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Lili joins Heidi and Hudo around the world.

Lili joins Heidi and Hudo around the world.Enjoy this rare picture of Liliana because she prefers to take pictures and not be in them.  She joined Heidi on her world tour in 'Hudo' the Hudson.  ( A nice change from repairing her 28 year old V W Passat.) Remember?  Heidi  set out in July 2014 to drive around the world and she has shared her adventure with us every step of the way.
Her map shows she is currently in South America with a bent con rod.  Actually - it looks as though it came out throught the side of the block!  But she has a knack of finding good workshops and it was repaired.
Liliana ( Lili) has taken umpteen pictures and added them to the blog - with the English version HERE.
The more we read about this fantastic adventure the more respect we have for these two ladies.  Heidi has overcome some serious obstacles, not all mechanical. She had an accident with her fingers and then recently she had to fly back to Germany for medical treatment.  ( She knows laughter is the best medicine!)   This lady is an inspiration - she is waving the flag for 'old cars' around the world and is winning hearts wherever she goes. 
Heidi and Lili are sharing an amazing adventure and are both lucky to have found each other.  You can view the pictures HERE and the captions tell the story.   " We hope to be back home in Berlin in October 2016.  To meet me along the way please email -   meet.heidi.along.the.way(at)  "
Heidi is truly an ambassador for 'Old Timers' - mechanical and human - and we look forward to seeing how this experience shapes young Lili's future.

Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy Heidi Hetzer and Liliana Frevel.

Friday, 08 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Throwback Thursday: the best pre-war April Fools joke ever

Rutger Booy - long time full time editor - came up with this brilliant idea for April 1, 2011. He also produced the perfect mock-up of the book by 'Editions Maldormir'(Sleepless Publising...:-). And it worked! Before lunchtime April 1, we had something like 20 orders for the book that never existed! Applause for Rutger. Nowadays he is writing for PreWarCar with larger intervals. But his last brilliant gesture was to introduce us with Jeroen Booij (no family!) who is doing clever things at PostwarClassic.  

EARLIER TEXT, published April 1, 2011

"We at PreWarCar consider ourselves lucky as we have just received one of the very few preview copies of a new book that will send shockwaves through the Bugatti community.  The author (who asked us not to reveal his name at this point) is well-known in Bugatti circles. He has spent years and years  collecting data about Bugatti Replica’s, Bugatti Bitsa’s and Bugatti Fakes. Not only the cars, also the tools, the pedalcar, the bicycle and more. It has become a monument of a book with over 800 thin paper pages. Each chapter is describing one Type including all chassis numbers which deserve a questionmark. So you can imagine why chapter "35" is no less than 387 pages alone.  It is due out within 10 days, but if you are curious (or afraid) to find your Bugatti in it, you better  pre-order one of the especially for PreWarCar readers reserved first 250 numbered (!) copies. The price will be Euro 104 including handling & postage worldwide. To order your copy be sure to send your order today through the contact form. You will receive an invoice by e-mail.

editorial UPDATE: Thank you all so much. Yesterday - April 1 - we at PreWarCar had the time of our life. It was great fun to see all the reactions & orders on the Bugatti book pouring in, both from people who desperately wanted to order one, as from people like Greg Wells who wrote " Ouch, my leg hurts. Feels like someone is pulling on it... LOL!"
Thursday, 07 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Fiat and Lancia temptation.

Fiat and Lancia temptation.COYS are holding an auction of British & Continental Sports & Touring Motor Cars on Saturday 9 April at Techno Classica in Essen and there are some juicy cars for the lovers of Italian style.
We like both the 1937 Fiat 1500 6c Barchetta cars  for their great style and charm - and of course performance.
The white painted example has been re-bodied in aluminium with Zagato style coachwork and retains its pressed steel wheels. However, beneath the bonnet lurks a supercharger and coupled with its bucket seats and engine turned dash, somehow giving this car has the appeal of a well-made one-off special ready to mix it with the best in the Mille Miglia.
The red-painted car has chrome wire wheels, tan leather interior , triple Webers and produces 'a wonderful sound'. It would be fun to compare the two on the road!
Lancia fans are in for a treat with this exquisite silver 1939 Aprilia Lusso pillarless saloon, and this 1939 Aprilia in blue and a wonderful 1934 Augusta which was the first production car with a true monocoque body/chassis construction and the first Lancia to be produced on an assembly line, alongside tools and equipment specific to that model.

We can see ourselves enjoying every one of these Italian beauties - can you?

Text  Robin Batchelor,  pictures courtesy COYS.
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Some clouds have a Silverstone lining.

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In case you think you're out and should forget about Silverstone's  fabulous VSCC Spring Start as you heard too late about it, forgot to mark the date in your calendar, or because you're simply no VSCC member.... we've good news for you.
There's about a handful of entry places left waiting to be taken by you. And yes it is limited to VSCC members, but we've heard from well informed circles that if a non-member likes to show up - for instance as a first timer - that VSCC most probably will think in solutions rather than thresholds.  So if you are only slightly tempted - click here to take a sip of the superfast circuit - then don't be shy and be sure to call or write Gemma Price at the Competition Department at +44-(0)1608 644777 (ext 4) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   For full information go to Read More or check VSCC's website.   Come rain, come shine, the VSCC look forward to welcome you at Silverstone!

(photos Jamie Bubb)

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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