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