Thursday, May 24, 2012

A meet

Its part and parcel of owning an older car, retro or classic that at some time you will attend a local “meet” be it marque specific or general (I for one attend both kinds), it’s a chance to catch up in an informal situation (most seem to be at a local pub or for me Krispy Kreme’s) not that a day spent at a car show showing off your car or just walking round and chatting is formal mind you.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Alltypes, Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales

Well once again I headed over to the Alltypes VW show, this time though I was participating with my own Mk2 VW Scirocco being on the Scirocco Register club stand. As with pervious visits (search for Alltypes or have a look at the galleries) there was the usual mix of both air and water cooled cars and vans. With everything from Bugs, Campers, Dune Buggies, Golf’s, Polo’s, Carrado’s, Passat’s, Audi’s and everything in between. From rat look to lowrider and
full on show cars.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alfa Romeo RZ

If the SZ wasn’t extreme enough with its bespoke body works and limited run then the drop-top version was defiantly for you back in 1992. Powered by the same 3ltr V6 engine providing 207bhp mixed with those quirky slightly squashed proportions it was version was distinctive and exclusive. With that love it or hate it styling. With only 278 being built and with so many parts specific to this individual car you can imagine there aren’t many still on the road. I will of cause write something up on the SZ, it has quiet a history, but for now just enjoy the roof chopped version.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ogle SX1000

If you squint then look at those ever so small wheels, you’ll see that this is another example of the Mini chassis and running gear being used or rather draped in another body. This time one designed by Ogle Design, out of Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Built in between 1962-64, production reached 66 but due to the untimely death of company founder David Ogle, who was killed in a car accident while driving one of these cars, production stalled and eventually stopped despite control being past to Ton Karen and company was all but wound up by 1966.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Iguana 29

Okay I suppose this is more boat than land vehicle but bear with me because it does have one unusual trick up its sleeve or rather in its hull, tank tracks!!!! The concept was simple if a little restrictive for sales, “between the bay of Mont St Michel and the south of Jersey, where the tide can go out for miles and where one has to navigate between sandbanks, rocks and currents. The concept (which is subject to a word-wide patent) is based upon the integration of tracks within the hull without affecting its aesthetics, performance, or its seaworthiness”. The result is this amphibious vehicle that can easily take on this kind of landscape, and it does look the part.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jules Roll Royce Dakar Car

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was the Roller out of Cannonball Run, but no this was actually raced in the Paris Dakar in 1981. Not only that it was doing quite well, 13th place, when it had to be retired or rather it was retired by disqualification when a repair to the broken steering axle took too long. The car is based on the Roll Royce Corniche but was seriously modified to have Toyota Land Cruiser running gear, which makes this Roller a 4x4.