Saturday, 22 October 2016

1963, Car spotting: car park at London Airport (now Heathrow)

Only the cars on first seven rows are recognisable.

First row, left to right: unknown car, Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II (Farina), Vauxhall Victor FB, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Austin (A40/A50/A55) Cambridge Mark I, Vauxhall Victor FB Estate, Ford Anglia 100E, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini.

Second row, left to right: unknown car, Hillman Minx, Ford Anglia 105E, Vauxhall Victor FB Estate, Simca Aronde P60, Morris Minor Series II convertible, unknown probably Renault Floride/Caravelle, Vauxhall Victor FB, Ford Anglia 105E, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, unknown car.

Third row, left to right: Ford Anglia 105E estate, Ford Consul Mark II (204E), Vauxhall Victor FB, unknown car probably Morris, Ford Anglia 105E, Ford Zodiac Mark III (213E), Ford Consul Mark II (204E), Austin-Healey 3000, Austin A35 Van, Ford (Consul) Cortina Mark I, Citroën ID/DS series I, unknown car probably Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Mk IIA.

Fourth row, left to right: Ford Anglia 105E, unknown dark coloured car, Ford Consul Classic (109E/116E), unknown car, unknown car, unknown car probably Hillman Minx, Vauxhall Victor FB, Sunbeam Alpine, MG A, Triumph Herald.

Fifth row, left to right: unknown car, Vauxhall Velox/Cresta PB, Vauxhall Victor FB, Ford Zodiac Mark II (206E), Wolseley (type ?), Morris 1100 Mark I (BMC ADO16), Singer Gazelle, Renault Dauphine, Vauxhall Victor F, Ford Consul Mark II (204E), BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini Van, Ford Anglia 105E, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Morris Oxford series VI (Farina).

Sixth row, left to right: unknown car, unknown car, Rover P4, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mark II (206E), Vauxhall Victor FB Estate, unknown car, unknown car, unknown car, unknown car, Ford Consul Mark II (204E), Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle), unknown car, unknown car, Jaguar Mark VII/VIII or IX, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II (Farina) or Morris Oxford series VI (Farina), Ford Anglia 105E.

Seventh row, left to right: Ford Zephyr 4 Mark III (211E), Ford Consul Classic (109E/116E), Austin (A40/A50/A55) Cambridge Mark I, Ford Zodiac Mark II (206E), Ford (Consul) Cortina Mark I, Morris Minor Series II, Rover P4, unknown car, Triumph Herald, Sunbeam Alpine, Triumph Herald, Ford Anglia 105E, Ford Consul Mark II (204E), Ford Anglia 105E, Jaguar Mark IX, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle), Hillman Super Minx, BMC (Austin/Morris) Mini, Vauxhall Victor F.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

1962, Cars: Facel-Vega Facel II (type HK2)

In 1962 French car maker Facel-Vega starts to sell the new Facel II. The new GT coupé car, designed by Jean Daninos (Facel-Vega founder and president), was presented at the Paris Motor Show in October 1961 and received a very enthusiastic reception comparing it with the best Italian designs.

Facel-Vega advertised the Facel II as "Le Coupé 4-places le plus rapide du Monde" ("The Fastest 4-seater Coupé in the World"). The Facel II was powered by the American Chrysler 6.3 litre “Typhoon” engine, producing 265 kW with the Chrysler Torqueflite automatic gearbox (top speed: 225 km/h) and 291 kW with the French “Pont-a-Mousson” four speed manual gearbox (top speed: 247 km/h). It almost all out-accelerate its rivals like the Aston Martin DB4, Ferrari 250 GT and Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
Predecessor: Facel-Vega HK500
Facel-Vega Facel II
The car was standard fitted with Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels, power steering, leather seats, electric windows and radio aerial. The Facel II was owned by some famous people, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Collins, Tony Curtis, Christian Dior, Ava Gardner (she owned three Facel's II), Herbert von Karajan, Danny Kaye, Princess Grace of Monaco, Yves Montand, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Ringo Starr, François Truffaut, and Robert Wagner.
Facel-Vega Facel II
Facel-Vega Facel II interior
In 1964 the Facel company went bankrupt as a result the Facel II production stopped with only 180 Facel's II ever built.
Facel-Vega Facel II
  • Facel stands for “Forges et Ateliers des Constructions d'Eure-et-Loir”
  • Facel produced bodies of custom cars like the Simca 8 Sport (1951), the Panhard Dyna cabriolet (1952) and the French Ford Comète (1952) before the first Facel Vega model in 1955 
Facel-Vega Facel II

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

1961, Television: “Car 54, Where Are You?”

On September 17, 1961, the American sitcom “Car 54, Where Are You?” premieres on the NBC network. The series was created and produced by Nat Hiken. Main directors were Nat Hiken (21 episodes), Al De Caprio (20 episodes) and Stanley Prager (20 episodes). The leading roles, Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon, were played respectively by Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne. Between 1961 and 1963 a total of 60 episodes were filmed on location or at Biograph Studios in The Bronx, New York.

