An interesting newsreel from the 1958 AutoRAI in Amsterdam. I don't speak Dutch, but it's easy to follow from the video. Features include: Zundapp Janus, Vespa 400, DKW, DAF (including a description of the belt transmission). And what 1958 auto show would be complete without the Edsel?
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thought I'd give an update on the Morris Minor progress. It's coming alive. We actually drove it under it's own power. The frame worked out great. It steers fine. The engine runs fine but the transmission is grinding. It seems like it doesn't fully engage in all gears and pops out under load and holding it in makes it grind. I have a feeling I'm going to learn a lot about these transmissions soon.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
This tag actually helps me out. This car never gets the impatient honks that other Trabis get tooling up those long hills. You know the hills that sap your "ramming speed". I really think the tag boggles peoples minds long enough that they ask themselves, "Does that car really have only 26hp?", "Man, no wonder!" and before you know it, I'm at cruising speed again. In fact, this car gets the HP question at filling stations and I admit that it's actually an earlier model that only has 23hp. Of course, that was when it was new. Oh, and being pink messes with their heads too. We call it our "Neapolitan (ice cream) Trabi", having chocolate, vanilla and strawberry colors. I guess you have to be self confident to drive little cars in general. They don't exactly convey the macho image a souped up Camaro projects. The funning thing is, these cars are the REAL chick magnets. But, that can be our secret.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Gas station visits are especially interesting in a Trabant. More often than not, I'm approached by someone either ex-military with great stories or a former East German who tells me their first car was a Trabant or their parents still have one in the garage back home. There is sometimes some embarrassment on their part to admit it though which of course I don't share. After all, I drive one in the US. Which, by the way, used to get a lot more snickers than today with gas prices the way they are. As with any mini car, one of the first questions asked by people is, '"How much mileage does it get?" But Trabis really get ...Smiles per gallon.
On May 24th, the fairgrounds will again become a car guy’s dream come true: 400 classic Japanese cars will be on display - you’ll see Toyota Corollas, Coronas, Datsun 510s, Roadsters, rotary Mazdas, flat-four Subarus, and 2-cylinder Hondas alongside twin-turbo NSXs. They’ll all be there. And a few surprises, too.
New for 2008, a “J Style Swap Meet” – a place to buy and sell aftermarket parts, automotive accessories, rare Japanese old-school wheels, your collection of old Tamiya kits – whatever you have around the house that needs a new home!
And don't forget the Drift Competition, where Northern California’s best drifters compete to be the MJS 2008 Drift Champion. Add some good beats, some good food, and a rally demonstration put on by WORKS – not a bad way to spend a Saturday with the family.
This is Northern California’s most talked about and most anticipated car show of the year – don’t miss it!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The event draws automobiles, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country and has become one of the most anticipated automobile events in the United States. This year’s theme “Grand American Classics” features American classic era cars of all makes and a special display of historic Indy Cars. Janet Guthrie, first woman to race in the Indy 500, will be honored as Grand Marshal, and is to be reunited with her 1976 “Lightning” Indy Car.
Event highlights include:
- Over 200 rare automobiles ranging from brass era antiques to modern exotics and racecars.
- A special display of Indy Cars featuring the first-ever Indy Winner from 1911.
- The ex-Elvis Presley 1929 Duesenberg along with the 1965 289 Cobra from his movie “Viva Las Vegas”
- Numerous rare automobiles including a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Boat-tail, TV’s Batmobile, President Herbert Hoover’s 1931 Hudson Phaeton, and a fantastic display of unique Micro Cars
Additionally, the event will feature an automobile-themed art show displaying the works of several national automotive artists, and a fashion show presented by Cincinnati Magazine, with fashion expert Bette Sherman highlighting Classic Fashion from 1920 – 1950. The June 8 Concours d’ Elegance will be accompanied by a Gala fundraising event on Friday, June 6 at Greenacres Arts Center in Indian Hill, and a Countryside Tour and Garage Party on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
To find out more about the 2008 Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance events, call 513-321-1951 or visit http://www.ohioconcours.com/. Tickets to the June 8 event can be purchased for $ 20 in advance or $ 25 day of show; children are free.
The 2008 Concours d’ Elegance Grand Gala is sponsored by Gillette Body Wash, Coppertree Ltd., Mercedes- Benz of Cincinnati, and James Free Jewelers.
Presenting Sponsors of the Concours d’Elegance weekend include TOYOTA, Beechmont Automotive Group, Carl H. Lindner, Jr., and Cincinnati Magazine.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Recently, I bought a rusty 1960 Morris 1000. Now I've worked in body shops and have fixed some stuff but this was something I would have normally passed over. The difference this time was that it included the replacement parts to fix what I was told was typical rust, so I bit.
