Kop Hill is only about 9 miles from my hometown, and to save me getting the microbus out and end up parking it up in some muddy public parking field, I decided to nip over to the event in my trusty T4 Transporter. The blog continues as I continue to wander around admiring all the classic vehicles on display.
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|This 1955 oval window beetle was absolutely|
stunning. The silver blue paint showed off the
perfectly straight body perfectly. This car looked
to be 100% original and as though it could have
just driven off the factory line.
|You can see just how straight the old '55 really|
is from this photo. The deck lid rack was a really
nice accessory that suited the car as did the
colour matched wheels.
|The inner wings had also been painted in the|
same body colour and finished to the same high
standard. Small details like this help the vehicle
go from being a nice car to being a gorgeous car.
|The unmistakable shape and colour scheme|
of a 1969 MK2 Ford Lotus Cortina. Ford made
MK2 in collaboration with Lotus from 1966- 1970.
The Lotus Cortina was only for the 2 door model
Cortina's and always in the same colour scheme.
|The Lotus Cortina had the larger 1557cc straight|
4, twin overhead cam engine. This really a nice
clean example of this very desirable classic car.
|It's unusual these days to see a coupe that|
hasn't had a roof chop and this looked so much
better for not having one. I do like those deep
dish steel rear wheels. This really was a nice
5 window coupe that I hope to see more of.
|Looking in through the small rear window the|
dash looked to bear a close resemblance of an
original '29, which I think is always the way to go.
|I think this really solid and clean looking 1966 |
beetle is from my hometown as I often see it at
local shows. This all white bug looks to be pretty
much original, which is always nice to see.
|You can see just how straight this old bug really|
is from this photo. This car could have just driven
out of the Volkswagen showroom.
|The organisers of Kop Hill climb had arranged|
for some old retro style fairground attractions
to attend which gave the whole event a real
friendly family affair.
|During both days of this 2 day event they also|
had soapbox racing. This is just one of the
home made soapbox racers that caught my eye.
This looks like an old 1950's T bucket hot rod.
|One of the classic commercial vehicles that I |
spotted was 1913 Ford Model T truck. I just
loved this old truck. This truck was unrestored
and the paint looked to be original as did the
rest of this rare old truck.
|The body was mainly made up from rotting|
wood, and the canvas sides had also seen
better days, but I just hope this old truck stays
just like this as it looks great.
|The solid steel wheels with the skinny tyres|
looked as though the ride could be somewhat
|I have to admit I have no idea what this single|
seat car is, it is possibly made from whatever
the owner had. I'm assuming that this car ran
up Kop Hill as it looks like it was designed to
|Again, I have no idea what motor this is or what|
it may have come out of, but judging by...
|The drip tray to catch all the oil it may well have|
been a Volkswagen!
|Whatever that engine is it drives the rear wheels|
|This unusual vehicle was built by R.A.Harding |
Ltd which was founded in 1921. The vehicle
has a 250cc Japanese and an Albion gearbox
which provided drive to the nearside rear
wheel only via a chain.
|This actual car is owned by Paddy Hopkirk, who|
is famous for winning the 1964 Monte Carlo
Rally in a Mini Cooper.
|The 250cc engine provides chain driven power|
to the nearside rear wheel only.
|Paddy Hopkirk learnt the art of handbrake|
turns whilst driving this Harding around an old
P.O.W. camp near his home, as this was the
most efficient way of stopping the Harding.
|Quality air-cooled classics parked up side by|
side at the Kop Hill climb.
|This 1964 Porsche 356C looked great in it's|
black paint with twin red stripes. The lack of
bumpers gives this old Porsche a tough look.
|This lovely 356 had a 1720 cc engine and|
disc brakes at all four corners. The reflection
in that gorgeous black paint is amazing.
|1962 alpine rally themed bug is a car I instantly|
recognised. It belongs to Julian who is a member
of the Wolfsburg Weed Huggers VW club based
just down the road from me in Penn.
|This is really a nice looking car that I never get|
tired of seeing at various shows throughout
|How nice does this 1957 Lotus Eleven Le Mans |
special look with it's polished body panels.
