musings while allatsea

Musings of a curious individual

Tag: classic car

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2018

 [ TCVF2016 ] [ TCVF 2017 ]

The Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival is held around this time of the year pretty much longer than I have lived here. I missed the 2015 event as it was cancelled because of heavy rain, but this year, 2018, is probably the last time I will be attending the event. It is fascinating to walk through because so many of the vehicles are cars from my past, and my parents past too. It did not seem that there were as many vehicles on display this year, and of course the weather was grey and cloudy some of the time. But, it was still packed and cars were still arriving by the time I left just after 12 (and the sun was making token appearances too). 

How to not repeat what I have posted before? duplication will creep in, and many of the cars on show were here in the previous years too, so unlike last time when i posted 4 pages, this time I am going to try to keep it at 1. I am really going to try post the odds and ends that interest me in this post instead of the usual vehicles.

There were 2 speed merchants to see this year, and it’s kind of hard to picture them hurtling along because they will just be blurs in the lens. The first was the Bloodhound SSC,a British supersonic vehicle currently in development. Its goal is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h), and achieving a new world land speed record. The pencil-shaped car  is designed to reach 1,050 miles per hour (1,690 km/h).

The vehicle was supposed to be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, but it appears that the record attempt has been put off till 2019. Maybe one day we will hear that it happened, but this glimpse at the needle nosed speed merchant was a unique one,

Speed merchant number two was a dragster, and its the first one I have ever seen in real life before. Its an impressive beastie but seems almost fragile. I know nothing about these vehicles but the fastest competitors can reach speeds of up to 530 km/h and can cover the 1,000 foot (305 m) run in anything between 3.6 and 4 seconds (on a good day?).  

Fortunately I prefer a more sedate drive and one of the many oldies I saw was a fabric bodied Austin 7 from 1928.

The British weather played havoc with the vehicles and I don’t think there are too many survivors around. The fabric used was called Rexine’, a cloth coated with a mixture of cellulose paint and castor oil and formerly used in the manufacturing of WW1 aircraft wings. I was quite fortunate to see this old lady and hear about the unique body. Truly a rare gem of a vehicle.

Two other oddities that tickled my fancy were a pair of milk floats in the Cotteswold Dairy livery. I cycle past the Dairy every morning and it never occurred to me that they would have operated floats too. 

How many of us used to collect Matchbox cars as children? and how many were thrown away by our mothers? quite a lot of them end up in boxes like this one…

Spot the blue Mini… I almost had to have a dual with a munchkin over the contents of that box, and we both left satisfied and clutching our 50p toys in sweaty hands. Phew, these muchkins can play dirty though. On the subject of Mini’s, yes there were quite a few there, and I have probably seen most of the ones on display, naturally some caught my eye, although the pink one was kind of jarring. It was for sale too, but I had spent my last 50p so was skint.

The other Mini that hurt my eyes was this orange 1970 Mini Clubman Estate (the turquoise one was quite nice too), I will post the new Mini’s in my famous Mini Minor with two flat tyres gallery at some point.

Another interesting find was this Ford Escort that did not come from the factory like this. It is a four seater, 3 sleeper motor caravan based on the Ford Escort 8 cwt deluxe van. 

The odd love of camper vans was also evident from the many VW’s Kombi’s around in various states of quirkiness.  I believe the windows in the roof were for viewing mountains with. 

Next to this old lady was a Beetle Cabriolet from the 1970’s. I was not too keen on the bubble gum colour, but she was a nice vehicle and her own was justifiably proud of her.

And you can always enjoy your travels on 2 wheels if the need takes you, and there were some interesting bikes on display too. The show stopper however was this beaut. It was a seriously large bike, but I have no idea how the rider manages with it.

There were a few other vintage machines, the first one in this trio is a 1914 Triumph Roadster.

although I kind of liked this Lambretta step through scooter in spite of the colour.

Chrome was evident in many of the vehicles though, and that reminds me, have you seen my Figureheads and Hood Ornaments post yet? I started it way back in 2017 and was finally able to complete it in 2018. 

