Monday, February 18, 2019

British & European Car Day 2019...(1)

British Car Day became British & European Car Day as of 2018. It is held at Trentham Park every year on the second Sunday in February.
Ford UK's Zephyr in Mk 3 form was an excellent car for its time.
The standard 4 speed transmission was a major improvement over the earlier models.

Volkswagen type 2 in LHD.

Jaguar's 420G and the earlier, almost identical Mk X, was an imposing beast.
Its sheer size (especially width) caused many Jaguar fans to choose smaller models

Volkswagen's 1500 Beetle was the best of them in my book, alongside a Karmann-Ghia version.

Rover rears.

Ford's Mk1 Zephyr had a 2.2 litre engine driving through a 3 speed box.
The Mk3 (in this instance a Zodiac) had 2.5 litres and 4 speeds.

A very nice 1936  14/56 fronted the Wolseley display.

One of the advertising lines for the Leyland P76, in its day, was that a 44gallon drum would fit in the boot.

LHD Triumph TR3, 1963 model.

1974 Ford Cotina 2.0 litre.
Once a very common car on NZ roads.

1975 Ford Escort 1300.
A much better choice than the 1100 model which was under powered  and uneconomical.

When Mercedes Benz put the 3500cc V8 into the 280SE coupe body
(which was originally fitted with the 2800cc straight 6) , they chose to call it 280SE 3.5, rather than 350SE.
This is a 1971 model.

1987 Mercedes Benz 260SE.
I've always liked this model, but I wonder if the 2.6 motor might be a little short on power for this body.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Wheels With Attitude 2019..(3)

Honda CBX750P.

Ford Capris.

'65 Austin Healey Sprite Mk III and 1970 Holden Monaro GTS 350.

'82 Toyota Corolla 1300 and Triumph Herald 13/60.

1966 Rambler Rogue, a fairly rare model I, would think.

1971 Volkswagen 1200.

1973 Mazda RX3.

1977 Ford Escort 1300 van.

1969 Chev Camaro.

1956 Ford F100.

1955 Chevrolet 4x4 pick-up.

Wheels With Attitude ..2019...(2).

Riley One-Point-Five and caravan, a sweet combination.

Very original Volkswagen 1300.

1960 Pontiac Laurentian


Neatly restored Triumph Spitfire Mk IV.

'58 Chevy Impala.

1962 Rambler Classic.

1971 Dodge Charger 

1970 Ford Torino GT.

I'm not a hot rod fan, but this looks right.
1937 Ford Coupe.

1961 Mercedes Benz "fintail" saloon and a replica of a 1936 Mercedes Benz 540K

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wheels With Attitude..2019...(1).

Dannevirke's Wheels With Attitude was held on Sunday 27th January.
1978 Chevy El Camino.

1930 Essex.

1937 Morris 8.

Ducati single would, I guess, be a 250 or 350.

1970 Buick Electra.

Triumph's Dolomite is quite a lively little machine, but getting hard to find now.

Two Chevrolet Impalas.
The LH one being a pillarless hardtop sedan.
The other a standard four door sedan.

1978 Mercury Marquis sedan.

Holder tractors are made in Germany. This early 4 wheel drive model articulates in the middle for steering and suspension.

Austin A105 Six, of 1956, was produced in very small numbers and had a higher equipment level than the far more common A95 Westminster.

Superbly restored 1977 International ACCO.

I can never resist taking a photo of a Jaguar Mk 2, except in this case, its a Daimler V8.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

All Aussie Car Day ..(3).

A fairly standard looking '66 Falcon looks quite different with black painted wheels, whitewalls and rear spats.

Falcon twins.

Valiant VG

Valiant AP5

Valiant VG Hardtop.

6 cylinder Charger.

Another AP5, stock standard.

Another VG, this time wit V8 power.

XW Falcon. I just love the boxy shape of these. My favourite model.

Another VG, this time a Pacer.

1978 Ford F100.

XT Falcon

VE Valiant

VF Valiant Hardtop.

EL Falcon XR8.

I'm not sure how this fitted in to being Australian,
but a nice Kawasaki 500 just had to be photographed.

1979 Holden Kingswood HJ.

Obviously not Australian (it's LHD) but a nice '63 Fairlane Hardtop all the same.


I drove the Valiant on the way home and absolutely enjoyed the experience.
We came back via the Saddle Road and stopped for a look at the wind farm.
The Valiant and its proud owner.