August 2019

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  • Triumph Tiger

    Theo, "Somebody Else" and an old man Triumph Tiger

    Keymate Ernie and I were satisfied at Project 13C and opened a swing-top bottle of Grolsch when Theo and someone else entered the yard. Someone else had a problem, Theo explained: “He stepped out again, bought it there - a gesture of thumb to the bike that, until recently, won all the comparison tests in the world - and […] Sea

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    Alfa Romeo Dauphine, just like a Renault

    Text and photography: Martin Philippo When the Second World War ends, the French Renault and the Italian Alfa Romeo become state-owned companies. Both are instructed to make cars for the people. At Renault this works more than excellently, Alfa Romeo is struggling with the competition from that Italian giant: Fiat. That brand has the local […] Sea

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    A day at Concours d'Élégance at Soestdijk Palace

    On August 24 and 25, the ancient Concours d'Elégance experienced its baptism of fire at Soestdijk Palace. At the invitation of Peugeot Netherlands I walk around there. And I greet Dutch etiquette, which concludes in itself a curious mix of automotive beauty, etiquette and sometimes dormant indecency. Fun, refreshing, that's what it is at Soestdijk. An excellent […] Sea

  • Lilac

    Lilac. From Marusho. They were flops

    Make and type can be very decisive for the 'value' of a classic. Either financially or emotionally. Rarity is also such a value-determining component. And so the sales flops of then can now be very sought after. Sometimes because they are now better than ever. (The poorly famous Yamaha TX750 'foam beater' lost after some modifications its frayed edges and […] Sea

  • Renault Rodeo

    Renault Rodeo. Much cheaper than one Citroën Mehari

    Beautiful Meharis have become unbelievably expensive for the ABS pastries that they are. And that is partly the fault of winemaker Ilja Gort. Such a Mehari is no more than a 2 CV platform with a Tupperware pinafore. And that very neat copies are offered for € 5 less than € 20.000? Well: ordinary 2 CVs […] Sea

  • Import

    Import from a classic: do it or have it done?

    The Internet has made the world much smaller. If it turns out that your dream classic is (much) cheaper in another country than here? Then importing is a good option. Do not buy and import blindly on a few photos In countries such as the USA and Brazil, restoration standards are sometimes terrifyingly different than here. Import within the EU A […] Sea

  • Classics

    Classics, partners, travel. And the dog

    With a classic you are welcome everywhere. The presence of a partner is usually not a problem either. But then there is that third wheel on the cart, the dog. All perfect components for a perfect life. But sometimes the components don't mix that easily. A trip in a classic is for most […] Sea

  • Oldtimer and Classicbeurs Leek

    Oldtimer and Classicbeurs Leek: 11, 12 and 13 October.

    On 11, 12 and 13 October 2019, the Sports Center in Leek will open its gates again for numerous classic car enthusiasts. Then Anton Rosema and his people organize the 24th edition of the Oldtimer and Classicbeurs Leek. The always atmospheric and, moreover, excellently organized event again offers every reason to visit this year […] Sea

  • Malanca

    Malanca motorcycles

    Malanca (1956-1986). For quite a few people that is a name that makes them look a bit thoughtful. In connection with the construction years of the thinkers, we are then in the corner of the once so famous Italian sports mopeds that made all German and Dutch mopeds look so incredibly rude. They looked unbelievably fast […] Sea

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    About the Volkswagen Beetle, Land Rover Series III and more information about various classics

    Worth knowing Do you know why a Volkswagen Beetle from 1970 up to and including its European end in 1979 received the type designation 1302/1303? The solution is simple. Simca already had the type designation 1301 in use… The Land Rover Series III remained virtually unchanged for 1971 years from 13 onwards. Until the type was replaced in 1984 by the 90/110 […] Sea

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    'Soften' old rubber

    Handy tip from a reader. The best way to make hardened rubber of, for example, windows soft and usable again: put them in an (old) pillowcase, then in the washing machine, add an overdose of fabric softener and wash at 50 degrees. This makes this rubber not only clean, but also supple again! Do ask permission from 'the […] Sea

  • North France

    Northern France revisited

    Northern France has been a favorite holiday destination for a number of years. With a distance of about 400 kilometers, it is perfectly within the day's travel distance of most classics. And you can also make nice parts of the ride 'inside'. On the way to the south Northern France is the piece of land where every holidaymaker with the […] Sea

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