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February 8th 2014

Can You Name That Car?

This is a 1947 Lea-Francis 14. Alan Brand, shortly followed by Robert Carlile, and Steve Favill. Gary Kiernan thought, at first, it was a Pre war Lea-Francis.

Lea-Francis, formed in 1895 by Richard Henry Lea and Graham Inglesby Francis, started building cars and motorcycles in 1903. In a partnership/association with Vulcan, Vulcan supplied bodies to Lea-Francis and Lea-Francis supplied drive train components to Vulcan. This partnership lasted to 1928. This collaboration brought about the Lea-Francis 14/40 and 16/60, and their badged Vulcans. The Lea-Francis Hyper and Ace of Spades brought Lea-Francis to the forefront in trials competitions.

In 1937 Lea-Francis re-structured under George Leek and R.H.Rose. Rose, formerly of Riley, designed the Lea-Francis 12 and 14, which was built until war production took over in 1939. Automotive production resumed again in 1946. Pre-war designs were initially used and improved on from this time until production ceased in 1954.

Subsequent revivals of the Lea-Francis name were attempted under new owners, but these new cars never took off.

Simon Cars

All three pictures are of the same car, which has been recently offered for sale by Crabtree Classics

Crabtree Classics

Now to our new guess that car! This is Alan Brand's choice for this week. I don't think many came to Canada, but I'll take a look.

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Our Mystery Car

E-mail me your answers to bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com

Cheers!

DW


Winter Fun!

While we in Canada are constantly digging out of never ending snow, in Italy they are playing in it.

The Winter Marathon Rally 2014 was recently held at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites of Italy. One hundred and thirty historic car teams challenged this year’s trials in difficult combination of cold weather, snowy conditions and lots of curves. Sounds like driving in Dufferin County this winter.

Pierpaolo Romano

Pierpaolo Romano

No.80, Trombin M. - Cardani C., 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk I BT7

Pierpaolo Romano

No.87, Benedini A. - Zanetti C., 1963 Innocenti 950 Spider
(AKA Innocenti Sprite)

Pierpaolo Romano

No.56, Assmus A. - Assmus E., 1968 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk II


More Winter Fun!

Meanwhile Back in England. Brooklands Museum, to be more precise the Vintage Sports-Car Club held their New Year Driving Tests. It does not look like there was much snow but there was a chill in the air. How come they get the good weather from the Gulf Stream, while we get snow and rain?

Phil Jones, VSCC

Phil Jones, VSCC

Phil Jones, VSCC

Phil Jones, VSCC


Rare Car Needs Parts!

Victor Rostow

This landed in my inbox:

The gearbox on my Austin A70 Hampshire (probably) is irreparable. Two attempts to rebuilt it have resulted in a problematic box, with gears that grind against each other when the shaft turns. I therefore am looking for a Hampshire gearbox from a deceased A70 or (possibly) A90.

My Hampshire is a Canadian car, having first been sold by Deeley Motors of Vancouver, BC in 1950, and having spent the next six decades in Victoria, BC. It is LHD and has a 4-speed column shift (4 forward, 1 reverse). I have kept the 1950 BC license plate and have found a BC Red-Ensign grill badge. The key-fob is from the CAA and I have another BC-CAA badge for the rear bumper. In short, while the car is housed in the US, I have maintained and emphasized its Canadian character. All I need is a Canadian gearbox to get back on the road.

Thanks,
Victor Rostow
Alexandria, Virginia USA
1950 Austin A70 Hampshire Saloon
1958 Morris Minor 1000 2-Door Saloon
vadr45@aol.com


There has been some discussion on our Facebook page about some of the differences between LHD and RHD drive column shift transmissions, so far in the last couple of days nothing definitive has come to light. If you can help out Victor, his contact info is just above. If you could contact me (bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com), I'd like to know how this comes out.

These pictures came from Victor's submission to Hemmings: http://www.hemmings.com/hsx/stories/2012/08/01/hmn_feature13.html

Victor Rostow

Victor Rostow


February 4, 2014

For Immediate Release:

GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed will showcase its upcoming event at the Annual

Canadian Motorsport Expo, Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News, taking place February 7 to 9 at the International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The GLORY DAYS Event will be presented in the spirit and style of the world famous phenomenon - The Goodwood Festival of Speed which was first launched in 1995 and has become so popular that it is now the world’s largest automotive event with over 180,000 attending in 2013.

Planned activities include:

  • The return of "Hillclimbing" made popular at Mosport in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s for cars and bikes of all years from vintage to modern, racers and street machines

  • Hillclimb Classifications will include: Featured Drivers/Riders and their Cars & Bikes, Vintage Cars (up to ’62), Historic Cars (’63 to ’72), Classic Cars (’73 to ’89), Modern Cars (’90 to current day) and Motorcycles.

  • "Thunder Road" full-course lapping of the world famous racing circuit

  • GLORY DAYS Car & Bike Auction - the place to buy or sell interesting machines

  • "A Soap Box Derby" will capture the imagination and hearts of kids of all ages and you can learn how to be a part of it, whether builders, drivers or spectators.

  • "Dreamscape Car & Bike Shows & Parades" - open to classics of all ages

  • Car Club "Corrals" will highlight the treasures of club members

  • Children’s Amusement Centre will provide a fun time for youngsters

  • "Rolling Road Show" featuring Car & Bike Manufacturers/Dealers & Test Drives

  • A Vendors Market offering everything from books to bagels and t-shirts to tool boxes

We invite car and motorcycle enthusiasts to come out to the show, visit our booth # 1801 and enter a draw for FREE GLORY DAYS PASSES!

GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed

As a special treat, we will have Bill Brack’s two-time Formula Atlantic Championship Lotus 59/69 on display and available for photographs and some autograph’s with Bill himself.

You don’t want to miss it!

GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed is unique in North America and it holds something both pleasing and thrilling for every motoring, riding and racing enthusiast.

Be captured, be thrilled, BE THERE!

For more information and regular updates, please log on to the website: www.glorydayscelebrationofspeed.com or call Bob DeShane at 705-878-5422


South Pacific Seat Count

14 Seats Sold, 20 available

Sunday June 8th at the Huron Country Playhouse
Grand Bend ON
Contact Tony Hughes at xj-sv121989@rogers.com

Check out:
Peter Barker (imagetaker) Flickr Stream
Lea-Francis Owner's Club
Wikipedia Lea-Francis 14 article
Lea-Francis Hyper
Lea-Francis Ace of Spades
Lea-Francis 12 and 14
Simon Cars
Crabtree Classics Sales Site
Winter Marathon Rally
Photographer Pierpaolo Romano
Vintage Sports-Car Club
VSCC New Year Driving Tests
Victor Rostow's Austin in Hemmings
Glory Days Celebration of Speed
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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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