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Tough to crack car puzzle #183

Tough to crack car puzzle #183
From the cars seen in the background of this picture, you may conclude that this is not your average classic car meeting. And that’s the case. We took the photograph ourselves some years ago on a sunny day in May and were very surprised to see this car right there. What’s more: it was being driven also. Surprising? You bet. This four-wheeler is not just ultra-rare, it’s often called the last of a truly thoroughbred marque. Oh, and that location? It’s your guess, but there are a number of points in the picture that should show you the right direction. Number plates, colour, even those light bulbs...

Do you know more about it? And can you dish up some nice-to-know information about this gorgeous little blue roadster? Then let us know. Oh, and don’t just be kind to your mother tomorrow, don’t forget your nurse either today! Enjoy the weekend.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

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Girls don't tire of tyres - well, in advertising

Girls tire of tyres in advertising. Do you?
Tyres are just black and round, aren’t they? Well, tyre manufacturers think very differently, and they may well be right. As we all know it’s the tyres that are in touch with the road as nothing else does on our beloved cars.

You might like to know then, that it was on the 11th of May 1947 – this day 71 years ago – that BF Goodrich Co. announced that, after three years of research and engineering, it had developed a tubeless tyre. An innovation that would make automobiles safer and more efficient, they said. But tyre manufacturers may say what they want – the public don’t always care.

They did carry on with their campaign, though, eliminated inner tubes, and simply trapping the pressurized air within the tire walls themselves. There was one more hurdle to take, though. BF Goodrich needed approval from the US Patent Office, who put their new tyre under high-speed road testing and fitted them to taxis and state police cars. It took another five (!) years, but then they, too, were convinced of this invention.

BF Goodrich got their much-wanted patents and they ruled within the world of tyre manufacture. Within three years, the tubeless tire had become standard on most new cars. The New York Times wrote in 1954, “If the results of tests prove valid in general use, the owner of a 1955 automobile can count on at least 25 per cent more mileage, easier tire changing if he gets caught on a lonely road with a leaky tire, and almost no blowouts.” Only radials could better that, but that’s another story.

(Words editor, picture Goodyear)

Friday, 11 May 2018

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Back to back: Real Works MG or replica Works Healey?

Back to back: Real Works MG or Replica Works Healey?
A real works MG or a recreated Works Healey? That’s the question. We are still unsure ourselves.

The MGA seen here is a Twin Cam that was prepared by the MG Competitions department in Abingdon and supposedly entered in the 1959 Tulip Rallye (driven by John Gott with a different registration number as it wears today), before being repainted BRG and shipped to South-Africa for an MGA promotion and publicity project in that part of the world. It’s got some interesting features such as a quick-release fuel filler cap that’s fitted in the boot lid and an ultra-large rev counter. It drove only local events in Africa before being shipped to Canada in 1974. Fourteen further years later, it came back to the UK and is now for sale in Monaco. Price estimate is 90- to 120,000 Euros.

Would you prefer it over a replica of the 1952/'53 Austin-Healey 100 Special Test car? This one originally went to Australia as a BN1 (that’s the early three-speeder) of 1954, where it was involved in a prang somewhere in the 1970s. A restorer Down Under brought it back to life and decided to turn it into a recreation of one of the Special Test cars. And it hasn't seen much use since. From the seller’s blurb: “It was entered for its sole race at Philip Island, Australia, in 2016, before being shipped to the owner’s Swiss home where it has been used sparingly around Italy and the Alps. This one is estimatesd on 140- to 170.000 Euros.

Both cars are for sale with RM Sotheby’s this weekend during their Monaco sale. See the full catalogue here. We still don't know which would be our favourite! How about yourself?

(Words editor, pictures courtesy RM Sotheby's)

Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Dino is 50 this year - road cars reunited

Dino is 50 this year
Are there still people thinking the Dino not to be a proper Ferrari? We had the chance to drive one not too long ago and were much-impressed. This is a lovely machine in every respect, and it's so much more than the first step on the ladder to Ferrari-ownership. The racing pedigree, the great shape, the story of Enzo's much-missed son...

Now, 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Dino marque - you know it was tried to be marketed as a seperate marque. It first appeared in 1968 with the launch of the Dino 206 GT. Before that there had been only some Dino racers.

To celebrate the anniversary, an event is being organised by the Ferrari Club of Germany, who plan to get as many Dinos to return to Maranello to parade on the Fiorano circuit and visit the factory itself. It will take place on Saturday 30th June.

The organizers mentions that 'participation is only open to owners of Dino 206 GT, 246 GT/GTS or 208/308 GT4. We think they are saying that Fiat Dinos are not welcome. But what if we want to join the festivities in, say, a Dino 196S, Dino 246S, Dino 166P, Dino 206S or Dino 206SP..?

(Words editor, pictures Newspress)


Wednesday, 09 May 2018

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