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Traction in the air

Report and photos by Mike Tebbet:
"Les Amis de la Traction Club de L’Aigle” held their seventeenth annual ‘Bourse d’Echange’ last weekend (19th October). Welcoming visitors at the entrance into the show was this ‘Traction on a string’ or is it ‘Traction in the Air’? This was a spectacular celebration of eighty years of the Traction since its launch in 1934.

As usual the Bourse was inside a large market hall, with a much bigger range of stalls set outside in the surrounding surfaced area. A large number of Tractions of all years and types were parked nearby, with an even larger selection of 2CV’s and derivatives parked on a grass area nearby. An adjacent car park serving a supermarket was full to overflowing with visitors classic and vintage cars. To one side of the market hall on an open area large display of WWII vehicles included a Sherman tank.

Inside the hall as well as the Bourse, the Club had laid out an impressive display mimicking a Motor Show or Salon and featuring of course the Citroen Traction. A 1934 first year example with the fabric roof slowly revolved on a turntable in the centre and was surrounded by examples of various others including a decapotable. A commerciale was set up to replicate the famous advertising image being loaded with a huge oak barrel. In one corner a car was in the camouflage livery as used by the French army and indeed by the Wehrmacht and French Resistance.This event has from gone from strength to strength in the last seventeen years. Your writer came away with a car boot full of ‘treasure’ to aid the restoration of the far too many projects in his garages!"
Monday, 27 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Pre Wars in Athens

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What better place to make contact with “the right” people than a Concours d’Elegance? While planning the Via Hellenica we visited the Athens show at the Flisvos Marina. We immediately spotted our ideal car, a 1930 Rolls Royce with beautiful patina and thus not a candidate for the Concours awards. There must have been some 10 pre wars on this pleasant event. Most special (during-war-car) means of transportation was definitely the 1941 Moto Guzzi three-wheeler. It had been abandoned by the Italians and recently been found and restored to better than new. This being a prerequisite for one of the 54 prizes to be awarded, it did indeed get a class win.

(Text and pictures by Bart Kleyn)

Sunday, 26 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About Quiz #381: 1937 Mack Jr.

About Quiz #381: 1937 Mack Jr.

As we suspected, this was an easy quiz, and all but one of the 17 who responded were on the right track. Most of you got the make, model and year of this truck (the model year of the truck encroached on the calendar years either side, so 1936, '37 and '38 might all be considered correct). It's a Model 2M Mack Jr., created for Mack Trucks, Inc. by the Reo Motor Car Company by rebadging a Reo Speed Delivery pickup.

Jury members Alan Spencer and Stuart Penketh had it pretty well all together, but the next best answer came from Luk Martens: "1937 Mack Jr. Mack, builder of heavy trucks, introduced a 'light' truck in late 1936, for the 1937 model year (jr meaing Junior) and it was based on a REO truck. It was even built by REO, but sold by Mack dealers. REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds, founder of Oldsmobile, there's your link with GM. With prices ranging from $575 for the half-ton to $1205 for the 2,5-ton model (a Ford costed $470) and powered by a Continental 6 cylinder engine, just 4974 were built before it was succeeded in 1938 by the larger model 'ED'."

Congratulations, Luk. Please sen your mail address and T-shirt size to office*at* The truck was in plain sight for all of Hershey Week, outside the Giant Center in the middle of the giant swap meet. Perhaps some of you saw it then.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Dina plays for time

Dina plays for time.

The clocks ‘go back’ this weekend which marks the official end of British Summer Time. It was Germany that first introduced daylight saving in 1915 and Britain followed in 1916. It is New Zealand who can take credit for the idea thanks to George Vernon Hudson who proposed it in 1895, but his native country waited until 1927 before introducing it.

So with time being on my mind, I dug out my slowest car – a 1925 Trojan Utility with top speed of 35 mph – and went to visit Dina. Timing is very important in her job as a concert pianist – just listen to her playing Prokovief’s Sonata No. 2.(click), and you can watch her here. Or do you prefer a Scarlatti sonata? She started playing the piano age 5 in her home country of Kazakhstan and has won numerous awards whilst performing all over the world. Her next concert is at The Royal College of Music in London on November 13th in their Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, named after the accomplished cellist who was author Ian Fleming’s half-sister and Augustus John’s illegitimate daughter.

As the setting sun heralded the end of another Autumn day, Dina decided to try out the hood in case it rained – she has spent enough time in England to understand our strange weather. And now she understands a bit more about our strange cars.

(Text & pictures Robin Batchelor)

Friday, 24 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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