Car Shows & Events

IMGP0792Unfortunately I could only make it to one day of this excellent new two day historic motorsport event but it was still well worth the trip. There really was spectacular variety on show,  from pre-war vintage racers, historic F2 and Group C through to the legendary group B rally cars as well as a ton of rare, exotic and in many cases, extremely expensive cars.  Definitely, the highlight on the track were the historic group C cars. GT40’s, Lolas and Chrevrons etc making sweet V8 music in a 250km race finished the day perfectly. I might have some pictures of this later as I shot a couple of rolls the old school way, with a Pentax SLR and I’ve yet to get them developed. They might be hopeless though as I’m no photographer! In the meantime check out the mega gallery after the jump!

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The Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset is now the venue for the’Gathering’, the annual meeting for Retro Rides forum members. Haynes’ combo of decent facilities, bang next door to an awesome car museum, along with it’s diminutive test track, makes for an ideal location, albeit a long trek for us to attend. Over 260 miles is almost an epic trip in a Honda Acty when you’re lucky if you can hit 65mph flat out! Fortunately, it was well worth the five and a half hour journey. As is always the case with RRG, the quality and variety of machinery on offer was just awesome, plus there was all day track action to watch featuring both a points based sprint and drifting. Then there was the assortment of crazy devices cruising the campsite, including the amazing, drivable recreation of the classic Tamiya “Wild Willy” RC jeep built by the lunatics at Area 52. Definatelly the event of the years so far. And to finish off a terrific weekend, our Acty picked up a trophy entitled “dare to be different”! Winner! Roll on RRG11!

Check out the show pics after the jump…

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This was waaaay better than expected. Tonnes of amazing rides on display and some seriously rapid ones in action on the strip, plus the usual displays by both funny and jet cars. The Laurel got hastily dropped the day before the event and made the trip effortlessly but it needs the suspension sorting properly as the struts were bottoming out on bumpy roads. Not good! We’ll be hitting this show again next year, hopefully in our Dodge van with the 510 in tow for some quarter mile track action. Pics after the jump!

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Yeah, I know it was over a week ago… I’ve been busy okay? Hot Rod Holiday was a pretty cool show and the standard of ride in attendance was generally quite high. Nice to see the legendary Henry Hirise in the flesh after it’s recent restoration and the rodded Standard Flying 12 was just breathtaking. Is that a Volvo 5 pot in there? Plenty of clean American cars, although I can’t say I’m a fan of the current trend of fitting absolutely vast wheels with rubber band tyres to older cars. That ratty looking Mk5 Escort with the twin turbo V8 under the bonnet… seriously WTF!?

Oh, and an old friend turned up, now resplendent in red. Check out the pics after the jump…

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AKA DubMania. Two shows in one. Bargain! Lots of rare and interesting machinery to be seen both modern and old. The attention to detail on some of the VW’s was unreal. We tagged along with the old Honda fans in our Honda TN Acty, which got us there and back without any hassle and on a pitifully small amount of fuel too. It was pretty leisurely though at about 60mph max! I think I’m going to have to tweak that little two pot a bit. Great fun though and it brought a smile to a few faces at the event. Huge thanks to first gen Civic nut Jay (that’s his Civic above) for organising our pitch, feeding the hungry with a winning BBQ and for generally being a top geezer all round. Full gallery of the show after the jump…

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As it’s finally begun to warm up a bit now that spring has arrived, it’s time to hit Newark again. Not much to be found on the stalls this time but an eclectic selection of cars put in an appearance as usual. I only got snaps of a handful as I was a bit late getting there. The Innocenti Mini was a neat little thing. It’s a pity the original plan to replace the original Mini here with this came to nothing as this was a pretty sharp looking little car for it’s day. Some more pics after the jump…

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My desire for some vintage Thush side pipe for my van led me to take a trip down to the NSRA’s swapmeet at Essex Arena last weekend. There were no vintage side pipes to be had but plenty of nice rides to be seen and more slot mags on offer than I’ve ever seen in one place. Stand out vehicle for me had to be this genuine ’77 Dodge Steetvan. OMG! Unbearable levels of WANT!

I didn’t snap shots of everything as I was busy hunting for van tat but there’s a bunch of pics after the jump… Continue Reading

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Amazingly it’s now been twenty five years since I snapped these pictures at a custom show hosted by the Bumpkin County Cruisers at Thruxton race circuit. I wonder how many of these cars are still about? Not many I’ll wager. Back as a car crazy teenager, my two favourite cars of the show by far were the purple Vauxhall HB Viva in classic 70’s street machine style and the orange pro street Austin A35 Van. I know that the latter is definitely still about as it appeared on eBay recently, in fact you can see it in it’s current guise HERE. Coincidentally, the A35 Van was built by a fella called Gary Cruse and it was from his brother that I acquired my very first Datsun, a ’76 Datsun 160J SSS a few years later. Small world. The Viva hasn’t been taxed since 1992 so it’s either in storage or long gone. I’d love to find this thing languishing forgotten in a garage somewhere!

It’s interesting to see the crossover in styles that were represented at this event, from the old school street machines and hot rods of the 70’s to the body kits and billet high tech of the 80’s. Even custom vans were still getting a look in in 1985 with a couple of classics, “Terrestrial Voyager” and “Evergreen”. Amazingly, it would seem that “Evergreen” still exists, as the DVLA website has it down as being currently under a SORN until November 2010! Full gallery after the jump!

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