Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cyclops, The Big Bus

At the height of the disaster movie rule the spoof of the disaster movie was born. The first (before Airplane) in 1976 was The Big Bus, simply a nuclear powered double decker, bendy luxury bus that could go from New York to Denver non-stop. Equipped with everything that could be needed, bowling alley, piano bar, pool, moving tyre replacement function etc the usual hi jinks happens, sabotage, milk carton fight, pickup being attached to the side!!!!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

North Wales Classic Car Show, Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl

You know a car show is going to be good when as your queuing to get in a Noble M12 drives past and parks up next to a convertible Lamborghini Gallardo. Not only that but for a donation to charity you can be in the passenger seat for a short drive.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Panther Solo

British built mid engined supercar, with pop up lights and built in exclusive numbers, Jaguar XJ220 is what your thinking hey, but a small manufacturer was also at it. Panther in Waybridge England, then owned by a Korean businessman, produced this 2 seat coupe, later the series 2 was a 2+2, between 1989-90. The Series 1 was powered by a 1.6ltr Ford engine from the XR2 running through the permanent 4 wheel drive system.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nissan MID4

In the mid 1980’s Nissan looked at the supercar market and decided to throw its hat in the ring, in 1985 it debuted its first MID4 at the Frankfurt Autoshow. With sleek looks and powered by a mid-mounted 3ltr V6 with 226 bhp with four wheel drive, it would have at that time sat behind the 300ZX twin turbo in the Nissan line-up. By 1987 Nissan decided to lift its profile by installing a much more powerful twin turbo V6 giving it 325 bhp, with more refinement and at the Tokyo Motor Show the MID4 II was debuted.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Metro Saloon

When anyone from the UK goes to Europe one of the things that you notice straight away are the strange car variants that our European counterparts have. I not talking about the steering wheel being on the wrong side but the strange bulge that’s hangs of the back of conventional hatchbacks. I talking about small runabouts with boots!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mercedes VRC

In 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show Mercedes introduced the world to its VRC (versatile automotive concepts) concept. A car that could be anything and do everything for everyone. The 2 part car encompasses a standard base part that holds the running gear, seats, doors and windscreen, basically everything from the waist down. Added to the top of this was a variety of bodies from people carriers, pick-up to convertible and coupe. These were held in place with electric magnets and rear power connection which also lets the base know what car it is for each body. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monica 560

Monica was intended as a luxury brand to rival Citroen’s SM, created by Jean Tastevin, a French industrialist and named after his wife in the early 1970’s. In reality the only French thing about the car was where it was built. The concept/prototype car was designed and produced by Chris Lawrence at C.J. Lawrence Consultants of  Hammersmith, London, England. Even the engine in the later prototypes was a Chrysler 5.6 l (340 in³) V8 engine. Through a manual gearbox.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stars and Stripes, Tatton Park

With fantastic weather assured I headed once again to Tatton Park on the first morning of the Stars and Stripes American Car Show. I really do like this show because you just don’t know what will be new. This year it was hot rods, there may have only been a few when I was there but they made my day