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Old fashioned workshop? Beautiful garage?

Old fashioned workshop? Beautiful garage?

All of us are used to see beautiful garages here and there. Classic car magazines, TV Programs or video channels usually show us beautiful and spacious places full of important cars parked in an accurate order. Even the walls are decorated with automobilia or any kind of automotive art. All in all, the garages which all of us would love to own... or not? By observing the picture we can enter in a very different world. The world of the old fashioned garages; usually aged workshops whose owners now spend their retirement time fixing cars just as a pastime. Or just old places linked somehow with the automotive industry which had been now bought by classic car passionates with a certain taste for the originality. And yes, the interior of these kind of garages is not as luminous or roomy as the "American style" ones, but undoubtly garages like the one pictured here, with its old Firestone signal and a sectioned Fiat/Seat 1500 over the main door, offer a real "charme" which the other ones don´t have.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

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Converted in seconds...

Converted in seconds...
This amazing shot dates from the Sweden of the late 1960s. No exact date is known, but it was definitely photographed after 3 September 1967. On that day Sweden turned from driving on the left side of the road to the right side, with just a few days (‘Dagen H’) to get used to the new way of driving. Still then, you had to be careful out there. For low bridges for example.

The unfortunate driver of this lorry was well prepared. The Långt Fordon (Long Vehicle) sign had to make people aware of his mega haul of at least 9 brand new VWs, the Bibendum on his grille suggests it wore fine tyres and the six big rally spots under the bumper gave him plenty of light on those dark long stretches through Sweden’s vast pine forests. Still thing went terribly wrong. The amazing thing is that all the Beetles are still on his truck, with no sign of them being secured to the platform. How did he do that?

(Words Jeroen Booij, picture courtesy tt.se)

Monday, 03 August 2015

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It's showtime!

Its showtime!
If classic cars are your thing then today is your day. If you’re in the UK, that is, as the amount of events organized today mixing classic cars with tracks, stately homes, castles and other venues is truly spectacular. All the well-know venues have been booked for months, from Silverstone to Gaydon, and from Prescott to Duxford plus many, many more smaller estates, circuits or simply parking lots. There are classic car shows in places like Lytham St Annes, Whitstable , Mount Edgcumbe, Flitwick, Ashlyns Hall and Stafford Castle - all names that wouldn’t seem strange in a Midsomer Murders episode, to name just a few. There’s the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, organized by the local Rotary Club, the Invicta Run starting at MacNades farm shop Faversham, Kent and the Cromford Steam Rally, while Jaguar Drivers have their National Day. Some events are tiny, others are huge, from the Helmingham Festival of Classics and Sports Cars with over 500 classic cars expected and the massive Ford Fair at Silverstone with 3,500 plus Fords bound to come over. Have a look here to see what more is on offer. Just don’t say there was nothing for you. Enjoy today!

(Words Jeroen Booij, picture courtesy classiccarshowsuk.co.uk)

Sunday, 02 August 2015

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About car puzzle #114: Coune MG Gemini Spider

About car puzzle #114: Coune MG Gemini Spider
Yes, last week’s mystery motor was an MGB in disguise. Of course it was. And yes, it was by Brussels based coachbuilder Jacques Coune – a keen racing driver, Abarth concessionaire and post war carrosserier. But it wasn’t the sort of well-known B Berlinette by Coune of which 56 were made in 1963 and 1964. This slightly later car was shown at the 1966 Brussels Motor show and named the Gemini Spider. It used a transparent Targa roof and is believed to have been commissioned by a son of Count Maurice Lippens. A one-off, the Gemini supposedly had two more owners before it was crashed and written-off.

Our thanks to all entries, three of them were correct, and it was Hugo Modderman who impressed us most with his answer which not only described the car but also the interesting background surrounding it. (Now we know it was *allegedly* a Belgian call girl who wrecked the car.) He also told us all about Jacques Coune and so wins this week's prize. Hugo, please send us your mail address and T-shirt size and your prize will come your way! Congratulations!

Saturday, 01 August 2015

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