How Many American Classics Are There In The UK?
Hi Woodie, thanks for the kind comments I am very proud indeed. Like to feel im carrying on where he left off! It's fantastic to see photos of his other cars I didn't even know he had, im always looking for any info on him and his cars so it was a great find to see a photo of that red '57!
Two less because of me.
I have bougth a 1965 Chevrolet Suburban and a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner and took them to the Netherlands.
Another few of Teddy Turners:
I cam across this thread at random, He was my grandfather! im looking after some of the few cars left, the '63 and '62 Sport roadsters and the '55 convertible.
I sent a private email to you, but received no reply, did you get it?
The Torino Cobra 351Sportback,& the next years offering, so much nicer than the Bluff front 74 Starsky and Hutch Tomayto that every man jack knows about
By chance I came across the Clint Eastwood movie Grand Torino on a cable channel last week, nice car too. I had never really paid these any attention before, but with all the hype over Mustangs - understandably still popular though they are - these models are under-rated. Does anyone know how many of these are still in the UK? I don't recall seeing any over here.
In 1977 several members of the ‘Spirit of the Fifties’ Club including myself drove up to Manchester from London to attend the ‘Hot Rod & Custom Show’ at Belle Vue, after the show we decided to drive up to Yorkshire in search of ‘Woolhouse’- American breakers yard. For years the yard had become almost legendary amongst the American car fraternity, especially for those who hankered after fifties yank iron, or indeed those just searching for valuable spare parts, as these weren’t easily available in the UK at that time. The Woolhouse breakers in Barnsley had been stacking cars in their yard for decades, so much so, it had become a veritable treasure trove of Americana.
Unfortunately as soon as we arrived we soon discovered that the ravages of time and the harsh Yorkshire winters had not been kind to the hundreds of Chevy's, Fords and Buicks that lay rusting there. It was depressing to see such rarities as 1957 Chevy Bel Airs and Nomads stacked six high with their fate sealed forever!
Here are a few pics from the 'Hot Rod & Custom' show held at Belle Vue in Manchester in 1977. 1958 Buick.
Teddy Turner's 1959 Ford 'Retractable' Hard Top.
Ken Robbin's 1955 Chevy Bel Air.
Tel Powney's 'California Dreamin' Ford V8 Pilot.
Martin Bonner's 1955 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe.
Here's the famous 'Woolhouse' American breakers yard in Barnsley, Yorkshire, I took these photos in 1977.
American cars from the late 1940s through to the late 1960s could be found here.
Keeping company with a A 1957 Chevy is an early Mercedes 190.
The majority of these cars were eventually taken to the crusher when the yard closed , redeveloped for new housing.
These cars are stacked six high in places, the cars underneath slowly collapsing under the weight and also from rust decay!
A once pristine1956 Chevy awaits its fate!
The tailgate of this Chevy 1957 wagon depicts the 'Nomad' name, this was a very rare Chevrolet model, in the 1970s not one example existed on the road in the UK!
Fascinating stuff there Woodie. I had heard of the Barnsley wreckers but never seen any photos, I guess most of those were taken there in the sixties or early seventies before there was a renewed interest in such things or surely some of those would have been saved. I notice a first generation Mustang fastback in there, the shell for that alone would be grabbed for a couple of grand now. At last we have a photo of Teddy's '59 retractable Skyliner too, I had some good shots of that and many others but have yet to find the rest of the photo albums. Maybe one day.......
The coupe was definitely Pete Tucker's, it was well known around the shows in the eighties. He may have even had a roadster too. We all remember Rodley Motors ads boasting '5 Floors of parts' in Bradford, are they still going?
By another one of those coincidences that seem to happen regualarly on here, I once drove Teddy Turner's '59 Skyliner to the Enfield Pageant, the same one pictured further back up this page courtesy of redranch. That would have been late '80s, Teddy took one of his T-Birds, but he liked to rope in a few mates to drive so he could take as many cars as possible to shows.
Here are some more of my early attempts at amateur photography, hopefully I can find the rest of my old photo albums which are stashed somewhere around the Martin estate. The later ones will be of better quality when I do find them. Anyway, as a break from the previous Fords, here are few more UK based American cars, GM this time, but where are they now? I mentioned Larry before, and here is his '69 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 convertible registered TGN41M. The first shot is as he bought it with front wing damage, but we tarted it up ok. Then there was his '66 Pontiac GTO registerd COY130D. The other Pontiac is a genuine and very rare 1969 Trans-Am, yep, a real rarity, (actually only made late in the model year) and I snapped this on a street in Golders Green in the late seventies, and then got talking to the owner who also had a genuine Shelby Mustang GT500 in the garage behind. Meanwhile over in Edmonton Paul was putting the rebuilt 302 back in his '69 Z28 Camaro, which was originally blue and white and registered UUD994H but was re-registered as 573D when it was repainted silver with black stripes. More to follow.
the 69 T/A is still about, or rather was last year. Was up for sale on ebay, with a hefty price for a rare car. I dont remember it selling but i'd be surprised if it hasnt got a new home. Heres the photos
The 'Don' you guys are on about is Don Impson, his place was just outside Leighton Buzzard and not far from the A5. Used to visit him quite often as a kid with my father, every car had a story. The place has now been turned into housing, dread to think what they found buried in there.
Heres a 57 Pontiac StarChief my dad bought, think it might have been from Paul Champion over Uxbridge way, late 70s or early 80s ?. Ended up being painted in Dark metallic green with pale green roof and spears. Anyone seen it lately ? All i know is that the reg has been transfered onto a BMW.
Thanks for the update on the TransAm Si. That is a cool car, a rare one, and muscle with a difference to the usual Mustang/Camaro/Charger fare. I remember seeing that Star Chief too, but back in the seventies or eighties, it used to often be parked on one of the roads heading south from the A40 around Greenford way, not far from Uxbridge. There was at the same time a black and silver one doing the rounds.