Monday, July 30, 2012

Detailed and Awesome Summer Bash

It hammered it down all night and in the morning it was still raining, but then about 10am, the sky cleared for long enough for the decision to head over to Irlam for the Awesome Summer Bash, just 15minutes away. I went to this a few years ago and its more of a huge meet at the VW/VAG specialist workshop. Low cars was the order of the day from the ones in the “show” areas in front of the building its self, to those scraping into the public free car park opposite.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Clan Crusader

I spotted one of these at the recent Classic Car Show at Bodelwyddan Castle, this was the first car built by Clan who set up business in 1969. Built around Imp running gear with a fibreglass monocoque body and tuned Sport engine producing 51bhp. Designed by Lotus Engineer Brian Luff,, one of the brains behind the all-conquering Lotus 72. Production started as a running chassis kit car in order to get around the 25% luxury tax of the day in 1971.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bodelwyddan Castle Classic Car Show

I had high hopes for this show following on from last years. With the weather actually sunny for a change I headed over to Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales with the family. Once again this great venue had a fantastic turnout of cars from Ford, Vauxhaul and Rover if retro metal is your thing. If not then there was the usual array of MG’s, Mini’s, Mercedes and Triumphs to keep you busy. As with most of the Andrew Greenwood shows it was a relaxed affair with a constant stream of cars moving to and from the central arena for various awards such as , 70’s, 80’s, Commercial, Bikes and V8!!!! So something for everyone. And as the commentator said “if you’ve not won something this time and your car qualifies for another category get it back up here for another one”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rokon Trail-Breaker

Although still available today this, originally 2 wheel drive, bike has been built practically by the same manufacturer since 1964. When it bought the original company and rights off its inventor Charlie Fern, who had been developing and selling them as a kit bike called the Nethercutt Trail-Breaker. Prior to that, from 1963 Rokon sold them built as a dealer under the bikes original.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 GR

Before the rebodied 406 Coupe, a version of the 405 was produced. I’m sure you’ve never heard of it because only 4 were built all with one purpose, rallying. Mid engine with a 1.9ltr turbo engine producing 245 bhp and permanent 4 wheel drive taken out of the 205 16GR, the only thing they had in common with their production counterparts was the front end styling and a badge.

Friday, July 13, 2012

What’s a sports car?

I know I’m opening up a can of worms with this one, but here’s my take on what is a sports car. Some would quote power figures and 0-60 times, don’t get me wrong there great but for me not the most important thing. For me it’s the feeling of driving, the feedback from the car a sense of fulfilment you have when after a “spirited” drive you park up with that sly smile on your face, tap the dashboard and say “well done” maybe even out loud.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Shelby Series 1

We’re all used to seeing the Shelby logo on the Mustang and the Ace but in the mid 1990’s Carroll Shelby decided to build a brand new car from the ground up using his expect eye. The result in 1999 was the Series 1, offered in both standard 4ltr V8 320bhp guise that would power you up to 170mph, and as an option with a supercharger strapped to it and big brakes fitted, oh and 600bhp on tap.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Treser Audi Quattro Convertible

During the 1980’s Walter Treser was infamous for restyling and modifying all manner of Audi’s. One of the most extreme was the hardtop convertible conversion of the awesome Quattro. This though was not your conventional roof chop but utilised a lifting panel to the rear to reveal the small hardtop that rotates up from around the rear seats, well if you could all them that. It was even offered with a full wide kit, how very 80’s is all that. I’m not sure how many were built but its definitely different and and one of those you either love or hate, particularly with the roof up. I think it looks awesome both ways.