Monday, February 27, 2012

Morris Minor Rally, Manchester Museum of Transport

After having a look round the buses a few weeks back and getting a events list I noticed that there was a Morris Minor Rally in a few weeks’ time, so here I am. With the building being in an old industrial area of Manchester with brick built sheds and old buses parked outside to make room for the Minors, the road in front looked like something out of the 1950’s/60’s.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Petrol Stop's 2 years old today

Another birthday

Well The Petrol Stop’s 2 years old today and I think it’s come a long way in the last 12 months with a good variety of cars and car shows/events. We’ve now had over 90,000 hits, 75000 in the last year alone!!!! Which is just awesome and far beyond what I was expecting.

I’d like to thank all those who keep coming back, and don’t forget if you like the site then join the page on facebook for updates on new posts etc. and pass on the link to likeminded petrolheads.

When I set up the site the plan was for 3-4 cars a month, not the 8-10, as I didn’t think they’d be enough!!!! How wrong was I. Got a list of probably 60 cars on the side lines. And if you know of any just let me know.

Thanks again


Friday, February 17, 2012

Cannonball Run Lamborghini Countach

There are those iconic moments in your youth when you see something and it’s just right, it’s perfect and that memory just sticks with you through your life. One of those moments for me was the starting credits of the Cannonball Run with “that” Lamborghini Countach, the sound the speed that panning shot as it creeps up behind the cop car, the tan leather interior and of cause the drivers!!!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Manchester Transport Museum

Until recently I didn’t even realise that Manchester, my home town, had a transport museum. Based in an old bus depot its home to some 60+ buses that rotate in the exhibition hall, as well as row of buses awaiting their turn to be made new again. There’s also a vast array of related artifacts from old ticket machines to a period office, there was even an exhibition stand for Manchester Metrolink tram system with a full size carriage replica. The walls are covered with information charting the use of buses and trams in Manchester over the last 100 years or so.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Citroen Karin

With no car to show at its home motorshow in Paris in 1980, Citroen let its designer Trevor Fiore loose to build a model for the stand. Looking at the pictures he took the opportunity and ran with it producing this 3 seater (central driver) trapezoidal wedge of a car. As said this was just and un-drivable model for display but it does show what happens when the handcuffs of sensible design are removed and the brief is just to create something. It’s a shame such risks are not taken by car manufacturers today who are more likely to produce less flamboyant concepts. I mean just look at that steering wheel, awesome.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Highway Aircraft Corporation Fascination

This is another one of those “future” cars from the 1930/40’s taking inspiration from Buck Rogers right? Well no, this car was actually built in 1974, which would explain the 1960’s jet engine style rear wings and the velour interior. Created by Paul Lewis as follow up to a car built in 1937 Airomobile.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Honda Motocompo

Admit it you saw the picture and thought, I want one of those didn’t you. I know I did the first time I saw one. This is the Honda NCZ 50 Motocompo and was sold between 1981-83 as a very small companion to the Honda City (Jazz), with a 50cc 2 stroke engine with 2.5bhp and tiny dimensions (1185 mm L × 240 mm W x 540 mm H) with its handlebars and foot pegs folded in, it was designed to fit in the boot. It was a huge success selling 53,369 units over its life ans was available in 3 colours red, yellow and white.