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Bob Purton

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The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« on: June 11, 2012, 02:31:58 PM »
For years I have been under the impression that no Bleriot Whippets had survived, I think I'm right in saying that this was the Rumcars impression too.  Just looking at the artist we met on Sundays websire and low and behold
http://martinsquiresautomotiveillustration.blogspot.co.uk/ The furthest away car appears to be a whippet less its body panels. I wonder if we can find out more?
Scan down to the bottom of the page.
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2012, 02:51:06 PM »
Well spotted that man! The chassis appears to be new, or perhaps just restored and re-painted. Perhaps someone is going to make a new body for it. I love the Grafton beside it, and there are some great French and other cycle cars, cars and bikes there, I love the Citroen Traction Avant and DS Decapotables (Convertible).
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2012, 10:03:13 PM »
Dear Bob and Marcus

I feel sure that after looking at this web site you will enjoy the next edition of RCN, which has a Mike Worthington Williams article on Cycle Cars and another article on Horizontally Opposed engines.

I am sure Mike WW will be able to tell us how many Berliot Whippets there are left in the world.

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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2012, 06:32:02 AM »
To make it easier for other people; you can find an enlarged picture here:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z54doAP0e4s/T7to5CIDMKI/AAAAAAAABuc/EWTOjgf33Yk/s1600/IMG_2280.JPG




Love it, looks fun!

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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 08:05:14 AM »
@Chris...looking forward to that
@JP...Cheers, bigger pic shows the Whippet has no drive chain and steering column propped up by a stick, and Grafton seems to have wooden chassis.
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012, 09:35:50 AM »
Looks like the engine and bulkhead are held up by a paint tin! You can see why there was a low survival rate of cycle cars  what with chassis being made of lumps of 4x2 and before the days of wood preserver! I can visualize rival companies introducing wood worm to there competitors factory next door! :D

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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2012, 09:52:22 AM »
Ford Poplar anyone? Balsom saloon or Lombard roadster?

I forget the make now but there is a basket work car. Think it was German. Saw one doing a Swiss hillclimb event, non competitive of course. Its Swiss so only falling down mountains tied to bits of plywood is allowed as a safe sport! Hupmobil?
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2012, 09:54:19 AM »
Hanomag
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2012, 10:03:42 AM »
This one?

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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012, 10:08:12 AM »
That's the one, a real basket case! I love it, but useless for British, er, "Summer"!
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2012, 10:44:52 AM »
I was going to say Hanomag but then thought trucks. Was it on Wickerpedia?
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012, 05:55:35 PM »
in many books al - you ought to try one  :D

if i remember correctly - from one of these books  ;) it was nicknamed the kommisbrot , this being the name of a small brown loaf of the same name . it does indeed look like one
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2012, 09:57:15 PM »
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2012, 10:05:58 PM »
Yup,  kommis=commissary, brot=bread, the car looked like the small rounded loaves from german soldier's Commissary.
And then there were two, a brace of Bleriots
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Re: The Bleriot Whippet survives!
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 10:27:26 PM »
Ah well spotted Jonathan. Reading the ebay owners blurb it would appear there are 5 survivors!  This one not being one of them, the description reveals its a mock up using some period parts, Morris minor bits and bobs but a real Blackburn vee twin motor. Nice project.