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Beforty Rally 2017

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Author: Thomas Slijpen Sunday, 19 March 2017

Beforty Rally 2017

Dear PreWarCar-friends!

You are welcome to participate in the Beforty Rally 2017, during the weekend of 19-20-21 May 2017 in Maastricht, Netherlands. 

One of the few rallies in Europe - for young people, by young people - who love pre-war cars!

For those among you who never participated in this fantastic rally; the rules are quite simple: to participate you must be younger than 40 years of age, and the car must be built before 1940.

In case you currently do not own a vintage car yourself; it is allowed to borrow one from your grandpa, brother-in-law, local museum or make sure you finish your restoration project in time.

Hope to see you at the 2017 Beforty Rally! 

Thomas & the Beforty team 



Lanchester Straight 8 (30 Hp)

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Author: malcolm whitehouse Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lanchester Straight 8 (30 Hp)

Specification for this model

Layout: Front Engine rear wheel drive with a chassis frame and separate body. The body is a copy of a car made for Nancy Lanchester (George Lanchester’s daughter) using the original drawings created by George Lanchester in the 1920's.

Engine: A straight 8 cylinder engine of 4.5 litres with overhead camshaft and dual ignition systems. The bore and stroke is 3.1 inches x 4.5 inches. The original Zenith carburettor has been replaced with an updraught SU. Petrol is delivered via an Autovac.

Transmission: 4 speed crash gearbox with a torque tube and underslung worm drive back axle.

Suspension, Steering and Brakes: The suspension is via cantilever rear springs and semi elliptic front springs. The brakes are 15in drums all round operated by Rod and Cable with linkages of Lanchester’s own design. The Steering box is unique to Lanchester.

Wheelbase 11ft 10in
Track 4ft 8in
Length 15ft 8in
Weight 40cwt less body
Interesting Features


The brake actuation is assisted by a Clayton Dewandre vacuum servo.

Instrument lighting is via a sheet of edgelite Perspex very much state of the art for 1930. The rear seat passengers have an Auster Screen to protect them from the elements.

This is a most delightful car and relaxed rewarding drive, we have enjoyed many holidays in it over the years .

Model A Ford

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Author: Andre Thursday, 09 March 2017

Model A FordThis interesting photo of a c. 1928 Ford A Tourer, with Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesian registration plates, recently appeared on a Rhodesian Facebook site. The car is fitted with some interesting accessories. What appears to be a water container on the left running board and a wood burning contraption on the right running board, with interleading pipes. As there was no real fuel shortage in Southern Rhodesia during WWII, it is unlikely that this modification was used to propel the car. A suggestion from one Rhodesian was, that the Ford might have been used by a tobacco farmer to provide steam to his various tobacco sheds, where his crops were hanging to be flue cured. This seems to be a plausible explanation. However, other suggestions are welcome.

The Trice

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Author: Stewart Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The TriceJust acquired a wonderful 1932 Morgan V - twin J.A.P special that has a fabulous history and was campaigned since the sixties by the late Stewart Gordon a well known and well liked Gentleman from my native Scotland. " The Trice " will be out and about and crackling up  the hills this year.


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Author: Potomac Classics Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Original Belgian car. 6 cylinder sleeve valve.

Saxon powered doodle bug.

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Author: Gary Hawkinson Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Saxon powered doodle bug.This was my late fathers find. Unknown info as per who built it but has a Saxon 4 cylinder engine,Wooden steering wheel,Dodge brothers front end,Model A rear end and transmission.

1932 MG C Type

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Author: K. Balkin Saturday, 04 March 2017

1932 MG C Type

Special Builders

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Author: Nigel Wright Sunday, 26 February 2017

Dear Sir,

The latest newsletter from the FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) reports on the current position of their talks with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority) regarding vehicle identity and the replacement of bodies on vehicles with chassis.
There’s so much ambiguity in the report that it begins to smack of obfuscation.

On the face of it, the DVLA, the FBHVC and assorted worthies have had a bit of a cosy chat and come up with a scheme which allows for replacement bodies on vehicles with chassis. But the flavour of the report makes me think that not all is as it seems and hints towards a future where replacement bodies will be acceptable if they come only from an ‘approved’ supplier; not a happy situation for the UK's long-standing Special building tradition.

‘We have reached an understanding with DVLA on how the treatment of replacement bodies on chassis will be dealt with through their different schemes.’

It would have been useful if the report had stated clearly what that understanding is because, as it stands, with careful reading the report raises more questions than it answers.

‘DVLA accept that original bodies may properly [my italics] be replaced, not least because bodies deteriorate and may need replacing over time’.

Properly? What is the criteria attached to ‘properly’?

In applying to put a new body on a chassis - ‘The application should demonstrate that the replacement body is one that could have been placed on it from the outset or is of a style which historically has become associated with the marque’.

Are the DVLA and the FBHVC setting themselves up as arbiters of style?!! And what constitutes an historical association with the marque? My Hillman 14 was once a tractor!

It's about time that the FBHVC publicly stated their position on home-built Specials and whether the Special building fraternity is being considered in their deliberations with the DVLA. If not, the FBHVC and all their friends in high places can take full responsibility for the cultural cleansing that’s likely taking place.

John Haynes and Colin Chapman will turn in their graves.

Yours Faithfully


Bentley/Rolls Royce diesel engined cars

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Author: Colin Lea Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Bentley/Rolls Royce diesel engined carsPhoto of Bentley Diesel 1932 to accompany my comment on today's Bentley/Rolls topic on diesel engines,
Colin Lea

A few shots from the hyderabad Cartier concours d’elegance

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Author: Coys Auctions Monday, 06 February 2017

A few shots from the hyderabad Cartier concours d’elegance
A few shots from the hyderabad Cartier concours d’elegance yesterday where your scribe found himself among the great & good.
Winner overall was a stunning 1914 30/40hp Wolesley open drive landaulette discovered rusting away behind an ashram.
Wining bike was a beautiful Indian once owned by The Maharajah of Patiala & bearing the registration number PAT1.  He apparently lost it on a wager over a game of billiards, but it was with a relative so at least it stayed in the  family!!!
The very able judging team was headed up by the talent Simon Kidston.  HRH Prince michael of Kent & lord  March were amongst he dignatories awarding the silver ware to the winners.

Richard Biddulph, Vintage and Prestige Cars

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