Dutch Dip

An over enthusiast competitor of last Sunday's Amsterdam night rally parked his '29 Rolls Royce Phantom I Roadster a bit hastily and needed some assistance with reversing. Nobody was hurt and as it appears there is only minimal damage to the car.

It was at the finish in the very center of the Amsterdam Woods that Reg Winstone (one of the team of The Automobile) said on the surf of a deep sigh "... One-Hundred-Dutch-Miles...". This, as if aside the road mile and the nautical mile, there is a third - much longer - unit by Dutch invention. And yes indeed, taming hundred miles of the waterlands surrounding Amsterdam may seem a lot to motorists that come from more dry and less flat areas in this world.

The German newbee team (Karle-Karle) that came in with their 1934 Riley special were flabbergasted by the abundance of water on both sides of the narrow roads over 90% of the route. Still this year's version of The 100 Miles wasn't that hard alltogether. Proof of which was the arrival of the 1903 De Dion Bouton (Vincent Mahy- Pavel Baele) that participated with candle lit(!) head beams. The 1909 one-pot Jackson (Klein - Van Genugten) did equally well, yet one could hear her coming from miles, due to angry loud blasts caused  by a blown exhaust gasket. Overall winner was the team Von Moser - Lont with the 1935 Bentley 3,5 L Hall TT Special. They won aside the trophy a vintage Omega presented by the Amsterdam Watch Company. For full results check here. Special mention for Bentley Team Zuylenburg, as they were responsible for the most pleasant pre-rally meet up.

(Photos Wico Mulder; for more photo see Wico's website)

Published: Tuesday December 17th, 2013


  • Cars and water are this month's theme !

  • Mm, I wonder what lovely Park Ward saloon was sacrificed to make that awful Bentley Special. I guess the Hall TT cars provide a convenient excuse, but this one looks curious, The rear wheels seem to be too small, and different from the Wilmot Breedon originals. This virtually amounts to competing on a bare chassis, which is hardly fair on those who do so with real cars, I owned a 1936 Bentley airline saloon for 19 years, so feel entitled to my opinion.

  • Next time, drop it down a cog, feed the fat and drift it through the corner. P1's tend to suffer a bit of understeer on the limit.

  • Ooops!!


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