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Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2016 (1)

Last year (2015), the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival was washed out. This year it was not, which is a good thing because I attended the event this morning and it was stunning. If you are a car buff then you would have loved it. I am not a car buff, but there are certain vehicles that I like and others that interest me from a retro perspective. And of course there are bound to be Mini’s and we all know how much I love those.   

These posts are more of photo essays than anything else because I do not know much about cars, and a show like this is really about lines of stationary cars. I took 450 images, and the weather kept on changing cloudwise. Fortunately it did not rain, or it would have ruined some extremely clean vehicles, (btw, each image opens in a new tab)

I attended the 2017 version of the show and the pics start off on page 1

The dominant player in the classic car festival were the many and varied British marques. There were heaps of Morris, Austin, Morgan, and Mini’s on display, and I was amazed at how all of those names have all but disappeared from a world dominated by the Japanese, German, Korean and French manufacturers. The Mini gallery has it’s very own page

Sunbeam Talbot Ten 1947

Sunbeam Talbot Ten (1947)

Morris Oxford VI (1968)

Morris Oxford VI (1968)

Dellow HWP 941 (1950)

Dellow HWP 941 (1950)

Austin A40 Sports

Austin A40 Sports

Aero 8 Morgan (2009)

Aero 8 Morgan (2009)

Daimler

Daimler

White GA (1911)

White GA (1911)

Armstrong Siddeley Whitley (1952)

Armstrong Siddeley Whitley (1952)

Triumph Roadster 2000 (1949)

Triumph Roadster 2000 (1949)

Morris 1300 (1968)

Morris 1300 (1968)

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (1921)

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (1921)

Rover Special Sports Tourer (1957)

Rover Special Sports Tourer (1957)

Triumph Mayflower (1953)

Triumph Mayflower (1953)

Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh

Austin Healey

Austin Healey

Riley

Riley

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Morgan

Morgan

Morris Oxford

Morris Oxford

Austin

Rover

Rover

"E" Type Jaguar

“E” Type Jaguar

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Austin A10

Austin A10

Bentley

Bentley

MG

MG

Wolseley

Wolseley

 
Austin Allegro

Austin Allegro

 
Austin

Austin

 
Rover 100

Rover 100

 
Bullnose Morris (1923)

Bullnose Morris (1923)

 
Standard Super 10

Standard Super 10

 
Triumph

Triumph

 
Austin

Austin

   

The one vehicle that I really like are the 3 wheelers, mostly made by Morgan, but I did see some that were not Morgans. Sadly I did not see any Robin Reliants or Rialtos so cannot include them here.

Morgan 3 Wheeler

DRK 3 Wheeler

Lomax 3 Wheeler

Polaris Slingshot 3 wheel motorcycle

Polaris Slingshot 3 wheel motorcycle

3 x 3 wheelers

3 x 3 wheelers

Berkeley 3 Wheeler

Berkeley 3 Wheeler

And having said all that it is time to start a new page.

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© DRW 2016-2018. Created 21/08/2016

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:23

A Mini Minor with two flat tyres

Like so many young boys I always made the assumption that when I grew up I would own a car, even though we did not have a car in our family. Unlike many boys I did not dream about having the biggest, fastest and most macho car around, I dreamt about having a Mini.

Way back then the Mini was just one of an array of British, and to an extent Australian vehicles that were available on the South African market. The big Japanese and German car makers had not made that large an impact on the locals with the models on offer. For some reason I wanted a Mini and nothing less! On my daily trips by bus to primary school I would avidly keep an eye open for them and count them; with 5 probably being the norm, and 10 the exception. The part of town where I lived was not a rich area and there were more second hand cars in Mayfair than there are in Jeppe Street (Jeppe Street eventually became the hub of dodgy used car lots).

Wind forward to the point where I could theoretically qualify to learn to drive and I never did. Public transport was available, and I did not really need one, and again, our family did not own a car, so I did not come from a car owning culture. All that changed in 1989 when my aunt passed away and I decided that the time had come to learn to drive. I bought a very battered 15th hand 1974 VW Beetle Lux Bug and it ended up hanging around for a year in the underground parking of the building where I lived while I learnt to drive.

I got my license in 1990 and spent the next few years paying for repairs for that dieing Beetle which I disposed of in 1997. 

What happened to my dream of having a Mini? The Mini was no longer manufactured by then, in fact one of my workmates had amongst the last Leyland Minis around, and by then I recognised that it was not the ideal car, although it still stirred something in me. When he sold it I was very tempted to buy it off him, but it had an oil leak so decided against it. 

Amongst my few surviving childhood toys is a Matchbox Mini which was released in 1970,  and which spent most of its life in the display cabinet at home. It is a very old model now, and worth nothing except to me.

Matchbox series 29, "Racing Mini" (1970)

Matchbox series 29, “Racing Mini” (1970)

 In fact I have more than one Mini model, 

 

and of course when I see one I am drawn to photograph it. In the UK they are not as rare as in South Africa, so opportunities abound. They do command a steep price now, but I do recognise that it is not the perfect car as it does lack many of the items that I look for in a vehicle: reliability, safety, air conditioning, cost of insurance, comfort etc. If I could pick up one in a good condition at a good price I would consider it, but that is unlikely.  So, I will just have to enjoy other people’s Mini’s along the way.

And finally, in June 2016 I saw this half Mini at the London Science Museum. It was really quite quirky.

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 17/05/2016. More Minis added 02/08/2016. 15 more Minis added 22/08/2017. More Minis added and created separate gallery for them which replaces the old table, moved the contents of the table to that gallery 20/08/2018,

Updated: 20/08/2018 — 06:17
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