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Alfa service station on the Mille Miglia

Alfa service station on the Mille MIglia

Tuscany is full of surprises; you expect (and for sure get) great food, the exquisite wine and the awesome views. But being an automobile afficionado you want more. Just stopping at a garage during the recce of the Via Flaminia we got in touch with the Franco, the son of the old owner of Autofficina Bellini in San Casciano in Val die Pesa (for that name alone you would go!). As it appears, the shop used to be an official assistance and filling station of the Mille Miglia. Brave drivers lake Nuvolari, Campari, Varzi, Villoresi and Borzacchini stopped at the Bellini shop for service. The place is filled with old memories, as Franco is proud to show us. A few of the pictures depict a very special Alfa 6C, one running on coal gas ('carbone' or 'gasogene'  ; possibly the 6C1750 with a gasogene history offered in Monaco by RM Auctions. The two drivers are in white overalls, to show that the car is not polluting. Environmentalists of today, take note ! The car finished the race at an average of 60 km/h. We will incorporate the Bellini garage in the Via Flaminia route. ( text & photos Bart Kleyn) 

    
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Guess where is the Ford V-8 (update: 1937 Model 78 Roadster)

Guess where is the Ford V-8

Yes, in the main picture there is a 1937 Ford V-8 Cabriolet. And it´s not dismantled or incomplete; the car is in reasonably good conditions. Could you guess where it is? If you don´t believe us please check this picture (2) of a closer view taken after some minutes moving the surrounding stuff. And that´s what I had to do personally. After many visits to this old workshop - open since the late 1950s - one day the owners told me "in the background we have the V-8". At a first glance to this part of the workshop I only discovered tons of old parts of all kinds, mixed with antiquities such as old toys, bicycles or mannequins (photo 3). So I though that they were referring to a spare engine. They answered me "no, we have the entire car there", and then we started to remove piles of parts and furniture in order to move forward to the inside and unearth the Ford. And yes, they weren´t lying to me. Finally the most interesting of this "cave" was all the automobilia surrounding the car (photo 4 & 5), as this forgotten vehicle is planned to be parked there many years more. At least until all the material surrounding would be relocated!    Text and photos Francisco Carrion
    
Monday, 25 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Lantilly: the French festival of slowth

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It is not without humour that the organisers of the Vintage Revival Montlhery are offering another event at the Chateau de Lantilly in the heart of the baye-150Nivernais region on 25th and 26th of June.  Their slogan is "Saucisson sec, red plonk and Charentaises (the felt tartan slippers)". It sets the spirit in which the participants are invited to bring the most improbable cyclecars and infernal machines to compete in a race of slowth and other challenges under the watchful eye of Lord Ramillon, the host of the event on the Saturday and test their navigation skills in amphibious vehicles at the Lake of Baye on the Sunday. chateau de_lantilly-150By now, you might have guessed that it is inspired by the now famous British event and is a friendly and satirical wink to the Goodwood and Chantilly festivals. Many of the original creators will actually cross the channel and attend in support of the first international edition.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About quiz #418: post-1920 TB Thompson Brothers Cyclecar.

Quiz last Saturday

The remains of a cyclecar shown in last week's Quiz 418 were not very easy to recognise. The big 'giveaway' in this case was of course the 'Brescia' like radiator. Long time visitors may remember the TB Radiator Mystery. We had loads of response back then, but it must be said that this earlier photo had the TB logo showing which is quite helpful... The project showing last week was photographed years ago by Michael Ware. He had to climb on top of the office in the Black Country Living Museum, in Dudley,UK. Quite possible it's gone now. And maybe even on wheels again! Who knows? 

We had four competitors who all came up with the correct make and lost of useful information. Including the wonderful postcard sent by competitor Luc 'tricycle' Rijckaert. Thanks a lot for sharing Luc! However neither Luc nor Robbie Marenzi, nor Graham Arrondelle are winners. These three gave good but general information regarding all TB cyclecars. While our question always is which specific car is pictured. Again the radiator was a giveaway. It is clearly not a fake but a watercooling radiator. So the TB project must have had the Blackburn or British Anzani engine. So it was built in or after 1921. Only Anders Svenfelt was courageous enough to pinpoint the car based on this simple feature. By doing so he is not only winner of the quiz but also a new jurymember. This was his third win since 2006! Congratulations Anders. Please provide your mail address and current size. 

(photo collection Luc Rijckaert) 
"Above my picture of the TB Threewheeler Cyclecar. I found this postcard  some years ago. As the registration number starts with TB, this could well be a works "press" picture!"  Luc
 
Saturday, 23 April 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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