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Jos Cox writes us: "Joris, it is like yesterday that I advised you to buy that Amilcar as soon as possible! (and an hour later you were on the plane) It is like yesterday that you became a prominent member of  'Les Amis d'Amilcar des Pays Bas'. And it is also like yesterday that we saw your new black T-shirts on our first rally. Time goes as fast as an Amilcar. Use it well!!"   comp5000

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Vintage Adventure Tours, no Weddings!

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One of the first visitors who reacted to our invitation to send in a little story is Steven White:
"2014 saw the start of my Best Job Ever! After considerable negotiation with the Local Authority I obtained a Private Hire licence for my 1929 Model A Ford to run tours of the Peak District National Park in the UK. It is the perfect car for the job - seats 5 people, open top, good brakes, availability of spares, low cost and plenty of horses for the hills. There have been plenty of hurdles along the way but it now gives a lot of pleasure to holiday makers and for celebrations plus I get paid for my "Old Car Fix". And if you're wondering - I don't do weddings!"   ( comp5000)
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Dial M for Mystery (update: 1923-25 Maxwell)

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Sure, a good design makes a car, but badges and logos give it that little more distinction, too. Oh, how lovely can it be to find that one little piece of brass you have been looking for so long! The sheer weight of it, those lovely enamel colours, even the stone chips in it! But the sign of a certain breeding can also prove to be an utter mystery.

Our Swedish friend Stig Fransson in fact has bumped into one such mystery. Stig will be able to tell you anything about french Talbots. Or about Edwardian Renaults. But a set of axles have now completely stumped him. These axles have centres showing an 'M', and like Stig you will know that this leaves us with several hundreds of options. Still, we have a feeling that this material could be US made. Moon perhaps? Stig presumes they are of 1910-1920-vintage. What do you think? If you like to discuss this matter with Stig, go here. But of course you can drop us a line in a comment, too.

Monday, 12 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Milestone on the Greasy Road to Pre-war Joys

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It all started with an 1928 Amilcar CGSs we found on the website of Dan Mooney, classic Jaguar specialist in Austin, Texas. It appeared this was the car of the late Irving Silverman. YW77 is known with the UK Amilcar Salmson register since the mid fifties and club founder Desmond Peacock was glad to hear she came back to Europe.  That was in 1999, and it was then when the idea came up to build a community with a special appetite for pre-1940 cars. A category of classics that had the interest of very few people back then. Just check back most classic car magazines of those years and you will see ( The Automobile always was and is the exception).

Anyway, it took us three months to think up the simple web address (Dutch people are quite lazy as long their feet are dry...). It was on or around July 9 that we sort of went online and the earliest stories still known (we lost some material over the length of time) still can be found here in the Wayback Machine. Subtitle of the online magazine & marketplace was : The Greasy Road to Pre-War Joys. No idea why we left that one. The rest is history. 5000 stories down the road we can only make a very deep bow and thank you for all the support you gave. All the stories, the ideas, the photos, the mysteries and more!  

To celebrate this milestone we invite you to send in one or more photos plus some wording. A nice memory. A (driving) report about your own car. An anecdote. The best sender is rewarded with 5000 Euro cents or 5000 US$ cents. All stories that come with a photo will be published. In order to have a chance winning the US$/Euro 50 please upload your story preferably within 50 hours from now!  ( comp5000 )

Sunday, 11 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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