Wednesday, August 20, 2014

German Car Day 2014

Saturday 20th September 2014 was a glorious, sunny day but the Bureau of Meteorology forecast 90% chance of thunderstorms and rain for Sunday.  Such a dramatic change in the weather didn't really seem possible.

About 70 cars showed up at the start in East Perth. Most were modern of course as German Car Day is more of a modern car event.  There were a couple of nice old Mercedes-Benz 220s thought including a very nice two door coupe.

The DKW stood out a little amongst the moderns.

NSU's revolutionary (revolutionary! Get it?) rotary engined Ro80.

Setting off time.  At this point the sky was still blue and it seemed like it was going to be a good day for a car show.

But....  as the cars set off the first drizzle of rain began to fall...

The Bureau of Meteorology updated their forecast to 100% chance of thunderstorms and issued a road weather alert.  Things were getting serious.

Halfway to the rendezvous in Rockingham I pulled over at a gas station to check my tyre pressure.  It felt like the left wheel was a little unbalanced.  Three vintage cars and about 30 motorcyclists were sheltering at the station.  It was not turning out to be such a great day.

The SIVA contingent at Rockingham Park.  The weather was truly atrocious by this point but still about 100 cars attended. The rain however never let up and people began to drift away very quickly.  Still, it was great people made the effort to attend as all the money goes to charity.

Lloyd, DKW and NSU (photographed from the tent)

Time to put the Lloyd away

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Forney Transportation Museum

The Forney Museum of Transport is located in an industrial area north of central Denver, Colorado. The museum houses a diverse collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles, carriages and - interestingly - trains. In fact, the star of the collection is the Big Boy locomotive No X4005, a vehicle which really does live up to its name. It's positively gigantic and far too large to get a decent photo of. There are some other interesting vehicles in the collection which I'll cover in the post. It's not a huge collection, but certainly worth a good hour or so visit.  

A small collection of horse draw carriages and buggies. The yellow buggy is a 1905 Auto Buggy, which was both a horse-drawn carriage and had a small electric powered engine.

Military motorbikes and scooters. This is a Cushman utility van.

One of the stars of the collection is Amelia Earhart's 1923 Kissell model 45 roadster. Kissell is a relatively obscure American car manufacturer but Forney has almost a dozen of them.

1909 Empire A20 Tourer.

1924 Jewett Special Tourer.

1923 Hispano Suiza 6 wheel custom Victoria Town Car. The car was owned by the film director D W Griffith.

1912 Metz Model 22 Roadster.

1922 Hupmobile Roadster.

1917 Vauxhall

There were several interesting comments left by outraged and disappointed parents on TripAdvisor complaining that the cars were roped off and their children couldn't climb on them. Honestly! Have these people ever been to a museum before? Why would anyone think their little monsters should have a right to do what they please?


1937 Cord 812.

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 formerly owned by Prince Ali-Khan.

1934 Pierce-Arrow limousine.

1941 Packard 120 Town Car (Rollson Bodied)


Trolley car

Vintage caravan display

1981 HMV Freeway and 1959 Messerschmitt KR200 three-wheelers

1967 Amphicar. The strange, German built amphibious car was powered by a British Austin engine. Although it was a reasonably decent car and was quite capable in the water, it's still difficult to discern just what market this car was aiming for.

A unique experimental flying, aquatic car. If the Amphicar was a confused concept, this was positively bonkers!

1923 Stutz Fire Engine.

Samson truck

International Harvester

Two veteran cars sold through mail order catalogs. 1904 Searchmont and a 1906 Sears on the right.

1904 Knox.

1906 Cadillac

1905 Ford Model F.

1905 Franklin Type A runabout.

1908 Overland Roadster.

1916 Detroit Electric.

Neracar tricycle

Indian motorcycle collection

1923 Case steam traction engine. The Case was clearly modeled on a British steam traction design. These type of machines were largely obsolete by the 1920s, being replaced by diesel engined vehicles. Case would go on to become a major tractor manufacturer.

The front end of the Big Boy. The car is just visible in the distance.

1897 Forney Tank Engine.