Bubble talk

Bubble talk
The front and rear bumpers of the Lotus Europa - excluding the rosettes - come from the Ford Anglia 105E

We have collected some nice things to know again, for at the bar, at a party or at a drink about classics. Ideal social talk!


The Matra-Simca-Bagheera is seen by many as a 'baby Lamborghini Urraco' ...

Van de Matra-Simca-Bagheera Since the introduction in 1973, a total of 47.802 units have been built. The last volume (1980) was called the "baby Lamborghini Uracco" Talbot-Matra-Bagheera. When purchasing, there are various points of attention. The body of the three-seater is made of reinforced polyester and often shows cracks, paint problems and hanging doors. The 'tin' chassis is not galvanized and can therefore rust horribly. The 'seams' of doors, rear and front hatch seriously leave something to be desired; interior parts are of inferior quality and not to very difficult (and therefore very expensive) available. The engine comes from the Simca stables, noisy and low power. The cars were only delivered in Left Hand Drive ...

Lancia Beta Montecarlo

De Lancia Beta Montecarlo - where the name 'Montecarlo' was written as one word - was in principle set up as a Fiat X1 / 20, the bigger brother of the Fiat X1 / 9. In 1975 the cart was put on the market as Lancia. The production ended in 1978, but appeared again in 1980 to disappear again in 1982. In the beginning it was called Beta Montecarlo, the resurrection had to do without the name Beta. The most wanted is the Spider version of which in the first generation 3.558 appeared and in the second only 817 pieces. Problems to be expected: head gasket. A Lancia, too, can rust terribly and therefore search well. In the first series, the brakes are only applied to the front wheels ... and that can be a strange sensation in the event of an emergency stop ...

Toyota MR2

The design of the Toyota MR2 dates from 1976. The cart eventually grew into a 'baby Ferrari'?

You may have wondered where the letters MR2 of the Toyota sports car come from, what they mean? The letters stand for 'Midship Runabout 2 seater'. Because of the middle engine and because only two people fit in it. The engine is described as reliable, but there are regular (?) Problems with the head gasket. The injectors of the gasoline injection must be thoroughly cleaned every 20.000 kilometer. In terms of gearbox a point of attention for the synchromesh 2e acceleration and would like to jump out of five ... In terms of rust, it is mainly around and around the sills, fender edges and doors ... The introduction took place in 1984, the last one rolled off in 2007. Contrary to what the 'connoisseurs' want to say, the MR2 is not a deleted Lotus model, but the Lotus engineer Roger Becker was responsible for the wheel suspension and handling. Salient detail, or how someone can be mistaken about the name, in France became the MR2 est called. If you have paid attention in French lessons, you know that shit translated into Dutch, shit means. The car was therefore immediately put on the market as an MR ... Only 166.000 units were produced. Finding a cool copy that is also well maintained will therefore be a challenge.

Lotus Europa

The front and rear bumper of the Lotus Europa come - excluding the rosettes - from the Ford Anglia 105E

The front and rear bumper of the Lotus Europe from the sixties and seventies was 'borrowed' by Ford's Lotus design department. From the Ford Anglia 105E to be precise. You know, the model with the crooked rear window ...


With the introduction of the MG ZR, ZS and ZT Saloons in 2001, a facelift of the MG appeared in the showrooms in 1995F not fail. The changes to the model were such that a new type designation was chosen: MG TF. In its class, all the work was rewarded by the euro NCAP with 'the price' of the safest sports car. Apart from some external changes, the body was also 20 percent stiffer than its predecessor. The 1,6 and 1,8 liter engines also delivered more power. Perhaps the most interesting change was the farewell of the Hydragas suspension (although that system works 'perfectly' but is maintenance-sensitive) to coil springs. In 2005 the curtain fell for MG-Rover. The new - Chinese - owner of the octagonal brand reintroduced the MG TF in 2008, but only for the Chinese and British market. Time is going to learn how long MG remains alive ...

