September 2021

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    Suzuki T500 (1968-1975). From Godenzoon to stunt price offer

    The patriarch of the Suzuki T500 was the Suzuki Cobra, the T500 point 1. And the 500/FIVE was the warm-up for that. That the first-generation Suzuki 500 twins (with their 34mm Mikunis and carefree port timing) had massive gas mileage? Oh well: you only used such a thing to drive as fast as possible from gas station to gas station. Read more

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    Daihatsu Charade. Trailblazer for four-stroke three-cylinder engine

    Today, the choice of cars with a three-cylinder engine is extensive. Downsizing – with or without the help of a turbo engine – has been a topical topic for some years now. However, the three-cylinder four-stroke engine is not a phenomenon that has emerged as a fairly fresh development within the automotive industry. In the autumn of 1977, the Japanese Daihatsu launched the Charade, which was the first car in the world to have a three-cylinder four-stroke engine in the front. Read more


    Then and Now – column

    We last saw each other only about fifteen years ago: the extremely amiable and skilled Mang Yuan as Mister Yamaha showed at that time that there were also good managers. He had been a genetic motorcyclist and for years Yamaha's PR man in the Netherlands and then did the accessories and parts and the project development for the brand with the crossed tuning forks. Read more

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    Opel. The swinging sixties

    Olympia, Olympia-Rekord, Kapitan, Blitz. In the 50s, the range of the American-German manufacturer Opel was solid, affordable, voluminous and ... bourgeois. “Opel, that Zuverlässige.” The reliable. The word "sporty" was not in the vocabulary. Beautiful coupes and roaring exhausts was something for loose-minded Italians or eccentric British. But that would soon change. Read more

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    Austin A30: Unique in shape and design

    Sometimes you have a chance meeting where the owner is eager to show his 'small classic car' to others. He was willing to reveal that he was a big fan of small classic cars such as the Italian bambinos (Fiat/Autobianchi) and English saloons such as this Austin A30. However, we didn't get to hear the story behind the car, so we thought it would be fun to dive into the (advertising) past of this 'everymans' car.  Read more

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    Peugeot 504 Saloon in Europe

    In 1968 Peugeot showed the 504 to the world. It immediately became Car of the Year. The refreshing design was one of the decisive factors for the honorary title. The independent suspension and disc brakes all round also played an important role in the selection of this beautiful mid-sized car, which had a long European career. From 1968 to 1983 it was available on our continent as a Peugeot 504 Berline. Read more

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    Resuscitation with obstacles – column

    Owning a BMW GS does not make the owner an accomplished motorcyclist. But the man we overtook was driving like a wet rag. When we had a nicotine stop a few kilometers further – you have to nurture your addictions – the BMW limped into the parking lot and came to an embarrassing clumsy stop. Then to fall. We knew that BMW drivers have their traditions, but this was new to us. So we went to have a look. Read more

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