Dream car? besides a Mini? there are a few that really make me ooh and aah, and right at the top of the list is the Morgan and this red example is perfect. Sadly I did not see any 3 wheel Morgans around this year.

There were not too many small commercial truck and van variants around, but there were two that made me smile.

I could probably waffle the whole day about the 400 images that I took, but I wont. Suffice to say I enjoyed this blast from the past. What I did find quite odd though was that there were a number of vehicles that are still in production on show (Golf’s and Mercs and Beemers), and I cannot quite class them as vintage or even classic. But if you look at it rationally, the VW Golf has been in production since 1974, and those 1974 models are now over 40 years old and technically are classics. What I do find hard to think about is that in 50 years time car enthusiasts may be looking at some of the plastic rubbish on our roads and discussing the merits of the internal combustion engine and a pre 2000 VW Golf, or the merits of a three wheel vehicle over a hoverspeeder.

And as usual I shall leave you with some random cars. In no particular order and with no favouritism anywhere. 

 

 

And that was it for the Classic Vehicle Festival of 2018. It was fantastic and special thanks to all those who keep these oldies running and in such a great condition. I probably wont see you next year, but I have many memories to carry me forward of the event that I have seen this year and in 2016 and 2017.

 [ TCVF2016 ] [ TCVF 2017 ]

DRW © 2018. Created 19/08/2018

Updated: 19/08/2018 — 18:12

Cool sighting of the day

The advent of cameras that are not tied down to film is a godsend for someone like me who tends to photograph anything. Unfortunately I do not always carry my camera around with me, but tend to rely on my cellphone that has a pretty respectable camera built into it for times when I need to take a quick pic.

Today was such a day. Wobbling my way out of the gate at work I nearly fell over, because lo and behold, right in front of my eye was this oldie from an era long gone.

Naturally because I wanted pics every car and truck in town decided to pass by, leaving me on the other side of the road. Fortunately the driver climbed out and so I was able to wobble over and get more pics. 

This old beauty is a Bristol FS6G, and if I read it right is means “FS: Flat-floor, Short length, Gardner 6LW or 6LX engine”. I am not a bus boffin though, so may be reading it wrong. The vehicle was wearing the Carters Coach Services Livery and was en route for somewhere (Sea Front perhaps?) 

According to the driver the vehicle was built in 1960 (so it is the oldest of the pair of us).

The platform at the rear is not open sided but does have a folding door fitted to it, although whether this was standard or not I cannot say, but I did get a peak inside the bus and it was great.

What I did find strange was that the seats were upholstered in fabric and not leather like they were in South Africa when I was riding on buses as a child, it could be the weather may have made it a bit warmer to use fabric than leather. However, that is pure conjecture on my part.

And then it was time for me to wobble off home. A last pic and away i went, although as you can see I was kind of out of focus, but then I was never a fan of standing in the middle of the street trying to take pics.

Strangely enough this is not my first encounter with a Bristol bus, I spotted this 1961 built beauty in Bristol in 2015

 
 
Now that was a great way to end my day, and this month too. Unless something else happens before next week.
© DRW 2016-2018. Created 27/10/206
Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:35

Photo Essay: Bubble Cars and Micro Cars

The definition of a “Bubble Car” is quite a difficult one because it is really about what makes a car a bubble car (did you understand that? I certainly didn’t). Realistically it is about a small car that was cheap to run, cheap to buy and small in size, often with three wheels. The most prevalent bubble cars were made in Germany, and strangely enough by companies more associated with building aircraft. They certainly turn heads when the pass, although they are becoming increasingly rare.

This essay will feature a few groupings of bubble cars and small cars (micro cars). The first being the James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg. The images I took at the museum are not great because it is not an easy place to photograph and at times my camera’s were not exactly state of the art.

BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt (exploded view)

I often wonder whether BMW ever regret producing the BMW Isetta? Available as a 3 wheel and a 4 wheeled version it is probably the best known of the bubble cars and its shape really defines what a bubble car is. 

They also have two other micro cars on display:

Fuldamobile

Still trying to identify this one., It is not however a BMW with personalised plates. Odds are it is a variation of the Vespa 400 but I cannot be sure.

