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Dear Prewar Editor:
What makes these photos so much more interesting than modern 'pics'. Is it just their relative scarcity compared to the billion of pictures flooding from smartphone and other devices? Who on earth would still like to share a photo of the family getting ready to drive off? This kind of pictures tell a story, they are much more alive than the frozen fame of time that you see at first glance. Here we have a wealthy family, not leaving for the nearest shopping mall to kill two hours of a boring afternoon. These people are leaving for a considerable trip. Maybe a weekend. Maybe an autumn day tour. Maybe leaving for family abroad. Seen from that perspective the simple act of cranking the engine is much more than the hand turning. It is more like opening the next chapter of a good book.
Peter Skofic writes: "On the flee market I found the above picture of an Edwardian car and two pictures (picture 1 and picture 2) of another Edwardian car. All photos were taken in Pregrada - respectively in 1q912 and 1913 - a small village on the nowadays Slovene/Croatian border. Can anybody of the PreWarCar readers identify these two cars?"
Well, why not show you a quiz-truck for a change. It's interesting in more than one respect and there is a chance that you know it from earlier publication. The powerful truck was designed by a very talented American engineer, but not in the USA. Still the inspiration primarily came from products made by Relay Motor Trucks and were meant for harsh conditions. The finished product was advertised as 'Powerful enough for the worst roads. Fast enough for the best. ' Two type of trucks were produced and interestingly on the other end of the spectrum, also a three wheel two cylinder, two stroke cyclecar. Unfortunately this came never in production but the career of this pioneering american in country far from home is a more than interesting read. But before we show you all that, we invite you to share your knowledge about this rare truck and have a shot in winning the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. Start with mentioning the presumed Make, Year & Type. And further whatever you may know about the car.
Answers in the comment box please, post it before Monday September 14 and you may become the winner of this week's pre-war Quiz. Be careful though, check the Rules under 'Read More' first. Results and source of photo will be published next Saturday, September 19. Enjoy weekend!
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