“Watch the Cars Go By” – A Jazz Poem by Eric Larrabee

1939 Packard Super 8 night drive

“Watch the Cars Go By” American critic Eric Larrabee wrote about cars as the principal symbol of the American dream and of the American tragedy. Read this quoted text out loud, to the tune of a downbeat jazz solo, using either a trumpet or a saxophone.     “Stand at night, on a corner in [...]

Highlights of the 2014 CARnivale Vintage and Classic Car Display, Australia Day, Sydney

1908 Renault AX roadster1

2014 Highlights of the CARnivale, Australia Day, Sydney Inclement weather may have dampened some automotive spirits sufficiently to stay away. There were slightly fewer cars on display but the day was fine and mostly dry, though overcast. 1908 Renault AX Roadster A 1908 Renault AX roadster was new to the event, though made up for [...]

Caring for Your Vintage Motor Car

The Care of a Motor Car pic

The Care of a Motor Car By Wade Kaempffert, auto editor, McClure’s Magazine Caring for Your Vintage Motor Car – Timely, Modern Advice from 1916 It’s amazing how relevant this advice from almost a century ago still is. Today’s cars require much less attention than in these early days, but the principles still hold true. [...]

Evolution of the Vintage Car Engine

1912 Peugeot Ad

Evolution of the Auto Engine – Useful Advances We Take for Granted by Igor Spajic VCH Correspondent   When we drive today’s cars with their computer-controlled, fuel-injected, alloy-built engines, it’s hard to appreciate just how far the art and science of the automobile engine has come. In some basics, of course, it is locked into [...]

Vintage Cars at 2013 All British Display Day – 1909 Daimler 38hp Tourer

1909 Daimler 38hp tourer radiator

Highlights of the 2013 All British Day, King’s School, Australia 1909 Daimler 38hp touring car Daimler was issuing a range of different models in these years, in various sizes, power outputs and price ranges. 1909 was the first year of the Daimler company’s long term romance with the Knight sleeve-valve engine. Daimler engineers were impressed [...]

Highlights of the CARnivale Festival, Sydney 2013 – 1910 Talbot 6AS Roadster

1910 Talbot 6AS roadster, Carnivale 2013

Highlights of the CARnivale Festival, Sydney 2013 – 1910 Talbot 6AS Roadster Here’s a second look at this car of sporty character hailing from the Talbot works in Old Blighty, England. The annual Motorfest held in Sydney, Australia on the Australia Day public holiday (January 26) is always a popular and interesting compilation of collectible [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Winton Six

1919 Winton Six 48 Limousine

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – WINTON Six Another also-ran by 1920 was Winton. Again, a pioneer of the auto trade in America, Alexander Winton’s imperfect product led to the Packard brothers building their own car in 1899 [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Stevens-Duryea Model E

1921 Stevens-Duryea touring

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – STEVENS-DURYEA Model E This company was founded upon the Stevens Arms and Tools Company and the engineering of J. Frank Duryea, one of the Duryea brothers who had built and run the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Singer Series 20

1917 Singer cape top tourer

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic SINGER SERIES 20 1920 was effectively the last year that Singer was offered. Built in New York and certainly marketed there, the Singer would have been a convenient buy for Gatsby, had he wanted something a little different. With its [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Hispano-Suiza H6

1923 Hispano-Suiza Ad1

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic HISPANO-SUIZA H6 Perhaps the most successful vintage luxury car to come out of Europe, the Hispano-Suiza H6 was the result of extensive experience building aero engines for France and her World War I allies. Hispano-Suiza could have been expected to [...]