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Sending a Christmascard in 1910

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It is time to send a photograph to the family for Christmas. As you can imagine, nowadays taking a photograph is much easier than back in 1910. The photograph above was taken in Chicago.

If you would take a selfie in front of the Willis Tower today, the photograph would look quite different from the one back in 1910. Prior you had to go to a photo studio where they had a car on display on which you could take place with your lovely wife or husband. Then there would be someone who would 'shoot' the photograph. After this it would take a while before you finally could send it to the family. But be honest, 107 years later we are still looking at the photo. So, everything was worth it.

Let's talk about the car. What car would it be? A Cadillac?
Monday, 18 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Cross Country Pakistan adventure in a 1922 Amilcar

A Cross Country Pakistan adventure in a 1922 Amilcar
A 1922 Amilcar is not what you see that often when one drives in Pakistan. But last month, there was one driving from Khyber to Karachi in the K2K Cross Country Rally. Shahzeb Ul Haq Malik is the proud owner and driver of this Amilcar C4 and reports from the event:

"Michni Post towards Landi Kotal is located in Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan and the Afghan border called Torkham. It is certainly not an area where a 1922 Amilcar C4 would have been driven even back in the golden days. Well, history was written as my Amilcar made its debut rally run starting from Bala Hisar Forte in Peshawar on the morning of 24th of November 2017. Passing the famous Bab-e-Khyber (Khyber Gate) towards Khyber Pass and eventually climbing up the mountains to historic Michni post of Khyber Rifles.
The lunch was hosted in an Army officers mess after the traditional Khattak dance with swords by many men dressed in traditional dress Shalwar Qamez. The Amilcar reached back to Peshawar before sunset with the other post-war classic cars; around 40 in total. However, the oldest and only pre-war car being the Amilcar followed by a much modern 1955 Chevrolet bel air than a 1960 Austin Healey 3000, 1969 MGB-GT, Ford Mustangs, 1960s Rolls Royce, BMW 2002 etc. 

Everyone was surprised to see this cyclecar pace around with the post-war classics and by the day end, it was able to win true love from every participant.
The following day there was a car show in Peshawar and headlines were made after which the drive to Islamabad began on the Motorway M-1. Modern vehicles drive here at 120 KM and Amilcar was not far behind with the average of 70 KM carrying three passengers and reaching without any major glitch. Other than fixing a couple of loose electric connections and cleaning the magneto point at one time. This feat of about 370 KM in total in two days astonished everyone including myself, as I dared for the adventure without being able to run for more than 50 km on this particular car since I acquired it and completed the preservation process.
The following stage of the rally was from Islamabad- Lahore - Bahalwalpur - Gambat and finally reaching Karachi where the rally ended. The Amilcar was partly driven and partly carried for the remaining journey. As a couple of days in the rally were lost due to strikes resulting in longer distances/day requiring more speeds to cover the segments. Amilcar successfully completed the last leg of the rally on its wheels on the evening of 1st December.
The following day I drove it to the landmarks of Mizar-e-Qaid (grave of the founder of Pakistan) and Clifton Sea View in Karachi, the day was filled with appreciation for Amilcar as it stood next to the 1912 Fire Tender 'Dennis' with the historical Ferrer Hall which has its roof painted by the famous Pakistani Painter Sadequain.

All this was after a very uncertain start, as I had 3 blisters on my hand from cranking the car just a night before the rally; as the car wouldn’t start.
I could only troubleshoot the actual problem a few minutes before the start of the rally. as I was blaming either the spark plugs or the carburettor for backfiring and missing. But in actual it was a faulty point in my magneto + coil setup that I cleaned as the last thing to try.
Literally, I was the last one to leave the rally start point while the venue looked like a ghost town as everyone moved out, I had to chase others after few min but after that, it was a drastically different and more positive story as you read above and just glory right to the finish line."

Words and photos by Shahzeb Ul Haq Malik

Sunday, 17 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What is it? Quiz #460

What is it? Quiz #460
Last pre-war quiz was a bit of a post-war. Still, a lot of good answers also this time. But for this week, we will go back to a real pre-war, back to the early days of the automobiles. Do you know what it is? Let us give you a clue; the car we have in this week's quiz is built in an European country and doesn't built cars any more. Well, that is all we are going to tell you about it. The rest is up to you. Send us your answers in no more than 100 words before Monday.
Good luck!

Saturday, 16 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A fashionable Auburn 8-120 driven with a fashionable coat


Todays Friday Lady is proudly posing with her new Auburn 8-120. You can see her posing in front of the showroom with a “Duesenberg 8” advertise. But inverted, you can also spot the big “AUBURN” letters through the glass. I missed the CORD letters, but as the first Cord, the L-29, appeared during the year the photo was made, it´s just logical, that you don´t see them. The lady must be really happy, as the 1929 Auburn was (and is) a masterpiece of design, even if it´s not a spectacular boattailed Speedster, but a “normal” two-door convertible. And with its straight eight engine, producing 120 HP (yes, that´s the origin of the name 8-120), it also was a fast car. Auburn belonged to the Cord Company in those days, a big holding company, directed by E.L. Cord. We all know, that Cord owned Duesenberg, Auburn and later built cars, carrying his own name at the Auburn factory, but there were some more companies in this holding. And “some” means about 150 in this case. Further automotive companies in this holding were for example Lycoming, Lexington, Checker or Ansted. Shortly after taking control over the Auburn factory, Cord insisted on an eight cylinder car and so, in 1925, the type 8-63 was launched. It was powered by a side-valve Lycoming engine. After yearly upgrades, the power of the Auburn “8” increased to the 120 HP of our lady´s car. After the great depression, sales decreased from 34.000 cars in 1931 down to 5000 cars in 1933, but even though, Auburn launched the fantastic and astonishingly cheap 12 cylinder car, followed by a new, often supercharged 8 cylinder. This final series contains the best known Auburn, the 851 Speedster.

But back to our lady. Why did she buy this fast car? I think, she wants to catch the Morgan Threewheeler pilot, who ruined her new coat. But even if her Auburn has triple of power, it will need many straight and non-twisting roads, to outrun the light and agile little rascal! But on American roads, I believe, she may have used her chance!?

Words and picture: Hubertus Hansmann


Friday, 15 December 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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