Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1971, Car Spotting: Ford Amsterdam Assembly

Still from the 1971 Italian-French Jacques Tati film "Trafic" (end scene), filmed at the parking lot of the Amsterdam Ford factory (Amsterdam Assembly, 1932-1981). In 1971 Amsterdam Assembly produced only the English Ford Cortina MkIII (TC1) for the European market. The German Fords Taunus TC1, 17M/20M/26M (Taunus) P7b and Capri MkI were build in Genk (Belgium) or Cologne (Germany). The American Fords (Mustang and LTD) were imports.

Left to right
First row: Ford LTD, Ford 17M/20M/26M (Taunus) P7b, Ford Capri MkI
Second row: Ford 17M/20M/26M (Taunus) P7b, Ford Capri MkI, Ford Capri MkI, Ford Taunus GXL (TC1), four Ford Cortina's MkIII (TC1) L or XL
Third row: Ford 17M/20M (Taunus) P7b, Ford Mustang, Ford Capri MkI, Ford Taunus GXL (TC1), two Ford Cortina's MkIII (TC1) L or XL
Fourth row: Ford 17M/20M (Taunus) P7b, Ford LTD, Ford Taunus XL (TC1), all the other cars are Ford Cortina's MkIII (TC1) L or XL
Fifth row: The first car is a Ford 17M/20M (Taunus) P7b all other cars are Ford Cortina's MkIII (TC1) L or XL

Monday, 20 March 2017

1970, Cars: Toyota Carina (A10)

In December 1970 Japanese carmaker Toyota introduced the Toyota Carina on the home market. Its European release took place in October 1971. The new car shared its platform with the Toyota Celica. The Carina filled the size gap between the smaller Corolla and the larger Corona.

Toyota Carina 4-door (EU, 1970)
Toyota Carina 4-door (EU, 1970)
Toyota Carina 4-door (EU, 1972)
Toyota Carina 4-door (UK, 1974)
The Carina A10 was offered with two engine choices: a 1407 cc or 1588 cc engine. Available body styles were a 2 or 4-door sedan (A12 or A14) and a 2-door hardtop coupé (A15 or A17). The car had very distinctive taillights and was offered with the inclusion in the price of reclining seats with built-in head restraints, radio, clock, reversing lights and servo-assistance on the brakes, these features tended to be options at extra cost by other manufacturers.
Toyota Carina 2-door (US, 1972)
Toyota Carina 2-door (US, 1972)
Toyota Carina 2-door (EU, 1974)
In 1972 the Carina was revised with a restyled body, new rear light cluster, filler cap repositioned in the rear quarter panel and a restyled front grille. Another facelift followed in 1974 including a sealed cooling system, improved brakes, restyled wheels with flared wheel arches and restyled interior fittings. In December 1975 a break version (called Van) was available in Japan. Production ended in 1977 with the introduction of Toyota Carina A40.
Toyota Carina coupé (EU, 1972)
Toyota Carina Van (Japan, 1975)
Successor: Toyota Carina A40 (EU, 1977)

Toyota Carina Advert (Japan, 1972)
Toyota Carina (Japan, 1972)
Toyota Carina Hardtop Coupé (Japan, 1973)

Monday, 13 March 2017

1969, Television: "Department S"

9 March 1969 "Six Days", the first episode of the British spy-fi television series "Department S", is broadcast on ATV (Associated Television) part of ITV. The series, created by Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman, starred Peter Wyngarde, Joel Fabiani, Rosemary Nicols, and Dennis Alaba Peters. The musical theme was written Edwin Astley. From 1969 to 1970 a total of 28 episodes were produced by ITC (Incorporated Television Company).

A S"pecial department within Interpol, Department S has the task to solve cases which other organisations failed to solve. The head of Department S, with headquarters in Paris, is Sir Curtis Seretse (Dennis Alaba Peters). The ideas man of the group is adventure novelist Jason King (Peter Wyngarde). He uses details of their cases in his Mark Caine novels. Most of the time he is in company of beautiful women. His wife died in a plane crash some years ago. American and former FBI agent Stewart Sullivan (Joel Fabiani) is the leader and the pragmatist of the group, he takes his orders directly from Sir Curtis Seretse. Annabelle Hurst (Rosemary Nicols) is the groups scientist and computer specialist.
Peter Wyngarde as Jason King, Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan
and Rosemary Nicols as Annabelle Hurst
Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan and Dennis Alaba Peters as Sir Curtis Seretse
Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan, Rosemary Nicols as Annabelle Hurst
and Peter Wyngarde as Jason King
Peter Wyngarde as Jason King
Synopsis "Six Days"
A commercial airliner arrives at London airport six days late, although the pilot believes his plane is half an hour early due to a tailwind. There seems nothing wrong with the aircraft and only the normal amount of fuel has been used. Where has the plane been for the last six days?

