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Rumcar News Issue 133
« 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

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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #1 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!

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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #3 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. 
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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #4 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.


https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-0/p480x480/19144120_1891748511046960_4917289887785484880_o.jpg?oh=8c175cf3293d287ce3662e20ad4b7b70&oe=59D43670
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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 12:30:13 PM »
An enchanted time in an enchanted land indeed.

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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 01:03:12 PM »
Looking through other magazines around the same period, it looks like Power & Pedal with the Scooter October 1957 is the earliest example I can find, in fact it looks to me like Power & Pedal was the only magazine that adopted the term until the 70s.
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Re: Rumcar News Issue 133
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2017, 01:21:35 PM »
Ah, that's interesting Malcolm. Thanks for taking the time to look into it. So I wonder if 1970's man adopted it or thought he had invented it?  I guess we will never know.