Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Car Show Shannon 2016 (3).

The '52 Fords used the same cab, with its aggressive grille, from the F1 pick-ups right up to the F7 Big Job models.
This particular model would be near the lower end with its single rear wheels.
VW Microbus in superb condition was built in 1964.
Morris eights aren't powerful, but can be a great classic car due to their simplicity.
Apart from the rusty tail pipes, this 1970 VW 1500 Beetle was extremely tidy and for sale.
Not the easiest thing to work on without the VW special tools, but I loved driving the one I had many years ago.
Mini based sports coupe.
The Mk 2 Zephyr lends itself to a bit of dressing up.
Cummins powered Foden had been smartly revived.
Fairly standard 1960 PA Vauxhall, but what are those rims off?
1978 Chrysler Newport.
The '54 Vauxhall Wyvern was very original.
I learnt later that the present owner bought it with about 30,000 miles on the clock and hasn't doubled that yet.
Interior was just how it should be.
Although the '39 Oldsmobile is basically the same body as the equivalent Chev, the different front end treatment changes its appearance markedly.
PB Velox wearing all the "necessary" options for the NZ climate.
Porsche 356 Speedster might be a replica, but still looks the part.
Quite a few '47 "jailbars"around, but good to see one that hasn't been altered significantly.
I like the front of the Chev Apaches of the 1959 era.
Although the body could be mistaken for other companies products from around this time, the frontal treatment is unmistakably a '47 Nash.
1959 Chrysler New Yorker Saratoga is a big hunk of metal, but certainly a good looker.
Rare Citroen left before I could get a good look at it.
The Mk 3 Zodiac is my pick of the Z car range, so no apologies for showing one yet again on this blog.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Car Show Shannon 2016 (2)

1965 Honda S600 is............small
1963 Mercedes-Benz 220S in original condition.
Matching Monaros, apart from the wheels.
Very smart EH Holden.
Ford F100 is low.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 I would like to take home !
Mercedes strange identification system means that this 280SE bodied coupe which normally had the 2.8 straight 6, is fitted here with the 3.5 V8.
I was even partial to its patiently waiting passenger.
BMW 2002s were a quick car in their day. Nowadays the average Jap saloon would give them a scare.
This example is a " tii "which is the fuel injected version. 
FB Holdens were once plentiful, but now a rarity.
Datsun 1200 Coupe was a desirable little car when I was much younger.
1938 Fargo looked standard until....
....I looked inside !

Car Show Shannon 2016. (1)

The "Super Cheap"Auto Spectacular was held on 21st February. Here's the first installment of what was present.
As in the past it was held at the Shannon Rugby Grounds.

There was something..........
....................for everyone.
'47 Studebaker pick-up was something a bit different.
Sunbeam Alpines were nowhere near as popular as MGBs.
The earlier models with the high tail fins are even rarer.
Nice to see this one, obviously well cared for.

Not many 6 cylinder Toranas on the street now, but at Shannon there were ...
...three !
I think the early two headlamp front on the Fiat 124 coupe, actually suits the styling better than the later  4 headlamp models.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Avro Vulcan XA897

Max has sent me this interesting photo, which belonged to his father, of Avro Vulcan XA897. The first Vulcan bomber to be delivered to the RAF in 1956. Soon after delivery it was sent on a promotional tour around the world, including Australia and New Zealand, where this photo was taken, at Ohakea.
Unfortunately after completing this tour it was landing at Heathrow in heavy rain when ATC asked the pilot to descend on to the glide path. This manouvre caused the aircraft to drop too quickly and it struck the gound before the runway , tearing off the landing gear. The pilot was unable to regain control so he and the co-pilot successfully ejected. The other three crew members were not so lucky as their positions were behind and below the cockpit and needed to exit through the bottom of the aircraft to parachute to the ground. There was of course no time or altitude to allow this and all three perished with the aircraft.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

British Car Day 2016 (3)

Series 3 (or 3a) Rapiers are not common now, but a convertible is even rarer.
Many of NZs fire brigades in rural areas had one of these.
Just like new.
Another photo of the rare Viva GT that was also on display at Wheels With Attitude.
1936 Singer Le Mans is a bit different to the usual MGs.
I've always been a fan of the series V Hillman Minx.
A  much neater style than the similar sized Super Minx which was available at the same time.
I'm never quite sure why Rootes made Minx and Super Minx (and of course Gazelle and Vogue) alongside each other, when they were of similar size and used the same power plants.
After the Minx/Super Minx came the Arrow range which had different engine sizes, but used the same body.
In NZ we only got the 1725cc motor in the Hunter and the Vogue, as seen here.
1947 Jaguar looked like it was ready for restoration.
These models were fitted with a 1776cc four cylinder or 2.5 or 3.5 litre six.
I think this may be a 3.5.
Interior of the above Jaguar.
Front view of the two E types shown in a previous post.
The '47 Jag with two Mk Vs.
Toolkit in the bootlid of the centre car in the above picture.
This Triumph Thruxton was parked nearby to the display.