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Big HillmanEdit

Here is a rare photo of a re-labelled big 4-litre Hillman which the world saw labelled Sunbeam-Talbot and very pretty it is too in the movies (the prettiest view) on show Regards, Eddaido (talk) 12:09, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

New one on me. Very stylish. I wonder how it survived the European war. Exported to "the Antipodes", maybe? Regards Charles01 (talk) 14:50, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes. It is short of a record on DVLA. It goes to meetings wearing its real licence plate? or it travels by trailer or monster truck? Glad you like it, best wishes, Eddaido (talk) 20:35, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

File:Jowett Ten style says late 1930s.jpgEdit

The moral is always check to see the name of the photographer. I can be persuaded if you tell me you remember a large 10 on its nose but on the appearance alone it would seem to be an Eight. On top of that all the Tens have ventilation thingummies along the vertical parts of their bonnet and this has none. Please may I leave my notes there as extra information? Best regards, glad to know you are alive and well and not lost to the world of cars. Eddaido (talk) 23:00, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Not sure about the moral, but if I ever see it again I'll try and photograph the number on the nose. At this remove, I fear I've absolutely no recollection of why I thought it was a Jowett Ten. Alas.... Best wishes Charles01 (talk) 12:49, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Plus if you have the skills and sophisticated equipment to clarify the badge...[1].... alas for me, I don't
Me too or do I mean me neither. The distinguishing mark, I have just discovered, is on the cover of the orifice for the crankhandle as may be seen here (8) and here (10) ERW255 wears none. And of course it is one of those nasty ghost cars without a record on DVLA. I just went to re-check and DVLA's site is down for maintenance but I will get round to it. Eddaido (talk) 02:46, 12 March 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I shared your experience in respect of the DVLA at least twice, as in both yesterday and when I uploaded the image a few years back. Just occasionally there is an error on their database, so that if one spells the make "wrongly" you get a match. But it's hard to figure out any obvious ways to spell "Jowett" wrongly. Hmmm. Charles01 (talk) 05:30, 12 March 2016 (UTC)


Another generous collection of high quality images. Chrysler and Ghia made many cars together including short production runs all about the same period as Jensen in UK and that big luxurious French car. Anyway as Dino Martin might have said - keep those cards and letters and images coming in! Best, Eddaido (talk) 05:26, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for noticing. The Ghia was especially challenging because (1) it's black and (2) it was SURROUNDED by people (photographing it on their telephones and otherwise). In the end I just had to sit down under a tree and grab any opportunities when the sea of other folks' bottoms cleared momentarily. Sitting down is fine, of course, but I've reached the stage in life at which one is never quite sure whether all the bits will work as directed when one wants to stand up again.
You were probably not as obsessive as I in the '60s, so don't remember when that one came out as a Corgi model with opening everything - doors, boot/trunk AND bonnet/hood. And there was a plastic corgi dog curled up on the parcel shelf inside at the back which no doubt widened the potential customer base further. But with all those unusual gaps in the body shell, they made the windscreen and other pillars really thick. I've an uneasy feeling that one of the windscreen pillars on my model may nevertheless have snapped. The alloy they used for those castings was pretty soft. Anyway, I can confirm that it's much more stylish full scale and with thin pillars, though in our own age of computer aided design and subtle delicate curves, it's a bit more "in your face" than it would have been parked at a parking mall on the right side of Los Angeles back in the 1960s, surrounded by befinned and bejewelled Detroit behemoths.
I was also pleased to get a picture of one of the reworked Jaguar XFs. They were meant to be around from last September, but they've only recently started turning up on the roads here in Europe. I don't know if the first batches all got sent to China, or if they simply took longer sorting out the final glitches than scheduled. I'd managed (gloat gloat) to finding one to photograph year a ago, but that one appeared resolutely to be taking a leaf out of the book of that actress who wanted to be alone...
On with Thursday.
Happy days Charles01 (talk) 06:14, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Know what you mean. I'd have been aged 9 and here and convinced that the V12 Lagonda was the Most beautiful car in the world and the celluloid windscreen broke and then a bully broke off a headlight. No dog on the parcel shelf but fully detailed upholstery and instrument panel. Don't recall the precise date but pretty much everything else. The national distributor has its main showroom at the end of the street here and it looks to me as if XFs might have just landed here too. Keep up that seriously impressive edit count too. Regards, Eddaido (talk) 00:10, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Just another Godless killing machineEdit Eddaido (talk) 02:06, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Makes ya think. Hmmmm Tks Charles01 (talk) 06:31, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

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Yours sincerely, Wcam (talk) 01:21, 21 September 2016 (UTC)


I am stuck in this article because I have been unable to ascertain whether Chrysler used Talbot on any of its products or was Talbot only used once the same products were being built and sold by PSA. Do you know the answer? Hope its still summery and more than just warm where you are, Eddaido (talk) 02:16, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

As far as I know (and at least as far as Europe is concerned I think I do) the "Talbot" name was resurfaced only AFTER Peugeot had acquired what as known in France as Simca and in England as Chrysler - ie the fixed and intangible assets (plant and brands) of what had been, back in the 1960s, the Simca company.
I think it stopped being summery here a few days back, though it's still quite dry. We were in north Germany at the weekend and the maize (corn) in the fields appeared to have dried before cropping, so the second half of summer (July, August in the northern hemisphere...) must have been exceptionally dry there. Got quite a good picture of a Unimog, though. Best Charles01 (talk) 07:45, 27 September 2016 (UTC)
What a superb Unimog. Did they make toy trucks to look like it or did the Army make that part of the spec :) Heavy short beast, must be able to carry something very heavy indeed while fording Siberian rivers in flood. Thank you for your comforting connoting is what spellcheck claims I meant advice re Talbot, much needed. Have a good Tuesday. Eddaido (talk) 08:16, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Sunbeam AlpineEdit

