Early days of the Chelsea Cruise

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V-8 Woodie
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GreaseMonkey wrote:

Hey V-8 Woodie !

I found a few more old photos from the drags in the seventies, should we start a new thread on that?

Whaddya think?

Chris M.

Now there's a subject I could get swept away with Chris. I'm very tempted to say yeah, go for it, but I'm just wondering if the moderators of this website will welcome anymore un related 'Classic' topics? Now, where did I store those old drag racing albums!!

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I think they are broadminded enough to admit that the days of Altered Ts, Jag powered Minis and the fastest front-engined top fuel dragster belong alongside MGBs and Cobras. For what it's worth my all time favourite cars are Cords and Facel Vegas, but for now to demonstrate how far out we can go with our car addiction, I have a few Mercedes while restoring original Model T Fords, but I still think Santa Pod has a place next to Brands Hatch in the overall scheme of all things wheeled.

I will start a new thread tomorrow, old British drag queens, see where that leads us!

Chris M.

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My sadly departed Mate Pete Morris started drag racing using his tuned 998 105EAngle box, then fitted to an Opus fun car,after which he progressed to a Comp altered 283 small block TBucket, Sunset-the first under 10 second quarter in the under 5 litre class.

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Hi GBt, there were a couple of 'Opus' drag cars that raced regularly at the early Santa Pod meets. Originally, the British built Opus 'Fun Car' was sold in kit form, it was a poor imitation of the Model 'T' bucket hot rod. It came complete with Ford running gear and 1500 cc engine and could be put together in a weekend. Drag racers soon discovered the little Opus was an ideal basis for a 'competition altered' car, they shoe-horned big V8's into the little cars which ultimately made them a lot quicker and more competitive.

I'm very intrigued to know, what relevance do the two photos above have to do with this Drag Racing thread? 

 

 

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

Well this thread WAS about the Chelsea Cruise but it seems to have gone a bit off now. I did start a new one about the drags, but I don't really see how any of the above fits either. Maybe it's time to put this one to bed?

Chris M.

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GreaseMonkey wrote:

Well this thread WAS about the Chelsea Cruise but it seems to have gone a bit off now. I did start a new one about the drags, but I don't really see how any of the above fits either. Maybe it's time to put this one to bed?

Chris M.

Chaps, apologies for any confusion, my mistake, I was flipping between threads here, I think GBt also threw me slightly off course with his comments above on drag racing, although, admittedly they are roughly connected. Moving forward, let's try and keep this thread purely on the Chelsea Cruise.

Personally, I'm keen to keep the Drag Racing thread going. Perhaps GBt could move his interesting post on the early Allard rail to the Drag Racing thread- and delete the one above. GBt, you are absolutely correct, the Sidney Allard rail is an iconic piece of UK drag racing history.

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

No offence intended to GBt, but could you use the forum threads in a logical chronological way. Rather than editing your previous posts with added or altered content, why not just post a new one at the bottom. You have been doing this on all the threads I have been active on over the past week or so and it makes for difficult reading. If a previous post is altered it distorts the logical progression of what is basically an ongoing discussion such that subsequent posts often no longer make sense as they may have been in reply to something that is no longer there. If you have something to add, just post a new reply and let things stay in order. If you read back through this thread, or indeed a few of the others you have edited, you will see what I mean. For example, this post is dated 27th, the previous post by V-8 Woodie is dated the 25th, and then yours above that is dated 26th because you have changed it again with totally different content. Just a tip for normal forum etiquette.

Thanks,

Chris M.

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Just found this thread...

Oh, memories, memories... I was a second-year dental student at Guy's on London Bridge in '75, an avid reader of Custom Car (Super CC was brilliant), and wandered over to see what all the fuss was about.  My '62 Morris Traveller with no bumpers, a single 2" SU on its 948 bog-standard motor and 6½" welded steel rims was all I could afford, and didn't quite match up.... 

I just remember the whole anarchic, unorganized (not disorganized) feel to the whole thing.

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Well I still have not found the rest of my old photo albums which are probably still in the storage boxes that have been in the shed since we moved here eight years ago, and I suspect it will be some time before I find everything. We also seem to have lost V-8 Woodie who was there and posted some photos and info, but I thought I might bump this thread back to page 1 to see if any others have any memories or photos to add. There used to be thousands there, one of them may read this.

Chris M.

 

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Good idea, I cannot make any claim to ever having been to the early cruises,

This was actually the car I went to the cruise in for the very last time-as well as to Billing, where this  shot was taken, Rally of The Giants and Americana with the in between week in Skegness( Pete Corley also shared the tent).It belonged to a friend of Peter's called Stewart.

The cruise however seemed to be becoming overun with Escort vans  Corsas etc, and to get away from the Ministery of sound ,we retreated to the far end of the park near Battersea Bridge. There was a small convoy of us, Corley's 56 Little Bird, Bris a guy who delivered me a spare 352 block in his 58 Ranchero, and later did American style choppers on the same site my TBird was kept in, a fellow called Cliff in a 58 Eldorado a mate of Charlie, who runs the Cafe in Valentines park & had or has a fleet of Ice Cream vans, in his yellow Edsel Corsair convertible,  and more or less the same crews we convoyed back from Notts Americana with..we stopped at some Diner off the A1 but it wasnt a patch on this one , keep on wid the old Chelsea cruisin theme