Early days of the Chelsea Cruise

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Hi GBt, Personally I prefer the 'early birds', the '55-'56 & the face-lift  '57 model, these were a lot more pleasing in design than the later heavy weights. I do appreciate the later models had a lot more grunt and were loaded with creature comforts and eventually would accommodate four people, but sadly, after 1966 it all went horribly wrong.

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Well maybe Woodie it was just a case of the only American car I owned personally was a 64. I was however lucky enough to go to many shows in a friends 56(The same guy whom owned the X Chris Martin 66 Landau)including to the later Chelsea cruises.

Also a friend, Dave Martin, brought many Yank Tanks over from America, including a 67 Fordor(with 390 motor). The Thunderbirds of England had a dispensation not only to accept the early Birds but later, because of so few of any age being in the country, later ones than the Vintage Thinderbirds Club International 1958-66 accepted years.

I think Dave was a founder member of an early English/Am club, so all this is of interest, if not strictly on the Early cruise theme, very nice pics once again.

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GBt wrote:

Well maybe Woodie it was just a case of the only American car I owned personally was a 64. I was however lucky enough to go to many shows in a friends 56(The same guy whom owned the X Chris Martin 66 Landau)including to the later Chelsea cruises.

GBt, You may want to check out the new October issue of Classic & Sports Car, there is a stunning '64 T Bird for sale in the classified ads, it's a US National Thunderbird Concours winner................suit you sir!!

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I was hoping when Greasemonkey (Chris Martin) started this thread that there would eventually be a few more visitors contributing on here, as I remember it, there were classic cars of every description that  would join the Chelsea Cruise, I'm sure there must be some great photos and stories out there, so come on guys, why not share your memories and photos with us we'd love to hear from you!! 

This gorgeous 1959 Chevrolet Corvette parked just off the Kings Road was a regular attraction at the Chelsea Cruise. Photo 1976.

1964 Corvette Stingray -Split Window model parked outside the old LCC Ambulance station - now the famous Conran Bluebird Restaurant!

Steve Hale steers his 1957 Plymouth Coupe down the Kings Road, Steve was also a member of the Spirit Of The Fifties car club and was a regular Chelsea cruiser and still is, he was at the 35th Anniversary cruise May 2010 in his modified '55 Chevy 2 door sedan!

Here's a great shot of a 1969 Z28 Camaro taken in the Kings Road in the 1970s, sporting 'sidewinder' exhausts which were a popular bolt on accessory of that decade. Boutiques abound, the rents were a lot cheaper in the good old days! Nice Bentley too!  Chris Martin might just recognize the Camaro?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great pics Al, seen 'em all before but not in many a long year.

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mikeyboy wrote:

Great pics Al, seen 'em all before but not in many a long year.

Yes Mikeyboy, I'm sure you've seen most of these before, I thought you might be a little homesick out there in Southern California and these pics would remind you of the good old days that we all enjoyed back here in London. I guess you've been spoilt rotten now with all those fabulous cars out there in Temecula, who wouldn't be!!! 

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V-8 Woodie wrote:

Here's a great shot of a 1969 Z28 Camaro taken in the Kings Road in the 1970s, sporting 'sidewinder' exhausts which were a popular bolt on accessory of that decade. Boutiques abound, the rents were a lot cheaper in the good old days! Nice Bentley too!  Chris Martin might just recognize the Camaro?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just found this. Yes I suspect that is the '69 SS396 that was owned by someone in the East Finchley area. I vaguely remember he may have been of Cypriot origin and was a friend of Al Gould's who introduced us at the time. I think when we went round to his place he also had brother with a Dodge Charger, The silver '69 Z28 I put on here earlier also had the side pipes and rally wheels but with the two black stripes over the top. That one was originally blue and white, registered UUD994H but my mate Paul, now deceased, did a great job of restoring it and re-registered it as 573D. I do not know what happened to it after he sold it, but that would have been thrity years ago anyway.

Chris M.

 

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Lioved in Clapham, went to cruise number 2 and then for some time onwards. Sorry just had a tricked 1969 Escort Van at the time but later progressed to a black Volvo PV544s fitted with Wolfraces. Used to belong to Peter Stevens of Lotus design fame. Remember Kason, Baldachino, etc. Think my Volvo is an old Custom Car back in the day!

Now Sydney Australia

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And who remembers Gary's Shack on Wandsworth road right next to Wandsworth Road Station?

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And who remembers Gary's Shack on Wandsworth road right next to Wandsworth Road Station?

Yeah, Gary's was open late on cruise nights, often used to hang out there.  I also bought a '66 Mustang convertible from Gary, minor front left corner damage but with good replacement 'guard and headlight bezel included for 325 pounds.  Later repaired and repainted in a Hillman Avenger light blue metallic as colour matching was not as easy as it is now, and that was the nearest to the Ford blue from stock.  With matching blue vinyl interior, recent dark blue soft top, and stock steel wheels with 'baby moonies' it looked great, and I later sold it for, I think, 550 !!!

Later, of course it was next seen bright red, jacked up at the back with huge slot mags - oh well, one can hope it has since been restored to correct specs by now; and hopefully without those cliched 'Shelby' stripes that nearly every Mustang has to have these days.

Gary, by the way, later moved to larger premises down Mitcham way.

Chris M.

ps- I was driving past Kirribilli yesterday, looking for a short cut on the back roads to Mosman, didn't work though!