Please would you help me. I like this photo very much because it is of a very rare car and in many ways (to my simple mind) a good photo. But it is of course ruined by the reflection from the front bumper. I have had a bit of a go at it with Photoshop but the result does not please me, at all. Is there any small chance I might persuade you to give it a go yourself? Very impressed by your many achievements in the field of biography, know you may find it difficult to take time to tackle something as fiddly as this. Best, Eddaido (talk) 11:48, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm sure I'll have fun having "a bit of go at it". But I'm not at all sure that my Gimp expertise is up to producing a satisfactory outcome. And (as so often...) hmmmmm. Best Charles01 (talk) 11:58, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
I'm afraid it was beyond me. I guess I only really mastered maybe 5% of the tools on Gimp. The ones I need for changing license plates and grassing stuff over. But this would have needed input from several of the other 95%. Then there was my inability even to think what might be suitable for an acceptable reflection for the chrome in the bumper. Alas. But I thought I should let you know of it. Charles01 (talk) 09:16, 8 October 2016 (UTC)
Know the feeling. I can remove the reflection from the bumper but somehow its ghost stays and fuzzes up the area around it. I got a rough handle on photoshop elements then they changed all the menus . . . Now I have to hunt for something I understand and cannot find what once i most often used. Wasn't meant to be easy, was it. Happy weekend, Eddaido (talk) 10:52, 8 October 2016 (UTC)


When the French of the, say, 1930s referred to a Coach and to a Berline I gather they were both what the English then called saloons. Yet I wonder if that is sufficiently precise? I suspect a Coach might be in old-speak a fixed head coupé please would you explain the distinction(s).

Also I notice in the WP Tax horsepower item it says a CV differs from an RAC hp only because of the inexactness of conversion from inches to millimetres. I doubt this is correct because the difference is far too great. Do you know the difference in the formulas? In the 1930s, in the 2010s?

Your Talbot T4 Minor item implies it is a T4 and not a T13 because of uncomfortable associations. Did I comprehend right? What did the T4 stand for? 4 cylinders?

Looks like you have been on the European Mainland again last weekend looking at your latest upload. Best regards, Eddaido (talk) 11:18, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

Although I didn't source-note it (mea culpa), I'm pretty sure the suggestion about avoiding calling it T13 came from Rene Bellu, acknowledged as a source elsewhere further along in the entry. "Unlucky 13" and all that. Lots of automakers were pretty casual about using a slightly different tax horsepower from the mathematically correct as computed tax horsepower in the 1930s, just as these days there's no guarantee that a Mercedes Benz 220 has an engine of 2.2 litres - whereas back in the 60s you knew that was exactly what it meant (subject to roundings). So - Back to the Talbot - why T4? I've no idea, but it did have four cylinders.
Berline is indeed the French and German for what the Italians call Berlina and the anglophones call a saloon or a sedan. I don't really know what they meant by coach, but it seems to be some sort of saloon with bells and whistles - more style and/or space and/or comfort? I've never investigated it systematically. It's a phrase from the 30s and these days, alas, there aren't a lot of car nuts around who know in their bones what French car body terms from the 1930s mean. But I'll try and remember to keep an eye open in case a more authoritative explanation turns up. I couldn't find anything in French wikipedia. German wikipedia says:
Der Coach ist ein geschlossenes Auto mit einem festen Dach, zwei Türen und vier bis fünf vollwertigen Sitzen in zwei Reihen. In der Regel wird das Dach von drei Paar Fahrzeugsäulen (sogenannte A-, B- und C-Säule) getragen. .... a closed-top car with a fixed roof, two doors (... interesting) and four or five full sized seats. As a rule the roof is supported by three pairs of pillars (so-called A-pillar, B-pillar, C-pillar)
It's not impossible that that definition might work for French wiki too. But nor is it certain!
And yes, they still let us off this island, but for how much longer? The politicians seem determined to trash the currency, so that the scope for saving money by buying in Dutch supermarkets (yes, there are one or two slightly more destructive effects, I guess) is somewhat reduced, though for fresh fruit and veg and even halfway decent meat, the English shop prices still seem to be unbelievably higher, even with the debauched currency. Political direction of travel not good, though. At least in the 1920s/30s it was the Italians and then the Germans and Russians leading the charge to barbarity and war. Now it seems to be the English, who were always the good guys back when I was growing up... How times change.
Happy days Charles01 (talk) 12:03, 27 November 2016 (UTC)
You know, I think you'd do very well on one of those tv panels where they come up with instantaneous (correct) answers to arcane questions, maybe I mean questions about the arcane. Check out this Panhard which might confirm coupé but this one says coupé or coach 5 places. That seems to suggest coupé 2 (/3 bench) seats, coach if it has a back seat as well. I'm going to go with your German suggestion. Check postwar T26, T26, T23, T15, T120=12cv?. Got diverted there. Will need your help to untangle Talbot-Lago. Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 06:51, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Licensing EnquiryEdit

Hello, I'm trying to get in contact as we'd like to use your image on a new motoring show, however I need to get proper permission from you. My email is and I can tell you more about the show and the licensing involved.


— Preceding unsigned comment added by ChumpTV (talk • contribs) 13:23, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for your note, Adrian. I guess I can answer you in terms of legal stuff or in terms of courtesy. Maybe both:


Thank you for asking. And thank you for being sufficiently interested in an image I uploaded to wikipedia to want to use it some place else. I'm duly flattered. However, I seem to have uploaded quite a lot of pictures to wikipedia over the years. Out of interest, which is the one that interests you?
Again, purely out of interest, I would be interested if you were to tell me more about your motoring show.  ?. Have you found someone to transmit it? Where? Who?
As far as I am concerned, I used to upload pictures to wikipedia accompanied by a statement along the lines "This image is hereby released to the public domain to the full extent possible in relevant jurisdictions" which means everything and nothing, but is likely to sum up my reaction in respect of whichever picture it is that triggered your approach.

Legal stuff

In terms of copyright, use of any image I've uploaded to wikipedia is as governed by the "wiki-licence" attached to it. The more recent ones seem to have ended up under [this one]. The rubric is summarised as follows:
  • You are free:
to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to remix – to adapt the work
  • Under the following conditions:
attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
You are likely, depending on your circumstances, to have access to better legal advice on this stuff than I have. While I'm happy (as here) to tell you what it says, you should obtain your own advice on what it means.
If you think you might risk attributing "my" picture inappropriately, feel free to let me know your proposed wording and I'll let you know what I think of it. "Picture taken on [date] uploaded to Wikipedia on [date] by Wikipedia contributor Charles01" should cover it for most purposes.


