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So, I set myself a deadline of last Sunday 18 June to get my Model 70 finished. Pleased to say it made it and it's almost done. Still a few bits to find and things to do, but it's close.

Hopefully it will have an MOT this week. It failed last week, but only on a poor earth affecting the lights and a sticking rear brake cylinder. Not bad!

At the show it got lots of attention, mainly from kids who loved it and pointed out it had only 3 wheels, or anyone over 40 who hadn't seen one in years.

Best of all was a chap called Tony who came over and said he had butterflies when he saw it. Reason is he was a mechanic and fitter on them for many years near Croydon and he couldn't believe one was still going. Naturally I offered for him to sit in it and start it and it made his day and he shared a few stories with me. That alone made all the effort worthwhile.

Thought I'd share a few photos, and use this as an opportunity to thank everyone for their help from Stuart and Simon at the register for invaluable help with getting it identified, Barry for bits and advice, Jean for the original rear lights, the Hafliger Technik team for engine parts, Big Al for advice, plus fellow enthusiasts and owners Frazer and Scott for their help and advice.

RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Last Post by Bob Purton on June 16, 2017, 11:55:29 PM »
I have seen the word microcar as a collective term used much earlier than that Grant.
Here is an article from 1957 scooter magazine indicating that microcars were labelled under this heading in the 50's.

I have tried to upload the page but the site doesnt appear to be working or the image is too large..
The link below should work though and its also being discussed on classic microcars facebook group.
RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Last Post by Grant Kearney on June 16, 2017, 11:23:07 PM »
Although mentioned in the article from 1952, the word Microcar used in the context of today is thought to have originated from one of the MOC club gatherings in the early 70s.  The chaps credited with this word to describe the various different cars that were beginning to meet up at 'multi make rallies' are still very much involved and hopefully one of them who on occasions visits here can confirm. 
RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on June 16, 2017, 08:41:51 PM »
Dear Bob

Thank you for your question.

I have no idea what the answer to your question is, but I will do some research and ask a few people and see what I find.

Having said that. if anybody can come up with the answer before me, I am sure Bob will be more than pleased.

Chris Thomas
Rumcar News
RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Last Post by Bob Purton on June 16, 2017, 06:01:56 PM »
Hi Chris. I found the article about the Fox Volpe interesting.It brought me back to a question I have asked before. When was the word microcar first coined? I see the MicrocarV200 mentioned in the article was from 1952. Are there any earlier references to Microcars?
Thanks for your hard work with Rumcar news. Not much in it for me this time but it must be hard to accommodate all tastes. Keep it up!
Sales & Auctions / Lambreta Mink
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on June 16, 2017, 03:32:24 PM »
Dear all

You may be interested to know that the 1968 Lambretta Mink is coming up for sale at the next Historics at Brooklands auction on 8 July 2017 Viewing days are 6-7 July, where they hope to sell for £9000+

The venue is the Brookland Motor museum in Surrey.

Unlike the last auction that had a lot of Microcars. This time the only Microcar for sale will be the mink. Let us hope this will not be the last time we see the Mink in the UK.

Chris Thomas
Rumcar News
RUMCar News / Rumcar News Issue 133
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on June 14, 2017, 04:14:05 PM »
Dear Rumcar News Readers

I am pleased to report that the paper copies of Rumcar News Issue 133 were posted off this afternoon, along with the digital copies. This means that some digital readers will already have started reading the latest issue, while the rest of you will need to wait for your postman in the morning. Those of you in the far flung corners of the universe should get your copy a few days later.

Issue 133 contains articles on the restoration of an TVE Citadine, the upgrade of a Kewet, Model Microcars, a Mia, the Melex Hearse, the cars of Max Horlacher, when a Fox turned into a Panther, the Bond Easter Rally, and the latest news on the Archive of Microcars.

I hope you enjoy the latest articles, and the next issue will be with you on 15 September 2017. As always if you have an article you would like published in Rumcar News, please do send it in before the 15 August 2017.

I look forward to hearing from you all, or seeing you at the National Microcar Rally 6-11 September 2017.

Chris Thomas, Rumcar News
RUMCar Mart / Re: WANTED!!!AC invacar front round badge.
« Last Post by antbmwant on June 13, 2017, 09:00:31 PM »
hi I bought 2 of these and have managed to misplace both so now asking if any one has another for sale.regards
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Sans Permis in the UK
« Last Post by Bob Purton on June 13, 2017, 05:39:57 PM »
 Just had a phone call from the Rumcars registration official. He tells me nothing has really changed as far as regulations are concerned but maybe there attitude towards sans permis cars. The last one he went to register they said that they needed the exact day and month of manufacture which of course no body knows.  The car he is dealing with at the moment had to get a daylight MOT. The other thing to consider is that there is a huge back log of applications for V5s for old vehicle so it would take several months. He did confirm that a car coming in with an existing French title would be much easier to register here. Some may have to settle for a Q plate. So, in summery, it should still be possible to register a sans permis car here but be prepared to jump through hoops and cough up some money.
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