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|Mathew's lovely 1969 Westfalia Campmobile |
SO67 with his newly acquired swamp cooler,
which he tells me works very well... I'm not
jealous at all.!
|I have to admit that it does humour Matthew|
and I to park the buses together and then stand
back and watch the public walk by and see their
reactions as they suddenly spot the sequential
|A couple of nice rear ends... Our bays parked|
up together. They are both 1969 buses but
look so different.
|This gorgeous 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air station |
wagon looked fantastic in it's nostalgic white
over turquoise paint which was straight from
the 1950's. These 'Nomads' as they more
commonly known were also available in a 2
|The standard engine for these Nomad's was|
the 235 cubic inch, in line 6 cylinder that pumped
out 140HP, or you could have the 265 & 283 cubic
inch motors that gave 162HP / 185HP respectively.
|This 1960 Mercedes Benz 190SL was amazing,|
not only is it quite rare, but it was in such a
beautiful condition. This car looked to 100%
original. Mercedes only produced the 190SL
from 1955 - 1963 and only just under 26,000
|This gorgeous car would have cost 16,500DM|
($4000) from new back in the fifties, but today
this has to be worth £100,000+ ($138,000)
|It may well be out of most of our price ranges|
but just look at the style, comfort and detail you
could get if you did have that sort of money.
|The body shape is almost perfection, it looks|
like the space ship from Flash Gordon. The
engine in this was probably the 327 cubic inch
motor although several variants were available.
|This 1953 Bently 4.5 litre Peterson Bently|
blower was amazing. The car is an authentic
recreation of the famous 'blowers' that Sir
Henry Birkin raced in the 1920's.
|The blown 4.5 litre Bently engine produces|
around 235 BHP and with construction being
of an alloy body over an ash frame the
acceleration and speed are both breathtaking.
|The dashboard is machined aluminium with|
large air craft style instruments. This must be
scary driving this with so much power under
|Another American car at the show was this|
lovely light blue 1967 Ford Mustang. The Mustang
was available with various engine's, all V8's
and this one had the 289 cubic inch 4.7 litre V8.
|The unmistakable shape of the Ford Mustang.|
Even people with out any car knowledge should
be able to recognise this rear end.
|In 1967 Ford redesigned some area's of the|
Mustang, changes included the wood trim dash
and discontinuing the embossed running horse
motif across the back seats...
|... and looking at the reupholstered interior|
in that gorgeous white leather the rear seats
do not the motif, as they look just about perfect
|The Jaguar XK150 is probably the one of the |
best known British classics. This lovely deep
red model, circa late 1950's was immaculate
and had obviously undergone a restoration.
The XK150 was produced from 1957 - 1961.
|The standard of this car was amazing, it looked|
like brand new. The bodywork was super straight
and finished in that gorgeous deep red paint that
was flawless. I do like those chrome spoke wheels
that must take ages to clean.
|The Blackthorn show had numerous military|
vehicles attend and this Willys jeep stood out
for me. The Willys jeep or Willys MB as it is
less commonly known has always been a real
favourite of mine.
|The Willys jeep was not only produced by|
Willys, but also later on by Ford due to the
production demand for this utility vehicle.
|The interior of the Willys is as you would expect|
for a utility vehicle used during WW2 sparse
to say the least, but then it wasn't built for comfort
it was designed as a reconnaissance vehicle.
|American and British classics side by side at|
the Blackthorn classic car show. Here a huge
1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville dwarfs a MK2
(I think) Jaguar. There is always so much
diversity at classic car shows, it's great.
|This lovely stock looking 1963 beetle caught|
my eye as it was clean and original looking.
It was nice to see that everything was as
Volkswagen had intended. The roof rack was
a nice addition that suited this stock car.
|Perfect paint over perfectly straight body panels,|
helped this old bug stand out. This really was
a lovely clean car.
|The original look continued on the interior, with|
those lovely door cards and original steering
wheel and dash trim. The only thing that I don't
think was standard was the seat covers, but
that doesn't matter.
|In the engine bay, again everything looked to|
be pretty much stock which was nice to see.
|I love the shape of the rear end on this model|
of Vette. I love how those tail lights are set into
the rear wings. I'm not sure if this one had the
power assist for the convertible hood as this
was an optional extra.
|Another cool innovation the SM had was the|
hydro-pneumatic suspension that was also
self levelling. I think this was the only car around
at the time to have the rear wheels covered by
the bodywork giving an unusual look.
|The Isetta was produced under licence by|
several countries and this one was made by
BMW. It's a 1960 model in burgundy and white.
|BMW put their own engine into the Isetta's they|
produced,this one has the one cylinder 250cc
4 stoke motorcycle engine. BMW did later
put a 300cc engine in to comply with new
|This lovely old GMC truck, circa 1950 looked|
great with it's patina paint. I have seen this
truck several times at local shows and it still
looks as good as it did the first time I saw it.
|I just love the patina paint and the old skool|
Wolfrace style alloy wheels.
|Another cool American classic at the show was|
this 1962 Cadillac series 62. The 62 series of
Caddy's underwent various body styles during
it's production from 1940 - 1964.
|This huge angular design was typical of the 60's|
car styling in the U.S. and I think it looks great.
This model had either the 390 cubic inch or
429 cubic inch motor V8 engine which would
have been more than enough to pull the huge
body around with ease.
|This wacky creation was produced by some|
old school friends of mine, it's a based on a
Daewoo and made to look like the 'Little
Tikes' children's play car
|This really goes attract attention everywhere|
John and Adrian take this car and it's easy to
see why. This car is fully road legal and looks
great driving down the road.
|The MK3 Ford Cortina is a car I'm very fond|
of, as I used to have one back in the day. This
immaculate 1972 GXL model had the 2.0 litre
engine with a rare automatic gearbox.
|I had a brief chat to the owner who told me all|
about the work he has carried out, suffice to say
it took a lot of work to get this old 'Tina' looking
|This wonderful trio of pick up trucks arrived at|
the show together, so I just had to go and have
|The first truck was this 1960 Chevrolet short|
bed pick up truck finished is a superb coat of
jet black gloss paint with traditional hot rod
style red painted steel wheels with white wall
tyres, which looked awesome.
|You can see just how straight this old work|
horse really is from this photo. The body panels
are perfectly straight and the paintwork was
|The next pick up was this lovely patina'd 1953 |
Chevrolet 3100 1/2 ton (I think) pick up. Again
this also had the old hot rod style red painted
steel wheels with white wall tyres and chrome
|The patina'd turquoise paint looked great as|
did the tail gate. The '53 was the last year to
have the 216 cubic inch motor, after this they
all had the bigger 235 cubic inch motor.