Friday, August 31, 2012

Lotus Esprit Saint Tropez

No it’s an orange or brown version of the legendary Lotus, but one that may help you get one!!! Paul Baron Bailey (PBB Designs) converted a limited number into drop tops, even a Turbo!!!!!! He had the experience often chopping Roll Royce’s as well as modifying Range Rovers at Glenfrome (here's some of their handywork).

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Panther Rio

Okay you take a Triumph Dolomite, do some tweaking to the body including adding a new Rolls Royce inspired nose, add some luxury (electric windows all round, individual cigar lighters and leather) and soundproofing and what do you get? the Rio. The market for this car was those wanting luxury but now having to look after the pennies due to the uncertainty around the oil crises when it was released in 1975.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu


This is one of those Museums that I have always wanted to see so when the opportunity arrived I took it. Housing some of the rarest of cars including 3 world land speed record cars, a selection of F1 cars and the awe-inspiring Aubern, not only that but it has examples of more run of the mill production cars, such as the mark 1 Ford Capri and very early Morris Minor. However here and there, there were some special cars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (who doesn’t love this car), the Daimler Bottle Lorry and an early Reliant Regal (Robin predecessor). If Bikes are your thing them upstairs theres a whole laod of them from modern racers to 1920’S Harley’s and everything inbetween-

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Atco Trainer


In 1935 a driving test was introduced in the UK due to the scale of accidents on the road. Charles H Pugh Ltd (who previously manufactured lawn mowers) seeing a possible new market he designed and debuted the Trainer in 1939 as a possible means to reduce the accident rate by starting driver awareness early. You may have noticed that this car is rather on the small size, you could be forgiven for thinking is should have peddles connected to the wheels rather than an engine.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Classic and Sports Car Show, Tatton Park

I've been to this show a few times over the years but this time was different as I was participating for the first time with my VW Scirocco on the Retrobeutes club stand. Granted this was only for the first day of this 2 day event. This meant I got to take it all in from the start of the day before the public were let in until it had gone quiet again at the end.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Scirocco Register National Meet, RAF Cosford

This is one annual event that I really enjoy due to be owning one. (have a look at previous years shows to see how popular this event is, 2010, 2011). As usual there was a convoy with a few meet points along the way, the starting point for me was Lymm Services on the M6, where I met 4 other cars a transporter carrying a rare (if not quite finish) wide boy Reiger.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ford Megastar


This was a concept debuted by Ford in 1978 based on a Ford Granada chassis and retaining its V6 engine, auto box and rear wheel drive. As a design exercise looking back to when it was debuted this must have been something very odd, in the 1970’s the wedge ruled but this is, to be honest, what turned out to be the modern family car. It looks more like a concept from the mid 1990’s.

Monday, August 6, 2012

VWNW, Tatton Park, Cheshire


I always look forward to this event since last year, partially because I own a Scirocco and party because of the size of the thing. As usual my car was on the Scirocco Register stand so this gave the excuse to get in early and spend the whole day at this relaxed and massive VW show. Theres something for everyone from, stock to highly modified all tastes were catered for

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cizeta-Moroder V16T

I know what you’re thinking “that’s a Lambo Diablo with some extra lights” right?
Well to an extent you’re not wrong, although independently built from the ground up is the result of a number of ex Lamborghini employee’s setting up a new car building company. Created by automotive engineer Claudio Zampolli in a joint venture with music composer Giorgio Moroder and designed by Lambo styler Marcello Gandini (he did the Countach no less). The reason this looks like a Diablo is simply because it’s the original design for it that Gandini drew.