If your screen is configured similarly to mine, you have a column of clickable lines down the left side of this page. If you click on the one that says "Email this user" it seems to work. But I probably spend more time looking at wikipedia than looking at my emails - too long with the same address so too much spam - and you might therefore get a quicker and / or less incoherent response by simply continuing with this "string" (if people still use that term).
Success with your project Charles01 (talk) 15:18, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Happy daysEdit

Charles01, my best wishes to you for the new year. Maybe Brexit will prove a phantom after all. Keep up the good work. Best wishes, Eddaido (talk) 22:17, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you much. Good things. Charles01 (talk) 08:49, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

You have been a inspiration to me.Edit

Just came to say, you are one of the car photographers users that inspired me to start car spotting and uploading quality contributions on the Common. I made a list of my favourite car photographers on my profile page and details why and maybe you could see my contribution and tell me if I could improve!

Thank you!

--Makizox (talk) 18:35, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Yikes I mean wow I mean thanks for taking time out to share your thoughts. Given that they are positive.
It's reassuring that I don't need to explain to you why I like to photograph cars.
I'm not going to get started on whether I think you're right about my pictures (except I just changed my mind about that - see next para), but two people you didn't mention who I think take excellent pictures of cars are Alfvanbeem (though this month he seems to be more interested in buildings...) and Lothar Spurzem. I agree with you about Rudolf Stricker, though sometimes I think he must - like me - live in a place where it hardly ever stops raining.
Incidentally you are kind enough to write on your user page that I take good pictures of cars. Well I hope so. But I also take terrible ones. The clever bit is that I have been doing it for long enough and acquired (only with difficulty) sufficient self-discipline to be able to avoid uploading the terrible ones. That is ... most of the time...
As for my taking pictures in several different corners of Europe ... yes, for much of my working life I was employed in the travel trade, and even when I wasn't I quite often managed to get jobs that included going places.
Thanks again. Success Charles01 (talk) 19:37, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
Each of us will have different preferences when photographing cars. I never yet took the perfect picture and can cheerfully criticise every picture I every uploaded. Your pictures? I liked especially the one you did of a Renault Kangoo. Here's part of why:
* You held your camera at the level of your stomach (I speculate). If you photograph from the level of someone sitting in another car, I think the result is usually a less distorted image than if you look down on the car. Like all rules, I sometimes break this one and think I got away with it. That's what rules are for. But I hope not too much.
* You put the sun in the right place. So often I get home and find the front of the car looks too dark and the side not dark enough. Or vice versa. And often one doesn't get a vote about where the sun gets put. But ... given the choice ...
* You didn't max out your zoom. If you stand too close to a car or too far from it and compensate by twisting the zoom lens, you end up with a distorted image. Sometimes you need to do that because the alternative involves standing in the middle of the road and getting run over. But where you get a choice, I think - as here - you do well to avoid maxing out the zoom. Unless you're going for a consciously arty effect, of course. But - at least IMHO - that's not a desperately encyclopedic thing to want to to.
* Your Kangoo isn't black. With black cars you loose the panel gaps and a whole lot more detail. Instead - especially if someone went and polished the car to within an inch of its proverbial - you end up with lots of distracting reflections. There's a picture of a black Standard 9 that I uploaded a few years ago. When I got home I noticed it had been parked next to a very orange car. Aaaargh. A wonderful wiki-comrade with clever software and a serious talent for using it changed the reflection of an orange car into a reflection of a white car (though on the hub cap of the Standard you can still see a reflection of the orange version.) Anyhow, my point stands. Black cars are very very difficult to photograph well. (My son has pointed out to me that equivalent but different problems arise with black dogs.)
* Your Kangoo isn't very clean. Like I already said (ok ... wrote) one can always find something to criticise about ANY picture if you stare at it for long enough.
Please don't be annoyed that I took time out to critique one of your pix. I hadn't meant to, but sometimes the fingers take over. I am completely aware that cars hardly ever appear in the right place facing the right way in the right light etc etc etc. And please be assured, you are under absolutely no obligation to share my opinion on anything at all (except, possibly, on post-truth politics). And I reserve the right to be wrong about (almost) everything.
Success Charles01 (talk) 20:26, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
PS This - courtesy of the tax man - is a useful website if you photograph a car with a UK number plate and then want to know more about its engine (diesel:petrol), date of first registration in the UK or when it was reported to have been manufactured (eg if it was first registered in Aus and then imported to the UK 30 years later). But be aware that with older cars the tax man simply wrote down what the owner/importer told him.
License plates also generally stay with a car for life in the Netherlands, and there's also a Dutch site giving similar info, but you don;t appear to spend too much time in the Netherlands and I can't, off the top of my head, remember how to find then link

Thank you for the tip, and of course am not annoyed, I would be so interested to know more of how to take pictures of them while able to cover all the areas such as the front and rear quarter. I see people manage to do it on most of there photos where it perfectly focus on the areas and aren't too zoomed out.

Also I found out about the Fiat 600 (Seicento) by using this website:

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Makizox (talk • contribs) 00:55, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

--Makizox (talk) 00:55, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Me tooEdit

This picture is just ideal for my purposes but it is very gloomy. Do you have a magic implement within Wikimedia that will improve it?

I keep practising on all sorts of things but sometimes the auto anti-jiggle machinery works and sometimes it doesn't and I can only keep at it. Sincerely, Eddaido (talk) 13:05, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

You didn't write either why you like it, but I presumed to draw my own conclusions. One of which is that with so many pictures of such a beautiful photogenic car uploaded already, it's depressing how overwhelmingly mediocre they mostly are. But if course beauty is in the eye of the beholder and ... mustn't grump. To my eye there were three obvious issues, mostly based on the challenges of photographing cars in doors on a dull day.
  • 1. It looked dark so I lightened it a bit. I don't like to lighten it too much because in the old days when I used to try lightening car colours a lot to compensate for rainy days it just ended up looking bordering on silly.
  • 2. I took the liberty of rotating it a bit. To my eye it looks better like this. Feel free to disagree ...
  • 3. To my eye the reflections of the quasi-fence on the side panels are distracting bordering on weird. I suppose one could solemnly try copyhing and pasting patches for other bits of panel, but it would be very time consuming, more difficult than you'd think and ... not really worth it.

Dear Eddaido, I do not know what you are planning to illustrate with this so I hesitate to broach the question ... but are you SURE this is the best on wiki-commons for your purposes?