The series pictures the (mis)adventures of two New York Police officers in the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx, assigned to Patrol Car 54. Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross), the short, noisy, not so clever one and Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne), the tall, quiet, smart one...
Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon and Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody
Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody and Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon
The cars
Two Plymouth Savoys were used as the title vehicle during the series, a 1961 Plymouth Savoy during the first season and a 1963 Plymouth Savoy during the second.
Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon and Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody
Main Cast
  • Joe E. Ross as Officer Gunther Toody
  • Fred Gwynne as Officer Francis Muldoon
  • Ruth Masters as Mrs. Muldoon
  • Hank Garrett as Officer Ed Nicholson
  • Jim Gormley as Officer Nelson
  • Albert Henderson as Officer Dennis O'Hara
  • Bruce Kirby as Officer Kissel
  • Al Lewis as Officer Leo Schnauser
  • Beatrice Pons as Lucille Toody
  • Charlotte Rae as Sylvia Schnauser
  • Paul Reed as Capt. Paul Block
  • Joe Warren as Officer Steinmetz
  • Nipsey Russell as Officer Anderson
  • Ossie Davis as Officer Omar Anderson
  • Frederick O'Neal as Officer Wallace
  • Patricia Bright as Mrs. Claire Block
Paul Reed as Capt. Paul Block and Al Lewis as Officer Leo Schnauser
  • Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy: Nat Hiken (1962)
  • Writers Guild of America Award (TV) , Comedy/Variety, Any Length: Nat Hiken and Gary Belkin (1963) 

"Car 54, Where Are You?", opening credits (1961)

Friday, 16 September 2016

1960, Film: “Plein soleil”

The French-Italian coproduction "Plein soleil" (English: "Purple Noon", Italian: "Delitto in pieno sole") premieres on 10 March 1960 in France. The thriller, based on the 1955 novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith, is directed by René Clément. The main cast includes Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, Maurice Ronet as Philippe Greenleaf and Marie Laforêt as Marge Duval. The music is written by Italian composer Nino Rota.

Romy Schneider, Alain Delon's girlfriend at the time, appears briefly in an uncredited role as a friend of Freddie Miles.
Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Marie Laforêt
Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Tom Ripley (Alain Delon) is sent to Italy by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled playboy son, Philippe (Maurice Ronet), and bring him back home to the States to take over his father's business. Philippe intends to do no such thing...
Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Maurice Ronet, Billy Kearns and Alain Delon
Main cast
  • Alain Delon as Tom Ripley
  • Maurice Ronet as Philippe Greenleaf
  • Marie Laforêt as Marge Duval
  • Erno Crisa as Riccordi
  • Frank Latimore as O'Brien
  • Billy Kearns as Freddy Miles
  • Ave Ninchi as Mevrouw Gianna
  • Viviane Chantel as The Belgian Lady 

"Plein Soleil", English Trailer

Saturday, 10 September 2016

1977, Music: David Soul with “Dont Give Up On Us”

In 1977 American-British singer David Soul scores with the hit single "Dont Give Up On Us". Soul, famous for his role in the Police television series "Starsky and Hutch", returned with this debut single to his earlier career as a singer. The song was written and produced by Tony Macaulay. The song on the B-side, "Black Bean Soup", was a duet song with his then girlfriend actress Lynne Marta.

"Dont Give Up On Us" reached number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and US. It was the only top 1 hit scored by David Soul. The song was covered by Owen Wilson, Johnny Mathis, The Nolan Sisters and Donny Osmond.
Lynne Marta & David Soul in 1977
David Soul as Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson in "Starsky and Hutch"
David Soul with Paul Michael Glaser in "Starsky and Hutch"

Video: David Soul with "Don't Give Up On Us"

Sunday, 4 September 2016

1976, Belgian Comics: Rik Ringers - Ric Hochet

In 1976 the 22th "Rik Ringers" (French: "Ric Hochet") album, "Buitenaardse wezens vallen aan!" (Original title: "Alerte ! Extra-terrestres !") is published by Le Lombard. The series was created by Frenchman Tibet (Gilbert Gascard) (drawings) and Belgian André-Paul Duchâteau (scripts). The first short stories were published in 1955 in the Belgian comics magazine Tintin / Kuifje.

