Spotted - Classic Cars At Shows - Not On The Road
And just for James, there was something called an Elliott Special; also known as 'Dopey' !
There was a tradition here of Speedway cars that ran on dirt ovals; that is where Sir Jack Brabham started out, and many of the old racers have survived.
Originally built in Queensland in 1948 with a modified Ford Model A engine and diff' and a Ford T front axle, it was bought in '55 by Lew Marshall who then managed 2nd in the Queensland Championship the following year. In 1958 the engine was replaced with a Holden 'six' with triple Zenith carb's and was then sold to a Herb Elliott in Sydney in '59. Through the years it was driven by many well known Speedway names until the '70s and more recently it won the Vintage Speedcar Association's Best Restoration Of The Year in 1995.
Restored and owned by Rob Smart it had a For Sale sign, so if you are interested James, I could put you in touch............
This post seems to have spilled over to page 7 now - if interested, check back to where I started on page 6 in case you missed it.
Then there was my Numero Uno Favourite - even better than a pair of Avantis - the Facel Vega HK500. In perfect condition, the owner reckons there are only three in Australia. Dig that fake wood finish on the dashboard too!
Not as glam' but just as rare these days, a FIAT 1100 Familiale
Unlike the usual Ford Model As, they always turn out in numbers;
Back with more later.
Original C-Type (not a replica) at Classics on the Green, Croxley Green, nr Watford
1960 Tornado Tempest at Croxley (Tornados were built nearby at Rickmansworth)
And more of the variety from the Eastern Creek event a couple of weeks back; trying to follow in a roughly alphabetised order, (been waiting ages to use that word - alphabetised, I first heard it when James Garner had a confrontation with a nurse in The Rockford Files....) anyway, for lack of Gs we get to Honda, and the only product of theirs I would give garage space to; the NSX;
followed quickly by the ghost of James Elliott
then there was this odd Italian thing
hanging out with some other funny looking cars
or something called a Urraco
just kidding, I have to say I liked that Espada, even with worn paint, it just looked 'right'.
M is for Maserati, this Merak was the lone representative for the marque
but the Mercedes folks were everywhere
P was for Packard
and R started with Renault
back with more later.
Same place, same day, another Renault;
RollsRoyce Silver Ghost;
I have always been a fan of the Studebaker Hawk - probably something to do with that gold Corgi model from fifty years ago.....
As well as ( yes, I have mentioned them here before), the Thunderbirds;
locals like the seventies Holden Toranas, big motors, bright colours etc
the far end of the alphabet means Vauxhall
another Vauxhall, this time a rare Vagabond fifties convertible not sold in UK
and finally Volvos, note the rego plates.
Here at Portugal we can compete with the australian event reported by Crhis but we try harder...
Some "new"faces" at the portuguese classic web forum Lisbon montlhy meeting...
A SIMCA 1300 RHD. By the plates with letters VZ it probably came from Mozambique, when in 1974 most of portuguese leave tha colonie after the indepencence. We make jokes here abou that plates as VZ can mean "Vem "Zangado (comming very hungry)
Back to LHD, two italian 4 cilinder cars, but the similarities stop there...
An Alfetta 2.0 and a BMW 1602...
To finish, a Jaguar XJ S2 4.2, with 140.000km in the same family since new...
Those AA badges are a very treendy item here during the 70's....
But its the first time i see a AA key...
Here's one for all the RiceBurner fans, a sixties Mazda 360.
but, and here is a really weird one,
who knows about the Lightburn Zeta?
Truly a dog, by anyone's standard - few survive.
"When did you last see one of these?" - Ha ! Guess I win eh ?
Equally rare, but cute anyway, this Singer Gazelle Estate showed up for a recent event at our museum.