Enjoy, regardless. Best Charles01 (talk) 13:42, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Thank you. You've done everything right. That is so much better. I didn't notice the fence reflections and that's a big nuisance. If I took it home and fixed the side panels with photoshop - not, I think, difficult, would you regard it as OK? I want it for where its currently displayed on this page. I just want a good photo of the first DS. If you know of better please let me know. Thanks, Eddaido (talk) 21:29, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
Hmph. My photoshopping's result does not please me and I am sure it would attract some of your most withering scorn (should your mask slip for a moment). I have left your picture there in the meantime because aside from its umm photographic qualities it suits the purpose really well. What should I do, I really have had a hunt for another contender. Yr advice, please. Eddaido (talk) 08:46, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I sort of agree. As in I was unable to find an alternative without problems of its own. My own least bad uploaded goddess picture suffers because (1) I'm not sure if it's a goddess or an idea and (2) the roof merges disappointingly into the sky and (3) I have to be in a certain mood to see the point of the angle. So ... no, I don't really have a better idea for now. But maybe someone will take the perfect DS picture later this year.  ?. Regards Charles01 (talk) 11:32, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
When you edited the Goddess picture did you use software available in Commons? Went to a special event to take photos of old cars on Sunday but the marshals (not unreasonably) would not let me park where I could get useful shots and I can't get out into the field the way I'd like to so it was an early return home without pics. Curses, foiled etc. Best, Eddaido (talk) 21:59, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
You have my sympathy over not being able to get to the right place to photograph a car. The perfect angle is a rare thing indeed, even for the young and fit which I'm not. Nor, it appears, you. I did get myself a shooting stick last year so that instead of standing for hours by the entrance to the old timer fest I could perch on my stick and photograph passing subjects of interest. Alas ... after several episodes which you might term "undignified collapse of stout party" I worked out that a shooting stick was not the answer. And these days it takes a certain amount of careful planning to stand up again afterwards.
To edit pix I simply download them and then upload the new version.
  • For rotating and / or changing the lighting balance where it's obviously too dark I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Over the years they've improved it, so that the "autocorrect" often does the business more convincingly than ten minutes of careful non-auto twiddling. Autocorrect was not always so smart. However, Bill Gates seems to have lost his enthusiasm for Microsoft Office Picture Manager. There's a replacement programme that works with Windows 10, but having needed ten years to understand the language of the old programme I think it will be many years before the new programme works half as well ... at least for me. Another good reason to try and avoid Windows 10 as far as possible.
  • For clever clever stuff I use GIMP which you simply find using a search engine and then download. It's like Firefox in that you don't have to pay for it, though no doubt it makes them happy if you send money. It's like Russian in that I only understand about 1% of the language in which the software purports to interface with the user. However, that 1% is enough for grassing over distracting shadows and changing license plates which is my principal use of the thing. Playing around with colour and other artistic stuff is far above my paygrade, and though I've been known to try some more the the clever stuff, it almost invariably ends up looking both less realistic and in other ways worse than the way it first emerged from the camera, so those ones I don't upload to commons.
No further thoughts. Good things Charles01 (talk) 15:18, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for all this, specially the advice on the shooting stick. Why in the age of smartphones (and those strange scooters) can they not devise some sort of built-in gyroscope. A long time ago not far from you an old friend came to stay for Christmas and I had no gift. Someone rustled up an alloy and striped canvas arrangement, still shiny after some time in a cupboard, and Ian accepted it in the intended spirit and clearly looked after it well. More than ten years later he proudly told me it had just been his personal gift at Sam Neill's (first) wedding. You see while folded it was a shooting stick, when deployed it seems a luxurious and generous chair. I think Ian wanted to provide a comfortable seat between takes for either spouse or indeed for both. To tell you the truth I have been thinking of buying a conventional version for several years now for use instead of squatting on neighbour's letter boxes. Thank you for all your knowledge and advice. You regarded it as a failure but you did make a remarkable improvement to that photo of the DS. I really want a personal tutorial session but we'll have to skip that. Best wishes to you and yrs. Eddaido (talk) 12:09, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Jaguar Mark VIIEdit

I've just uploaded this and I've done it wrong. You suggested I upload it over the original and I have never worked out how to do that. Or, I think I did on one occasion but I couldn't work out how it happened. Anyway I tried but somehow I stuck in the well worn rut and we have both versions. Please would you adjust it to suit. Best, Eddaido (talk) 10:59, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

PS No personal damage, lots of trees bowled over including (a very large) one on a poor woman (70s) sitting in her car. She refused to panic and eventually exited by a back door. TV camera couldn't find much car under the tree. Telling her tale she seemed more angry than anything and kept fervently thanking God. Sensible woman. Eddaido (talk) 10:59, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Most impressive how you got rid of that Ford Prefect (I think it was).
I've overwritten someone else's image by mistake but it was a mistake and it was a long long time ago. I now occasionally overwrite "my own" images if improvements are minor, but I certainly don't regard it as an indispensable skill. In no hurry to adjust anything in this case, but maybe if I get very bored one day I'll give it thought!
Sorry about the lady under the tree. Anger does indeed seem the logical response. Happy to leave the God bit to the theologically more committed. Regards Charles01 (talk) 13:34, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

Whats your earliest and latest photo you taken of a car from your scanned collection?Edit


I seen some you taken as early as 1971 and as late as 1991 but I was wondering what your earliest and latest picture you took of your scanned collection.

P.S: You should sort those images by year you taken them and manufacture, possibly model. Unless you already done that and I haven't found it yet. I always discover these fascinating images taken by you every time I look around the Commons.

