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Six Silver Arrows and a Blue Bolide

Six Silver Arrows and a Blue Bolide
As of Saturday July 7, the Louwman Museum in The Netherlands has a new exposition of six unique Mercedes racing cars plus the famous blue transporter. These seven automobiles are the best of Mercedes racing history of the 1950s. Of course there is the 300SL, codename W 194, the oldest SL still in existence. There is the famous W 196 R formula I racing car, both in an ‘open’ and a ‘closed’ streamlined version. A particular favorite of us is the 300SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupé’ that, although it never participated in any race, is considered to be the first super sportscar. Anyway, we don’t need to tell you how great it is to see all these famous racing cars together. You just need to go and see for yourselves. The exhibition is on until September 2, 2018

(Words and pictures Rutger Booy)

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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Zimbabwean Chevy rediscovered

1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
This 1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery has recently been uncovered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, after having been stored for nearly 40 year. It is covered in many decades of dirt, but it has cleaned up very nicely and the body work is sound, with only some surface rust. It is being made ready for the road, but the paintwork is being left as it is, with a lovely original patina. The lucky new owner is Dave Gill of Bulawayo. The vehicle once belonged to 1961 Double World Motorcycle Champion in the 350cc and 500cc class, on MV Augusta's, in 1961, Gary Hocking and this was his daily transport when he was home in Bulawayo. Hocking was deeply affected by the death of his friend,Tom Phillis at the 1962 Isle of Man TT and after winning the Senior TT event, he announced his retirement from motorcycle racing and returned to Rhodesia. He felt motorcycle racing was too dangerous and decided a career in auto racing would be safer. Later that year, on the 22nd of December he was killed during practice for the 1962 Natal Grand Prix at the Westmead circuit. His car was a Rob Walker entered Lotus 24. Unfortunately, as a 15 year old boy, I was at that circuit during that practice and when his car did not pass by on what should have been his next lap and I could see a dark cloud of smoke rising up behind a rocky outcrop, I knew that he had crashed. Only a few hours later his death was announced and I remember being totally devasted. 

(Words and pictures Andre van de Loo)

Monday, 09 July 2018

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What is it? Puzzle #187

What is it? Puzzle #187

This week something sporty and racing in the puzzle. A car from a country with many car builders, which you can see in the lines. It is the successor of a famous car from before the war. Unfortunately, the make was not very successful. Do you recognize the car and do you understand our hints? Well, then you make a good chance of winning this week’s puzzle!

Tell us in maximum 100 words what car we are looking for and everything else you know about it. Send it in before Monday evening and don`t forget to check if you received any points last week for the six-month challenge, sponsored by Hans Compter Rare Cars.

Good luck!

Saturday, 07 July 2018

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Volvo's lovely lady's car

Volvos lovely ladys car
Remember that lovely little Summer Saab we showed you in our endless Friday Lady series recently? We found you another Scandinavian gem for now, from that other Swedish manufacturer: Volvo.

The P1900, initially simply named the ‘Sport’ is quite a rare car of the mid-1950s. Yes, that’s when Saab was trying something similar with their first Sonett. Like that car, the P1900 used a body made of fibreglass, as it was also targeted on the American market. Volvo actually teamed up with American fibreglass pioneer Glasspar to build some prototypes. They did just that and wanted to start production when a new boss was appointed: Gunnar Engellau. He reportedly took a P1900 for a drive one weekend and ‘was dissatisfied enough that on returning to his office the following week cancelled the remaining production', saying ‘I thought it would fall apart!’’

And so figures stuck at just 68 production cars made plus a handful of prototypes. We think this picture shows one of the protos. We’d never seen it before, but the number plate '046222' is one that can also be seen in early publicity shots, shown below. Is that the same lady sitting in the car also?


Friday, 06 July 2018

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