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What is it, that's missing? Quiz #366

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Everybody is out to enjoy the first days of spring - or depending on where you live - the first days of autumn. So we thought this is the right moment to do a slightly different quiz for the remaining 12000 or something thousand visitors this weekend. Although you can see five cars, we like you to concentrate on the two cars directly in front. One of our frequent readers - we will disclose his name next week - sent in the photo to see how we can test your knowledge in another way for a change.

"This photo was taken just a week ago. The .... (one on the left) is mine and the .... .... (one on the right) belongs to....  (Editor: yet another frequent visitor). We're both PWC jury members. Each car has something missing."

As we expect many good answers this time we don't want to hear all the details. Just the make of each car and the part(s) which are missing. Post your comment before Monday March 24 and we will  draw the winner of the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. Have a good one!
 

Saturday, 22 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

A nice spring gathering?

Rat rallye at rest?

A roadside restaurant and a parking area filled with battered vintage cars. A lunch of the Oily Rag Gang perhaps? It was a very strange scene, discovered by our super active spanish reporter Francisco Carríon: both restaurant and cars are abandoned for years already. Most of the cars have been canabalised with missing tyres, lights and engines... so are they simple decorative objects? These cars were part of a great collection which due to a lack of space have been parked for years in an old scrapyard located in South Spain.

Despite the dry weather in the area the vehicles are in poor condition. Still after more than 30 years of outside storage last week the miracle happened: a courageous collector bought the complete lot and towed the cars out (see below) and up trailers on their way to a new home and second youth. The cars may not be very special or valuable (many Fords, a Fiat Balilla, an early Citroen Traction and a 1934 Plymouth, among others) but the deep corroded bodies in combination with the clean pavement produces a rare image. Think of this scenery being your own garden... Beyond expectation most cars will be restored while others will live a second life as donor.
 
      
Friday, 21 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

First Dutch trial a blast!

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Despite the lack of hills last Sunday's first Dutch Trial was a big success. Twenty four teams were battling their way through a decent portion of mud and misery. A fabulous spring sun helped to realise big smiles on everybody's face. The mix of cars was remarkable. Not only the expected Austin Sevens and MG's (yes it's a J2 above!), also a Rover Special (click main picture), an Australian built Chevy Monoposto, various Alvises and a 1910 Knox with Beijing Paris experience. Organisation by the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club (check more photos) was perfect, so we're looking forward to the next edition of the Dutch Trial. How about next week?
   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Not every MarneTaxi was a Renault

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by Fons Alkemade: The other day I acquired a nice copy of the 1911 catalogue of the Société Anonyme des Automobiles “Unic”. Unic cars were well-known in the 1910s and 1920s and the catalogue shows a surprisingly large range of cars, from the cheapest model G2 with twin cylinder engine to the expensive model F1 with six cylinder engine. Besides, Unic was offering several commercial vehicles at the time: ambulances, vans, trucks, taxis. The Unic fiacres were already well-known by 1911, not only in France. My 1911 catalogue shows three cab models and to my surprise one of these does not have the usual Unic radiator (which is shown on the front cover of the catalogue) but resembles very much that other well-known French cab of the 1910s: the Renault AG1, the car which in 1914 would become known as the Taxi of the Marne.

In 1914 Paris counted already around 10 000 taxis and on the 6th of september 1914 a significant part of them were ordered by general Gallieni to transport soldiers to the front near the river Ourcq, close to the Marne , about 50 kilometers north-east of the capital. One of the surviving Renault cabs has been given a prominent place in the Army Museum in Paris.

I wonder why the G1 fiacre was offered by Unic in the same configuration as the Renault AG1. Was it because the Compagnie Française des Automobiles de Place, owner of the largest fleet of cabs in Paris, had decided that all their cars should have the same appearance? Maybe the answer can be found in the archives of the G7 company, as the Compagnie is known today (all Parisian cabs had G7 on their licence plate for some time). 

  
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