When I visited the museum in March 2017 I was hoping to get new images of the two vehicles above, but both were no longer there. 

One afternoon, on my way home with friends we drew level with two cars with trailers on which there was a Messerschmitt and an Isetta. I was a passenger in our car which is why I was able to take pics.

Messerschmitt

BMW Isetta

BMW Isetta

From these images you can gauge how big (or small) these vehicles are in relation to the tow cars. It was a really odd thing to see on our roads and I never did work out where they are going to or coming from.

At the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival I encountered two example of the Heinkel Trojan which gave me a opportunity to photograph this oddity.

Heinkel Trojan 1963

Heinkel Trojan

BMW Isetta (1959)

BMW Isetta (1959)

Of course there is another “honorable mention” that I need to make which is also at James Hall, and it is more of an “orangemobile”. I believe these were built from a Mini chassis and were used to promote the Outspan citrus board. Six of these were originally  commissioned by Outspan from a company Brian Waite Enterprise Ltd. based at Bodium in East Sussex, and they were built between 1972 and 1974, and were used on advertising campaigns both in the UK and Europe. (http://www.thisbrighton.co.uk/culture-hcvs-outspan.htm)

There is one really unique vehicle to the UK that I want to include here because they are really very quirky. South Africans probably saw their first one in the “Mr Bean” TV series, and I saw my first one in Southampton in 2013. To be frank: I was amused. I am only familiar with the Reliant Regal, Reliant Robin and the Reliant Rialto, and I have not quite figured out how to identify them apart unless I can read a name off the back. I could not do that with the red one I am afraid although I believe it too is a Rialto.

Reliant Regal

Reliant Rialto SE

The Italians were responsible for a number of interesting small cars, Fiat in particular had a very iconic vehicle in the Fiat 500. My red example is in a casino in Fourways in South Africa and has a lot of parking tickets!

Fiat 500 at Montecasino

Fiat 500 at Montecasino

 and the white vehicle I spotted in Lymington.

And I spotted this blue one at the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival in 2017

Another odd micro car caught my attention at the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival in 2017, and frankly the first thing I thought of when I saw it was “Postman Pat”

1976 William Fourgonette

You see what I mean? The info sheet on the widdscreen stated that the car was a 1976 William Fourgonette, and they were powered by a  125cc or 175cc Lambretta scooter motor. It had a 4 speed manual gearbox and a top speed of 45 mph. More information on the vehicle may be found at https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/

 

I somehow do not think I am finished with bubble cars and micro cars yet, the attraction of a small car for town and short distance driving is strong, and an effective small electric car would really change the face of our overcrowded cities.

I saw this little one in London and  given how hard it is to find parking in London I am surprised I never saw more.  

And of course James Hall Transport Museum has this small Enfield electric vehicle on display that never seemed to enter production.  

Unfortunately there will always be the big ego types who really like their oversized 4×4’s and they just never get the fact that fossil fuels are bad news in the long run, and scaling down really does make sense. But then I have never understood the whole big car thing myself; after all you are talking about somebody who fell in love with the Mini when he was a boy and that was what he wanted when he grew up, although I kind of like the bubble cars, they have a charm all of their own.

Probably one of my dream cars is the Morgan 3 Wheelers. I have seen quite a few of them in the UK and I find them fascinating. The first one I saw was in the movie “The Party” starring Peter Sellers. They are very quirky vehicles, and some of the earlier ones were very minimalistic.

1927 Morgan Aero

The Morgan Aero above had 1000 cc side valve engine, a two speed chain drive, reverse, no front wheel brakes, the starting handle was inserted into the gearbox at the rear and it cost £100 when new. These cars are still in production, albeit upgraded for modern motoring, and they are very collectable. 

Other 3 Wheelers that I saw at the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival in 2017 and 2016 are below

Morgan 3 Wheeler (2017)

DRK 3 Wheeler (2016)

Lomax 3 Wheeler (2016)

Polaris Slingshot 3 wheel motorcycle

Polaris Slingshot 3 wheel motorcycle

3 x 3 wheelers

3 x 3 wheelers (2016)

Berkeley 3 Wheeler

Berkeley 3 Wheeler (2016)

 

Lomax 3 wheeler (2017)

 

That concludes my brief photo essay. Hopefully one day I will be able to expand it just a bit more, after all, you never know what may come driving down the road.

