Thursday, October 31, 2013

Celebration of the Motorcar 17th November 2013

A marvelous event for all car enthusiasts.

Official Program

Photos from the event - &

Photos from last year -

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Audi F103

In 1962 DKW released their new model, the F102. After the disappointments of the F11 and F12, the F102 was a welcome return to form. A large contemporary styled family sedan, the car was quite a step away from DKW's small car heritage. It was powered by a new 1176cc, 60 horsepower, three-cylinder, two-stroke motor. DKW sales, which had been declining for several years, began to pick up.

The release of the F102 coincided with significant changes at Auto-Union. In 1964 Mercedes-Benz, which had an 87% share in the company, sold its shareholding to Volkswagen. Mercedes-Benz had largely been a 'hands off' shareholder, rarely interfering with Auto-Union except to divest the company of DKWs loss making motorcycle arm to Zweirad Union. Volkswagen however was keen to make changes at Auto-Union.

Plans were already well underway on the F102's successor, including trials of a new 1300cc two-stroke engine. Two-stroke auto engines offered a number of natural advantages. Being simple in design with few moving parts, they were cheap to build and easy to maintain, required little maintenance, delivered high power for their size and had low fuel consumption. However, these advantages were progressively eroded as the displacement of the engines increased.  The F102's 1176cc engine had skated along the limits of two-stoke efficiency. The 1300cc engine however did not. To deliver the anticipated horsepower increase, combustive efficiency was compromised. This could be compensated for with fuel injection, but that increased fuel consumption. The natural limits of the two-stroke had been reached.

Volkswagen were not prepared to invest in further two-stroke research so they replaced DKW's two-stroke with a Mercedes-Benz 1700cc four cylinder four-stroke engine. Subtle changes were also made in the styling, such as introducing rectangular headlights.

Although the car was basically a DKW with a four-stroke engine, Volkswagen opted to make a complete break with the past. The DKW name was dropped and the Audi brand, which had not manufactured a car since 1938 was resurrected. The brochure below introducing the new car, skips over DKW's post-war years entirely, never mentioning DKW even once and presents the new Audi F103 fully formed, devoid of its true origins ....

This article has been translated into Portuguese and republished on a Brazilian DKW website

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SIVA Special Interest Vehicle Association

So you're interested in unusual cars and are looking to meet like-minded people? Then the Special Interest Vehicle Association Inc of Western Australia is the place for you!

SIVA is a small motoring enthusiast club who's members are interested in - or own - a wide range of unusual cars, scooters and motorbikes. No matter what you're interested in, you'll probably find someone within the club that owns or has owned one and will be happy to help.

Our members own a wide variety of marques, some quite rare, others more familiar.  There is a passionate French contingent with vintage Renaults, Peugeots and Citroens; eine grosse sammlung of Teutonic machinery from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Auto Union stablemates NSU and DKW, Heinkel, BMW-Isetta, Goggomobil, Hansa, Borgward, and Messerschmitt; a smattering of stylish Italian Fiats; and a brace of British oddballs, like the Berkley, Bond and even a Lotus. It's not all European cars either as the abundance of early Hondas, Toyotas and Mazdas amongst the collection will attest. There are even Aussie classics like the Leyland P76!!

For a very low membership fee you'll receive a monthly newsletter packed full of information; be invited to a wide range of motoring events; have the opportunity to visit other members garages and places of interest; as well as enjoy the company of other keen motoring enthusiasts. SIVA is also a recognized motoring club able to inspect and concessionally license vehicles for members.  

You don't have to own a car to participate.  Why not drop us a line at

Vauxhall Club of WA show & shine 2013

This is the Premier event for the Vauxhall Owners Club of Australia, WA Branch and all members are encouraged to attend with their Vauxhall or Bedford, including unfinished restoration projects.

My parents owned a Vauxhall Velox before I was born and I've always had a soft spot for these cars.

1947 Vauxhall with body by Holden

Holden badge

Vauxhall Wyvern

Vauxhall Velox soft-top

Vauxhall Velox

1935 Vauxhall

Vauxhall Wyvern

Look familiar?  This late model Vauxhall Viva is basically a rebadged Holden Torana.

Another rebadged Holden Torana with slightly different headlight layout. As a cost saving measure General Motors cross sold the same car designs amongst its subsidiaries. Then as now the English Vauxhall, German Opel and Australian Holden companies were all selling the same car.

A novel Bedford Dormobile.  Dormobile customised a variety of different car types into mini-campervans. This is one of only two known in Western Australia.

It still has all its original fittings. Excellent!