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Cool sighting of the day

Occasionally we vintage cars passing through town and sometimes they stop so I can get a pic (or 3). Today I spotted what turned out to be a Stoneleigh Chummy 4 Season from 1924.

It is not the first time I have seen this particular vehicle, but the first time I have managed to get pics of it.

There is not a lot about these vehicles out there, and at the moment all I can really say is that Stoneleigh was made by Armstrong Siddeley. Hopefully at some point I will find more info. They certainly do not make them like that anymore. 

And while rooting through my pics for another post I found the following information sheet:

Special thanks to the owner of this rare beauty, thanks for preserving her for us to enjoy so many years after she was built. 

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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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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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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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Welland Steam and Country Rally (Cars and Trucks)

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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)

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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)

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Welland Steam and Country Rally (I)

This morning we headed off to the Welland Steam and Country Rally which is held at Woodside Farm, Welland, Worcestershire. The weather had been changeable lately, and there were periods of cloud and blue skies, but overall it was a great day.

Because of the amount of images I took (over 800) I have split this blog post into as 5 parts because there was a lot to see: ranging from scooters, vintage cars, traction engines, military vehicles, strange steam shovels, stationary engines, vintage trucks, and everything in between. I had no real priority though because it all went pear shaped when we arrived and I realised there was a lot on display.

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Regular followers of my blogs will know I have an eclectic taste in many things, so I did take a lot of pics. Some good, some bad.

The area where the rally was held was a large one, but then there were a lot of exhibits on display and a lot of people too. In fact there were quite a large number of dogs accompanying visitors, and that can be quite confusing.

For me there were a number of highlights, although not much would beat the steam shovel. 

This machine belched steam and smoke from a number of places as it grabbed bits of gravel from the pit and deposited it on the other side. There was just something about it that held you spellbound. I have never seen a steam powered version of one of these in action before and it was fantastic. I have video of it on my youtube channel.

Another machine that I was hoping to see in action was a 1901 Dubs steam engine with a crane mounted on it. I had first seen one of these at Chasewater Railway  but was curious to see one in action.

Unfortunately she never really worked, she just seemed to run backwards and forwards on a length of track and that was it. She is not an easy loco to photograph either, and this image was probably my best. 

There was another crane that I wanted to see in action, because there were remnants of one at Sanrasm North Site, but this crane did not have much of a  “wow!” factor. 

In this area they had a number of working machines powered by steam, and the crane was used to pick up logs to feed into a steam driven circular saw, I did look for the “damsel in distress” about to be rendered into messy bits by the saw but ‘ealth ‘n safety were having none of that.

and Scrumpy was just dog tired.

This area also had a makeshift navvy camp and it was interesting because as usual no work was being done. In fact the one item I really wanted to see doing something wasn’t doing anything! 

And here he is… 

Just waiting for me to turn my back so that he can rattle down the track while I am not looking. I was really hoping that this was some previously undiscovered narrow gauge loco, but it turns out that it is not, The builders plate identifies her as Wilbrighton Wagon Works Number 2, (2007) so she is really a newbuild and carries the name “Howard”.  I cannot find out too much about her as yet, but she tentatively seems to belong to the Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, in Staffordshire. I will have to do more reading about this one I am afraid.

Part of the attraction of the rally was the fun fair and the attendant Showmans Engines.  Most of the traction engines i have seem have been smaller versions, these were the fulll size machines and they were stunning. They had so many people swarming over them cleaning that it was difficult to get a clean shot of the machines.

There is a an overhang at the front of the machine and that is where the dynamo (generator?) is bolted onto that is run via a belt to the flywheel of the engine. 

110 Volts, 220 Amps. That is quite an impressive piece of kit! 

But then when you are running one of these you need all the power you can generate. 

Close to the fun fair was the Military Vehicle display which sucked me in as per usual. Although much to my dismay most of the equipment was of American origin. 

With the exception of this stunning Kübelwagen 

I have posted the military vehicles in a separate post but for now will leave you with a pic of a vehicle that does bring back memories of my own time in the SADF.

The Bullnose Bedford we knew as the “Vasbyt Bedford” and they were painted that ugly “Nutria” colour that the SADF used. I actually drove one of them in Jan Kemp Dorp and nearly demolished the only hairdresser and robots in the dorpie.

The arena was not too far away, and during the day they held a display of vintage cars and bikes, as well as military vehicles, small scale traction engines and of course full size traction engines. Some of these will all be dealt with separately.

Walking a bit further there there was a nice display of various vintage stationary engines/pumps/generators/ and similar machines.  They are odd machines to see because many are incredibly reliable and quite old. I always find it amusing how every now and they they emit a solitary “splut!”. I usually do not photograph these odd machines but they can be fascinating in their own right.

This 1929 Gardner 2 stroke reversible diesel engine was running and was one of a pair of engines that were used on board the motor yacht Cordelia II.  

While all this was going on, a number of giant calliope type machines were churning out a selection of oompah elevator music that impinged on the ear drums the moment you came with range.

The irritation factor of these things is huge, although I have to admit I am impressed that it can produce something almost recognisable as music, or should that be muzak?

Having done a circumnavigation of the site it was time to start watching out for when the arena events were happening. So far the vintage cars had been on display as had a selection of motor cycles. 

Next on the list was the smaller version engines. These I was was used to seeing because most of the rallies I had been to had featured the smaller versions. This rally had the fully size machines and some were really huge. But first…. 

and then…….

Followed by…..

I had secured myself a nice ringside rail to lean against (later upgraded to a chair) and could settle down to watch the parade.

My self imposed limit of pics on a page allows me to share some random images before we reach the end. 

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To be continued

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