© DRW 2016-2018 Created 27/08/2016. Some images taken at the James Hall Museum of Transport. Two new images added 29/03/2017

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:22

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival (3)

Continuing where we left off…

We have finally arrived at the Mini gallery. There were a lot of Minis at the festival, and naturally they get a gallery all of their own (because I am biased). The best Mini of them all was definitely the doorless one. It just drew stares.  I photographed 19 different Minis, there may even have been more because cars were arriving all of the time. 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

That really concludes my images from the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival, and a great day out it was too. So many cars from my past, and some from my parents past. There are quite a few pics I did not include and some that really do not have a place of their own. Maybe one day they too will appear here. And now we return you to the studio.

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 21/08/2016

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:22

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2016 (2)

I am sure many are saying “Yes but what about *insert name here*? I never saw it on page 1?”


Anybody that grew up in the 60’s or 70’s will remember the iconic tail lights of the Ford Cortina. I do not recall another car with these shaped lights, although Mercedez Benz must have been perturbed that their corporate identity was being impinged on.  We had a lot of similar Ford models in South Africa when I was young although i suspect some of the names were different and some of the specifications were too. There were a lot of Fords on display at the festival, and trying to remember which was which is another story altogether.

Ford Zephyr

Ford Zephyr

Ford Anglia

Ford Anglia

Ford Zephyr

Ford Zephyr

Ford Capri XL

Ford Capri XL

Ford Granada GXL

Ford Granada GXL

Ford Sierra XR4i

Ford Sierra XR4i

Ford Zodiac

Ford Zodiac

Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular

Ford Fiesta 1.1 Popular

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

 
Ford Model A (1929)

Ford Model A (1929)

A brief pause for breath…

The major German manufacturers were present too, Volkswagen and Mercedez Benz. Both were popular in South Africa, although I think the British had a love affair with the Kombi. There were a number of Beetles on display, but not as many as I had seen on the roads when I still in South Africa. My first car was a Beetle, but I grew to hate that particular vehicle and its propensity to cost me vast amounts of money. Of special interest was the Heinkel bubble car, these are indeed rare beasties, and I managed a good look at this one.

Volkswage 411 Variant

Volkswagen 411 Variant

Heinkel Trojan 1963

Heinkel Trojan (1963)

Mercedes Benz 230S

Mercedes Benz 230S

VW Camper van

VW Camper van

VW Kombi "Barndoor" (1954)

VW Kombi “Barndoor” (1954)

Karmann Ghia

Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen 1600

Volkswagen 1600

VW Beetle Cabriolet

VW Beetle Cabriolet

VW Camper van

VW Camper van

 
Porsche

Porsche

 Some of these I can ID, some I cannot, and these images are of cars that caught my eye.

 

 
Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Giuletta

Alfa Romeo Giuletta

Chevy Sedan Delivery (1953)

Chevy Sedan Delivery (1953)

Vauxhall Viva 1300

Vauxhall Viva 1300

Amilcar C4 (1923)

Amilcar C4 (1923)

Plymouth Belvedere Sports Sedan (1956)

Plymouth Belvedere Sports Sedan (1956)

Fiat 126 bis (1988)

Fiat 126 bis (1988)

Chevrolet El Camino

Chevrolet El Camino

Buick Le Sabre (1961)

Buick Le Sabre (1961)

Studebaker

Studebaker

Opel Monza 3.0E

Opel Monza 3.0E

Bugatti Lagonda

Bugatti Lagonda

Citroen CX Prestige

Citroen CX Prestige

Citroen 2CV

Citroen 2CV

 
No idea

No idea

 
Unidentified

Unidentified

 
Dodge

Dodge

 
"The Rat"

“The Rat”

 
WW2 Jeep

WW2 Jeep

 
Citroen

Citroen

And now… the Mini Gallery

forwardbut

©DRW 2016-2018. Created 21/08/2016

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:22

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.

