Today I will tell you about the Classic car club in Israel (The Five Club) exhibition that was held at Tel Afek last Saturday.
Note: find additional info about this park at Yarkon National Park.
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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).
Last Saturday, they met at Yarkon National Park to show their cars and to give prizes for the best restoration and best conservation.
I overheard the owner saying that he sold his Lexus and bought this Pontiac Bonneville.
As I mentioned before, the event took place at Yarkon National Park. That is the view of the lake and The Ottoman Fortress, Tel Afek, on the other side:
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 permitted in almost every other country around the world. The main difference between the two standards is 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 across the top of the beam. But in 1952, European manufacturers altered the cutoff shape to extend the low beams’ distance reach. The cutoff stayed horizontal on the side of the beam facing oncoming traffic. Still, the cutoff on the curbside of the beam was angled or stepped upwards to throw lightwell 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 special aiming machinery.
When 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 will illuminate not only the road but also the signs and the pedestrians.
Though I showed 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 then you will find an mp3/disk player:
Citroen Traction Avant had several revolutionary features that are still in use today. The best known is front-wheel drive. Yep, it is the first mass-production car to have front-wheel drive.
The rear seats are opened in the picture above, can be closed in the same manner as a trunk. And as you can see, there are also no backdoors.
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.
This unique form reminds me of a saying of a car expert I once heard. He said that you could know the car manufacturer from a distance in the past. Today you cannot since most car models look similar. And indeed, you can see that most car firms copy designs from each other.
Under The Hood
Take a look under the hood:
There is a lot of space. You can efficiently work there. Due to the minimization trend, everything is tight, and there is very little space in modern cars. To reach something, you probably need to remove other things on the way.
Mustang with metal ropes for hood safety:
Cars are like big mirrors, so wear black if you can’t control the environment. This way, your reflection will be less visible. I did not follow my advice since it was a boiling hot day and I wore a white shirt.
The exhibition was held from 10:00 to 13:00. But as I mentioned earlier, it was a sweltering day, so around 12:30, car owners started to drive away.
Overall it was a pleasant experience, and if you like cars, you should visit. And do not be afraid to ask questions. Most car owners were friendly, answered questions, and showed under the hood.
That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!
For additional points of interest nearby, see the Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Here are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sea Of Galilee, and Makhtesh Ramon.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.