Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – National Sextet, Series BB

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What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic NATIONAL SEXTET Series BB Had Gatsby moved quickly to buy a fine car in 1919, he could have bought the last year’s worth of the excellent Highway Twelve, perhaps the sportiest V12-engined car then made by an American automaker. National [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Crane-Simplex Model 5

1919 Crane-Simplex Model 5 Limousine. High prices and engineering frozen in time.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic CRANE-SIMPLEX Model 5 A maker of some of the largest six-cylinder engines in any production car, (563.8 cid) the Simplex was an outgrowth of Mercedes copies in the 1900s. With its L-head arrangement and 110 bhp outputs, a marriage with [...]

2013 Tasmanian 3-Day Vintage and Veteran Car Rally

With its restorer and proud new owners - 1907 Darracq runabout. Photo by Roger Grubert.

2013 Tasmania 3-Day Vintage and Veteran Car Rally Hello you lot, Just came back from a three day old car rally held by the Northwest section of our old club here in Tasmania [Vintage and Veteran Car Club of Tasmania]. We motored to Waratah (an old mining town, one of the stopping points on our tour). This [...]

1912 Maxwell 2-cylinder Runabout – Crossing a Continent

1912 Maxwell 2-cyl 2.1 Litre runabout

1912 Maxwell 2-cylinder 2.1 Litre runabout: The Little Car that Could (Cross a Continent) In the 100th Anniversary Run of the  First East-West Crossing of Australia by Car This modest but useful Maxwell runabout is emblematic of the kind of light, well-made cars that cemented Maxwell’s early reputation. It became part of the United States [...]

Behind the Spitzkuhler – 1916 Benz DS2 Tourer

1916 Benz DS2 tourer

Behind the Spitzkuhler – 1916 Benz DS2 Tourer Highlights of the 2012 Motorfest, Sydney Hard to ignore in a maroon and black colour scheme and equal parts imposing and sleek is this 1916 Benz DS2 touring car from the German factory whose founder, Karl Benz, lays equal claim with Gottleib Daimler as the father of [...]

1915 Overland – 40 Years Before TorqueFlite

1915 Overland tourer. CMC Day 2012

1915 Overland – 40 Years Before TorqueFlite 2012 Combined Motor Clubs Day, Eastern Creek Just add the door curtain ‘windows’ and you’ll have a (reasonably) snug 1915 Overland touring car. CMC Day 2012 This 1915 Overland tourer has – or more correctly had – the Cutler-Hammer electromagnetic gearchange. Marketed initially as the Vulcan Electric Gear [...]

The Maroon Phantom and the Green Ghost – All British Day 2012 Part 3

1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Silver Ghost Collapsing Three-Quarter Landaulet10_All British Day 2012

The Maroon Phantom and the Green Ghost – All British Day 2012 Part 3 Continuing our coverage of the 2012 All British Day display at the King’s School, Sydney. A maroon and black 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II dual windshield tourer posed for my camera in all its fleet appearance. This was seen last year and [...]

2012 All British Day Part 2 – The Curvaceous Bentley and the Purple Daimler

1938 Bentley 4.25 Litre tourer _All British Day 2012

2012 All British Day Part 2 – The Curvaceous Bentley and the Purple Daimler The 2012 All British Day has produced a bumper crop of motor cars (that’s English for ‘automobiles’) to look at and admire. Here’s a few more that stood out. A unique car is this 1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre. The special [...]

Le Canard Irrité: Two Horns; Two Cylinders and One 1908 Renault AX Roadster

1908 Renault AX roadster 2012 MAD Display, Mittagong

Le Canard Irrité : Two Horns; Two Cylinders and One 1908 Renault AX Roadster Motorists’ Appreciation Day, May 2012 – Mittagong, N.S.W. M.A.D. (Motorists’ Appreciation Day) is a multi-car-club series of events designed to encourage the use and display of classic and historic cars on public roads and in public places. This year, I visited [...]

So What’s a Horsepower Anyway?

1907 Napier Type 37 60hp collapsible landaulet

So What’s a Horsepower Anyway? We talk about it. We write about it. We make claims about it for fun and profit. We argue about it over a beer. Laboratories measure it. Modifiers coax more of it. Eco-fascists hate it. Car nuts worship it. It’s horsepower; the power output of our car engines, or indeed [...]