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After....and Before : Rolls Royce trailer drama

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This and other pictures have been flooding the media since Friday afternoon after a sad mishap with the trailer transport of a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Barker. A man from Switzerland had bought the car from Retrolegends in The Netherlands and picked up the car with a healthy Range Rover plus brandnew trailer. Only minutes after they left from the showroom Henny Kennis got a phonecall from the Swiss guys if he wanted to come for help as things had gone wrong. Terribly wrong as you can see. The only good news is that no serious injuries occurred.

But the fine Rolls is scrap. The trailer is scrap. The Range Rover is scrap.  It is of course very easy to judge from a distance so let's try to analyse and face some facts. According to Henny Kennis the incident is a miracle to him. The Phantom III (yes a heavy car) was tied down correctly. The trailer was brandnew. The towing car in very good condition, at least cosmetically. According to eyewitnesses the combination  got into trouble already at relatively low speed, not more than 55 km/h (35 mph). Henny Kennis presumes that one possible cause may be the air suspension (EAS) of the Range Rover.  Either the car was lowered actively when loading the Rolls and not put back to Drive-settings. Or the system may (we repeat 'may') have produced a failure resulting in instability of the car and combination.  There are many pages on the web about EAS failures

No matter what the exact cause was, the results are dramatic (see Youtube). With a huge loss for the new owner of the Rolls Royce: the car was not insured! This is not the first nor the last trailer incident. What can we learn from this.

1. analyse very well beforehand the risks of any trailer transport. Professional transport may be expensive, but on hindsight possible very cheap in comparison

2. NEVER do a transport without a proper transport insurance if the car is of any interest to you. Don't leave home  before checking your insurance agent. 

3. You are welcome to give us your thoughts. But please think twice. We will not publish any nonsense. Yet we will favour all positive critics and comments.

Please drive safely. Trail wisely. Have a great week.
Monday, 29 August 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Old-school motorcycling holiday

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In this part of the world, summer holidays have started and nearly ended as well. One of our readers, Nick Jonckheere, went in style:Sarola at_rest-800

"When summer finally arrived, and no far-away trips planned for the holidays, my young family agreed on an old-school motorcycle camping trip in the 'Westhoek', a Nimbus payload-800forgotten corner in the west of Belgium. My wife went on her usual steed, the 1929 Saroléa, and for myself I borrowed my father's 1954 Nimbus with box sidecar, which turned out perfect for the camping gear. Both daughters were comfortable enough on the pillions.

Deliberately, we avoided the busy touristy areas and theme parks, and chose to travel along quiet canals, with destination Maedelstede in Pollinkhove, a small and friendly farm camping. Lots of animals and a swimming pool, great fun for the kids!

During our excursions, we found some hidden treasures, like the unknown and very underrated open air museum 'Bachten de Kupe' and the Bossaert motor museum.

Ijzertoren in_Dixmude-800On our path, we passed through beautiful hamlets with names like Houtem, Leisele, Alveringem, Wulveringem, Fintele... Crossing the French border to visit Hondschoote in France even made our trip international!

Along these canals, like the Lovaart and the Yzer, there are many places of WWI interest, like the Yzer Tower in Diksmuide and the Goosefoot in Nieuwpoort. In Lo, we went even more back in time, since Julius Caesar once tied his horse to the tree next to the village gate!

Sunday, 28 August 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About What is it Quiz #427 1936 Citroën U23 autobus by Besset

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Well, last weeks quiz #427 was indeed not that hard for most people. Lots of (partially) good answers naming marque and type of the bus flooded in. It was of course a Citroen U23. The bodybuilder was harder. It was not a dutch company as several people expected as the bus was photographed in Holland. But the coachwork indeed is French. It is built by the company Joseph Besset of Annonay. The answers from Ley, Olivier Chabanne, Claude Lardans and Thiery Houdayer were correct and all very close but best and most complete answer came from Ignacio Labaure:

"1936 Citroën U23 autocar Besset. Body builder: Joseph Besset of Annonay, France. The Citroën U23, or type 23, had a conventional rear wheel drive tranmission. The engine was the same as in the Taction Avant 11 CV; but turned 180 degrees.The engine had inverted sense of rotation to maintain the sense of rotation of the crank clockwise. The gearbox had three speeds, plus a direct drive."

Citroen U23_autobus_besset_rear-800This particular one is owned by the Dutch Patan (Propulsion Arriere Traction Avant Nederland.), a club specially for rear wheel driven Citroëns. They bought it as a project in France and restored it completely.

Photos by Karel Vermeer.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Cooper meets Cooper

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Drawing artist Lilian Stephanie Cooper is a keen follower of PreWarCar-PostWarClassic. In case you wonder why we can only be honest. Maybe it is not as much due to her deep love for classic cars and possibly has more to do with the fact she's a full niece of the editor. Still it was a very nice surprise to receive a photo with Lilian showing up on the side of a Cooper....oops an Auburn 653 of course. But the car is part of the inventory of Coopers Classics at Adelaide Airport, Australia. Not to be mixed up with Cooper Classics in the USA. Or with the Cooper Classics which has nothing to do with cars and also not a lot with classics except for looks. Finally when arriving at the Cooper Car Company we felt a bit at home again. Much more than with the modern Cooper lookalikes from Bayern. Bye, bye Mrs. Cooper. Enjoy your journey, see you when you're back in Amsterdam!

P.S.  Mrs. Cooper is partly covering the ad sign for the event Bay to Birdwood (Sunday 25 September). According to James Nicholls: " is in South Australia. They set off from Adelaide and drive to Birdwood which is where the Australian National Motor Museum is located in the Adelaide Hills. I believe it goes through Lobethal near to Birdwood which is where the Australian GP was run in the 1930s and ‘40s."
Friday, 26 August 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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