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Got the Blue Monday blues?
You’ve heard it before. A mathematical formula measuring bad weather, debts and lack of motivation comes up with the third Monday of January as Blue Monday: The most depressing day of the year. Pseudoscience? Humbug? It seems that even the inventor of Blue Monday himself, Cliff Arnall, now has enough of it, as he’s come up with this website. But still, there may be a source of truth in ...
Interludes at Interclassics
Just three images that struck us at Interclassics in Maastricht. First our old friend Dietmar Gotz had put one of his tractors in the spot light. You've probably seen his Miura with 'Sexiest car in the world' sticker on its front bumper (it was parked next to it) many times before yet; this time it stood in the tractor's shadow. Some yards further down, dealer Classic Park, had another Lambo...
Tough to crack car puzzle #150
Hoorah! The first puzzle car of 2017, and the 150th since we started this series of car crackers. So, what have we got here? That's up to you. We have blurred out the number plate of today's puzzle car and there is a good reason for that, too. There was no name on it, but still the letters would immediately direct you to the direction of this car. We're not giving it away. Yes, it can be found on ...
Šerlišský’s snowy Škoda
You were amazingly fast to crack the location of our Friday Lady two weeks ago. That pretty young thing with her Duetto was photographed in Sestriere indeed. Well done. It made us look even harder for the whereabouts of today’s image. A gem of an image, if you ask us. The girl, her hair and dress, the location plus the car - a Škoda 110 R Coupe – all seem unquestionably Czech. Not to mention ...
Big Vic back in his old Porker
Got nothing at hand and long for some good old motor sport sensation? The Autosport International Show, opening tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham may be just the ticket. They come up with a celebration of 50 years of Rallycross at their Live Action Arena, with 10 classic racers doing their thing. Among them the Porsche 911R which won the first ever Rallycross race at Lydden Circuit in 1967, as see...
A walk in the woods
You may not be the person for new year’s intentions, but we decided to have more walks. Preferably in the woods nearby. Great idea, as it is not just good for you, but also because you never know what to find. We stumbled upon a Renault 4CV two years ago and a Citroen DS some 150 meters from home last spring.And then there’s the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 that was unearthed in a Massachusetts...
2017 will bring even more Ferraris
Okay, we know show and concours-people are suckers for Ferraris. But come on. Haven’t we seen enough of them in the last few years? We haven’t, say the organizers of several events. ‘Pebble Beach’ just announced that Ferrari One-off Speciales (sic) and Ferrari Major Race Winners will form two special classes for this year’s prestigious event. They add themselves: “The mos...
Do restorations still pay in 2017?
Going by the estimates of Coys’ Interclassics Sale in Maastricht next weekend, they do. Just have a look at the two Healey Hundreds that Coys will hammer off. First of them is a restoration job in the shape of a very early 1953 BN1-model. It comes with matching numbers and in much-coveted Healey Blue with blue inside. But it is as rotten as a pear. Estimate: 25- to 30,000 euros. That’s one. Se...
Haulin’ Chevys since ‘56
You may have seen this intriguing shot before. It all of a sudden appeared last year, when the complete combination of cars was offered for sale. What we see is a 1950 Chevrolet cab with a 1949 Whitehead and Kales hauler. What’s more: it’s fully loaded with four Chevys on it: all of them 1956 cars. Two of them are four-doors; one is a four-door hardtop; the last a two-door. Location: Wilson, N...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle 2016: the results!
Thank you very much for all the New Year wishes. Judging from your comments you had as much fun solving the puzzle, as we had putting it together. It wasn’t too difficult, as almost all of the responses were correct. We asked for only the names of the marques that were named after an historical figure, but many also gave us the model names. For those few with incorrect answers this is what you s...
BB’s RR – what’s its story?
Earlier in this first week of 2017 we saw some of the ‘Best Cars in the World’, also known as Rolls-Royces. And today’s Friday Lady is no exception. Yes, that is Brigitte Bardot on a snowy Alp road in one such machine (who needs a flying lady with her behind the wheel?). Bardot has of course been photographed with more exotic machinery than can be seen at your average motor show. But the Rol...
On Sir Donald’s driveway
Ouch! We forgot that yesterday saw 50 years since the death of Donald Campbell, who set more world land and water speed records than Evel Knievel broke bones. You’ll find a little tribute film here, while daughter Gina Campbell gave a little personal tribute yesterday at the death scene in Coniston - see here. We dug up this picture, shot on a sunny day in Spring 1966. That’s the driveway of ...
Will this be this year's Mille Miglia’s most unlikely entry?
Coys’ Autosport sale, next weekend in Birmingham, features an eclectic mix of motorsports vehicles, many of which are eligible for historic racing and rallying. We can see ourselves rallying this Alfa or this Ford or how about a rather unlikely but original Group B rally car? Unlikeliest of them all, however, has to be the 1952 Alfa-Romeo 1900 M ‘Matta’ that Coys flags off as ‘Mille Miglia...
Driving a 'Chinese' Silver Cloud
Two weeks ago we were invited at the 50th birthday of carjournalist and photographer Marius Hille Ris Lambers. Very kind, especially when he added that he needed a driver for the 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III as on the menu of the afternoon was a short drive-out. The first and last time when we drove a Rolls was a 20/25 Saloon somewhere between Beijing and Shanghai.  This was during the 2...
Racing on the rocks
We love a bit of motor sport here and have found memories of driving on frozen lakes in Switzerland and Scandinavia. When you look at historical images of the ice racing in Sweden the amount of Specials is striking, with every Olle, Malte or Ivar seemingly coming up with a car of their own design. One that really struck us was the ‘Nobe V8 Special’ constructed by a man named Gustav Nobelius. I...
A toast to 2017
Had a good night?We do not know where the delivery van pictured above could be seen when the last minutes of 2016 ticked away, but we trust it to have been a grand venue. If we are ever going to throw a big new year’s party – this is the car to join in with the celebrations. It’s the only remaining Silver Shadow shooting brake commissioned for Champagne house Krug, used for delivering its pr...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle day 6
Seen here with just a glimpse of the automobile he designed is an American multi-talented athlete, inventor and entrepreneur. He was born in 1897 and at the age of 19 he designed a simple automatic gearshift, which unfortunately was never put into production. With a friend he went to Europe to set up a company that designed car bodies. He became quite successful. After World War II, in 1954, he ...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle day 5
Chances are that you have never seen a photo of this man. Yet we are positive that you’ll know his name. Born in 1898, he was a German aircraft designer, working for a company that bore his name and he became probably most famous for his Word War II fighter planes. Postwar his company was forbidden to manufacture aircraft so he turned to making other things, among them a small car, based on an...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle day 4
Prewar this Italian man did well in races but he was also a very good engineer. He had a good knowledge of Fiat engines and after moving to France he became head of the Simca racing department. He did well in improving the engine’s performance, which earned him his nickname: ‘The Sorcerer’ or ‘The Wizard’. Postwar he started manufacturing racing cars under his own name, but his company...
Postwar X-mas Puzzle day 3
The armored man seen here is a Spanish conquistador who went to America in search for gold and even a passage to China. He died in 1542 on the banks of the Mississippi River. In 1929 an automobile was named after him. Prewar it was pretty successful, but postwar sales declined. Even the 1956 high-performance ‘Adventurer’ didn’t help and the make folded in 1960.Write down the make, but please...

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