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93 year young Healey Fan

KAM-John-Lore-4Approximately 70 members from the St. Louis Austin-Healey Club and guests were present at the recent Austin-Healey Showcase open house event at the Kemp Auto Museum on Sunday, 3/14/10.

Not only did the members talk with the guests about their collector automobiles, which are part of an Austin-Healey exhibition currently on display at the Kemp Auto Museum through April 4th - many members let guests go "behind the ropes", popped open the car hoods and allowed them to get up close and personal with the cars.

The afternoon's main highlight was long-time St. Louis Club member Sonny Tough, 93 years young, who answered questions about his car and related stories about his love affair with Austin-Healey automobiles!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

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Same mess, different year

basel-frontier-1Traffic jams are not only today's problem. Just have a look at this fine mess waiting to cross the frontier near Basel in Switzerland. At first sight all cars look French, although we could also spot an Opel Rekord, a Mercedes-Benz 170 en a very early VW. But we have trouble recognizing the sports car with the girl standing in it. Our first thoughts are Delahaye, Delage or maybe even a Bugatti? Do you know? Then tell us! (postcard collection Karel Vermeer, with thanks to Eduard Hattuma)

Friday, 26 March 2010

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Gullwing returns to South-America

mercedes-300sl-america-1The original winning car from the 3rd Carrera Panamericana Mexico in November 1952 returns to the scene of its great triumph. The 300 SL racing sport car (W 194) will temporarily be removed from the “Races and Records” display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, in order to join the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and set off once again along a part of the original route through Central America. The 3rd Carrera Panamericana was one of the top international races of the 1952 season. The double victory achieved by Mercedes-Benz there ranks as one of the brand’s most spectacular successes. Karl Kling and co-driver Hans Klenk won the race, a long-distance event covering 3111 kilometres, against strong international competition at an average speed of 165.011 km/h. Second to cross the finishing line, also driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, were Hermann Lang and co-driver Erwin Grupp. Kling’s collision with a vulture at 250 km/h, which left his car with a smashed windscreen and Hans Klenk with head injuries, went into the annals of racing history. In addition to replacing the screen, the mechanics also immediately fitted eight thin vertical metal bars to protect vehicle and driver in the event of a similar collision – still the vehicle’s most distinguishing feature. (Text and photos Daimler AG)

Thursday, 25 March 2010

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Ultrarare two-cycle car

DKW_KarmannFormer Amilcarist Joop Terpstra (where did he take the wrong turn ? ) found this car one year ago in a enormous warehouse in downtown Lissabon-Portugal where a collector has around 300 classic cars: "This particular DKW's are very rare in convertible form, built by hand at Karmann in Osnabruck/Germany in 1953-1954. Sadly only a few survived worldwide. After recieving it from Portugal by truck I picked it up in Rotterdam where it stood in storage with a flat tyre, empty battery and a broken engine. Now I have repaired all these problems and it is ready for summer 2010. Twostroke 1000cc watercooled engine with some 50 hp and a topspeed of 135 kmh. Frontwheel drive and fourspeed columnshift. Check this car out at YouTube ."

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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