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Portsmouth, NH and Competition Motors

Portsmouth, NH and Competition Motors

Northern N.E. Star
Saturday, August 24, 2019 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Portsmouth
New Hampshire

Our visit to Competition Motors was marvelous.  The company “provides restoration and rebuilding services for vintage cars, hot rods, postwar and prewar vehicles” and “work on all makes and models and take tremendous pride in working with a diverse clientele that shares our passion for all things related to vintage automobiles.”  Owner Donald Koleman is a collector of cars, and also of other antiques.  His vast facility has space for a large number of cars in work areas and display areas, and other rooms dedicated to showing his other collected items.  

 

As we entered, we were astonished by a 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Eagle, an armed car that the dashing Duke of Westminster had developed and used in Africa during World War I.  The mounted machine gun that dominated the passenger area, and the running board-mounted search light gave it a very menacing look.  But a rather whimsical horn mounted on the right-hand side, a long hose with a squeeze bulb, terminated with a brass snake’s head showed that the man had a sense of humor.  The Duke was very successful, leading the armored cars on daring raids.  A search of Wikipedia brought up several photos of more war-like versions of these armored vehicles with added cowling and a more tank-like appearance.  One room of the Competition Motors building is given to a display of mannequins representing the Duke and his times.  

 

There are many Bugattis, and it’s hard to keep from touching them - their bodywork is ultra smooth and shiny.  Their technology is fascinating to explore.  For instance, race car wheels that were created as two parts, fitted with a lever that would release both the tire and brake from the hub for easy changes during a race.  A very pretty MB SL, a lovely shiny red Jaguar, an Austin-Healey Sprite, and an almost endless variety of other makes were casually placed about.  Part of Competition Motors’ business is in restoring classic vehicles for resale, and several of these were part of the scene.  

 

Attending along with our members were MBCA President Gene Jurick, and national board members Jim Roberts, Director at Large, our friend Ernie Fancy, Director at Large and Bill Richardson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, and of course our Regional Director Drew Webb.  These other men had been attending the Mercedes/Lotus weekend event in Connecticut.

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