour combination could be white-black or even a more attractive pale yellow-black. Probably like this 1928 model? No further information accompanies this set of photographs, but the 'SS' number plate does give a clue: these photos were probably taken in San Sebastian (Pais Basque, North of Spain), and more specifically in the port zone of the 'Urgull' Mountain. In this place there is a high road which runs along the hillside and above a group of old houses, as you can see at the left in this picture. What an infortunate Hudson!

(Text Francisco Carrión, pictures from his files)
Thursday, 31 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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