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Cyclecars
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:40:05 PM »
Such a shame that more cycle cars have not survived. They are more akin to microcars I think. Check this Scripps one out on ebay. Could it have originated from Berny Scripps of Heartbeat fame?  Look at that belt drive, totaly unguarded! Imagine wearing a long scarf with the end hanging over the side, adds a new meaning to the phrase using the choke!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1913-Scripps-Booth-Cyclecar-Factory-Photo-/370494069389?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56432ada8d

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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012, 01:52:41 PM »
Nice!
I too like cycle cars, particularly Morgans and the ridiculous Bedelia. There is a lovely Salmson (?) almost co-starring in the old French comedy film Monsieur Hulot's Holiday. Yes, shame they are not a regular sight anymore. I suppose modern Trials/Hill Climb cars are really Cycle Cars in all but name.

There are similarities between Cycle Cars and Micros, and even Light Cars. (C.F. Caunter wrote a good book about The Light Car). Sometimes you can classify them by the type of wheels and intended use: CCs have motorcycle type wheels and are designed to be fun and perhaps a bit sporty, micros and bubbles tend to be more like scooters with cabins.
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 03:12:00 PM »
Ah Mr Hulots Holiday, I remember it well, the Shadows number "Foot tapper" was written for it but never taken up according to Hank.
Talking of Morgans, I see that with the new threewheeler the sorry Harley Davidson engine has been dropped in favour of a very expensive but superior unit from S&S engines Wisconsin. Good sense prevailed!!  Mind you at almost 2 litre hardly in the spirit of the old ones.

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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012, 03:45:35 PM »
Yes, the switch from Hardly-Able-son can only be for the better! If I won the lottery I would be very tempted! Interesting to hear about the Shadows' close call with that film, mind you I do like the cheesy music in it, and especially the gorgeous rowdy hot Dixieland Mr. Hulot listens to on the radio (or Gramophone?) while every one else in the hotel is virtually silent and bored stiff, I think it is Nat Gonella and His Georgians.

An Aunt and Uncle of mine Honeymooned in the Hotel de la Plage about 2 or 3 years after it was used in the film, the dining room door creaked just as it does in the film, and almost nothing about the hotel or its contents was different!
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012, 04:51:32 PM »
No cyclecar beats the GN J.A.P. prototype cyclecar...

I love the steam punk feeling about it!


That will definitally be one of the enxt tin models I'll make...
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2012, 05:00:49 PM »
Gorgeous!
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2012, 06:16:08 PM »
A shame no Bleriot Whippets survived.
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2012, 06:27:56 PM »
Oooooo, I had forgotten about Bleriot Whippets! Wonderful stuff, I LIKE this thread!
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2012, 07:32:27 PM »
Maybe RUMCAR NEWS should diversify with an article about 'Cyclecars' and their akinship to Microcars by one of you knowlegable forumists!  Jean
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012, 07:49:38 PM »
That's a great idea Jean, I would "like" to have a go myself, but my knowledge of them is not great, I just like photos of them!
I see them as close cousins to Micros, but also "Rare" and "Unusual" and relatively small, so therefore of potential interest. If anyone is up to the task I look forward to the article!
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2012, 08:42:22 PM »
Were currently restoring an unkown veteran cyclecar for someone.

It seems to be home made, since the front axle is the front half cut off of a veteran car, and weird body. It has a Velox engine. Seems to be about 500cc.

The engine ceased production in 1904.
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2012, 10:11:20 PM »
Dear friends

It is too late for the spring edition of RCN, but I will ask one of our experts if they could do an article for you for later in the year.

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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2012, 08:00:27 AM »
Look forward to it!
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2012, 06:30:54 AM »
And do cyclecars still exists today. Discussing the Norjska it is more Cycle car than Microcar. Velorex trike?
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Re: Cyclecars
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2012, 08:25:06 AM »
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do cyclecars still exists today.

Triking with it's Moto Guzi.