The series features the adventures of Rik Ringers (Ric Hochet), a reporter for the newspaper La Rafale in Paris. He is assisted by Commissioner Baardemakers (Commissaire Bourdon) and his assistant, inspector Kempers (Inspecteur Ledru). Several albums feature Nadine, the niece of Baardemakers and Rik's girlfriend. The series was also published in Germany (Rick Master), Finland (Riku Oksa), Sweden (Alan Falk / Rick Hart) and South India in Tamil (Reporter Johnny).
No 22 "Buitenaardse wezens vallen aan!"
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • story by André-Paul Duchâteau and drawings by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
  • Original French title: "Alerte ! Extra-terrestres !"
  • German title: "Angriff der Ausserirdischen"
  • Pre-published in Tintin/Kuifje from 13 november 1974 until 15 january 1975 (n° 46/1974 - n° 3/1975).
Frédéric Louaisil walks near the cemetery while the fog rolls. He hears a hissing sound and thinks, “yes, they came back!” The extraterrestrials he saw four years ago...
Commissioner Baardemakers, Bob Drumont and Rik Ringers
Mme Bodard and Commissioner Baardemakers
Maurice Chabert, Lisa Chabert, and Rik Ringers
Maurice Chabert, Rik Ringers and Frédéric Louasil
Main characters in this story are Rik Ringers (Ric Hochet), Commissioner Baardemakers (Commissaire Bourdon), Bob Drumont, Frédéric Louaisil, Mathias Louaisil, Maurice Chabert, Lisa Chabert, Dotor Richier, Doctor Norbert Génin, Yves Kernec, Albéric Lachaud and Mme Bodard.
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Michel Poniatowski
Bob Drumont and Ric Ringers
Yves Kernec and Albéric Lachaud
  • Maurice Chabert is a caricature of French actor Jean Gabin
  • appearance of the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and his interior minister, Michel Poniatowski
Frédéric Louasil and Yves Kernec
Mathias Louaisil and Bob Drumont
Dotor Richier, Doctor Norbert Génin and Rik Ringers
  • Citroën DS21
  • Porsche 911
  • MGB
  • Renault Estafette
  • BMC Mini
Citroën DS21, BMC Mini and Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 and Renault Estafette

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

1975, Car spotting: 's-Hertogenbosch, Market Place

Left to right
Parked in front of Hotel Central:
Peugeot 304, Ford (Taunus) 15M (P6)
First parked row opposite Hotel Central:
Volkswagen Type 1 pre 1968 (Beetle), Opel Commodore B, Renault 4 Fourgonnette, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 of Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett C, Volkswagen Type 1 1200 or 1300 (Beetle), next to the snack house probably Toyota Corolla ke26 Wagon, unidentified white car, Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), probably Sunbeam Hunter, probably Ford Taunus 12M/15M (P6), unidentified red car, probably Mercedes-Benz, probably BMW 02 Series, unidentified white car, unidentified red car, probably Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified red car (Fiat?)
Trying to find a parking spot:
Renault 12, Citroën 2CV, Ford Escort Mk 1, probably Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Toyota Crown (S60), Datsun 120A Cherry coupé (Nissan E10), Opel Kadett B
Parked first row, bottom photo:
BMC Mini (ADO15), Citroën Ami 8, Fiat 600, Citroën 2CV, Opel Rekord C, Renault 5, Peugeot 204, Daf 55
Trying to find a parking spot:
BMW 1600/1800/2000 (New Class), Vauxhall Victor FD
Parked second row:
Renault 4, Ford Escort Mk 1, Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett B, Opel Ascona A, Opel Ascona A, Peugeot 504, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), unidentified blue car
Parked third row:
Fiat 850, Daf 44/55/66, probably Ford (Taunus) 17/20/26M (P7b), Mercedes-Benz (type?), Opel Kadett Caravan, probably red Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified dark car, unidentified yellow car, unidentified red car, unidentified white car, unidentified dark car, unidentified dark car, probably Fiat 600
Parked fourth row:
Fiat 127, Daf 44/55/66, Renault 4, Ford (Taunus) 12M coupé (P6), Volkswagen 1200 or 1300 Type 1 (Beetle), Daf 44/55/66 Combi, Opel Ascona A, Fiat 600, Simca 1301/1501, Mercedes-Benz W114/W115, Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2), probably Fiat 124 Sport Coupé, BMC Mini (ADO15)
Parked fifth row:
probably Fiat, probably Opel Kadett B, probably Peugeot 504, Daf 66 Marathon Combi, four unidentified cars, probably Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2)
Parked sixth row:
Toyota Corona Break (T100), Simca 1100 Fourgonnette, unidentified dark blue car (Audi?), Citroën 2CV, BMW 02 Series, probably Opel Rekord C Coupé, unidentified dark car
Parked seventh row:
Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), 2 unidentified white cars, unidentified red car, unidentified green car, unidentified white car
Parked eight row:
probably BMW New Class, Citroën Dyane, probably Opel Manta A, Simca 1100, unidentified brown car
Parked row opposite “Smits”, “Luxe Bakkerij” and “The Society Shop”:
unidentified dark car, Citroën 2CV, four unidentified white cars, red Citroën 2CV, Ford Capri Mk I, Renault 4