Mayor of Havant’s Charity Classic Vehicle Run


Last Sunday morning, under beautiful sunny skies, the Mayor of Havant’s Charity Classic Vehicle Run took place. With around 200 vehicles gathering in the car parks adjacent to the Public Service Plaza. That’s Havant Borough Councils office buildings to you and me.

Many of the drivers were making sure they were well fueled before setting off.

burger_QThe queue for the burger van was never much shorter than this while I was there. However, it was moving along quite swiftly and I was sorely tempted by the delicious smells wafting my way. But I wasn’t there to eat, I was there to view some classic automobiles.

First up is a Ford Consul Capri circa 1962. My metalwork teacher at Claverham had one of these. At the time I thought they were the best looking car on the road and I still rate them very highly in the looks department. This one is in superb condition.

 

Ford Consul Capri

Ford Consul Capri

From Wikipedia:

A Capri was tested by the British The Motor magazine in 1962 and had a top speed of 79.0 mph (127.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 22.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 36.7 miles per imperial gallon (7.7 L/100 km; 30.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £915 including taxes of £288

Moving on, there were several very nice camper vans, the interiors were very chinzy but the exteriors were all to a very high standard.

camper1The black and white van looks so slick and was my favourite of the campers but the others also looked beautiful and showing the love bestowed by the owners.

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Also putting in an appearance was some “heavy iron” headed up by Terry Pipers 1954 Dennis Pax flatbed truck

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Ably supported by this Bedford TJ

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And this alien vehicle, a Chevrolet “Advance Design” Pickup truck, circa 1940′s.

chevyI’ve no idea what it had under the bonnet, or should I say “hood”, but it certainly was loud and proud. Apparently the engines ran from 3.5L to 4.3L !!

Everytime I visit a classic car event the one thing that amazes me is how vulnerable we all were. Many of the “family” cars were much smaller than modern day vehicles and with none of the safety features which we tend to expect.

Take a look at this wonderful Isetta ….

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This 1958 BMW Isetta is owned by James Blake, Year of Manufacture1958, Cylinder Capacity (cc)298cc

I guess this was the Smart car of it’s era.

The first car that my wife and I purchased was a two tone Ford Consul Mk II, Primrose Yellow body with a white roof. Similar to the oen in the picture below. 1703 cc engine, 3 speed column change and front bench seat it handled like a round bottom boat in a heavy swell.

consulBut we learnt a lot about car mechanics and motoring with that car and had one or two adventures. Not the least of which was driving from Winchester to Portsmouth with no foot brakes and surviving the descent from the top of Portsdown Hill using a hand brake that barely functioned. And another, complete with “duck bill” visor …

Ford Consul

Ford Consul

Another car with beautiful lines was the Bristol 403.

bristolThe BMW style radiator grill is  hiding a BMW derived straight 6 and this car was capable of just over 100 mph.

Technology has made considerable advances over the years. Todays cars make a lot out of small packages. Small engines, 1500 cc, are to be found powering huge cars by comparison to the past. Here is an example of quite the opposite.

Triumph 1800 Roadster

Triumph 1800 Roadster

This car was introduced with an 1800cc engine in 1946.

From Wikipedia:

On test by Autocar magazine in 1947 top speed was found to be 75 mph (121 km/h) and 0–60 mph (0–96 km/h) took 34.4 seconds.

In 1948 the Roadster was updated and fitted with a 2000 cc engine. Again, from Wikipedia:

On test the changes resulted in the top speed increasing marginally to 77 mph (124 km/h) but the 0-60 mph time was much better at 27.9 seconds

Still, the lack of speed ensured one had plenty of time to admire the fabulous lines of this car.

Another classic from my youth was the Ford Consul Corsair although I never understood why so many British car names had “Consul” included…. Here is a very smart example.

Ford Consul Corsair

Ford Consul Corsair

Reminds me of the joke that was going around at the time.

Question: How many cars can you get under a police womans skirt ?

Answer: About 50,000 Corsairs

I’m sorry !!

Another car sporting a rather snazzy visor is this very clean Volvo PV544 with the B18 engine from circa 1962.

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The Renault Megane was not the first car to be showing a classy rear. There were quite a few fancy behinds on display, so here are a few prime examples.

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Bristol

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Isetta

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Ford Consul Capri

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Volvo

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Rolls Royce

Watch this space….. I have more to share …….

 

Classic cars on parade at Havant – Portsmouth News.

Sad To See You Go Sue


BBC News – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole books, dies aged 68.

Sorry to hear that Sue Townsend has passed away. I came to her works late, introduced via the television series but I was able to empathise and the books always brought a smile . She has left an amazing legacy. My thoughts go to her family and friends.

Busy Bee’s


 

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We’ve been busy bee’s today

We’ve steam cleaned the walls in our middle bedroom ready for a lick of paint. That is tomorrows job.

Also, have steam cleaned all the glass and upvc frames of our conservatory.  The conservatory is so bright now, especially after cleaning the winter detritus from the roofing panels last weekend. Gerry has been busy  cleaning the inside of all the other windows in the bungalow..

We’ve been a proper pair of spring cleaners. Can you feel the glow of self satisfaction ?

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Harley Davidson


harleyThe inventor of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven.
At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur. ‘Since you’ve been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want to in heaven.’Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, ‘I want to hang out with God.’
St. Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room and introduced him to God. God recognized Arthur and commented, ‘Okay, so you were the one who invented the Harley-Davidson motorcycle? ‘
Arthur said, ‘Yeah, that’s me…’
God commented:
‘Well, what’s the big deal in inventing something that’s pretty unstable, makes noise and pollution and can’t run without a road?’
Arthur was a bit embarrassed, but finally spoke, ‘Excuse me, but aren’t you the inventor of woman?’
God said, ‘Ah, yes.’
‘Well,’ said Arthur, ‘professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention !

  1. There’s too much inconsistency in the front-end suspension
  2. It chatters constantly at high speeds
  3. Most rear ends are too soft and wobble about too much
  4. The intake is placed way too close to the exhaust
  5. The maintenance costs are outrageous!!!!

‘Hmmmmm, you may have some good points there,’ replied God, ‘hold on.’
God went to his Celestial supercomputer, typed in a few words and waited for the results. The computer printed out a slip of paper and God read it.
‘Well, it may be true that my invention is flawed,’ God said to Arthur, ‘but according to these numbers,
…..more men are riding my invention than yours…!!!’.

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Spooky


It’s very foggy today.

Taking Gerry to work this morning we drove along the top of Portsdown Hill. No sign of Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight.

Foggy

Foggy

The view from my window contains many tree silhouettes and looks very similar to a picture we used to have on the wall. The only thing missing is the dark figures on horseback, looming out of the murk, their helmets glistening and spears at the ready. It’s amazing what ones imagination can conjure up.

Or, perhaps, it’s just the anticipation building on the run up to Season 4 of Game of Thrones……. ??

Winter is Coming !!!