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Dear Prewar Editor:
Louise Browne sends this picture and adds: "This has been sitting on our heart for the last fifty years or so. My father was an engineer and in the past he was a racer and stuntman. I have no idea what this is. I had thought it must be a radiator blanking cap, but I can't seem to find any brass ones. Is this the real McCoy and did it come from a very early model? It's probably really easy so sorry if I'm a muppet but I would love to know."
Editor: Well if you're a muppet, we are the same. We have no idea how to place this Bentley-London cap, no matter if it's a radiator blank of a hubcap, this one being the closest example we found. So like usual the truth should come from our loyal readers who basically know everything!
It's will be the first truly sunny & warm weekend, so we decided to give you an easy one. A very nice havana shaped racing car with not too much engineering efforts on the front part. For those who hate the use of white wall tires (or tyres) this early 1920s racing photo must be an unpleasant revelation... In fact the history of white wall tires is going back to 1914. Anyway don't expect any more clues fromm us. What you see what you get. Tell us what you know about the car. Marque. Year. Model and maybe what you know about this specific photo. Adding trivial knowledge which is not readily available onm the web, may give you an edge to other competitors.
Answers in the comments below (please do not e-mail) and be sure to read The Rules under Read More. This may be your chance to win the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt and wear with with pride at this season’s events! Results and photo source will be published next Saturday.
Our student days can sometimes be the best days of our lives and when we see nine young ladies crammed into a Model A Ford with ‘mortar boards’ on their heads it tells us they have just graduated and are off to celebrate in the traditional way by throwing them into the air.
The building behind is typical Amsterdam School architecture and possibly in the Rivierenbuurt area - can you identify it? The students probably studied at The University of Amsterdam and the car's sidelights suggest a date not before 1930 but if it had been 1928 then we could have expected the ladies to have a little more jollity because the Summer Olympics were celebrated in their city.
The traditional student car used to be the Austin 7 - cheap and readily available - so it is understandable that it was occasionally used in pranks. One famously ended up on the roof of Cambridge University. The Model A Ford is heavier than the Austin 7 and these ladies don't look as though they are about to do such a thing - plus the car is probably borrowed because it's too clean and tidy for student transport. The older generation in the background don't look interested, and perhaps we will never know just what mischief these ladies got up to? So, readers, see if you can identify someone in the picture and ask her for the whole story?
(Text by Robin Batchelor)
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