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The birth of the helmet

THE BORN OF THE HELMETIn the late 19th century, the need for speed broke into the velodromes. The novelty was paced-races, where the cyclist followed another one to take advantage of the slipstream. The rider ahead was part of a team and was replaced by the following one after a short time to ensure fresh legs to do the tough job at the front.
The further evolution to go faster was the use of tandems with two riders, then three on a triplet, then four, then five on the same quintuplet bicycle. Motorbikes specially crafted for pacing replaced in the early 20th century all these pushing legs, with the driver sat back over the rear wheel and long.... read more


 

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Mystery Monday with French Soldiers

French Soldiers
This great photo was sent in by Jeff. He said these are French soldiers and the photo was made in 1915. Who can help him identify the car?

What do we see: a two-seater car with the famous 'mother-in-law....
Monday, 27 March 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

A Dutch-German coproduction of the early 1920s

Spyker and Maybach

 

 

Take a close look at the photo. At first sight it may look like an ordinary luxury car but in fact, it is an ambulance. We don’t know exactly when this luxurious automobile was transformed into a utility vehicle, but we do know that the car is a Spyker C4, built....

Sunday, 26 March 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About Quiz #441: A circa 1913 Diederichs taxi

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 Although originally involved in the weaving industry, the Diederichs brothers already early had an interest in mechanical transport. In 1878 they built a steam tricycle followed by the development of a heavy oil engine which they showed....

Saturday, 25 March 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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