The 2014 Concours d’Elegance Palais Het Loo

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  • A 1906 Spyker built at Trompenburg, Amsterdam the Netherlands

The 2014 Concours d’Elegance Palais Het Loo took place last weekend in the gardens of Royal palace in Apeldoorn the Netherlands. The biannual event has been running since 1999 and is a fixture on the European Concours circuit. Eighty cars were displayed this year in thirteen classes. You can learn more about the Palais Het Loo here.

The Best of Show award was won by Hans Hulsbergen for his 1929 Hispano Suiza Cabriolet de Ville seen in the middle photo just below. Pavel Novitski was there, and he has shared his photos of many of the pre-war cars that were in attendance with us. You can visit him at Novitski Classics. You can also learn more about the Concours d’Elegance Palais Het Loo here. 

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  •                  1906 Spyker – 1929 Hispano-Suiza - 1914 Rolls-Royce
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  •                 1930 Packard – 1934 Jaguar SSI – 1924 Aston Martin
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  •              Type 27 Bugatti – Vauxhall 30-98 – 1933 Mercedes 380K
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  •                 1942 Lincoln – Bugatti Type 57 - 1941 Oldsmobile 98

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L.F.N. Baldwin and his Stanley Steam Car Wins the 1909 Dead Horse Climb


In the early years of the automobile, the hill climb was one of the most popular ways of proving a cars abilities and many manufacturers participated in them. The famous Dead Horse Hill Climb was held between the years of 1905 and 1911, in Leicester just west of Worcester, Massachusetts and was one of the most challenging of its type. The course rose three-hundred and twenty-five feet over a distance of only one mile.

The Stanley Steam Car built in Newton, only 38 miles east of Worcester was a perennial favorite; Leon F.N. Baldwin set the all-time record in the 1909 running of the event at fifty-four seconds behind the wheel of one. Baldwin’s car was one of two built for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race, the cars did not take part in that contest but were used in other event later on. In the gasoline-powered free-for-all, Harry Grant in a big six-cylinder Alco covered the hill in one minute and 3 and 4-5th seconds.

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Racing in the early days involved sponsorships, although the dollar figures involved with them were a small percentage of what is common today. The White & Bagley Company, also located in Worcester, refined what they called the Highest Grade Motor Lubricant on Earth, and was a sponsor of early racing participants in both hill climbs and on the track.

Baldwin in his Stanley, seen at the top of the post is pictured on an Oilzum advertising postcard courtesy of Below is another well-known racer of the day, Hughie Hughes that Oilzum also sponsored, in his Allen-Kingston; he took two class wins and finished second to Grant in the larger Alco in the free-for-all.

Full results of the climb were found in the July, 1909 Automotive Trade Journal, and can be seen in the left hand photo above. The center and right hand photos from the Automobile, July 15, 1909 issue, tell of a plan to build a new course for the Hill Climb with a five-hundred foot rise in a mile that would run two cars at a time. We are uncertain if this came to pass for the last two years of the event. More coverage of early hill climbs here and steam-power here.     


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A 1914 Cadillac Model 30 Inside Drive Limousine


Robert Glover Ltd. specializes in the sale of historic sports, competition and touring cars to collectors at the Bicester Heritage motoring and aviation campus in Oxfordshire, England. He is a well-known second generation enthusiast of vintage motoring. For the last decade He has worked in the international collector car field in the UK, Australia and Europe. You can learn more about The Company here.

Glover is delighted to offer for sale this excellent original, and incredibly rare Inside Drive Cadillac Limousine featuring a 40-50 h.p. copper water-jacketed engine and a two-speed rear axle. The early history of this extremely original and well preserved automobile is not totally known, but it is generally accepted by motoring historians to have been sold new to a banker in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The banker kept the Cadillac until the 1940s when it was purchased by Robert B. Chase of Earlville, New York. Chase at the time was a well known collector of early automobiles and organized an antique auto show in Earlville where this Cadillac was regularly displayed along with around 40 other early vehicles. Included in the history file with the car is a rare catalogue for the 1948 edition of this show.

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The Cadillac resided in the Chase collection for many years until passing through a respected dealer of antique and classic cars here in New England in 2001. It then passed into the hands of another dealer in Denmark who is well-known for unearthing exceptionally interesting vehicles. He kept the Cadillac for his personal use for some time before selling it into the ownership of the current, highly regarded, collection of original motor cars.

Recently re-commissioned for road use the Cadillac is also ideally suited for early car tours and the preservation class in any international concours. This exceptional early American luxury limousine is available from Robert Grover Ltd.


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