Straight from Jack – here is a ‘taster’ to get you interested in the two latest Jack Colby adventures – Classic in the Clouds is already available from Amazon, etc., and Classic Mistake will be published in Spring 2013.
Classic in the Clouds was inspired by the Peking to Paris raid (see below) was held in 1907. The idea for the ‘race’ came in the form of a challenge published in the Paris newspaper Le Matin on 31 January 1907, that
‘What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?’
There were in fact two ‘star cars’ in this endurance contest. The two De Dion Boutons(1906) both finished (3 and 4 out of 4). These were the most popular cars of their time in France and the pride of the nation. They were small and light – ideal for the gruelling conditions of the 1907 Peking to Paris raid (literal translation is a ‘long distance trek’) when mountain tracks, deserts and rivers had to be negotiated. They arrived in Paris to a triumphant welcome on 30th August, twenty days after Prince Borghese’s Itala. The cars were driven by Georges Cormier and Victor Collignon and undoubtedly their reliable engines and advanced suspension contributed to their success.
Classic Mistake features ‘Daisy’, a 1956 Morris Minor 1000 – the ‘Minor’ might have been nicknamed the ‘belly button’ because for quite a few years in Britain it seemed that ‘everyone had one’. The Minor (or ‘Moggie’ as it was affectionately known) was designed by a small team lead by Alex Issigonis in the late 40s. It was introduced in 1948 and soldiered on until 1971, by which time some 1.3 million had been built. Minors were available as 2-door or 4-door saloons, convertibles (tourers), a Traveller (wood panelled estate), and panel vans (a favourite with the GPO) as well as pick-up variants. Today, Minors are very sought after classics and are well catered for as to spare parts, restoration and even some specialist garages and dealers.
Now find out ‘who dunnit’!