Francis Birtles (in the driver's seat) with his car the 'Sundowner'. nla.pic-vn3301959 [Two people in a car decorated with Aboriginal designs, Arnhem Land] National Library of Australia




18th of September 2011: Just over a month before departure! On a lovely spring day we took a fantastic 240km drive into the tall tree forests north-east of Melbourne. Long hills and narrow windy roads were a good test for both the car and driver. Both preformed well.

4th of March 2011: Only six months to go before departure and preparations are well underway. Today Constantine Mandylas visited the SBS Radio studio in Federation Square, Melbourne for an interview with SBS Radio Russian language service.

13th-18th of September 2010: A motor rally from St. Petersburg and Kiev has been held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Imperial Prize Rally. At the border of Russia and Ukraine, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with participants and took part in a number of joint events. Participants included prominent culture figures, actors, musicians and athletes, including the boxer Kostya Tszyu who holds both Russian and Australian citizenship. As mentioned in the "History" section of this website, Andrei Nagel was a participant in the 1910 Imperial Prize Rally and finished the race without penalty points receiving a special award for his effort. To see photos click HERE.

8th-9th of May 2010: On a private trip to the United States, Constantine Mandylas visited two of the best antique automobile museums in the country thanks to help of Packard Automobile Club member Sanford Mitchell of Petersburg, Michigan. They first visited the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The museum is located in the original Auburn Automobile Company's factory showroom and administration building, which was completed in 1930. Both the Art Deco architecture and automobiles on display were stunning; to see photos click HERE.
Next day Constantine and Sanford visited the equally amazing Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. On display in the museum was a restored Brush automobile very similar to the one Birtles and Ferguson used in 1912; to see photos click HERE.
Also in the Gilmore Car Museum there was a display commemorating Alice Ramsey's 1909 ocean to ocean crossing of the United States. To cap off a wonderful two days, Constantine was able sit behind the wheel of the only factory supercharged Duesenberg JN Convertible ever made. A total of only four JN Convertibles were produced with the first one going to Hollywood film star Clark Gable. When new in 1935 it cost $16000 (the price of a new Ford was $600); today it's value is in excess of $2 million; to see photos click HERE.

7th of May 2010: Construction of our website has been completed.


  Andrei Nagel driving his Russo-Balt S24-30 for the 1911 Imperial Prize St. Petersburg to Sevastopol rally.
Andrei Nagel driving his Russo-Balt S24-30 for the 1911 Imperial Prize St. Petersburg to Sevastopol rally.


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