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Cadzand in the rain Ernie once cycled to Cadzand Bad at the age of thirteen.  We decide to transfer the ride to the motorcycle.  The Netherlands has changed a lot in 30 years.  And four old motorcycles are different from a bicycle.  Especially when a sidecar is driving.  The ride follows the authentic route in a natural way.  We drive on cycle paths, through now grown residential areas, public gardens and shopping centers.  It is the middle of summer so everyone thinks we are a local holiday activity.  The Kruiningen-Perkpolder ferry is no longer available.  But such a tunnel also has something.  The old-timers shudder through the kilometer-long pipe that fills with barking, bangs and growls from front to back.  Playing with the pre-ignition produces a thunderstorm of thunderous bangs and blue-purple exhaust flames.  Holidaymakers whirl the caravans stunned in our wake.  The sound hurricane is also ahead of us.  That apparently has something to do with resonance frequencies.  Sustaining permanent hearing damage is a party!  On the other side of the tunnel we arrive in a somewhat gloomy climate zone, but we get to Cadzand Bad, the seaside town with the ugliest boulevard ever.  It has been a long day, so we have to forage first.  We walk to the Seagull.  There it is pleasantly busy on the terrace.  Everyone winks happily at the sea.  The clouds are increasing.  Jackets and helmets can rest in a corner of the terrace.  We do a beer and arrange ashtrays.  There is a man with Harley tattoos on his anabolic shoulders.  He has a considerably younger lady with him and is very busy ignoring motorcyclists without Harley tattoos.  Would that actually hurt, put a tattoo?  Some drops fall.  We order some beer and a triple bitter garnish.  Fried things are good.  Because an engine can't do without oil either.  It is starting to rain seriously.  The terrace people flee en masse.  Summer rain is not bad.  We just put on our motorcycle gear again.  And why not put on your helmet because you happen to be sitting on a terrace?  The service understands it completely.  Our croquettes and things are served under plastic.  Cheerful umbrellas are placed in the food and are usually placed on sorbets.  It is hard to drink to get the glasses empty.  We search for our base.  The next day is summer again.  There is a mussel restaurant in Philippine, the owner of which we know.  The man has a nice collection of Vincents behind the case.  A day is over in no time.  On the way back there is only some consternation at the toll gate.  We say that we do not have to pay because there is a man on the other side of the tunnel with a bag who arranges the ticket sales.  Immediately two tunners with a service car go in search of the newly conceived entrepreneur at the other end of the pipe.  The return journey is on beaten track.  If you drive on motorways with eighty, you create your own island of traffic silence.  Such an Easter weekend is over in no time.  Unfortunately.  A good container Everything breaks down.  Also BMW gearboxes.  Then it appears that a baking overhaul at professional and beun can be done perfectly for € 400.  That must therefore be possible differently.  The local dump engine trader nowadays gets BMW R 65 GSsen from Denmark.  Often there is some irregularity.  He has five bins with a kickstarter.  If I try them all for him I can keep a good copy.  All five bins are rotten, but I can now change bins within an hour.  Internetjagerij teaches that bins for a euro or three hundred are offered.  Then Waldemar comes into the picture.  Waldemar is from the digital generation and he was born smart.  He will search under 'R45'.  That is the kind of boxer that is preventively cleared in all shelters because there is no owner to be found for it.  Somewhere in Noord Holland someone offers R45 stuff.  The advertisement contains a completely dismantled R45 minus the license plate.  That includes a container and it must cost € 199.  The frame costs 199, - euro.  The tank and side covers 199, - euro.  Everything for 199, - euros per portion.  An R45 bin can never have suffered much.  Because R45s are full of no power.  And Den Helder ... I hadn't been there in twenty years.  To be convincing, Comrade Ernie and I grabbed my Lief's BX.  BX drivers are on Wiki Pedia as school examples for scrawny people without money.  Den Helder is further away than most people think.  But in the end we drove into a Vinex-like neighborhood where not even Prozac was washed.  The specified house number radiated the desolate gloom in superlative.  In the hall it smelled like toilet freshener who had lost the fight and boiled endive.  Now we saw what R45 driving could bring.  We received text and explanation.  The engines were heirlooms.  The heir was entitled to professional benefits.  He had surrendered the license plates and number plates and thus deprived the engines of their existence.  That way sales could be kept out of the books.  Slim.  A friend advised him to advertise on Marktplaats.  Smart too.  Moreover, Vriendmans had said to offer everything for € 199 per unit to be sold.  Because that again saved € 6 advertising costs.  Very smart too.  With such friends you don't need enemies.  It took a while to fit and measure to get the things in the back of the BX.  But the two engine blocks, the two gearboxes, the two tank / seat / side cover sets and the two frames with forks fit into it.  We declined the coffee offered and fled to the east again.  The R 45 bucket was assembled and switched happy as new.

Easter and Zeeland. Get a breath of fresh air.

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