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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 5

1927 International Fire Truck
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Once you walk into the gift shop, you can find the car collection through a door in the back corner. It’s not a very large room, but there is a LOT of stuff in there. Today we’re looking at a 1927 International fire truck. According to the display next to it, it’s one of four specially built trucks, and was used new by the Barnet, Vermont, Fire Department. The body was built by Boyer. It’s run by a 6 cylinder 48 hp engine. Sorry I couldn’t give you a better look, but as you can see, things are packed cheek to jowl in the display room.



1927 International Fire Truck
Photo by Kate Tompkins
If you’re interested in International trucks, looks like George Kirkham in Lethbridge, Alberta, has a great collection, with over 50 different vehicles. Haven’t been there myself, but judging by all the photos in the online catalogue, the Kirkham International Motor Truck Collection is well worth a visit. I don’t think it’s generally open to the public—at least there’s no information online—so call or email ahead to find out if you can visit before planning your trip.

There’s also an online registry of surviving International trucks here. They also post events for International Trucks.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quebec City Motorcycle Show Next Weekend

Looking for a fix to tide you over to bike season? The 2016 Quebec City Motorcycle Show will be on February 5 through 7 at the Centre de foires. (There will be one in Montreal later in the month—more on that in a future post.)

It’s your chance to look at all the latest motorcycles, along with ATVs and four-wheelers, plus all their associated gear. It’s also a chance to talk to people from various clubs and organizations to see if you might want to join. As usual, they’ll be hosting both She Rides Nite (Friday after 5, ½ price admission for all women) and the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids 6-12.

Tickets are available online (www.quebecmotorcycleshow.ca) now. It’s $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, $10 for kids from 6-14, with children under six free. Alternatively, you can buy a family pass (2 adults, 2 6-14 year olds) for $34, which is considerably less than the individual tickets would cost you.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 4

1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
One more vehicle from the parking lot before we venture indoors. Here’s a 1948-50 Ford F-1 pickup truck, outfitted with a plow. Could have used that this week.








1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
According to Wikipedia, the F-1 was not only Ford’s first post-war truck, it was also the first Ford truck not built on a car chassis.









1948-50 Ford F-1 Pickup
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Here’s a short video from The Fast Lane Classics showing a couple of restored F-1s and providing a bit more information. Either the host is very large, or these early trucks had very small cabs compared to today’s.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 3

1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Finally getting back to my series of classics at Kancamagus Collectables. Here we have a 1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner, looking a little worse for the wear, but not bad considering it’s parked outdoors in ski country. 




1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
According to Wikipedia, the Skyliner was the only retractable hardtop convertible of its time. Note—that doesn’t mean it was the FIRST retractable hard top. That honour apparently belongs to the 1938 Peugeot 402 B. Check it out at howstuffworks.

1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie Skyliner
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Here’s a YouTube video showing someone opening and closing the roof on their 1959 Skyliner (with a bit of driving in the middle). Now I understand why Wikipedia was saying there was so little trunk space—just whatever fits in that little box under the roof.



And here’s Lucy, explaining the car to Ricky.



Despite Ford’s extensive advertising, it wasn’t a big seller, so they stopped making it after three years, with 1959 being the last model year.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 2

1947 Crosley CC Four Two-Door Wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Right next to the Reliant Robin was this 1947 Crosley. I’ve never seen one before. According to the sign in its window, it was made by Crosley Mfg. Co. in Cincinnati. Apparently the company manufactured over 35,000 cars between 1939 and 1952, along with appliances like fridges and TVs. They were sold through dealerships, and also through Macy’s (yes, the department store). The sign also described the car as a four cylinder, three speed which got 25-30 mpg. And that the car is NOT for sale. I suspect they get asked a lot.

1947 Crosley CC Four Two-Door Wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins
The Crosley company is still around, though obviously they no longer make cars. They actually have quite an interesting history, with a number of firsts (including the first portable television), which you can read about on their website. They do sell turntables and jukeboxes (alas, CD only), if you’re looking for an entertainment system for your garage.

You can find a more detailed history of the various Crosley cars on Wikipedia. Based on that, I’m assuming this is a CC Four Two-Door Wagon.
1947 Crosley CC Four Two-Door Wagon
Photo by Kate Tompkins

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars, Part 1

Bob's Antique & Classic Cars
Photo by Kate Tompkins
 We spent a few days in Lincoln, New Hampshire, earlier this fall. The town seems to exist solely for the sake of tourists who come to hike, ski, or admire the autumn leaves. They must also come to drive the winding roads through the White Mountains, because we saw lots of classics and sports cars. In fact, there was a Viper club meet up at the tourist information centre—we counted nine Vipers in the parking lot and met three or four more going back through town. Sorry, no photos, I didn’t have my camera on me at the time.


1974 Reliant Robin
Photo by Kate Tompkins
If classics are your thing, check out Bob’s Antique & Classic Cars. It’s just down the Kancamagus Highway (no, I don’t know how it’s pronounced) from Lincoln and definitely worth a visit. There are a few vehicles in the parking lot, like this bright green Reliant Robin, but the best part of the collection is inside, through a door at the back of the gift shop.


1974 Reliant Robin
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Quite a few things I'd never seen before. I hope to put some of them up between Christmas and New Year's if I can find some spare time.

 
1974 Reliant Robin
Photo by Kate Tompkins

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gotham Golfcart

Photo courtesy and copyright Hammacher Schlemmer
Okay, I promise this is my last post on this year’s Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. But who could resist a golf cart that looks like the Tumbler from the Dark Knight series? I think it’s pretty cool, and I don’t even play golf. Though I think it would be even cooler if it was a lawnmower. You’d have people paying YOU to cut your grass.

Its electric motor will let you do up to 38 mph, and with six tires and a 4-link rear suspension, you can do it in comfort. Wearing a cape while driving it is not recommended.