Rosemary Nicols as Annabelle Hurst
Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan
Peter Wyngarde as Jason King
  • The series was followed by the spin-off "Jason King" (1971 – 1972, 26 episodes).
  • The cars in the series were: a Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon with Swiss number plates (Jason King), a Vauxhall Ventora (FD) 3.3 (Stewart Sullivan), and a Lancia Fulvia Coupé (Annabelle Hurst).
  • The Bentley S2 Continental Sports Saloon used by Jason King was Peter Wyngarde's own car.
  • Most of the clothes worn by Jason King were created Peter Wyngarde himself. 

Department S, opeing and closing credits ("Six Days")

Thursday, 2 March 2017

1968, Belgian Comics: Suske en Wiske “De zeven snaren”

In 1968 a new "Suske en Wiske" (UK: "Bob & Bobette" or "Spike and Suzy", US: "Willy and Wanda") album is published: "De zeven snaren" (translation: "The seven strings"). The series "Suske en Wiske" was created by Willy Vandersteen in 1945.

No 79: "De zeven snaren"
  • four colour (CMYK)
  • never published in English
  • story and drawings by Willy Vandersteen
  • published in French ("Bob et Bobette") as "La Harpe perdue"
  • published in Finnish ("Anu & Antti") as "Kadonnut harppu"
  • published in Norwegian ("Finn & Fiffi") as "Den forheksede harpen"
  • published in Swedish ("Finn och Fiffi") as "Den förhäxade harpan"
No 79: "De zeven snaren"
The story was pre-published in the newspapers "De Standaard" and "Het Nieuwsblad" from 5 August 1967 until 15 December 1967. The main characters are Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy), aunt Sidonia, Lambik (Ambrose), Jerom (Jethro), Professor Barabas, Antanneke (the witch), Mac Monocel (the wizard), The Grand Master of the Order of Wizards and Blacksoul. The locations for this story are a village in Belgium or The Netherlands struck by a tornado and Ireland.
Antanneke and Professor Barabas
The Grand Master of the Order of Wizards
Jerom (Jethro) and Lambik (Ambrose)
Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy) and Aunt Sidonia visit a village hit by a tornado. On the way home lightning strikes an old oak tree just before their car. Under the oak tree Wiske discovers a secret pit but she can't open the cover. On a placard she reads that Antanneke, a witch from the sixteenth century, was locked away in the secret pit...
Jerom (Jethro) and Wiske (Suzy)
Mac Monocel
Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy) and aunt Sidonia
Wiske (Suzy) and Antanneke
  • Central theme in the story are "The Seven Works of Mercy" (1.To feed the hungry, 2.To give water to the thirsty, 3.To clothe the naked, 4.To shelter the homeless, 5.To visit the sick, 6.To visit the imprisoned, 7.To bury the dead).
  • The village hit by a tornado could be Oostmalle (Belgium), Cham (The Netherlands) or Tricht (The Netherlands). All three were partly destroyed by a tornado on June 25, 1967.
  • The first man Lambik (Ambrose) asks to enumerate "The seven works of Mercy" is a caricature of Willy Vandersteen.
  • Lambik clothes the statue "Het Meisje met het Geitje" (translation: "The girl with the little goat") by the French sculptor Marcel Courbier (1898-1976). This real statue can be seen since 1932 at the Louise-Marielei in Antwerp.
  • At the beginning of the story the message about the tornado on the TV is followed by the cheerful news that the government bought Zeropardtanks for several millions. This is a reference to the fact that the Belgian authorities placed a large order for Leopard tanks in 1967.
Tornado: Oostmalle, Cham or Tricht
Lambik (Ambrose) and a caricature of Willy Vandersteen
Lambik (Ambrose) and the statue "Het Meisje met het Geitje"
The real statue "Het Meisje met het Geitje" in Antwerp
Zeropardtanks reference to large order for Leopard tanks
  • Ford Fairlane 500 (1967)
Ford Fairlane 500

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

1967, Film: Les Arnaud

The French-Italian dramatic film "Les Arnaud" is released on 13 October 1967. The film directed and partly written by Léo Joannon, stars Bourvil, Salvatore Adamo and Christine Delaroche. The music was composed by Franck Pourcel and Salvatore Adamo.

André Arnaud (Salvatore Adamo) is a poor, orphan law student who accidentally kills an antique dealer who wanted to blackmail him. The judge Henri Arnaud (Bourvil) protects him so he can complete his studies...

