|Stuart and I met James and Helen in the |
usual meeting place at the lorry car park at the
Thame Service Station. James and Helen came
in Helen's beetle, with Stuarts chequered front
'71 bay and my '69 micro bus.
|James led the way from the service station to|
the village of Brill, a short distance of about
6 miles. The weather doesn't look promising.
|Stuart brought up the rear of our small convoy.|
|This nice looking pop top early bay was parked|
up just 2 vehicles away from us, and of course
we had to go and say hello.They turned out
to be a very nice couple who lived quite local.
|A lovely bright red 1969 Triumph Vitesse |
convertible. Twin headlights on the Vitesse
make it instantly recognisable.
|I'm not sure what difference there is from the|
back between the Triumph Herald and the
Vitesse, maybe there isn't any difference?
|This stunning 1972 TR6 was immaculate and|
had recently undergone had a total restoration
from the chassis up. The number plate is
pretty cool '1972 TR' the owner also had a
1971 TR6, and yes it's registration number
was '1971 TR'.
|There were quite a few Fiat 500's at the show|
and this 1967 grey one was totally original
and in 'as new' condition.
|The Ford Zephyr is as British as fish and |
chips, and this late 1950's / early 1960's MK2
green and white one was immaculate.
|With it's American influence on the bodywork |
styling it soon caught on in the U.K. When
new the top speed of this MK2 would have
been 88 mph, and a 0-60 time of around 17
seconds. This was deemed to be quite
fast back in 1960.
|This lovely white TR4A convertible was|
another vehicle that must have been restored
as it's condition was amazing. The TR4A was
only produced for 3 years, from 1965 to
1968, and this one is a 1967 model.
|Lovely looking car and when new this would |
have cost £968, with the optional extras of
wire wheels (£36) Overdrive (£51) heater
(£13) and the seat belts were £4 each.
|Another TR4A but this one had obviously been|
raced in the past. With it's 2138cc engine it
was built to race and in 1966 in the Sebring
12 hour race, TR4A's finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
|Classic design that still looks tough today, but|
in the late 1960's this must have looked
|Immaculate engine bay on the 1600E. Another|
trade mark of the 1600E was the black
'dog bone' grille, compared to chrome versions
on other MK2's and the twin spot lights.
|The MK1 Lotus Cortina was produced from|
1963 - 1970 and only offered as a 2 door
model, and only in the white with green flash
|The 1557cc twin cam Lotus engine in this 1966 |
model Cortina engine bay.
|A 1938 Aston Martin International 2/4 seat|
tourer in classic British Racing green,
although I'm sure Aston Martin would have
called it a different colour.
|This had the 1.5 litre engine and the short|
chassis. This Aston Martin is probably worth
in the region of £80,000
|A very nice looking Standard Vanguard |
Vignale, from 1958. It featured Italian styling
and was introduced at the 1958 Earls Court
Motor show. The cost new was £1147 and
had a top speed of 82mph, and 0-60 in
around 20 seconds.
|This lovely 1949 Beford OB 2 axle bus was a|
blast from the past. This 27 seater bus had a
3204cc petrol engine and was totally
|The standard of the bodywork was amazing.|
|Inside this lovely old bus, the interior was even|
better than the outside. Lovely wood detailing,
re-upholstered seats in original fabric and it
even had a sunroof.! ( that front section of the
roof slides back)
|More lovely wood detail above the driver, and |
that clock is pure period.
|A Bedford CA Dormobile in a light green / |
yellow with white flash. These were in production
from 1952 - 1969.
|This one had the transporter style interior with|
rear seats compared to the camping interior.
|Lancia Fulvia Coupe, circa 1960's finished in|
a lovely shade of red. More futuristic styling
from the 1960's.
|A classic British car that I remember so well|
as a kid, well OK a teenager!
|This lovely 1958 MGA 31 AKF fixed head |
coupe was amazingly clean. Finished in clipper
blue (although not a factory colour, it is very
close) with a factory fitted Webasto sunroof.
|A stunning example of a 1973 Porsche 911 |
Carrera RS, finished in brilliant white with
bright green stripe. The 'RS' stands for
'Rennsport' in German, meaning
|I just love the styling on the rear end of this|
1961 Daimler Dart.
|Styling in the 1960's was so sleek, why do we|
have to have such shapeless car styling today?
|A stunning example of the Austin 7 saloon,|
circa 1931. This car had some neat features
including a spare set of spark plugs on the
bulkhead, next to the fuel tank and a rear
window blind operated with a pull cord from
above the drivers side window.
|Interior was complete with brass instrument|
surrounds, and brass window winders and
|A Morris Oxford Traveller, circa 1953 in a|
|The single yellow spotlight on the Traveller|
stood out, and upon closer inspection it is the
same Wipac spotlight, with the same design
glass lens as I have just put on my bus.
|The badge on the boot of the XK150, showing|
the success of the XK series over the years.
|This lovely looking 1958 Greeves Scottish |
250cc trial motorcycle caught me eye. This
had the Villers engine designed to go almost
anywhere in the Scottish highlands.
|Inside the pavilion was the 'Great Train|
Robbery' exhibition. It had press cuttings from
the time showing the progress the police made
from the initial discovery of the robbery to the
capture of most of the robbers.
|Probably the most famous train robber, Ronnie|
Biggs, and how he looked in 1963.