--Makizox (talk) 22:58, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

  • I think 1971 sounds about right for he first usable ones. That was when my father gave me a 35mm camera. It had a fixed lens, but it still taught me about focusing and light meters and adjusting F stops. Before that I had an Ilford instamatic and then an Agfa Rapid which I loved, but looking back I don't think any of the results were worth uploading to wikipedia nor even, in most cases, keeping.
  • You'll understand, already, I think, that most pictures of cars I took weren't worth uploading anywhere. Still aren't. Some of the better ones during the early 1970s were taken on my father's Asahi Pentax, also a 35 mm camera, but one with a detachable and therefore changeable lens. It produced much sharper images. And in about 1982 I got my own SLR 35 mm camera, an Olympus OM2, which ... made a difference in a good way. 1985 I got what I thought of as a grown up job and after that there was less time for photographing cars or anything else. In retrospect that's in one sense a pity, but of course one's priorities change through life. The 1991 picture of a Vauxhall Cavalier cabriolet that you found may well have been one of the last of my "scanned collection" that got uploaded. Though looking back on where I was when, it might well have been taken in 1990 and not 1991 as indicated. (I lived in Cambridge in England, where I took that picture, till 1990. I don't think I spent so much time in England in 1991.)
  • On your "PS" suggestion, I don't, in most cases, have any way to be sure precisely when a picture was taken. I used colour slides ("Dias") which were cheaper and more compact to store than prints (and you had to make people sit down and turn out all the lights in order to project the images onto a wall: once you got to that point people had little choice but to look at them!) Where I know when I took a picture it's generally because I remember or can find out easily when I was in the relevant "where". I know I was in Vienna in 1974. I know I was in South Australia in 1990. I know I was in Tenerife several times in the early 1980s when I worked in the travel trade, though I don't always know which year was which picture. Sometimes kind people point out that I must have got a year wrong because the car in question didn't exist in the year in which I claim to have photographed it. But generally when I think I know when a car was photographed I do include the year in the image description, and sometimes people do indeed create categories by year and put "my" car pictures into them.
  • Thanks for inducing a little digression down memory lane. I enjoyed it in a guilty self-indulgent sort of way and you ... well, you didn't have to read it. Regards Charles01 (talk) 06:55, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

No no, its fine I find all of it fascinating looking back in the past, could be a sound project I could do by gathering all of the scanned photos you taken and sort them into years and make if thats fine with you. Note: I just found ones that are later and earlier then the one I showed you

1968 or 1969
1993 (Doesn't look like it from how the picture turned out)
— Preceding unsigned comment added by Makizox (talk • contribs) 23:17, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

--Makizox (talk) 23:17, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

  • As far as the Seat 850 picture and Renault Clio picture you found are concerned, I've a bad feeling that I got the date wrong. The Seat 850 has a Seville/Sevilla license plate and the last time I was near Sevilla was 1985. I was in Spain around 1993, but far to the north. So I think I may simply have got that one wrong. But I want to think about it more before changing it in case I'm still/again wrong. The Clio picture ... not so easy to pin down where and when. It might have been 1993. Again, more thought needed. The two Volkswagens you uploaded were both my father's cars. For the VW 411 I might have borrowed his camera - or even, he might have taken the picture. I think I remember taking the VW 1600 Variant picture with my "Agfa Rapid" camera, in which case it would originally have been square, and I simply cropped the top and bottom before uploading. Whether by chance or by design, it's at quite a good angle. Kestrel might originally have been a square format Agfa Rapid picture too. Someone seems to have forgotten to switch on the sunshine in the right place. But I remember the car, and the lady who owned it, very well.
  • As far as your gathering exercise is concerned, I have no reason to mind. Though you might find more where I got the date wrong when I uploaded them. And of course, everything you do on wikipedia risks being corrected, reversed or improved on by someone else. That's the joy - and just occasionally the frustration - of this project. So ... it sounds quite a time consuming exercise that you have in mind. But no, of course I don't mind. I'm flattered by your interest. Regards Charles01 (talk) 07:28, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Alright, thank you! I will probably ask more question in the distant future, hopefully you like the improvements I made with my recent photo contribution since our last Talk back in January. --Makizox (talk) 17:23, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Your pixEdit

I've been excessively dependent on my laptop lately thanks to ... well, that probably counts as too much information. But a laptop screen isn't really a good place to look at pictures. But I enjoyed comparing these two. I know Porsche insist that everything has been redesigned sooo many times over the years, but there's still a bit of a sense of "why change a winning shape?"

And I'm impressed that you still found a Metrocab ... in Solihull. Looks good. Though actually they did go on making them till about ten years ago (it says in Wikipedia), and I think they were made in Tamworth which is not so far from Solihull. I guess it's just that since the basic look of the thing barely changed after 1970 (when Autocar published a picture of a "prototype" versions scooting round London) I think if it as a vehicle from my childhood rather than from yours. Ach well, hats off to longevity. Regards Charles01 (talk) 19:13, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

I heard of the prototype going around London but yeah I just saw parked in College. The Porsche picture I'm sorta proud of but it was one of my early pictures back in 2015 (which doesn't sound too long) but it before I focus on it as a documenting purpose. I kinda based the composition from photos by another Wikimedia user Rudolf Stricker and the way he took them both front and rear. I could do a rear picture of the Porsche Targa as it was parked next behind a wall.

it a bit zoomed out but the rear is a good shot

--Makizox (talk) 20:38, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

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Somewhere in Oregon

Someone has decided this is a Graham-Paige (of about 1934). There are many similarities but it is not, to my mind, a proper fit. I think it is French or Italian or a Studebaker or something all of that same year or very close. Can you throw any light on its identity?
Best regards, Eddaido (talk) 04:34, 21 August 2017 (UTC)

Various thoughts but no answers. The person who thought it might be a Graham-Paige didn't, from what s/he wrote, seem too sure and nor am I.
My first reaction was that it looked a bit like a Ford from around 1934. But those Fords, tend to have only one windscreen wiper. Their bumpers are less fancy and their grills slightly lower or wider. This car has quite a high "scuttle" (bottom of windscreen) in relation to its overall height.
The Studebakers I found on wikipedia all seem to have slightly more up market adornment too.
Since you mentioned Europe I looked at the Humbers from the slightly later 1930s. They were consciously inspired by US cars of the period. But they're not the same. I looked at the Adler Standard which again consciously emulates the US approach, but no. Germany - thanks largely to the AmbiBudd plant in Berlin - is the best country in Europe to look for US style mass-produced car bodies in the earlier-to-mid 1930s.
It doesn't look remotely French or Italian to my eye. If it was a Peugeot, Citroen, Renault or even a Panhard I think the front would be quite distinctive and there weren't too many others in France with the access to the technology to make cars using those steel body panels. Fiat ... I don't know enough to judge, but in my gut I doubt it.
The 1930s were a decade of growing protectionism as the world got ready for another nice war. Maybe you know more than I do, but why should anyone expose themselves to import tariffs to import something this size from Europe? Maybe yes if it was coach built exotica and they lived in Hollywood or New York. But this doesn't look like coach built exotica and would you take a rare European beast to a track in Oregon anyhow?
So ... one way and another I think it's a US car, possibly from a relatively small company that (even) you and I have never heard of. There's no strong reason to favour Graham-Paige, but I don't have the detailed knowledge to come to you with a better idea.. If, following further googling, I get inspired, I reserve the right to come back on this. But please - and not for the first time - don't hold your breath on my account.
Success Charles01 (talk) 07:58, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for all that. I've been sorting out the Graham-Paiges and found 1935 missing went to Google just now and found this which I think (do you agree?) means the first person to name the file was right and I need not have bothered you but since I have and you've responded so fully too I thank you very much. Narrow grille, small headlights, all very unAmerican to me but it might have been someone like Gordon Buehrig mightn't it. Have a Very good day. Eddaido (talk) 08:58, 21 August 2017 (UTC)
Agreed. Once you click through to the picture from the front it is clearly the same car, and a much clearer picture than the one that made it to wikipedia. Congratulations. Charles01 (talk) 09:30, 21 August 2017 (UTC)