Christine Delaroche as Laetitia, Adamo as André Arnaud and Bourvil as Henri Arnaud
Adamo as André Arnaud and Christine Delaroche as Laetitia
Adamo as André Arnaud and Bourvil as Henri Arnaud
Bourvil as Henri Arnaud and Adamo as André Arnaud
Main cast
  • Bourvil as judge Henri Arnaud
  • Salvatore Adamo as André Arnaud
  • Christine Delaroche as Laetitia
  • Marcelle Ranson-Hervé as Belle Arnaud
  • Michel de Ré as Mister Jassoron
  • Suzanne Courtal as Madame Bouvier
  • Gisèle Grandpré as Nelly
  • Alain Doutey as student
  • Gérard Croce as Raphaël
  • Martial Rèbe as lawyer
  • Rémy Longa as boxer
Adamo as André Arnaud and Christine Delaroche as Laetitia
Adamo as André Arnaud and Bourvil as Henri Arnaud
Bourvil as Henri Arnaud and Adamo as André Arnaud
  • Belgian singer songwriter Adamo sings one song in the film: "Vivre" (music and lyrics by Salvatore Adamo)
  • Salvatore Adamo is the best-selling Belgian music artist of all time
  • The story has similarities with "Crime and Punishment" by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsk
  • Christine Dalaroche plays Jeanine Leparge in the two French coproduced New Avenger episodes "K is for Kill: The Tiger Awakes" and "K is for Kill:Tiger By the Tail".
Salvatore Adamo with the title song "Vivre"

Saturday, 25 February 2017

1966, Car spotting: Den Haag, Plein

First row, left to right:
Volvo Amazon (P120), Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), Ford Zephyr Mark II (206E), Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3), Citroën ID/DS, Simca Ariane, Morris 1100 / 1300 (ADO16) , Fiat 1100, Ford Taunus 12M (P4).

First row, right side parking:
Unknown dark coloured car, unknown dark coloured American car, Citroën ID/DS, Ford Taunus 17M (P3), Ford Cortina Mk Ib.

Second row:
Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), Jaguar Mark 2, unknown dark coloured car probably Ford, Ford Zephyr / Zodiac Mk III (211E, 213E), unknown light coloured cabriolet probably Triumph or Fiat, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), Opel Olympia Rekord, Renault Dauphine, Triumph Herald, Simca Aronde (P60), Fiat 1300, Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3), Opel Rekord A or B CarAVan, Renault 4, unknown light coloured car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle).

Third row:
Only four recognisable cars: in front of the Opel Olympia Record is a Ford Taunus 17M/20M (P5), in front of the Renault Dauphine a BMC Mini (ADO15), in front of the Triumph Herald a Citroën ID/DS and in front of the Volkswagen 1500 Notchback (Typ 3) a Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle).

Fourth row:
Four unknown cars, Citroën ID/DS, unknown car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), Ford Taunus 12M (P4), Simca 1000, Morris Minor 1000 (ADO59), Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), BMC Mini (ADO15), unknown car, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), three unknown cars, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), five unknown cars, Volkswagen 1200 (Typ 1, Beetle), unknown car, Renault 4, Citroën 2CV. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

1965, Music: Eurovision Song Contest

The 10th Eurovision Song Contest was held on Saturday 20 March 1965 at the "Sala di Concerto della RAI", Naples, Italy. Renata Mauro presented the festival and of the 18 participants the French singer France Gall won for Luxembourg with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", a song composed and written by Serge Gainsbourg. 
Luxembourg won for the second time, the first victory was in 1961 with "Nous les amoureux" sung by Jean-Claude Pascal.

Winner France Gall
France Gall with writer/composer Serge Gainsbourg
  • For the second time, Belgium (Lize Marke), Finland (Viktor Klimenko), Germany (Ulla Wiesner), and Spain (Conchita Bautista) scored "null points".
  • 1965 was the debut of Ireland.
  • The Swedish entry by Ingvar Wixell was sung in English. This led to the rule that all participants had to perform their songs using one of their national languages in the 1966 edition.
  • Three artists returned for a second time: Udo Jürgens (Austria, previous participation in 1964), Conchita Bautista (Spain, previously participation in 1961) and Vice Vukov (Yugoslavia, previous participation in 1963).
First place: France Gall with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" for Luxembourg
Second place: Kathy Kirby with "I Belong" for The United Kingdom
Third place: Guy Mardel with "N'avoue jamais" for France
Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Netherlands Conny van den Bos "'t Is genoeg" 11 5
02 United Kingdom Kathy Kirby "I Belong" 2 26
03 Spain Conchita Bautista "¡Qué bueno, qué bueno!" 15 0
04 Ireland Butch Moore "Walking the Streets in the Rain" 6 11
05 Germany Ulla Wiesner "Paradies, wo bist du?" 15 0
06 Austria Udo Jürgens "Sag ihr, ich lass sie grüßen" 4 16
07 Norway Kirsti Sparboe "Karusell" 13 1
08 Belgium Lize Marke "Als het weer lente is" 15 0
09 Monaco Marjorie Noël "Va dire à l'amour" 9 7
10 Sweden Ingvar Wixell "Absent Friend" 10 6
11 France Guy Mardel "N'avoue jamais" 3 22
12 Portugal Simone de Oliveira "Sol de inverno" 13 1
13 Italy Bobby Solo "Se piangi, se ridi" 5 15
14 Denmark Birgit Brüel "For din skyld" 7 10
15 Luxembourg France Gall "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" 1 32
16 Finland Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" 15 0
17 Yugoslavia Vice Vukov "Čežnja" 12 2
18 Switzerland Yovanna "Non, à jamais sans toi" 8 8

First place: France Gall with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son"

Recap of all 18 songs