Archives for February 2013
By Pete Vack
We recently received an email inviting us to watch a new video presentation. Noticing the Harry Miller-Indy 1914 Peugeot connection we thought we’d better pay it some attention.
We are glad we did, for this is not your grandson’s YouTube. Forget YouTube. The videos presented on the site, “Where They Raced“ are right up our alley. The Peugeot episode, “The Holy Grail”, is the story of the seminal 1914 Grand Prix Peugeot and is an excellent, professionally produced, historical documentary that could well have been moderated by Griff Borgeson himself (here Rick Rawlins did the MC work). And just as good was a previous episode, Speed Demons in the City of Los Angeles, was done so well ala Ken Burns, that we were blown away. These are not one time flukes; there are three episodes so far and more are added weekly.
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Story and Photos by Jonathan Sharp unless otherwise noted.
The annual Race Retro show, now in its 10th year at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, has always been considered to be a harbinger of the arrival of spring and the start of the new season of historic car racing in the U.K. This year spring had certainly been put on hold for the weekend. It was cold; the wind chill had been described by somebody more eloquent than me as being stiletto sharp, but the fun went on regardless.
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Late last year, Angus Mitchell, an Australian who owns a delightful Amilcar CGSs (above) thought it might be a worthy idea to put on a rally for Pre-1938 French cars with a wider scope of entry than just open to Amilcars. But would this work? How many of these rare museum pieces would actually show up? We’ll let Angus take it from here.
By Angus Mitchell
Photos by Roger Foster
After I made the decision that I wanted to attract a wider range of interesting Vintage and Veteran cars to the beautiful surrounds of the Fleurieu Peninsula, I was very happy that a contingent of over 35 pre-1938 French vintage and veteran cars lined up to enter our Tour de Fleurieu event last November.
The diversification proved to be a success with no less than 18 Amilcars, 5 Bugattis, 2 Salmsons, 3 Delages, a Le-Zebre, Hispano, Lorraine – Deitritch, Bedelia, Sizaire et Naudin, Hotchkiss and more. The owners of these wonderful machines agreed that it was great to see similar vehicles, from the same era together on the road. These are the sort of cars Museums die to get their hands on but these dedicated owners like to use them.
By Pete Vack
All photos courtesy Erik Verhaest
After a few days of enjoyable email discussion about his postcard collection and helping to identify some cars in the gorgeous locations, Erik Verhaest, aka “M.carpedi”, reflected a bit on the fun we had guessing the cars. “What a wonderful hobby!” he said. We couldn’t have agreed more. Now we hope our readers will share the experience with us.
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Story and Color Photos by Jonathan Sharp
Saturday February 15, 1913 had dawned misty, not ideal conditions to attempt to set a record to drive a car for 100 miles in an hour. Not 100 miles per hour; that had already been done. But this record was to drive a car 100 miles in distance in one hour.
The scene of this attempt was the Brooklands motor racing circuit in Weybridge Surrey England. The creation of Mr. Hugh Locke King, a wealthy land owner, this huge banked speedway was opened in 1907 and was the ideal location for such record attempts. By 1908 the record already stood at 85 miles in the hour. In 1912 the record had been pushed to 97.59 miles in the hour. This was achieved by the French driver Victor Hemery driving his 15 liter Lorraine Dietrich.
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Carnevale, Adelaide South Australia, 9 – 10 February 2013
Story and Photos by Vince Johnson
February in South Australia is high summer and the weather was perfect for this year’s ‘Carnevale’. Held at the Adelaide Showgrounds, south of the parkland which circles the state capital, the indoor pavilions and outside plazas were transformed into ‘Little Italy’ piazzas for the weekend. Traditional Italian culture, food, music, fashion parades and exhibitions set the scene for the Motor Show.
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Photos and Captions by Alessandro Gerelli
The success of Retromobile 2013, with a record presence of more than 80000 visitors in five days meant a good day for Artcurial Auctions, with more than 90% of the lots sold and a total of sales of more than 14,5 million euros. The top price was bid for the Talbot Lago T150C of 1936 which sold for about 1.5 million euros including premium and taxes. Here are the cars of interest to VeloceToday readers.
This week we are very happy to present the first of our series of postcards from the mcarpedi Collection. The man behind the collection is Erik Verhaest from France. We asked him to tell us about the above postcard, which is one of his favorites. Verhaest delights in the details. The location is Tougues par Chens (Haute Savoie), Hôtel Ecaille d’Argent. “Every postcard tells a story, some more than others. I liked the Alfa and the Citroën in the same photo, but looking closer, you discover that the Citroën DS (1956/57) has a ‘CC’ license plate, ‘Corps Consulaire’? Could it be the Italian consul with his body guards in the Alfa? The people on the terrace are ladies with nice hats and men with military caps. I can smell their food 60 years later. The hotel still exists. One day I will go there with the postcard and ask for a plate of spaghetti!” Click card to go to mcarpedi.com.