File:Volkswagen Tiguan diesel registered July 2017 1968cc.jpgEdit

Thank your for uploading this image, but I think you made a mistake there. This is definitely not a Tiguan SUV but a Touran. See also the VW car configurator. De728631 (talk) 16:53, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

I think you're right. Thanks for noticing so quickly. Regards. Charles01 (talk) 17:01, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
No problem. With your permission I'm then going to move the file to a new name. De728631 (talk) 17:02, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

International trucksEdit

There is a discussion on this page whether images should be categorised as International trucks or International Harvester trucks.   Not many wikipedia contributors have contributed to the discussion or voted with their preference, but you have contributed to material on International Harvester.   I would be grateful, if you have the time, if you would share your own opinion on the page name.  And thank you. Eddaido (talk) 00:30, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

I have always thought of the things as "International Harvester" products, but I am too far away from the scene of the action to venture a vote. I don't think they ever sold them here in Europe, though maybe a few tractors turned up in the context / aftermath of Marshall Aid. And there's always the odd "grey import". Best wishes Charles01 (talk) 11:19, 28 September 2017 (UTC)
We can always call them Ford Motor trucks instead of plain Ford trucks. Shall I put in a proposal to change the Category:Ford trucks category name to Ford Motor trucks? Eddaido (talk) 00:13, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
Charles, I would like to ask for your help specifically because you are "too far away from the scene of the action". I am looking for objective people to glance at WikiProject Trucks[2] sections "Are International Harvester trucks branded "International"? and "Requested move 25 September 2017". There is a survey in the Requested move section.
This is the same name that Eddiado asked you about, but it is about the articles, not the categories. The two clearly affect each other. I would love it if you would glance at the WikiProject Trucks and think about giving an honest opinion, either way. Thank you. Sammy D III (talk) 12:41, 30 September 2017 (UTC)
Still not taken time to get my head round it all. Quite a lot going on it what some folks fancifully term "real life" just now, and right now hoping to sleep for a few days (though I don't think it's about to happen)! I still suspect my answer would be (1) there is no right or wrong answer. It depends on the circumstances and time under which each reader in his/her different location first came across the company. (2) My own usage is excessively dependent on a period in the 1990s when, for work reasons, I was associated indirectly with Case who took over the tractor bits. To us, in that context, International Harvester was International Harvester. But there's no automatic read-across from my personal experience there to other dates and other branches of the company that I would wish to impose on wikipedia as a potentially "superior standard" automatically applicable to other times, places and contexts. Regards Charles01 (talk) 09:49, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your time, good luck in your "real life". Sammy D III (talk) 12:09, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

Le Mail FrançaisEdit

This phrase begins the description for this picture. What does it mean in this context? Best regards from International(!) monoglot Eddaido (talk) 10:18, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Well, it's "The French mail coach" dating from the time - I think it still happens in rural Switzerland - when the "post bus" delivered both the letters and the parcels and the visitors, typically from the railway station at the foot of the valley, to the villages along the valley that's too small to have a railway line of its own (but still welcomes wealthy holiday makers or folks in search of a recovery from TB - per MMagic Mountain / Zauberberg if you've a couple of months to spare). Sorry to digress. I need a bit longer for the reast of the text, byt I'll park it here and come back to it later ...
Le Mail Français On verra dans l'intérieur du numéro la tenue des mails américains pris à la dernière « parade ». Cette photographie prise à la réunion de la Société des Guides montre le mail français, garni d'élégantes Parisiennes et attelé et conduit avec une impeccable correction
The French Mail coach. You can see (literally one can see) inside the number (possibly the inside of a magazine with this picture in the front cover) the carrying of the American mail, taken on the last or final "parade". This photo taken at the meeting of the guides' association (mountains guides? tourist guides?) shows the French mail coach elegantly adorned/dressed/decorated with Parisian women, harnessed up and driven with irreproachable perfection. (probably if one thought for longer one would substitute some less direct but more comfortably anglophone adjectives.)
Thanks, Charles. It is most regrettable that your reading of the magazine does not accord with the opinions of myself or User:DarwIn. The dictionary describes a drag: "A kind of vehicle; the application has varied, and it is often not distinguished from a brake or break n.1; but in strict English use, applied to a private vehicle of the type of a stage coach, usually drawn by four horses, with seats inside and on the top." Do you think this or these park drags might be recycled former mail coaches? Might en:Guides de France fit in here? — early fundraising activities even perhaps while harnessed up. Please would you find a way to harmonise the thoughts of the three of us. Best. off to bed now Eddaido (talk) 10:36, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, you pays your money (or not) and takes your chance! I might come back and take another look. Context is, of course, relevant. Are you able to direct me to your discussion with Mr Darwin in order to encourage me? Best regards Charles01 (talk) 11:26, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, your persisting generosity is noted. First please see the the back of the picture concerned (DarwIn was once Darwinius) here and then read the current discussion on his (the other significant Charles's) talk page [3]. Have a nice (rest of the) evening, Eddaido (talk) 21:34, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Mediaeval hearsesEdit

Do you think this picture might have been made by an eye-witness or do you think it is a 19th century work? Only an opinion not a definitive answer. Would they keep it in Berlin if it were not from 1486? Best Eddaido (talk) 09:38, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

