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28-06-2009, 04:34 PM
OK, so you know the routine - because I'm using 35mm emulsion film, my pictures take a while to develop. But the anticipation is part of the fun, isn't it?

Most of you know I was only at Newark on the Saturday, which seems to have been a bit quiet by usual standards, but as always there were one or two interesting subjects to photograph...


Green Machine parked underneath Mick's recently erected Nova/Avante banner. A strong breeze underscored the entire day :wink:


Off on walkabout, I found what I suspect was the only Stratos replica of the day. Its the same one that was at Stoneleigh.


My fave car of the day - a 1972 Ginetta G12. Its the right colour too! FIA historic race licence, Lotus 16v BVH (126 bhp) and if you recognised the transaxle casing, you'd be right; its a Hewland LG200 5-speed, which was used the VW casing. Fabulous. The owner didn't stay long, he was gone by lunchtime...


Another race-prepared Ginetta, this time a G4, the model that started it all off for the Walklett brothers in 1964...


OMG! Its a 1970 Austin Maxi 1500! I must have reached the classic car display :D


Gilbern Invader estate - how often do you see one of those? Nice 15" alloy wheels were unique to the marque...


It gets better! A Jensen Interceptor, this time the rare 383ci V8 powered Fergusson Formula. 4WD and anti-lock brakes in 1968...


Fabulous Graber-bodied TE/TF Alvis, the poor mans Bentley. Lovely!


A sort of art/research shot of a beautiful Lotus Elan +2. It doesn't show very well in the picture, but the roof was painted a light gold metalflake to contrast with the bronze body colour. But it also shows the clever way the drip channel was integrated into the roof, similar to a lot of moderns. Clever :thumbup:


A very tidy Gilbern Invader coupe. 3-litre Ford V6 power for these competant 120mph cars... the styling reminds me of some of the contemporary Lancias and Innocentis...


One of Oliver Winterbottom's unsung efforts, the TVR Tasmin. Why is this 1970's wedge so universally reviled? Look at that rear panel, with the secondary glazing - straight out of the Bertone Espada or Khamsin. The Maserati theme is continued in the side elevation, with a long nose just begging for a Rover V8 (TVR made a prototype, but production cars all had the Ford V6), and the asymmetric air vents. One day this car will be recognised (hopefully before the window frames rust out on this one :D)


Why did I take this picture? Answers on a postcard...


Somehow this picture of a forlorn Mini Marcos conveyed to me just how bleak specialist car shows can be. The wind was whistling through the poplars and the dark clouds were gathering overhead, always threatening but rarely delivering any rain. I've met the owner at several events this year, he certainly gets around...


Another Ginetta, this time the Hillman Imp-powered G15, easily the company's most successful model on both road and track.


This interloper appeared on the Challenger E-type replica stand. A very nice example of my favourite pre-war sports car, the legendary Auburn boat-tail Speedster. Originally powered by a supercharged straight-8 Lycoming aviation engine, each car had a plaque on the dashboard to certify that it had been run at 100mph. This replica comes from the 'States, I think the outfit were based in Pasedena somewhere. Chevy 350ci V8 under the bonnet of this one. The only giveaway that it isn't an original (apart from it turning up at a kit car bash :D) are the too-small headlights. Lovely machine.


"Car Eats Man"


5 seconds previously all three were on the ground checking every inch of Dave's Nova :sorry:


So that was my day. Green Machine did a round trip of 364 miles on Saturday, with no traffic hold-ups. All in all, a good day out!

Thanks to Essex Dave for providing the film!


29-06-2009, 01:14 AM
As always, awesome photos Lauren. My fav was the Interceptor. Love those, and it was a rare FF!! I nearly bought a MKIII Interceptor instead of the Eureka. Had the original V8, needed a little repair to the driverseat leather, but there was some rust forming under the vinal roof. Would have prefered the FF. Was a bargain $15,000 AUD), but the bank wouldn't give me that much. Even when I told them they go for way more. Not long afterwards (and the car had been sold), I saw one for sale in Denmark, being sold by a Lady. White with red leather interior, matching numbers, only 'modcon' was a 10 stacker CD player. Was going for $45,000 Euro!

29-06-2009, 07:29 AM
I know exactly what you mean Cyco - bulletproof American running gear, English coachbuilt luxury all wrapped up in sophisticated Italian styling - its a great combination. You can always spot an FF by the twin vent grilles behind the front wheel arches - Jensen had to lengthen the chassis several inches to get the front differential in.


29-06-2009, 07:53 AM
And Harry Ferguson had a part in the transmission - wonder if that makes it the original 'Chelsea Tractor'? :rofl:

29-06-2009, 11:55 AM
The Ferguson Formula 4WD ended up in all sorts of prototypes - its a shame only the FF ever saw series production. The same system went into the awesome Hemi powered GKN FFF100, which shattered the 0-100-0 acceleration/braking record previously held by an AC427, they put it into a Ford Capri, and even a Reliant Scimitar!

There was even a contract for a US State police force to equip their Plymouth Fury squad cars with Ferguson 4WD (there's a Chrylser theme developing here...), but I don't know if any were actually built.

I've always liked the look of the GKN FFF100 - William Towns penned a superb 2-door body for the modified FF floorpan, which was made in fibreglass. I suspect inside it would have been as Spartan as the interior of a pro-street funny car, but outside the look of a luxury Grand Tourer was maintained...


29-06-2009, 05:39 PM
I passed up an Opel Monza FF for 1800 once, regretted that. They converted allsorts, a Stag and a beautiful white 69 Mustang.

29-06-2009, 07:33 PM
I don't know what it is about a mid-engine flip-up rear end that makes me smile.


But I just LOVE the look of this. I just sat and stared at it for a good 5 minutes.

29-06-2009, 11:04 PM
We gotta know more about that transaxle, Lauren...my quicky Bing search didn't turn up much at all!

30-06-2009, 12:19 PM
Hewland - they make racing transmissions. The original was designed for F3 single seaters, and used Hewland's own 5-speed gear cluster in an empty VW casing. Later 'boxes used a bespoke housing, like this one, especially now the Beetle box is no longer in production. A snip at around 4k

Hewland progressed from F3 through to F1, sports cars and Can-Am. The downside is that these pure racing transmissions have never been recommended for road use, as they use straight cut gears with either little or no synchromesh assistance.

I believe the LG600 is still the only transaxle capable of handling the power and torque of a 9+ litre Can-Am V8 :cool1:


02-08-2009, 08:58 PM
With my finger on the pulse as usual I've just uploaded the pictures from Newark :thumbup:




















03-08-2009, 02:25 AM
Nice photos. Was there some work being done on the Avante?

03-08-2009, 11:19 AM
There was, something electrical I think, I didn't step in, my electrical skills are on a par with my hang gliding skills :laugh:

03-08-2009, 11:47 AM
Nice one Chris - that's the first time I've seen NUN in pictures since it was posted on ebay, its cleaned up really nicely.

And... I don't know quite how to say this... those oversized Mk2 Granada rear lights are sooo big they actually reduce the perceived size of the Nova Mk2 bumper... for me, somehow, it works - kinda :D


03-08-2009, 11:52 AM
those oversized Mk2 Granada rear lights are sooo big they actually reduce the perceived size of the Nova Mk2 bumper

thinking the same thing, it always needed wraparounds to make it work