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Car Show Review: Orphaned and Discontinued Cars

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Do you need some sunshine and steel in your life? Fall rain got you down? I have just the thing. This was a truly great summer for car shows in the Northwest: the weather was excellent this year, there were cars shows all over the place, and there was a good variety of vehicles to be seen. New cars, old trucks, muscle cars, even speed boats were on offer this summer. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to to round up some of my favorite pictures from my favorite shows and share them with all y’all. Take the jump to see more. … Continue Reading

1951 Dodge Wagon- How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck?

Robert Emslie October 7, 2014 Cars and Coffee

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If you bought a classic Dodge Woody Wagon you’d probably want all your friends to know about it, right? This Campbell-bodied Dodge isn’t just Job-Rated, it’s up to the job of bringing all your friends along to enjoy the experience. It’s also a truck with an astounding presence, and enough lumber to keep you in splinters for years. … Continue Reading

World Of Top Gear:- The Best World…..in the World?

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What exactly might one expect to see or experience in the World Of Top Gear? Well, it should be staged on a huge budget and ought to involve dizzying numbers of exotic cars and recreations of lavish overseas locations. Explosions should be massive and frequent and perilous situations should present themselves regularly. A sense of fun should pervade, and every visitor should be granted the opportunity to participate in peculiar, arcane challenges. Perhaps animatronic effigies of Hammond, May and Clarkson could patrol, issuing choice soundbites possibly ending with “Power!”. As long as humour, horseplay and horsepower are all represented, the possibilities are endless.

Actually, in a manner entirely fitting with the ever-so-slightly shambolic nature of things that happen on the 8PM Sunday stalwart, World Of Top Gear is basically a big shed with a load of old cars in it. But hey, we all enjoyed this stuff on the small screen, so why not take a gawp at them in the flesh? Take the jump for a tour of the embodiment of “ambitious but rubbish”. How hard can it be?

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Weekend at Beaulieu Finale; The Motherlode

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My coverage of the Beaulieu Autojumble left me with so many millions of hastily shit shot images that filleting them into sensible portions for visual consumption has been a major, and long winded undertaking.

Well, this is it. The end, finally. Click over the jump for a final outsplurge featuring some of the notables that I’m simply never going to get around to writing about, or that are of such extreme minority interest that it wouldn’t be worth it anyway.

Spoiler: There’s a Rover 825 Coupé in there, you lucky, lucky people

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Weekend At Beaulieu: You Name It, We Got It.

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“How much for the one, badly corroded and horrifically, brutally deformed Lotus Eclat alloy?”
“That’s £110, mate”
“Hmm, that’s a bit rich, considering the condition. I was thinking more like £60”
“You’re having a laugh, mate. I can’t let that go for less than a ton”
“Look I’ll take it now for £70”

….and so it goes on for the next ten minutes. This conversation was occurring literally everywhere you walked. It’s an inevitable phenomenon at this kind of an event; the prices marked on items is arbitrary at best and haggling is the norm. But before the skilful negotiation can break out, you have to have the kind of stuff laid out on your stall that everybody wants. And to be completely honest, walking past hundreds of identical stalls covered in rusty obsolete parts I had a hard time telling the trash from the treasure.

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Weekend At Beaulieu:- SM on DS Action

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Whatever the unit of measurement is for Awesomeness Per Square Foot, the assembly of Gallic motoring eccentricity photographed above must register quite a high reading. If the Citroen SM is my favourite French car of all time (and I’ve just decided it is), and the DS is my second favourite, then what we see here is akin my favourite meal (haddock and chips) perched upon my second (rare steak).

One question begs to be asked, though. Was posing the bewilderingly complex SM with its hood open on a flatbed a choice made tongue-in-cheek, or was no irony intended whatsoever?

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Weekend at Beaulieu:- 4 Sale:- T’Bird? Word.

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£23,750. It all comes down to context, really. In my world, where my daily driver is worth probably a hundredth of that, that’s a whole hill of cash. In vehicular retail terms, though, twenty-four grand doesn’t yet see you out of KIA territory. You’re talking real low-end BMW and Mercedes fare for that kind of figure. For out-and-out look-at-me new-car credibility, £23,750 doesn’t earn you a whole bunch of bragging rights.

So why not spend your 24 kiloquid on this? Parked amid the “for sale” area at the World Famous International Autojumble at Beaulieu this year, to say that this ’63 Thunderbird stood out is an understatement akin to the 1986 mutterings of Chenobyl safety officers that “we might be in a spot of bother here.”

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Weekend at Beaulieu: 4 Sale – The Barn Finds

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“Barn Find” has become a real pain-in-the arse phrase. Stick it in eBay as a search term and you’ll be presented with a list of cars which have never been near a barn in their lives, nor been forgotten about for decades. Typically a Barn Find on eBay will involve a seventeen year old Nissan Micra being “found” in gran’s garage and then sold for whatever it’ll reach because she’s hung up her mink driving gloves for the last time.

Of course, there’s a big difference between eBay; purveyors of hopeless crocks to the poor and indiscriminating, and Bonhams, purveyors of… well, hopeless crocks to the Rich and optimistic. Bonhams, the renown auction house, took charge of sales of high class hulks which might just have genuinely have been found in somebody’s barn. But which will you choose?

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Weekend at Beaulieu: The Museum Pt3 – The Record Breakers

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Part of me absolutely hates museums. Line after line of immaculately presented mechanical corpses sit there, mute, waiting without hope of ever seeing action like they did in the days before they were embalmed and roped off with velvet.

You need to visit Goodwood, Duxford, or dozens of the other gatherings around the world to see vintage aircraft and race cars being given a proper work-out. At Goodwood this year, on the same day that a Mercedes W196 Racer was being thrapped up the hillclimb, a Hawker Hunter and English Electric Canberra were dancing an intricate, noisy routine in the skies above. Of course, there are certain awesome artefacts from time that can never be demonstrated in public, though, which is a shame. There is unlikely, for instance, to ever be a Saturn V rocket display.

Which brings me to where I’m stood right now. Inches from machines which have been the fastest wheel-driven vehicles of their time. Absolute power, silenced.

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Weekend at Beaulieu:- The Museum. Part 1- Cars.

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I’ve just spent the past weekend in the company of a great many bearded men from all over Europe (and beyond) who had flocked to Southern England for a world-famous motoring event. It’s called the Beaulieu Autojumble, and you may have heard of it. It’s a mecca for those vintage car enthusiasts who have been searching in vain for Darracq doors or a Delahaye differential.

Let’s start by introducing the home of this annual pilgrimage; Great Britain’s foremost car museum. Welcome to Beaulieu.

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