forwardbut

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 21/08/2016

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:23

Welland Steam and Country Rally (Cars and Trucks)

 [ First Page ] [ Military Vehicles ] [ Cars and Trucks ] [ Traction Engines ] [ Odds and Sods

In this section I will deal mainly with Vintage cars and trucks. There were a lot of both and it never ceases to amaze me how many vintage vehicles there are on the roads in the UK, and how many used to be quite common on the roads in South Africa.  It is difficult to decide which to include and which to exclude though because they are all really a record of the past and their owners do lavish a lot of time and effort on them. I am relying heavily on the programme to ID most of these vehicles. Vintage commercial vehicles may be found after the car images.

Vintage and Classic Cars.

Citroen DS29 saloon

Citroen DS29 saloon

Vanden Plas Princess 1300

Vanden Plas Princess 1300 (1970)

A pair of Zodiacs

A pair of Zodiacs

Steam powered Lykamobile

Steam powered Lykamobile

1931 Jowett Shooting Brake

1931 Jowett Shooting Brake

Austin 7 Ruby Saloon (1935)

Austin 7 Ruby Saloon (1935)

De Dion Bouton Type AM open drive (1906)

De Dion Bouton Type AM (1906)

Morgan 3 wheeler Aero (1927)

Morgan 3 wheeler Aero (1927)

Berkeley T60 3 wheeler (1960)

Berkeley T60 3 wheeler (1960)

BMW Isetta (1959)

BMW Isetta (1959)

Vauxhall Viva (1966)

Vauxhall Viva (1966)

Riley 1 RME Saloon (1952)

Riley 1½ litre RME Saloon (1952)

Ford Zodiac

Ford Zodiac (1964)

Ford Capri 3000 (1971)

Ford Capri 3000 (1971)

Ford Escort 1200 (1974)

Ford Escort 1200 (1974)

Morris Minor 100 Traveller 1968

Morris Minor 100 Traveller (1968)

Austin 7 Special Sports. (1936)

Austin 7 Special Sports. (1936)

Chev Nomad Estate (1957)

Chev Nomad Estate (1957)

VW Beetle (1973)

VW Beetle (1973)

Ford Cortina 1500 (1966)

Ford Cortina 1500 (1966)

[ First Page ] [ Military Vehicles ] [ Cars and Trucks ] [ Traction Engines ] [ Odds and Sods

Vintage and Classic Commercial Vehicles.

Bedford Dormobile 1958

Bedford Dormobile 1958

Ford Thames Trader (1964)

Ford Thames Trader (1964)

Austin FGK 100 Dropside van 1966

Austin FGK 100 Dropside van (1966)

Bedford TK Flatbed truck (1976)

Bedford TK Flatbed truck (1976)

Austin A35 Van (1967)

Austin A35 Van (1967)

Ford Transit Dropside Van (1970)

Ford Transit Dropside Van (1970)

Bullnose Bedford (1955)

Bullnose Bedford (1955)

Ford F1 Pickup Truck (1951)

Ford F1 Pickup Truck (1951)

Volvo Plaxton Supreme Coach (1979)

Volvo Plaxton Supreme Coach (1979)

Bedford CA Van (1969)

Bedford CA Van (1969)

Bedford O Type Tipper (1947)

Bedford O Type Tipper (1947)

ERF Flatbed Truck (1971)

ERF Flatbed Truck (1971)

ERF Showman's Box Van (1945)

ERF Showman’s Box Van (1945)

Scammell Ballast Box Tractor (1962)

Scammell Ballast Box Tractor (1962)

Foden DG6/15 Flatbed Truck (1946)

Foden DG6/15 Flatbed Truck (1946)

Scammell Explorer Recovery Truck (1955)

Scammell Explorer Recovery Truck (1955)

Scammell Mechanical Horse Artic (1936)

Scammell Mechanical Horse Artic (1936)

Commer Karrier Dustcart (1974)

Commer Karrier Dustcart (1974)

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 31/07/2016

Updated: 01/01/2018 — 16:24
DR Walker © 2014 -2018. Images are copyright to DR Walker unless otherwise stated. Frontier Theme