Saturday, 13 January 2018

Chearsley Classic Car Show 2107 (part 1 of 2)

This weeks blog is all about the Chearsley Village Classic and Vintage Fun Day, which is held around the cricket pitch in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Chearsley on Sunday 10th September 2017. The village of Chearsley is nestled between Thame in Oxfordshire and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and is only about 5 miles from my hometown and one which I attend every year. The proceeds from this show go towards the development of the village club to benefit all the villagers, from the young to the old. There is always plenty to do and see at this show including: classic cars and vehicles, live music, entertainment for the younger children, arts and crafts stalls, refreshments and a bar, and normally there is even a fly by from a WW2 spitfire. This year I had arranged to meet some good friends of mine, CJ and Matthew and Caroline at the local service station for a short convoy to the show. We had decided to put on a bit of a display at the show, which by all accounts looked really good.
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Our VW buses parked up at the Chearsley Car
Show. Matthew's white over blue SO42 '69 bay,
my 1969 microbus and CJ's white over red '76
late bay. Matthew brought the inflatable palm
trees and I brought the body boards and hammock

while CJ brought his cool old skool BMX cycle.

Everyone helped to create our display which we
hoped the public would appreciate. We have 

already said that next years display will be a much
bigger and better display.

CJ brought along his old skool BMX bike, that
Matthew was just dying to ride to see if he still had
his boyhood skills. All of us urged Matthew to give

us a demonstration on his bike skills, but it never 
happened, probably just as well, for safety reasons.

Matthew's '69 Westy all ready for the paying
public to view. This really is a nice bus which is

a U.S. import, the same as my microbus. In fact
both Matthew's bus and mine shared the same
container on the way over from the states.

My 1969 VW microbus. I had attached my hammock
from my bus onto CJ's bus, which actually worked out
well. I think we all had some time relaxing in the
hammock at sometime during the day. I had also
brought along a selection of hand painted saw's
that I hoped might sell.

Would you buy a bus from these guy's? No nor
would I.! We had all purchased Hawaiian style
shirts, with the main colour to suit our buses.
Matthew got a blue one, I got a green one and
CJ of course got a red one. These shirts were
loud, but good fun and certainly got us noticed.!

Our VW display, as you'll see later in the blog,
most of the entrant's had just parked up their
classic car and walked off and while the classic
car is interesting, we thought our display needed
something more visual to stimulate the public.

A couple of more buses that are quite local also
joined us later in the day. Tonya and Eddie came

over a little later in the day in their buses and
 parked up with us.

Tonya came along in her 1970 Dormobile, which
is a rolling restoration. This bay rides at stock
height and it is a nice solid bus.

This is Eddie's 1985 all white high top T25. This
lovely bus has a full camping interior with all the
whistles and bells. These high top T25's really
are nice buses and have so much more room
than tin top early bays.

This immaculate Volvo 122S was cleaner than
it was when it left the factory. Volvo produced
this car from 1956 - 1970 as the 120 series, or
more commonly known as the 'Amazon' here in
the U.K. but when it was introduced into the U.S.
market it was called the 122S. This was an
original spec U.S. 122S model.

The main difference between the standard 120
series and the higher spec 122S was the engine.
The 122S had a twin carburetor 85 BPH motor
compared to the lesser single carb, 66 BHP as
fitted to the 120 series (Amazon)

You can see just how clean this gorgeous old
Volvo really is from this photo. This must have
had a nut and bolt restoration to look this nice.

This yellow 1971 Ford Escort MK1 was totally
immaculate. These MK1's were big when I was
a mere lad of 17 / 18 and were practically my
dream car back then, although I never managed
to ever own one.

The MK1's were produced from 1967 - 1975 and
this 1600GT Mexico was a road version of the
world rally winning car that was driven by Hannu
Mikkola and Gunner Palm. These road versions
had the 1598cc Ford crossflow engine.

While most of my mates had the MK1 Escort,
I had one of these. It's a MK3 Ford Cortina.
These lovely old Fords were produced from
1970 - 1976. This lovely brown MK3 had been
lovingly restored and was a 2000cc GXL model,
which meant it had a higher trim spec.

Another 1971 MK1 Ford Escort, but this one has
the 'works' bodywork with the huge flared arches
and the quad spotlights. Notice how the bottom
left spotlight is pointing towards the curb, this is
how the Ford rally team mounted theirs as it lit up
the edge of the road while the other three lit up
the road ahead.

This immaculate Escort had the larger 1701cc
Cosworth engine as fitted to the factory rally cars.
This car is very similar spec to Roger Clark's 

1972 RAC rally winning Escort..

This Herbie replica looked like a very detailed
copy of the famous Beetle. This lovely 1970 bug
looked to be lovely and clean and super straight.

You can see just how straight the old bug was
from this photo. You can also see how authentic
looking this Herbie actually was.

I did like the ride height of this Herbie and also
how those big chunky tyres on those deep dish 

banded steel rear wheels filled the arches.

The all red rear tail lights with the beige Paris
sun roof along with the chrome towel rail bumpers
added to this car authentic look.

This gorgeous 1967 type 34 is a regular at this
great show, and for the past few years I have
always taken a photo of it. This gorgeous car
has been restored in the past and as part of the
restoration a metal sunroof from a Karmann
Ghia was added.

These type 34's or 'Razor Edge' as they are more
commonly known really do have such a lovely
shape body, that has a timeless beauty. 

The interior looks to be pretty much stock, and
just looks so nice. I do like the wood dash board
and wood rimmed steering wheel (which I'm sure
isn't standard)

This beautiful 1964 Porsche 356C finished in
what looks like the original colour of Sky Blue
was immaculate. The Porsche 356 was produced
from 1948-1965.

New revisions for the 1964 model featured disc
brakes all round as well as the option for the most
 powerful push rod engine Porsche had ever
produced, the 95HP (71KW) 'SC'.  In 1964 only
about 14,000 356's were produced so this is
quite rare.

Although it was still quite early in the day, the show
field was starting to fill up. The 'Morris' owners
club was at this show in force with some amazing
cars from all years.

One of the vehicles in the 'Morris' display was
this totally immaculate 1950's pick up. Although
this is technically a 'Cowley MCV' pick up the
name 'Cowley never appeared on commercial
vehicles. These variations of the Morris Cowley
car were produced from 1950 - 1956 and came
in a pick up, van and chassis cab body styles.

The Cowley 10CWT pick up was a replacement
for the Model Y-series van and had a capacity
of 120 cubic feet. This immaculate example had
been restored to an incredible standard.

Not a very good photo due to the reflection of
the glass but you can just make out how original
the cab interior was. The attention to detail was

So that was the first instalment on the Chearsley
Classic Car show. Next week will be the second
instalment where you can see, more VW buses
and plenty of cool Hot Rods, and so much more 

so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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