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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Easton Farm Park Show

Last Sunday was Easton Farm Park classic car show in Suffolk,been a few years since we have attended here. We had the usual Norfolk crowd in attendance, 7 cars and a couple of interlopers in a Stag and Spitfire from Suffolk, we chose to meet in Framlingham, about 5 miles away rather than convoy from nearer home.
Started off as a grey windy day, but roof still came down for the drive there. Only about 20 miles for me, following my old route to work, so a familar quick blast but others had done lots more miles to get there. No bacon butties available here so not attending next year! Sun out by dinnertime, quite hot, so glass of Aspells Cider and a Hog roast went down well.

A few photos.

Norfolk Area Line up
A nice Mk11 2000 and a Tickford Capri.
A very good Mustang.

Lanchester, Roller, Stag, and Mk1 2000.

Selection of VW's, mostly lowered.

Liked the treatment of the rust on this one, looked as though sealed and laquered.

From the right, Lea Francis, Riley, Austin, and Wolseley Wasp.

Alans Stag with Weber conversion.

1952 Cadillac

Oldies sheltering from the sun.

Monday, 11 July 2011

TR Drivers Club National Weekend

Gill and I attended the TR Drivers Club National weekend at Billing Aquadrome which celebrated 30 years of the TR Drivers Club, this was on the same weekend as the Grand Prix which did not help attendance.
Some really nice TR7's and 8's, I thought I had spent a fortune when restoring our FHC and DHC, but some of these guys mentioned crazy money. No rally cars this year which was a shame.
Only took the DHC as entrance fee at Billing is a bit steep and used approx £40 petrol so theoretically saved a bit.
Weather was changeable on Sunday, we had a shower when on the road run.
Thanks to Chris, Jim, Simon, and Phil who did all the organising and all those who helped.
Some pics.

Some of the Drop head coupes lined up, Persian Aqua Blue seems
popular, knew we should have taken Gills FHC.

A few early cars, fantastic TR2.

Genuine TR8's, the Blue A reg had a reputed 15k spent on it. There was also
another A reg and a D reg, these being some of the 18 auctioned
TR8 factory cars not registered till after production ceased.

Nice TR7 V8 conversion.

A good selection of the rarer Fixed head coupes along
with a couple of Grinnals.

TR Drivers Coke Car, owned by Chris Turner.

Lined up for the afternoon run.

Like this shot, got away from a junction quicker than the followers.

The obligatory pub stop.

Good views of Northamptonshire from the pub car park.

Winding through the lanes.

Not a bad day, 270 miles in total, caught with the hood down in a thunderstorm on way home, a little wet when we finally put the hood up!
Finally have a weekend without shows coming up to catch up on home stuff. Then the Club Barbecue at the Norfolk Area Monday night meeting.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Vintage Transport Day-North Norfolk Railway

Just back from a weeks narrow boating holiday and then straight on to another car show. The North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Day on the 3rd July is an excellent event. 300 plus classic cars, unlimited travel on the preserved steam railway between Holt, Weybourne, and along the coast to Sheringham and also a Vintage Bus service between Holt Station and Holt town and between Holt station and Sheringham. All for £4 entry when showing a car.

Usual Club Stand, Gills FHC TR7 joined by another FHC in faded Persian Aqua.

We spent a little while looking round the cars, then had the usual Bacon butties for a few of us before we caught the packed train to Sheringham, drawn by the Great Eastern E13 and Quad Articulated set in lovely Teak finish.

E13 running round Quad Art set at Holt Station.

A quick stroll round Sheringham, avoiding the many Morris Dancers like the plague!! before a good fish and chip dinner in a restaurant. Then another stroll, this time along the sea front with ice creams and a brief visit to the arcade machines.

Sand and Sky at Sheringham.

We opted for the London Country AEC Regal bus on the way back, fully loaded it struggled up the hill out of Sheringham with a crunching of gears as the driver went all the way down the box and did not feel over safe on corners when seated on the top deck although I dont reckon it got above 30mph.

London Country AEC Regal bus at Holt.

Back at Holt some opted for the shade of the Gazebo whilst I looked round some exhibits and watched the next steam hauled service arrive drawn by BR 9F freight loco "Black Prince"

9F "Black Prince" running round train at Holt.

In between the steam hauled trains the diesel railbus ran a shuttle service to Weybourne to view the restoration sheds.
Railbus exchaning tablet at Holt.

An excellent day, good company, and ace weather. Another must for next year.