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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

A low bonnet Mystery ( update: Crossley RAF staff car)

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Jaap 'Molsheim' Horst sends this fine photo which came to him from an enthusiast who was thinking (or hoping?) this could be a Bugatti. Well one thing is sure it's not a brainchild from Ettore Bugatti.  Maybe it is french...? Maybe we're looking at a fine set of Bleriot headlights. Maybe Dealunay Belleville, or even Turcat Mery? Yet it is hard to say, there's so little to see. We can only hope that the low bonnet line, the charcteristic louvres and the sheer size of the machine prompt an Aha!  with one or more of you. 

(picture courtesy Jaap Horst)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Driving home the Model A

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Gregory Wells recently decided to buy and left on Monday with his new purchase trying to drive it home on own wheels:
"Been wanting a driver quality antique car to tour with for a few years now and I finally found one at a price point I could afford. So I pulled the trigger on the purchase of this car about a week ago. The price was too good to pass up, barely into five figures in USD. As you may know, I'm in the Atlanta area and the Model A is in McMinnville, Oregon, a little bit southwest of Portland, so we're 2,700 miles apart. I'm going to attempt to drive the car back to Atlanta from Oregon.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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