I happen to be in Springfield, Illinois at the National American Austin Bantam Club meet. So far, I am finding Springfield not to be the epitome of urban planning, but that is not why I am here. My father is a car collector and many of you know that I am spending some extended time with him over this summer. Back in 1940, my grandparents bought a "second car" - a used 1939 American Bantam Standard Coupe. My father was 15 at the time and he drove it quite a bit - from Ohio to Massachusetts, from Ohio to Florida - with and without my grandparents. They kept the car and used it regularly as a second car in the years that passed after my father moved out of the house. As my grandparents aged, they transferred ownership of the car to my father and it remains in the family to this day - some 70 years later! It's name is "Baby B."
This is how the car looked this morning. We were moving some other vehicles and I caught my father maneuvering the wheel. We did not bring it to the meet.
Just coincidently, we moved another Bantam, this one a 1938 Roadster, yesterday morning to another location in Madison,, IN - where my father lives. This is a picture of it getting tied down on a trailer.
For me, they are more like roller-skates than a car - they are all of ten feet long and at 6' 5", it's just not possible to drive one - unless one was built around me. Anyway, the following is a slide show from the welcoming barbecue today we had at a local park with pictures of some of the cars. I will add more to the slide show as the week progresses if you want to check back.
Here is a link to the club's website.