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What is it? Quiz #400

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Here we have a chassis produced by its makers for the 1909 season to meet the expected demand for a high-class reasonably priced car of medium horse-power. The company used to make a car of another name from 1904 to 1906 and then concentrated on their own range of models from 1906 to 1915. Based in England they had a very good engineering name and you will perhaps tell us what other aspects of transport they were connected with?
Some of you may have guessed by now, but if you need a clue, here's a picture of the front of the car and perhaps a picture from the rear will help you? And positively the last clue is of a whole car, presented to the Bishop of the maker's town by his personal friends and in thanking them, his Lordship " asserted that no more valuable or useful present could have been given to him."

Please give us any relevant information you may have on this particular car. Starting with Make and Type. Plus whatever you can come up with, that is to say within 100 words. Please post your answer in the comment box below (please do not email) 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 pride at this season's events! Results will be published next Saturday, August 8.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Ivy and Jack

Ivy and Jack

We suspect this is a 'staged' photograph because Ivy understood the value of publicity to help with her love of motor racing - she is of course Ivy Cummings. The picture shows her with a 1925 Singer but a 1916 copy of Lightcar & Cyclecar magazine  printed a story about her entitled  'A plucky young lady driver. Her first drive round Brooklands age 11½.' where we learn the first Light Car she drove was a 'Cummikar'.  "... I have had the speedometer round to 50 mph many times on the track..."  You are forgiven if you have never heard of it - neither had we. It was a French Ronteix sold in UK as Cummikar.

In 1916, when Ivy was 15, her father gave her a Baby Peugeot  and she writes, " I drive it all over the place. Sometimes I take out a wounded soldier, my mother or my grandmother. They all tell me they feel safe with me" .  Her talent for driving is impressive and you can read here how she raced such cars as a 1912 Coupe de L'Auto Vauxhall, a 3 litre Sunbeam (see video), an Akala-engined GN/Frazer Nash and the famous 5 litre chain drive Bugatti 'Black Bess'. She married in 1925, insisting she drove the Frazer Nash from the wedding.

(Text and pictures Robin Batchelor)

Friday, 31 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Australian Austin barnfind

Australian Austin barnfind

Ross Nerdal from Canberra (Australia) writes: "The capital of Australia is Canberra, being only one hundred years old it is not renowned for its barns but there are some to be found. Jack Palmer bought a 1927 Austin 12hp tourer in 1965. He was going to restore it. It was low mileage and running well. Into the shed it went and stayed. 50 years later it has been sold to me and we dragged it out for a second life. It needed four spare wheels and a lot of manpower to extract it from its tomb, it was surrounded by decades of collecting. Thick with dust and spider webs and rat nests, it is a time capsule of its own beauty. It is totally complete and solid and all original. We can still read the last rego number, N34-975. Recognize or know anything of its history? Now what should be its future.. oily rag recommissioning, or full restoration. What do pre-war readers think?"

Thursday, 30 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Holiday post cards

Holiday post cards.

Most of us remember the days before computers, texts and instant communication where we wrote letters and post cards to each other, so it was very pleasing when the post man dropped such a post card on the mat recently sent from a friend on holiday. The tradition of holiday post cards goes back a long way, certainly before cars, but inevitably the motor car started to feature on them around 1900 or before.

In 1925, the Bullnose Morris accounted for 40% of cars owned in Britain so it's no surprise to see it chosen by the artist. A popular comic seaside post card theme was the interreaction between men and women in all shapes and sizes - mostly saucy and sometimes "X-rated" .

(Text Robin Batchelor, pictures author's collection)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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