Now, this wasn't just rust, this was Frame Rust! Take a look at the photo and you'll see it isn't for the faint at heart. My courage came from knowing that I'd part the car if it got out of hand. I have a Riley One Point Five that needs the rear, a Bugeye that needed a transmission and an A35 the engine would find a home in. ( I've found a Bugeye trans at Import Carlisle since then). But, all that became unnecessary and it was actually fun cutting out the frame and fitting the new parts. The Morris restoration manual was also a source of courage and now I feel confident welding Morris frames. The seller told me he spent the extra couple bucks for the NOS panels so I can't vouch for the cheaper stuff but the fit was perfect. (unlike repop fenders etc.)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Micro North 2008 is almost upon us. If you feel like the folks down south are having all the fun, that's because you haven't made it up to Coldwater, Ontario, Canada -- the site of Micro North 2008.
And where else can you find a show with no registration fees, no judging, and free camping. It's a bring what you got and come as you are meet.
Hosted by Ralph Hough, details on the meet can be found at Micro North 2008.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Fiat has revealed that it will use the Zastava plant to produce the upcoming Topolino microcar. The vehicle will be based on the same platform as the 500 and Panda, but even smaller and positioned below either model, and share the same name as the concept car that previewed the new 500 and originally used on the 1936 runabout pictured above. According to reports, the new Topolino will be a compact two-seater measuring just 3150mm (124 inches) in length, slightly longer than the Smart ForTwo at 2692mm (106 inches). A four-seater version is expected to follow, in addition to an upscale version for the Lancia division.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
So its probably not surprising that Crosley cars were among the most popular "Mobile Units," taking reporters to events, and generally publicizing the station.
This 1948 Crosley Station Wagon was probably the first mobile unit for WROD, a station broadcasting out ot Daytona Beach, Florida. the station went on-air in November, 1947, with 1,000 watts, and broadcasting a MOR ("Middle of the Road") format.
And Daniel Strohl (Hemmings Motor News) found another Crosley Mobile Unit at Hershey back in 2006. His find was another 1948 Crosley Wagon, this one with WTAO lettered on the front and sides. (WTAO went on-air in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1948.
If you see any others, let us know.
(Adapted from MINUTIA, Volume 16, Number 4)
Friday, May 9, 2008
The project was created because of new Californian regulations (soon to be copied by 12 other US states) which require big car makers to sell between a few hundred and a few thousand ZEVs every year from 2012.
However, global sales of the new model are also likely, because BMW has decided that the concept will be ideal for sale in cities all around the world. Indeed, many European cities have already established low-emissions zones.
BMW chief Norbert Reithofer recently said the company “would be obliged to sell a Zero Emissions Vehicle under the US regulations and that a battery car was “the most likely answer”.
Reithofer also said that BMW could have built just a few hundred cars to meet the US regulations but admitted that the company was also wondering if it could use the basic concept “not just for an electric car but also for a range of city cars”. These cars would use petrol and diesel motors, and could even feature BMW motorcycle engines.
The Californian regulations state that ZEVs can either be a fuel cell or battery-powered vehicle with a range of over 200 miles, or an Advanced Technology, Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) powered by a hybrid powertrain, by compressed natural gas (CNG) or by a methanol fuel cell.
BMW has yet to decide what badge the new Isetta will wear. “It could be BMW, Mini or another name,” Reithofer said. He also said that “co-operation [with another car maker] is possible” but stated that BMW would decide by the end of 2008 “whether to go it alone”.
Because the volumes are relatively low and the potential investment is high, sources in Germany say that BMW could also team up with Mercedes’ Smart division to work on a new vehicle.
BMW is said to be looking seriously at basing the new Isetta on a small zero-emissions concept developed by Austrian engineering powerhouse Magna Steyr. Magna already builds the BMW X3 and will build the Aston Martin Rapide.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This project, which will shortly be submitted for approval, is in line with the Bénéteau Group’s strategy to invest in and develop its two core businesses: boats and leisure accommodation.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
We're not completely convinced of the authenticity of this match-up, but it's certainly entertaining.
The G-WIZ micro electric cars are a common site in the city of London. Apparently there are 200 charging stations around the city. Two of these little cars fit in a single paking space. Although Jeremy of Top Gear doesn't have good things to say about the car's features and performance, they look like a good choice to zip around in the city.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
The addition of the class will allow mini and microcars to park together on the field (hopefully we'll be able to stake out a shady spot).
Also, trophies will be awarded to entries in the class -- so Berkeleys won't be competing with Jaguars, and King Midgets won't be in a class with Mustangs.
2008 is the 35th anniversary of this popular Car Show. As always, the show takes place on the first Sunday after Labor Day (September 7th, 2008) in Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, New York. If you are interested, post a comment to this listing, or send an email to: ed.minutia(at)gmail.com
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Fiat's Chief Technology Officer Harald J. Wester said in a recent interview that both cars will fill gaps in the automaker's lineup, the first being a B-segment car to slot between the Panda and larger Grande Punto. Tentatively called the Uno (revitalizing a name from Fiat's past), the car will be a low-cost vehicle targeted at developing markets such as China, South America, and India, and serve as a replacement for Fiat's current world car, the Palio. It will also be offered as a small wagon.