I'm confused and I think I'm not the only one. The file title indicates it was the funeral cortege of Richard II who died in 1399 under dire circumstances as every Shakespeare student knows. Richard Duke of York, identified in the "helpful" footnote died in 1460. I think it may well be that Pontefract/Pomfret was ... involved .... in both cases and I've no idea if either of them was on the receiving end of a solemn ceremony as herein depicted. As to your question, it all looks a bit fanciful. If it's based on something fifteenth century then it looks mightily improved. But you asked only for an opinion and I never studied art history. I have no idea what they would keep in Berlin nor why. There's a huge artictic and museum etc community there. But I suspect that whereever they keep it, there must be someone there who knows a whole lot more about this image than, till now, got disclosed to wikipedia. Best Charles01 (talk) 13:07, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
I'd better not use it to illustrate early hearses then. Thanks for your valued time and your trouble, Eddaido (talk) 10:49, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Paris-Dieppe 1897Edit

If they don't hurry along they might be overtaken. Eddaido (talk) 09:03, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Which might have been a joke back then, but these days stuck in a car almost anywhere in London, this has a troubling ring of contemporary plausibility. Another reason to avoid London. Charles01 (talk) 18:18, 9 December 2017 (UTC)
But something about the caption suggests a race, maybe its a rally and they're ahead of time. But it is a race! it was won by Albert de Dion in 4h 19m 34.000s over the 106.2 miles. If he fell off his top hat might have saved him from some kind of damage. Eddaido (talk) 23:51, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Garmisch PartenkirchenEdit

...the picture you came across
...answering the question you didn't ask

Hello Charles, I stumbled upon a photo you took in 1971 of an Opel in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Doing a search, I notice you had quite a few photographs of cars from GP in that time period. I understand the question I'm about to ask is a long shot, but I figured I would ask anyways. I'm the current owner of a 1968 Porsche 912, and the original owner purchased the car in summer of 1967 and lived in Garmisch Partenkirchen until 1973/74 timeframe. Now for the long shot question (I'm sure you know where this is going). I was wondering if you happen to have any photos of 912's in GP when you were there? (There is actually 911 or 912 in the background of the Opel photo) Quality/condition of the photo doesn't matter. I'm trying to build a history for my car and this is the closest I've come to possibly tracking down anything from that time period. If you don't, no worries, I understand there's an extremely small chance of you having one...and even less chance it would match my 912, but it's worth a shot (you never know until you ask, right?).

Thank you for your time. --MikeOB912 (talk) 00:12, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Yikes. Tantalising question. But sadly, no.
As far as I know (and I think I would) I don't have any Garmisch-P pix with Porsches in the background, and I would remember if I had taken a photograph of a Porsche in Garmisch-Partenkirchen back then. I didn't. It was only a week or so of family holiday. My father had just given me my first "grown-up" (well, 35mm) camera, and there was a very rainy week stomping round Garmisch-P (between doing holiday things selected by the parents) trying to find photograph-worthy cars with enough clear space in front of them to step back and take a picture before it started raining again. And back then every picture cost, in terms of the price of film, so taking a picture was an "event" - thereby more memorable - than simply taking out a pocket camera and clicking from five slightly different angles. If I start to doubt our ancestors' belief in endless progress I think of digital cameras and wonder if, just maybe, those Victorian pangloss types might have been on to something after all.
I do have a picture of a Portsche Targa that I came across in Cologne a few years later, but that answers a question you did not ask.
Long shots do sometimes work out. If you have a thousand one in a thousand coincidences each day, then the law of averages suggests that (on average) one will "come good" each day. But, alas, this wasn't one of them.
I'm not sure what else to suggest. Do you have a copy of the original Fahrzeugbrief? Or even (if they had them that far back) Fahrzeugschein? Those (if you are familiar with English bureaucracy) are equivalent to the Log book or registration document. They are centrally administered from Flensburg since the early 1950s - maybe earlier. That would be a basic database for your car back when it was new. As you probably know, in Germany when you move to a new area you have to have your car re-registered. But if it was originally registered in Garmisch-P your car would have started out with a GAP- license plate. And in terms of the (yes - very ambitious) challenge of finding a picture of the car when it was new, you would be helped if you knew (1) the name and address of the first owner and (2) the car's original colour. I've no idea if it is possible to surface an old Fahrzeugbrief via Flensburg, but certainly there must be Porsche enthusiast clubs in England (and Germany) with members who would know the answers on that. Officially designated "old-timers" in Germany enjoy certain tax etc benefits (and, inevitably, another change of license plate - this time with an "H" for "Historical" as far as a remember at the end after the number bit). So there must be people at Flensburg who take an interest in old cars.
Thanks for stirring my thought processes in such a pleasingly unfamiliar way. I see that my next task for the day involves paying the water bill. On with Wednesday it is.
Success Charles01 (talk) 08:43, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the thoughtful response. I'm in complete agreement about every frame you shoot with a film camera is an "event". I started with a film SLR, where I learned to make every photo taken count. Eventually I fell to the digital age, but about a year or so I realized I was putting no thought into anything I took a photo of, shooting countless frames of the same left me with a ton of useless photographs taking up space on my phone and laptop. I missed the thoughtfulness I had previously put into framing photographs...the anticipation of getting film back. So I switched back to carrying around a film SLR with me (an old Minolta from the '80s w/ a 50mm lens). It was compact enough (compared to my other film SLR at least) that I could take it everywhere with me without being a pain. It's been quite enjoyable, rekindling an interest in photography that had kind of died out when I was just taking photos with my phone.
For the 912, I actually contacted the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt a while back to inquire if they held any records on vehicles that long ago, and unfortunately once a car has been exported out of Germany, all records are destroyed after eight years (and my car was imported into the US decades ago). I have the original owners name, the two addresses he lived at in Garmisch P back then, serial numbers, and the original color of the car (Sand Beige), but haven't gotten much further than that. I've tried to track down the original owner, even opening an account on Ancestry. Since GP is more of a vacation destination, I'm curious if this person also lived elsewhere in Germany while maintaining a home in GP. Based on phone book searches, there were only a few other people with the same name living elsewhere in Germany at the time, a pastor in Hamburg, a mechanic in Berlin, and a doctor in Hamburg. The doctor was practicing in Hamburg from the 1940s up until the early 1970s. Where suddenly both that person, and the person in GP, suddenly disappear. Coincidence? Perhaps. Did he pass away? Did he move to the US (and bring the 912 with him)? I don't have a clue. But my search will continue, and that's one of the fun parts of owning this car. I have about 20 years of history to fill in and I'm working it from both directions.
Thanks again for the response. I've enjoyed coming across your photos of cars over many years around Europe, so I appreciate you uploading them and sharing them with the world. Have a great weekend!
--MikeOB912 (talk) 18:19, 2 March 2018 (UTC)
Your kind final para is much appreciated. One never knows with wikipedia who, if anyone, is "out there", apart from through the occasional talk page contact such as this one.
...was this an excuse for another picture
A lot of German doctors (even more dentists) seem to have been very well paid back in the 70s, so it's quite possible to think that a Hamburg doctor might have a holiday home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 912 has a rarity value. I wonder if he avoided the 911 because he thought he was to old for a 911. Or maybe he got the 912 for his "significant other". Such speculation is irresistable regardless of whether or not it leads anywhere. It is indeed the case that G-P was always a bit like Florida or Eastbourne (or, a generation or three earlier, Bath and Cheltenham) in that a lot of the people living there retired from other parts of the country. But since they opened the Autobahn it's eminently commutable from Garmisch to Munich. There are plenty of people there who are not retired, even if a lot of them drive taxis or own hotels/restaurants.
If your man's name is sooo unusual, then that opens up certain possibilities. Was he a doctor in Hamburg before 1945? Or could he have one of the millions forced out from the east by Stalin's ethnic cleansing? In which case, a lot of those guys later moved on and did indeed end up in the US. In any case, if the name is that unusual, it might be worth simply drafting a simple letter - slightly in the way you sent me your "long shot" message above - and mailing 50 or so randomly selected people in the US located using the "white pages" - online telephone directories. The price of 50 postage stamps and envelopes may be higher than it was, and you'd need to think quite carefully what you want to ask. And maybe how to trigger interest - picture of the car in the envelope (license plate duly blanked...)? I remember I sent out a standard letter to about 50 people in South Carolina ten years or so ago, trying to find out more about a great grandmother's family. I didn't get quite the answers I was hoping for, but I did get a couple of interesting replies. I'm not a great fan of Ancestry. Every time I used to ask them something they said I had the wrong kind of subscription and why didn't I get another one covering a different continent? In the end I got fed up and cancelled the subscription I had to the database that I had signed up to before they carved up the planet into sub-databases.
Must stop rambling. Success Charles01 (talk) 19:13, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

