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Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2017 (3)

This page is for everything else! The problem is that there were so many great vehicles on show that I kept on finding more favourites. This is where some of them have ended up. Where I can ID a vehicle I will. Everything else is pot luck.

 

Austin 7 Chummy

 

1904 Mors 24/32 HP

   
 

1923 Amilcar C4

 

“Herbie” branded VW Beetle

 

Fiat 500

 

Singer Gazelle

 

VW 1600

 

Bristol 2 litre

 

Citroen 2CV6 Special

 

1929 Ford Model A

   

1976 William Fourgonette

 

Lomax 3 wheeler

 

Ford

 

Dune buggy

 

Auto Union DKW

 

Willys Jeep

1942 Willys Jeep

 

1932 Lagonda 2 litre

 

Morgan 3 Wheeler

 

1934 British Salmson

 

1957 Rover Sports Tourer

 

Morris Van

 

1963 Heinkel Trojan

 

Bugatti

Bugatti

   
   

There was also a display of motor cycles, but not too many of them were classics.

Wow, some of these may have been seen in South Africa, especially the pickups (bakkies). I will continue with more from the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival, on the next page (page not completed yet)

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Updated: 22/08/2017 — 12:30

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2017 (2)

Continuing with the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival.

Of course the event was dominated by British cars of all shapes and colours, and many of them were seen in South Africa long before the emergence of the German and Japanese manufacturers. There was also a smattering of French and Italian cars, but they were definitely in the minority. That is also true in the case of the festival.  

As usual my identification skills are bad, but will do my best, In answer to the question: “why are they all facing in the same direction?” I tried to photograph with the sun behind my back so most of the images ended up facing in the same direction. 

MG TF1500

 

Austin Seven

Anglia

Ford Corsair

Morris “Woody”

Ford Escort 1600

Triumph

Austin A40

Jaguar

Ford XR3i

1956 Ford Anglia Deluxe

 

Lotus Esprit 2.2 Turbo

 

“E” Type Jaguar

 

1952 Alvis TB21 D/H Coupe

 

Austin Cambridge

 

Ford Zephyr

 

1958 Simca Aronde

 

Ford Capri

 

Austin Apache

 

Rolls Royce

As you can see the dominant player seemed to be Ford, and of course heaps of Austins. However, it may only be true of this particular show and not indicative of the state of motoring in the United Kingdom. A number of models that I had seen last year were not here this year, and of course there were so many cars I probably missed seeing quite a few.

The next batch are really odds and ends that caught my fancy and which were found in the UK in years gone by. Once again identification is not my strong point. 

VW Camper (Kombi)

Bedford HA Van

Morris “Police” car

1985 Ford Granada MKII

1927 Morgan Aero

VW Kombi (Fleetline/)

Vauxhall Cresta

Austin A35

Ford Escort 1300

Riley One Point Five

Rover 3500

Austin Healey

MG

Dellow MK2A

Alvis

Austin 7

 

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Updated: 22/08/2017 — 19:12

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival 2017 (1)

This morning I headed down to attend the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival, and I came back with 590 images. Regular readers will know that I also attended the event in 2016 and came back with an equally large amount of images. The problem is that many of the images are interchangeable between this year and last, and the self imposed limitations of the blog are that I can only really have roughly 40 images to a page. Its also important that I try show other aspects of the event, not just heaps of pics of Mini’s and nothing else (naturally we will need a whole page dedicated to the Mini).

 

Let us make one thing straight, I am not a car buff. I don’t know much about them, do not worship them and really see them as a means of transport and nothing else. However, I am a fan of nostalgia and many of these vehicles were around when I was young, and while the models may be differently named they are almost interchangeable between what was available in South Africa with what was available in the United Kingdom. 

At this juncture I would like to extend my thanks to the organisers and the many people who were there with their cars, they were really wonderful to see. Thank you!

Where to start? 

I think just for a change I will start with what I know as “Yank Tanks”. The large American cars that we very rarely saw in South Africa. I am not a boffin so can’t really Identify many of them, although I tried to get a pic of a makers badge or name wherever possible. The one car that I was quite surprised see was an Edsel, the only one I have ever seen (as far as I can remember).

The strange metal rods protruding from the front bumper in the first image was supposedly to warn when you were riding up the pavement! They were not connected to any sensors or warning lights so they are really quite useless if you think about it. 

The next vehicle is really a car from my past. My paternal grandfather had a Studebaker, but I do not know if this was the model that he had. Personally I really think they had the body the wrong way around.  This model is a Studebaker Commander.

   
   

And then there was this long monster of a car… It is a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville and only has two doors (although they are larger than my last car was) and is 5,72 m long

That is a big car!  Go check out the webpage of the people who run her, they have some seriously large cars on it. 

And a Hudson Commodore

Other interesting oddities I saw were:

An Oldsmobile

A Packard.

 

Chevrolet

Chevrolet

 

Ford Falcon

Cadillac Coupe de Ville

 

Cadillac

 

1956 Plymouth Belvedere

 

Chevrolet Caprice Classic

 

Corvette Stingray

 

Buick Eight

 

Chevy Bel Air

 

Ford Mustang

 

Ford Mustang

 

Ford F100

 

A long and low limo…

 

Ford Galaxie XL

 

Chevrolet C10

 

Chevrolet 3100

 

GMC Apache 10

Wow, some of these may have been seen in South Africa, especially the pickups (bakkies). I will continue with more from the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival, on the next page

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Updated: 22/08/2017 — 12:31

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

Updated: 23/08/2017 — 12:43

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.

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Updated: 14/12/2016 — 20:05

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

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Updated: 22/08/2017 — 12:46

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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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.

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