The Lotus Eleven was designed by Colin
Chapman as a racing car. The highest position
the Lotus came in the 24 hour Le Mans race
|The Lotus Eleven came in two body styles,|
one with a headrest and one without a head-
rest and just having 2 small fins. Only around
270 of these cars were ever produced so this
car is extremely rare.
|The interior of the Lotus looks very comfortable|
considering what the car was designed for. I
do like the fact every surface is polished rather
than being painted.
|Behind the grandstand over looking the hill was|
this trader selling coffee from the back of their
split screen bus. The bus may have the RAT
look but the coffee is second to none.
|This 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pick up truck looked|
right at home parked up on the straw that was
put down to soak up the wet mud. In 1954 the
3100 series underwent some modifications to
the styling and one of the mods was the curved
|Another modification was the introduction of|
cargo bed rails, although I'm not sure if these
were the original items. It's nice to see the
standard wheels with hub caps on this lovely
old pick up truck.
|This stunning 2 door was huge, just look how|
big it is from the doors backwards! The rear
end styling is awesome and if you squint it looks
like the front of another car.
|That massive bench seat looks so comfortable|
with enough room for 3 people to enjoy the ride.
I can just imagine cruising down some back
road in America, with the sun shining and the
radio playing some rock and roll tunes.
|This silver 1965 Porsche 356C cabriolet looked |
so nice in that gorgeous silver paint colour with
the black top.
|This really was a lovely car and just as original.|
The last of the 356's to come off the production
line were assembled for the Dutch Police.
|I spotted this 1965 Ford Falcon and made a |
bee line over to it. I love these cars and this
one with it's red and gold paint job looked so
tough. I think this is the V8 version as the V8
models had 5 stud wheels whereas the V6
models had 4 stud wheels
|This really is a gorgeous colour scheme that|
makes this car stand out. I did like the black
wheels that matched the black detailing on
the car and gave it an aggressive look.
|This stunning jet black 1968 (I think) Ford|
Mustang fastback looked fantastic and was
so clean. The perfectly straight body looked
great covered in an almost perfect coat of black
|These fastbacks are such nice looking cars,|
and it was the fastback that Steve McQueen
drove around in the iconic film 'Bullitt'.
|This lovely stock looking 1950 Chevrolet step|
side pick up truck looked fantastic. I did like the
paint which may well have been original and the
tatty bodywork which gives this truck so much
|This pastel blue Ford Popular had had some|
serious body modifications to create this lovely
convertible. It reminded me of the Model Y
from the rear, or maybe even a 1934 Ford.
|The body mods had been expertly done and|
it looked great. I did like those huge rear wheels
tucked under the rear wings.
|One of the attractions at the Kop Hill event was|
'The Wall of Death' where motorcycles ride
horizontally around a wooden structure. This
has always been one of the things on my bucket
list, one of the things to do before I die!
|They don't use fancy equipment or modern|
motorcycles either as this photo of an old
Indian motorcycle shows. This is one of the
bikes they actually use during the show.
|Having paid my entry fee I climbed the steps|
to the top of the arena and the view was
awesome. Looking down the 30 feet or so at
the motorcycles parked up. As you can see there
isn't a lot of room down there.
|To be honest I expected rough looking hairy|
bikers with tattoo's to ride the motorcycles but
I couldn't have been more wrong. This young
attractive young lady came out, kick started the
old bike and started to ride around whilst getting
up to speed.
|Once up to speed she simply rode up the side|
of the circular structure. As if this wasn't good
enough she proceeded to go round one handed
whilst waving to the cheering crowd.
|After a few minutes the young lady descended|
down the structure and stopped, then this guy
gets on a 4 wheel kart and does the same.
These guys, and girls get so close to the top
of the structure.
|This guy was the third to go and proceeded to|
go round smiling and waving at the crowd.
|He also rode side saddle with no hands while|
travelling around the structure at about 25 / 30
|We were then treated to 3 riders all going|
round together. The photo is a bit blurred but
trying to get a good photo as they went round
was a bit tricky.
|This is a better photo of the 3 of them going|
round together smiling and waving to the crowd.
|This is the view coming out of the wall of death|
looking across just a small part of the Kop Hill
site. The weather was good and the vehicles
were fantastic. This really is a good day out.