Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Live Coverage of Microcar Museum Auction

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

auction“Live” coverage of the RM Auction of The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum will be available Right Here.

Come back on Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 14-16
for a Live Blog from the Event and experience it as it happens starting at 10am EST each day.
Complete Auction coverage along with results as they happen, in real time.

The logs show that this site has simply been HAMMERED from around the world as, other than
the Live Streaming Video from RM,(now unavailable)
there was NO OTHER SOURCE for Auction Results and News
during the auction as far as I know.

Preview Day Click Here

Auction Day 1 part 1 Click Here

Auction Day 1 part 2 Click Here

Auction Day 2 part 1 Click Here

Auction Day 2 part 2 Click Here

if you want to walk around the Auction, try this YouTube Video

King Midgets in the NY Times

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Nice little piece in the NY Times WHEELS section covering the 2012 King Midget Jamboree held recently in Pennsylvania.

Direct Link to Story

Text Only Link if the above one doesn’t work for you.


German Restoration Shop tour

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Oliver Herbolzheimer is well known in the Messerschmitt community. He restores cars for a living in Germany. He makes replacement parts, his daily driver is a Tg500 replica that has a Trabant 601 powerplant.  Take a tour of his shop with these two videos. (had to break the 30 min show into 2 pieces for YouTube)

Note to non-German audience: the video is from German television. It is all German, there are no subtitles, nor is there an “English” version, so don’t ask. Just watch and enjoy.
Part 1:

Part 2:

Zündapp Janus in CARS 2 -on the turntable

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Pixar put all the characters in CARS 2 on a turntable so you can see them from all sides.
This is the 1958 Zündapp Janus that appears as “Professor Z”
The Janus is sort of like the BMW Isetta, but it has a door that opens at the front AND the back.
It looks the same coming or going. Hence the name of the Roman God: JANUS
The green/green color scheme is actually a period-correct one and would be found on an original car.


Tip of the hat to Mark Hatten for finding this!

Peel vs Peel

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This piece from ITV IOM (Isle of Man) news has Ernie Leece discussing the “new” replica Peel P50s and Tridents that are being made and allegedly sold in the UK. Now it’s time for the perspective of someone who worked at the actual Peel Engineering Co on the Isle of Man.

In addition, here is a link to the episode of DRAGON’S DEN broadcast on the BBC that is referred to in the video. Watch the hosts of the show rip their business plan to shreds.”Half-Baked” is what they call it.  Also- while you watch the Dragon’s Den episode note how they try to make it appear as though they “bought the company” from the Isle of Man, just as Ernie Leece says in the news video.

new CARS trailer has a Zündapp Janus!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

See if you can spot the Zündapp Janus in the trailer for the new CARS movie from PIXAR.
Unlike the previous film this is not a “blend” of several microcars, it seems to be a rather accurate depiction of the vehicle (except for the addition of the monocle….).  Oh and the Janus also appears to be a “bad guy”. Whoo Hoo!  Hope they find a use for the rear door. Perhaps he is “two-faced”?
Hat Tip to Larry Claypool for the heads up.
cheaters can click here for a pic of the car

Isetta races Cheetah at SEMA

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

And they’re off!

Who do you think the winner was in this drag race between the 1956 BMW Isetta and this 1964 CHEETAH?
(don’t you know that Cheetahs always win?)

This was in Las Vegas during SEMA at the Clean Tools booth, makers of the ABSORBER and GLOSSER products.

Microcars at MECUM Auction St. Charles IL September 2010

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The following Vintage Microcars to be auctioned in St. Charles IL over the September 16-19 weekend by MECUM:
click pics to go to detailed listings for cars,
ALL sales will have a sliding scale Buyer’s Premium added of $300 to 6% of Hammer Price.

Lot F154 1958 BMW Isetta 300

Lot T229 1958 BMW 600

Lot F279 1961 Vespa 400

Profile of John Hollowell and Goggomobil

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

John Hollowell of Ann Arbor Michigan with his Goggomobil TS400

Nice profile piece from about Microcar collector and enthusiast John Hollowell.

Even nicer is that they spelled GOGGOMOBIL correctly!
Link to article HERE
Link to John’s website: ISETTAGARAGE.COM (where Goggomobil is NOT spelled correctly! *sigh*…)

Profile of Dave Raab from Tustin CA

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

From the Orange County Register, this really nicely done profile piece about Dave Raab,
Microcar Enthusiast and Collector from Tustin California.
There is an ad at the beginning of the video, but the video is worth it.
There is a print story that accompanies this, read that HERE.
Make sure you read down to the first comment, it is hilarious!

Don’t lend your microcars to Top Gear!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Unless you are OK with them ending up on their sides.
Perhaps the owner of this 3-wheeled Reliant was told in advance that this was going to happen, as the host WAS wearing a helmet while driving so they did seem to anticipate that “something” could go wrong.
Or maybe this was planned all along, it is just a TV show after all.
This episode was being filmed for the next season, more on the “story” at the DAILY MAIL

Vintage Microcars on MODERN MARVELS

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Vintage Microcars are scheduled to make an appearance on the TV Show MODERN MARVELS (History Channel)

Thursday May 6
7 pm Mountain
8 pm Central
9 pm Eastern
10 pm Pacific

The Club provided video and archive material to the production company back in January 2009, you will probably see something on the Peel P50 and…? The entire episode is not about microcars it looks at extremes of… well, BIG & SMALL.


Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This is great, they can’t stop laughing when introducing the car.
The poor model just looks so embarrassed.  I am serious!  The host does a good job of holding it together though.

MicroSouth 2010 coverage on TV

Monday, April 26th, 2010

NOTE: This event is OVER! It was March 26 2010
Also, don’t trust the info from the Reporters/NewsReaders, one person says it happens TWICE A YEAR, wrong – it is normally EVERY OTHER YEAR.

ISO Isetta helps sell mobile technology

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is one of the world’s biggest trade shows devoted to cellphones, smartphones and mobile gear. Wired covered the show and found that devices apparently don’t seem to sell themselves, they need Microcars!
That is a nice Spanish ISO Isetta on display
(note the oval sticker in the corner of the rear window: Vintage Microcar Club!)

GARMIN seems to have an affinity for using microcars to help attract attention, they also have a BMW Isetta on display in the front window of their flagship store on Michigan Ave in Chicago.
read more about the show at:

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