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Figureheads and Hood Ornaments

The one item that seems to have disappeared from motor vehicles is the Figurehead aka “Hood Ornament”. In South Africa a hood is a bonnet and a trunk is a boot. Sound confusing enough? The age of plastic has left us somewhat poorer as can be seen by the examples that I photographed at the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Event. Somehow a badge just doesn’t cut it as much a a chrome bird or symbolic creature. I don’t know of too many modern vehicles that sport these anymore,  I know Rolls Royce still sports the “Spirit of Ecstacy” and Mercedes Benz still have their gunsight up front. These images are purely for enjoyment, no captions are needed.

I never published this post way back in 2017 when I started it because there was more I wanted to add in but never did, this year around at the Classic Vehicle Festival (2018) I went looking for more of these but the odds are I saw the same ones. Anyway, I am going to post this in 2018 come hell or high water!


Tewkesbury Classic Vehicles 2018

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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




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





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: 01/01/2018 — 17:03

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


Ford Corsair

Morris “Woody”

Ford Escort 1600


Austin A40


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


Dellow MK2A


Austin 7



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Updated: 01/01/2018 — 17:04

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.





Ford Falcon

Cadillac Coupe de Ville




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: 01/01/2018 — 16:55

RAF Museum Cosford (2)

Continuing where we left off...
There are three aircraft that I deliberately did not include in the last page, and they probably deserve a page on their own, but space may require that I do have a page 3 after all. These aircraft are the famous “V Bombers” operated by the RAF during the Cold War.  These aircraft had a very interesting life, and I am glad that there are examples of all three around. These are amongst the legendary aircraft of the RAF. Unfortunately there is no way to photograph the complete aircraft because of how they are housed, but I have tried to do my best to show these legends. 

Topping my list is my personal favourite: the Vickers Valiant,
For some reason I still think she was a very under-rated aircraft that has been overshadowed by the successes of her two sisters. They were retired in 1965, and I am glad this one (XD818) has survived, she is the only complete intact survivor of the Valiant fleet.
Painted in anti-flash white, she looks featureless and almost ghostly. If anything they were not as radical a design as the other two V Bombers.
The second  V Bomber of the fleet was the Handley Page Victor. And I will admit I was never really a fan of this aircraft because she really was almost Flash Gordonish with an very futuristic shape and profile. She was somewhat of a troubled lady to, but eventually fond her niche and was very successful in her tanker role. The example at Cosford is a Mk2 (XH672), and is the only surviving intact example.
The Victor unfortunately is almost impossible to see in her entirety, and if anything the museum need a large high viewing platform where you can see the whole aircraft properly, and of course to understand the beauty of her crescent wing and high tailplane.
Unfortunately there was no real way to see the whole of the aircraft in the space available.  
Probably the most famous of the V Bombers was the Avro Vulcan, and she is the stuff of legends, especially when it comes to long distance bombing missions. The Vulcan, is perched in a bit of a precarious position, but you do manage to get some sort of scale of her.
Make no mistakes, she is a big aeroplane, and she has become the poster girl of the V Bombers. There was one flying example left (XH558), but she has since been grounded, while a number of them have managed to secure a place in museums. Vulcan fans will always cite the famous Black Buck Raid on the Falklands Islands as an example of how effective a Vulcan could be, however, the reality is that without the Victors refueling the aircraft the raid would not have been possible.
The three V Bombers are legendary aircraft, and Cosford is the only place where you can see all three together.
Feeling somewhat shellshocked I headed down the stairs to visit some of the transport aircraft housed in that area of the hanger. There are a number of interesting aircraft down there, although the one that interested me the most was the Avro York, and she derives her lineage from the Lancaster. 
In the image below we can see the Handley Page Hastings, with a Dakota above and the wing of a Short Belfast dwarfing that East German iconic car; the Trabant.
The Short Belfast is anything by short, and only ten of them were produced. Enceladus (XR371) is the last of the aircraft produced. 
The last aircraft exhibit that interested me was the Sikorsky MH-53M helicopter, but it was being used as a background to some sort of production and it was difficult to photograph from anywhere but the front or back.
There were a number of non aviation objects on display here, and the Trabant as mentioned above was one of them. Many were related to the Cold War theme of the display and while I do not have an interest in missiles I do appreciate vintage military vehicles.
Leopard 1A5 Main Battle Tank

Leopard 1A5 Main Battle Tank

Scorpion light reconnaissance vehicle

Scorpion light reconnaissance vehicle

Alvis Saladin armoured car

Alvis Saladin armoured car

Soviet Bloc PT76 amphibian tank

Soviet Bloc PT76 amphibian tank

Centurion MBT

Centurion MBT

And when all is done and dusted, we really need to call the fire brigade to clean up the mess.

Bedford mobile pump unit

Bedford mobile pump unit

That really wrapped up the Cold War Hanger, although I have to add in one last image of that most famous of transports, many of which are still flying today.

Douglas Dakota IV

It is strange to think that the venerable Dakota is still flying so long after most of the aircraft in this museum were removed from service. 
The next page will feature Hanger 1; which houses Transport and Training, The Engine collection and a host of other  items of interest.
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