Today I going to tell you about the Classic car club in Israel (Five Club) exhibition that was held at Yarkon Springs last Saturday.

Map of the area:

Classic Car Club in Israel (Five Club)

Classic and collectible cars club in Israel is called: Five Club (official site). Five Club was created in 1985 and its purpose is to promote the conservation of classic cars and create a club for the drivers (which will enable data exchange via meetings and activities).

The name, Five Club, derives from the fact that during the creation of the club, collectible cars (more than 25 years old) had five numbers on their license plate. That is compared to today’s eight-digit license plate.

Today Five Club has more than 850 members, that own 2,500 cars, and 700 motorcycles. In 2000 Five Club joined FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens).

At Yarkon Springs National Park

Last Saturday they met at Yarkon Springs National Park to show their cars and to give prizes for the best restoration and best conservation.

The first car we saw when we entered the show was Pontiac Bonneville:
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Pontiac Bonneville was built from 1957 to 2005. But according to the headlamps, it looks like the third generation, meaning it was constructed somewhere in between 1961–1964.
The Five Club

I overheard the owner saying that he sold his Lexus and bought this Pontiac Bonneville.

The interior:
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As I mentioned before the event took place at Yarkon Springs National Park (official site). This is the view of the lake and The Ottoman Fortress, Tel Afek, on the other side:
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Cadillac Eldorado:
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Headlights Standards

At this exhibition I learned about two headlights standards:

To this day, there remain two distinctly different headlight technical regulations globally: The American SAE (or “DOT”) standard, which is mandatory in the US and allowed in Canada and Mexico, and the European ECE (or “E-code”) standard, which is required or allowed in most every other country around the world. The main difference between the two standards is in the level of priority placed on controlling glare to other drivers on the low beam setting. The American standard permits a relatively high amount of glare from low beams and allows a fuzzy, gradual transition from bright to dark as the beam is cast down the road. The European standard strictly controls low-beam glare and requires a sharp “cutoff” line at the top edge of the low-beam light pattern. Above the cutoff is the dark glare-control zone, and below the cutoff is the bright seeing-light zone.

That cutoff used to be horizontal all the way across the top of the beam. But in 1952 European manufacturers altered the shape of the cutoff to extend the low beams’ distance reach. The cutoff stayed horizontal on the side of the beam facing oncoming traffic, but the cutoff on the curbside of the beam was angled or stepped upwards to throw light well down the road, illuminating road signs and pedestrians without glaring oncoming drivers. In addition to keeping glare to a rigidly controlled low level, the cutoff allows the headlights to be accurately aimed visually. The beams can be shone at a wall and set to the correct vertical and horizontal angles by judging the height of the cutoff and placement of the upstep. Traditional American beams don’t have a cutoff, so they can’t be aimed properly without the use of special aiming machinery.

Source: motivemag.com

If you take a closer look at the lights of Cadillac Eldorado than you can see that one of the lights has two curves that go away from each other as they go to the right. It is because in Israel the European standard is used and we drive on the right-hand side. These two curved shapes on the right side beam so that it will illuminate not only the road but the signs and the pedestrians as well.

The camel within the car is Five Club sign:
The Five Club

Only Cars?

Though I show photos of only cars, there were also two buses and some motorcycles. All the exhibits arrived at the show by themselves. And you can find signs of modernization in some of the cars. For example, if you look closer than on the dashboard’s far right side of this Mercedes Benz than you will find a mp3/disk player:
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Car Design

This is 1939 Citroen Traction Avant:
Citroën Traction Avant

Citroen Traction Avant had several revolutionary features that are still in use today. The best known is front-wheel drive. Yep, it’s the first mass production car to have front-wheel drive.

Another unique feature that I liked about Citroen Traction Avant is the seats:
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The rear seats are opened at the picture above, can be closed in the same manner as a trunk. And as you can see, there are also no backdoors.

Despite the hot weather (almost 40 C), there were a lot of people:
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BMW 700 from 1961:
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Mercedes:
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MG:
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They don’t make wheels like this anymore:
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Jaguar:
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MG YT from 1950:
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Only 877 MG YT cars were produced. The production was stopped in 1950 since it was not the success that MG had hoped for. Other British manufacturers were also having problems selling open-tourer versions of their saloons.
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Take a look at the interior, the speedometer is in front of the passenger and the max speed is 100 mph:
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Chevrolet Corvette:
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Look at the form of this Cadillac:
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Maybe not the best aerodynamics, but it’s beautiful.
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This unique form reminds me of a saying of a car expert I once heard. He said that in the past you could know the car manufacturer from a distance. Today you cannot since most car models look similarly. And indeed you can see that most car firms copy designs from each other.

Ferrari:
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Buick Super from 1956 (fourth generation):
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Why do most cars have one color? I think the red and black look good. As far as I know Polo Harlequin had some success.
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No car exhibition would be complete without one of the best-selling automobiles ever, the Volkswagen Beetle. It was produced in 1938–2003 and overall 21.5 million units sold.
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Under The Hood

Some owners showed you what’s under the hood. As did the owner of this BMW 503:
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Closing headlights on Chrysler:
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Take a look under the hood:
מועדון החמש-33There is a lot of space. You can easily work there. In modern cars due to minimization trend, everything is tight and there is very few space. In order to reach to something you probably need to remove other things on the way.

Mustang with metal ropes for hood safety:
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This Cadillac has E11 headlights that form a non-symmetrical beam to illuminate signs and pedestrians (see the headlight standards above):
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Cars are like big mirrors, so if you can’t control the environment, wear black. This way your reflection will be less visible. I did not follow my advice since it was a boiling hot day and wore a white shirt.
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Chevrolet:
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Take a look at this beautiful Rover:
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And from the side:
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I was told that the Citroen Mehari is a very stable car and almost never turns upside down:
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Lucky 7:
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And of course the Israeli car exhibition would not be complete without Sussita:
מועדון החמש-43This Sussita owner had a small Sussita model in the rear window 🙂

Ferrari:
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And I’ll finish with Cadillac:
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Summary

The exhibition was held from 10 to 13. But as I mentioned earlier, it was a very hot day, so around 12:30 car owners started to drive away.

Overall it was a pleasant experience, and if you like cars, then you should visit. And do not afraid to ask questions. Most car owners were friendly and answered questions and showed under the hood.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

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