18 reg plate spottedEdit

Taurus in Lincolnshire, Illinois
My 1000th image uploaded

After just 2 days since released I already spot my first 18 reg. A Renault Kadjar!

Short and sweet. --Vauxford (talk) 17:58, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Well done. I guess that means it must be March. I still remember the first "___ ___ C" reg I saw back in 1965, but then I think I was pre-camera. It was an icy day a bit like today (tho it must have been January) and the car was a light metalic blue Ford Cortina. Ten years - might have been ?twelve - later that beautiful light metallic blue paint they put on upmarket versions of the British Fords back then tended to flake alarmingly.
Somehow these days the new months and even the license plate changes tend to catch me unawares.
Those dark colours - when polished - really go overboard on the distracting reflections. Nothing personal: here's one I prepared earlier today (when I was meant to be shopping ....) It'll be less of an issue after another month or so when the authorities put the sun higher up in the sky, but no doubt there'll be other challenges in the lighting department. Ho hum.
Regards Charles01 (talk) 18:23, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
Oooh nice photo of the Panamera Sport Turismo, all the others I saw where all in shows. Kinda like what you did throughout the 70s to early 90s I always keep on the look out for the latest models and facelift everywhere I go, perhaps not globally as you have but all within all the towns I'm local to. With me being the new generation of documenting the daily drivers around us I'm likely going to be doing this in the coming years.
This Mercedes-Benz is one example of spotting latest models as the X-Class which is a rebadge of the Nissan Navara but was less than a month ago I think. --Vauxford (talk) 18:32, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, they're not making a great song and dance about the Daimler-Nissan/Renault collaboration. The branding is so different - especially in the UK where Mercedes-Benz models are still able to command a fantastic price premium over "common" cars. (I write as a regular Skoda driver ..., though I guess I must have been let loose on the odd Mercedes over the years.) But that Daimler-Nissan liaison still gives rise to interesting children.
I don't really think of my car photographing as a "global" thing. When I travelled most I was gainfully employed and most of the time too busy doing whatever it was I thought I was being paid for, to spend much time wandering round car parks. But - at least within several western European countries - yes indeed. Opportunities turn up. But "globally" ... hmm - and surely not!
You have about 2 photos which you photographed in South Australia which was Ford Falcon EA (both sedan and station wagon) as well a Ford Taurus, Lincolnshire, Illinois around 1990-1991. So I say you went pretty global. What was your job at the time, was it something related to travelling? --Vauxford (talk) 18:54, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
I worked in the travel trade till 1985. After that - at a rather more advanced age than was conventional for such a step - I trained as an accountant. So ... never too late. You don't have to work in travel to get shunted round the planet. And yes, there were two trips to South Australia in 1990/91 and more than I can count (albeit much shorter ones) to the American mid-west during the early 1990s. I don't remember a Ford Taurus but there was a Ford Thunderbird I photographed before breakfast in the hotel car park in Illinois. It was pretty dark and cameras weren't so forgiving then. Thunderbirds were somehow "iconic" in the 1990s - though of course people always insisted the "modern ones" were nothing like as exciting as the originals. Well, yes.... Of course the interesting thing today would be if I'd photographed a random selection of 50 "ordinary cars" on one of the weekends I spent wandering round Illiois/Wisconsin shopping malls trying to shake off the jet lag. "Ordinary cars" from the 1990s I now find quite interesting! But I think I had a bit more time away from the office - and the chance to get to some more interesting backgrounds courtesy of "rellies," who kindly took me under their wing at some of the weekends - in South Australia. Maybe its just that when they sent me on those long trips it was usually October or November when the sun quite often shines in Australia, whereas in Illinois it rains at lot. Or it did when I was there. Except when it snowed. Charles01 (talk) 19:28, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
I was surprised that the Honda was one I didn't downloaded, I thought I downloaded all your scans. Travel trade make sense then but that interesting to know. Still a college student and haven't had a full-time job so things seem unclear but at least I have plenty of spare times at this moment, big chance I won't be stopping contributing images for Wikipedia in the coming years (7+ years maybe) I only started around 2015-2016 but even that around 2-3 years now. Within 10 months I already exceeded well over a 1000 images uploaded and not stopping but yeah, great talk I probably come chat on the talk page again soon, it interesting to read. --Vauxford (talk) 20:02, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
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