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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars Part 7

1912 Hupmobile
Photo by Kate Tompkins
 Here’s a 1912 Hupmobile at Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars near Lincoln, NH. One of the many car companies that didn’t make it past the early years, according to THIS article on the Hemmings website, the company was founded by Robert C. Hupp, a former employee of Olds, Ford, and Regal, in 1908 in Detroit, and continued through to 1941.

1912 Hupmobile
Photo by Kate Tompkins
The first Hupmobile, the Model 20—a two-passenger runabout, was introduced at the 1909 Detroit Automobile Show. By 1912, the Model 20 came in several body types, and a second line of cars, the Model H (sometimes known as the Model 32), was introduced. Since the plaque beside the 1912 Hupmobile at Bob’s said it produced 32 HP, I’m guessing it’s a Model 32.

Notice the cylinder sitting on the running board. It contains acetylene gas to power the car’s headlamps.

You can find out more about Hupmobile history at THIS Conceptcarz page. For more detail, check out THIS article at Unique Cars and Parts.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Cruise Nights

Finally got the cruise nights list updated for this year--you can find the link to the right. Lost a couple of cruises and picked up a couple so we've broken even. Some of them have already started, so get those toys out of the garage!

Missing one of your favourites? Let me know about it and I'll be happy to add it, as long as it's within two or so hours of Montreal.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Montreal Area Car Shows for May

The list is now up! You can find it in the link to the right. I'll be working on cruise nights next--if you're running one you want people to know about, tell me.

Friday, April 29, 2016

May Car Shows

I'm currently working on the page for the Montreal area car shows in May, as well as the page of local cruise nights, but may not get it finished until the weekend (paying clients keep getting in the way). So just thought I'd mention this one as it starts tomorrow. It is a bit of a drive, but I'm told it's worth it.

April 30-May 1
Stirling Swap Meet
9 am to 5 pm
Stirling, Ontario
Contact 613-395-1583 or

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Electric Corvette Sets Speed Record

Electric Vehicle Breaks Speed Record: A Closer Look from Digital Cut Productions on Vimeo.

I’m thinking this video of Genovation Cars all-electric high performance Corvette might change more than a few minds about electric cars. Seems they took a 2006 Z06 Corvette and converted it to electric. The result was a car capable of more than 700 hp and a speed of 186.8 mph—on its first try. Looks like a company worth watching.

The link to the video is HERE if you can’t see the embedded version.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Back to Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars

1926 Ford Model T half ton delivery van
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Having more or less got caught up with my backlog of press releases, time to get back to Bob’s fabulous collection. Don’t know why I only have one shot of this 1926 Model T half ton delivery van, but I’m guessing it was stuck in a corner (there are a LOT of vehicles in a small space) and that was the best I could do. According to the information sheet next to it, this particular truck was the one that the Danbury Mint used to base their diecast Model T trucks on. I can’t find anything to confirm that, but here’s a webpage reviewing one of their 1925 Model T trucks (don’t seem to be any from 1926). I did get a tad distracted while searching for the 1926 Model T by this review of their 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon – James Bond, 007 version diecast. Alas, discontinued. They don’t seem to be doing diecast cars at all at the moment.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ford and LEGO Release Speed Champions Sets

For the kid in all of us, Ford is working with LEGO
Speed Champions to bring the excitement of the
racetrack to your living room with first-ever F-150
Raptor, pictured, and Mustang LEGO sets. Sets will
be available for purchase March 1 in LEGO stores
and Toys 'R' Us stores nationwide. (Photo: Business Wire)
Two—well, actually three—new vehicles have been added to LEGO’s Speed Champions line. Little fans of the Ford Mustang and F-150 Raptor / Model A hot rod can now build their very own, complete with race day accessories. Actually, I know quite a few not so little fans who would love to get their hands on these. You can find them online at the LEGO store or check out your local Toys ‘R’ Us (yes, they are available in Canada).

The Mustang kit has 185 pieces, which include a race driver and a time board. When I looked online, it was priced at $17.99. The F-150 Raptor kit is bigger, at 664 pieces, and includes not only the F-150 but a Model A hot rod, crew, garage, trailer, and a Christmas tree for drag racing. I saw it priced at $49.99.

In fact, I would have had this posted already if I hadn’t been distracted by looking at the other kits available in the Speed Champions line. McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop, anyone? Of course, I’d have to borrow somebody’s kid to put it together.