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Spacenut
23-09-2008, 05:55 PM
My first visit to the British Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon Warwickshire, organised by Auto Italia magazine. Great venue for a static show, with good amenities and a hard standing if it rains (which unusually it didn't this year).

There were some really nice cars at the show, including an alleged 60-strong force of Lamborghinis, including this pair of Miuras...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/Miuras.jpg
The blue car was my absolute favourite - a late SV model, with factory fitted Borletti air conditioning. You may have noticed that Miuras don't have any depth to their dashboard, something that we are all to familiar with - this was their solution...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/BorlettiAircon.jpg
I went inside the museum and found the one and only BL Zanda prototype from 1969...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/Zanda.jpg
Let's face it, if BL had actually produced this mid-engine 2-seater we wouldn't be laughing the same way we do at Allegros would we? Hard to believe the same designer penned the TR7 a few years later. There was loads of other great stuff in the museum, but back outside there was a lovely Maserati Ghibli...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/Ghibli.jpg
...And this Lamborghini Urraco (one of 3 present) had the desirable 3-litre 4-cam V8, which sounds absolutely fantastic!
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/CNV00031-2.jpg
I didn't get any pictures of the Green Machine myself, but Baby 278278 from Alfaowner.com took a snap which I will look up in due course.

A very good show, with near perfect weather. I even got a bit sunburnt, and there's not been many that can say that this year!

Lauren

Spacenut
23-09-2008, 08:26 PM
I knew I'd seen the Green Machine in Baby's picture folder :D

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/NovaGaydon.jpg

I was parked in the row behind the line of Lamborghinis, so not too far from the action!

Lauren

fuoriserie
04-01-2009, 06:50 PM
My first visit to the British Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon Warwickshire, organised by Auto Italia magazine. Great venue for a static show, with good amenities and a hard standing if it rains (which unusually it didn't this year).

There were some really nice cars at the show, including an alleged 60-strong force of Lamborghinis, including this pair of Miuras...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/Miuras.jpg
The blue car was my absolute favourite - a late SV model, with factory fitted Borletti air conditioning. You may have noticed that Miuras don't have any depth to their dashboard, something that we are all to familiar with - this was their solution...

I went inside the museum and found the one and only BL Zanda prototype from 1969...
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/Zanda.jpg
Let's face it, if BL had actually produced this mid-engine 2-seater we wouldn't be laughing the same way we do at Allegros would we? Hard to believe the same designer penned the TR7 a few years later. There was loads of other great stuff in the museum, but back outside there was a lovely Maserati Ghibli...

...And this Lamborghini Urraco (one of 3 present) had the desirable 3-litre 4-cam V8, which sounds absolutely fantastic!
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x91/euronova/Spacenut/CNV00031-2.jpg
I didn't get any pictures of the Green Machine myself, but Baby 278278 from Alfaowner.com took a snap which I will look up in due course.

A very good show, with near perfect weather. I even got a bit sunburnt, and there's not been many that can say that this year!

Lauren

I love that design......wasn't this the Zanda by Harris Mann ?......it would still make for a great little sportscar today......

Spacenut
04-01-2009, 07:10 PM
Absolutely! 1500 Austin Maxi engine and transmission, although the car on display is as far as the project got (non-running).

The Maxi transverse 4-cylinder later went into the Diablo from Bohanna Stables and eventually became the AC3000ME (with an Essex V6 mated to the Maxi 5-speed transmission via a chain drive).

Amazingly, Gilbern produced a prototype mid-engine GT with the same engine and transmission package which looked a lot like a short-tailed DeTomaso Mangusta! It was called the T11 and has recently been rescued by an enthusiast who intends to restore it. Can't wait...

http://freespace.virgin.net/john.davies170/Resources/gilbernt11.jpeg

Lauren