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Luke Collison: "This photo was recently found. It is believed to be the first taxi in Aberyswyth Cardiganshire in about 1915. Local records show 29EJ is registered as a 1917 Overlander(?) 12 HP Towing model 75 Blue 4 seater, but I am not convinced this is accurate. Could it even be a steam car given the very square front and bonnet? My great grandparents are in the photo and I believe it is outside the Black Lion Pub in Llanbadarn near Aberytwyth (here shown more recently). Really grateful for any help. "
Recently we received this amazing winter picture from Seppo Asikainen. As we only received a very small version we first thought it is a drawing or the result of photoshop training sessions. As we were intrigued we asked Seppo to give us some explanation... This is what Seppo answered: "The image is real. It has been photographed 27 February 2012 in Savonlinna, Finland. This castle is called "St Olaf's Castle" or in Finnish "Olavinlinna", and it is located in the center of the city of Savonlinna (south-east Finland). The castle is built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait that connects the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi. Photographer is Kimmo Taskinen from Helsinki.
Next week sees the publication of the tenth issue of Autódromo, the superior classic car magazine from Spain, and on its front cover we see El Professor Ignacio Barraquer standing proudly beside the magnificent Mercedes Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier which he bought new in 1938. The lady seen sitting in the Alfa Romeo RL ‘Targa Florio’ is his wife Josefa and we suspect her expression and her polka dot frock do not accurately display her character. You can read about Professor Barraquer’s career as an Ophthalmologist and his important contrubutions to cataract surgery and we sense his wife is an example of the saying, “Behind every great man stands a great woman.”
Imagine being asked to pack for a road trip in the new Mercedes which took in Spain, North Africa, across Libya to Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. She took it all in her stride and when the enormous 8 cylinder engine’s head gasket blew in the Libyan desert, she calmly fed her husband shade and water whilst he fitted a new one.
Another picture shows Barraquer in a C. 1906 Peugeot Lion. A chain drive monster with no front wheel brakes indicates this man had a passion for motoring which lasted all his life. His son Joaquin remembers…”My father like to drive fast, and I sat comfortably and without a care in the world beside him, hitting 170 km per hour. It was a car he really enjoyed which he used as much as possible…”
The other contents of this issue of Autódromo include;
- Agustín de Vizcaya, related to Bugatti in Spain, and also maker of his own cars.
- History of Inauto, a spanish coachbuilder which built DKW vans under license from Auto Union.
- History of JJ Cobas (1st part), the famous Spanish racing motorbikes company.
- Racing history in Spain of Porsche 911R chassis 11899009R.
(Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy Autódromo)
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