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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)
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)
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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