Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Brickman Wonders of the World. (Lego display at Te Papa)

St Basil the Blessed in Red Square Moscow.

The Statue of David.
The original David was created by Michelangelo in the early 16th century.

The Arc de Triomphe.
The real one opened in Paris in 1836.

The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbour.

Replica of the ruins of Stone Henge.
The original of which was built in several stages, beginning about 5000 years ago.

Burg Eltz Castle.

Saint Mark's Square in Venice.

Do I really need to tell you?

The Taj Mahal.

Concorde, of course.

One of the best efforts, the sinking Titanic breaking in two.

I thought the VW Beetle would be my favourite of the show, but....

....I think I would give the prize to The Flying Scotsman.

The detail is magnificent, despite one of the connecting rods having fallen off in this picture.

Elizabeth Tower, which houses the clock and the great bell of " Big Ben".
Complete with a red double decker bus and classic black London taxi.
The detail even shows a repairman working on the clock face.


Self explanatory.

British Car Day 2018 (3).

'67 Chevy wasn't actually part of the display, but still worthy of a photo.

Registered as a Sunbeam Talbot 90, but weren't these called Alpine?

A 1935 Austin Litchfield.

Nice to see a Mk 1 Ford Consul, when it's usually Zephyrs that steal the limelight.

Cute little MG 1300 with Minilite wheels.

I don't think a '52 Standard Vanguard looked this good when new !

Loaded and lowered.
1958 Volkswagen Beetle of 1776cc !

1972 VW type 2 is superb.

Dave's Jaguar 420G is just lovely. It's a manual with overdrive.
Dave saw this for sale in Wellington when he was a young man and then tracked its ownership over the years until it eventually came up for sale again and he could afford it.
Dave also owns a 2 litre Triumph Vitesse in Herald Coupe form, with full Triumph 2000 running gear, including the overdrive , larger brakes and taller diff.


1974 Series II Daimler Sovereign V12 in the unusual colour known as Coral

Next best thing to a 420, the S-type.
A 1965 3.4 Auto.

1987 Rolls Royce still has presence.

1969 Jaguar 240.
This is the last of the Mk II series, easily identified by its slim bumpers.

Armstrong-Siddeley line.

A couple of the mighty Morris minor 1000s.
A Traveller (more commonly called a Woody) and a 4 door saloon.


'67 Austin Mini van with big wheels and big flares.
Then the rain came down and cars began to leave. Like this Rover P6B 3500S.
That's 3.5 V8 with 4 speed manual.

British Car Day 2018 (2).

Wow ! So long since I've seen a Renault Fuego I'd almost forgotten they existed.
This one is a Turbo from 1985.

Ideal colours for a Ford Anglia, looks good.
1963 1100cc.

In this picture, Roy McGuinness , who is the MC for the British Car Day every year, interviews the owner of the 1960 Hansa Coupe, in her matching shirt. Next to the Hansa is a 1956 Borgward saloon.
Hansa originally combined with Lloyd, but then both, later became part of Borgward.

The Triumph GT6 is a great little sports car. Based on the Spitfire, but with a permanent roof and a 6 cylinder engine.

A well raced Austin A40 ?

Sir William Lyons took extravagance to the extreme when he designed the Jaguar Mk X. Especially in width.
This one is actually the very similar, and later model, 420G identifiable by its centre strip in the grille and its chrome waistline moldings.

Another of the Europeans, a 2006 Volvo V70R.
A high performance estate with 2520cc turbo power.
I actually quite like these, but when things go wrong there seems to be a mentality in this country that it's a prestige automobile, so you'll pay more to get it fixed, so I'll stick with a Jappa thanks.

Lovely old 1947 Bedford pick-up.

Replica of a 1967 Ferrari P4...

...and the front.

One of the best shaped saloons Mercedes ever made, but I'm not so sure if they got the headlamps quite right.
2006 CLS500.

A 1974 Triumph Toledo 1500.

A very handsome 1954 Ford Popular, more commonly called the Ford "Pop".

British Car Day 2018 (1).

British Car Day, at Trentham Park this year, allowed Europeans to join in to increase the numbers attending. These were represented by Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, VW, Fiat and a handful of individuals.
Smart little split window Morrie convertible.

A superbly kept Ford Escort.

1951 Armstrong Siddeley Whitley....lovely.

A long time since I've seen a Fiat 128. I worked at a Fiat dealership when they were new and were a much nicer drive than the Jappas of that time. Unfortunately, like many cars of that era, they succumbed to the dreaded tin worm !

I always found these a nice drive, especially in manual form.
Triumph 2500 TC, a '75 and a '76.

The FB Vauxhall Victor was quite popular in NZ, but the estates were not common.

Jaguar Mk V....what can I say?

Another nice Triumph 2500.
This one an "S", first registered in 1978.
The "S" model had all the fittings of the PI (injected) model but with an up-rated carburettor engine similar to that fitted to the TR6 sports car and, of course, the alloy wheels, as shown..

One of the supercharged versions of the 4 litre Jaguar V8.
A 2000 XJ-R.

Rover P5B didn't get a wash before the event.

The VW contingent.

1946 Morris 8 series E has the upright headlamps fitted, which was a common conversion.

1957 Austin A35 Countryman has had the grille plated or polished and 1098cc engine fitted.
1959 Hillmam Minx series III with 1494ccs.