Havana Cars

Havana, Cuba, 2 September 2016

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Still on the same day as the last post, we are walking in Central Havana and there are lots of old cars around.  The blue car is probably a 1946 Oldsmobile.

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1956 Ford.

I’m not sure what the others were doing at the time but I found myself able to stand on a street corner.  We are on the corner of Infanta and Neptuno, out of the central city.  You have no doubt seen images of the immaculate old vehicles that tourists are offered rides in in the old city.  These are the cars that the ordinary people drive.

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Blue car maybe a 1947 Chevrolet.  Red car behind it is probably a Lada and the yellow car beside that is a Moskvich.

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The yellow and black taxi is a Lada, behind that an early 50s Ford, behind that probably a 1952 Chrysler.

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The green car going away is a Chev.  Don’t know what the blue car in the middle is.

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The red car is a 53 or 54 Chevrolet.

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1949 (Chrysler) Plymouth taxi.

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Oldsmobile, probably 1954.  Another taxi.

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1955 Chevrolet.

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1953 or 54 Chevrolet.

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1947 Plymoutn.  Limpimg along, it seems.

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Ford Fairlane 500 V8, about 1955, carrying tourists.

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1956 Pontiac (Taxi).

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We then dropped into Hotel Nacional de Cuba for a while.

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1957 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible.

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… waiting for tourists to take a ride back to town…

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1954 Ford convertible.

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On the road towards town.

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This one’s a mystery.  It must be a European car, but what I don’t know.  It bears the name Pininfarina on the dashboard and, very small, on the rear of the car.  But Fininfarina didn’t build cars, they were a coachbuilder.  They had a close partnerrship with Ferrari and provided services for many other marques including Alpha Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.  The radio says Jensen, but I think that’s just the brand of radio.  I can’t find any plausible candidates. Maybe a small manufacturer or a custom order.  I’d be intrigued if anyone knows.

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Boolcoomatta Monochromes

Boolcoomatta Station, South Australia, 28th-30th March 2015

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On the way in to Boolcoomatta Station.

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Old wheel, Boolcoomatta Station.

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Kangaroos in the evening, Boolcoomatta Station.

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Mawson’s wheel, Boolcoomatta Station.

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Oonartra Creek.

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Oonartra Creek.

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Salt bush country near Oonartra Creek.

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Nighttime lights, Mundi Mundi Lookout (?).

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Dawn vista, Boolcoomatta Station.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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Old farm machinery, Boolcoomatta Station.

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White’s Whim and Well.

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Near White’s Whim and Well, looking towards The Saddle.

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At The saddle.

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Mawson’s wheel and moonlight view.

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Boolcoomatta Station Woolshed.

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The yard of old cars, Boolcoomatta Station.

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Silverton

Silverton, NSW, Australia, 30th March 2015

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Before driving back to Canberra, I stayed the night at Silverton, not far from Broken Hill and once a prosperous mining town.  I stayed at the hotel.  The grey beetle at the front is a Mad Max reference, because Mad Max 2 was filmed around here.

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Three donkeys wandered up for a drink at the hotel.  Their ancestors probably worked in the mines.

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This was behind the hotel, beside a stage that was at the time unused.  Multiple owners over the years.  At least three, I think.

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Opposite my unit was the remains of the original hotel, from 1884.  It allegedly sold nineteen tons of beer in the first four weeks of operation and was abandoned after a fire.

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It was late afternoon and I went for a walk, though everything apart from the pub was closed.  John Dynon’s gallery …

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… and his car, which he did not appear to be using.  Perhaps he lives in the back of the gallery so doesn’t usually need the car.

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There are many relics of the nineteenth century mining town

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and even a Mad Max Museum.

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The cafe was closed (as with everything else).

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You can see what I mean from the historic photograph taken from a notice board at the site. Apparently, in the Depression, people could register a plan for a full house but if they were short of money they might only build half of it, in the hope that they could afford more later on.

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Another gallery was accompanied by some colourful accoutrements.

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This outhouse and the previous ute are illustrated with what appears to be a rural legend (well, it can’t be an urban legend can it?) of a flying dunny.

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Old beetles are ubiquitous, it seems.

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This old house with a kind of a rail scooter beside it had an open door at the back.

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This is the view looking through one of the windows.

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The wall paper seems recent (as in last hundred years or so).

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You may be able to read the frame of the bicycle if you click on the image.  This is a Silverton bicycle, as something of an art exhibit.

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Nearby, another old car.

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Silver was discovered near here in 1875 by two men drilling for a well.  The town was founded in 1885 and reached a peak population of 3,000 in the 1890s.  After that, the town was eclipsed by Broken Hill and also the silver lode ran out.  Now there are about 40 inhabitants.

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Somone put a lot of work into that stonework once.

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This is the Silverton Jail, built in 1889 and now a museum..

Somewhat used cars…

Boolcoomatta Station, South Australia, 29th and 30th March 2015

 

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On the Sunday we got up again before dawn to photograph the sunrise.

I could make this image of the homestead look like it was full daylight but that wouldn’t make much sense because it was in the gloom before the sun was up.

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Probably still before dawn, looking to the far distance.

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After dawn we visited the station’s car showroom and some of the vehicles appeared to be previous year models.

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These were an interesting pair.  Look at the flared front mudguard of the one on the left and the chassis which are telescoped towards the front of the vehicles.

These are not trucks, more likely some kind of racing vehicles.  Perhaps they were used for local drag racing in the 30s or 40s.

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The paintwork could do with a polish here and there.

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And since we had some time on our hands, why not a quick burn around the fields?

Well, OK maybe not so quick and there weren’t actually any fields.

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With the engine so exposed perhaps it’s been done up to be a hot rod.

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Nice curves.

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Handling might leave something to be desired.

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Perhaps a bit down in the horsepower.

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Oil pressure seems a little low.

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Nice details on the duco, though.

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Tare 1 ton 17 cwt, speed 25 mph.

So that gives a weight bearing capacity of one imperial ton and seventeen hundredweight (at eight stone or 112lb (= pounds) per hundredweight).

That is equivalent to 1.88 tonnes or just over two American tons.

Speed is 40kph.

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The odometer, sitting on top of the dashboard.

It says 72,000 miles (116,000 kilometres) but who knows how many times round the clock since it turns over at 100,000.

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May be more suited to going round right hand corners.

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Seems to be needing a head…

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Says it all, really.

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The context.

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Starting to rain…

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So originally it was Truck No 5 of the City of Brighton.

Then it was bought by M J Halliday of Meningie who painted it blue or grey and put his name on it.

The rust has brought out the underlying lettering.  Meningie is a South Australian town on the coast below Adelaide about 500 or 600 kilometres away.

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Austin S 60 N may mean something to someone.  Overall it looks like an Austin WF from the mid 60s.

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And I came back the next morning, our last, to take a few more.

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… of the once sleek lines of the cars…

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… and the trucks….

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