View Full Version : Wadebridge Wheels 2009

19-07-2009, 07:55 PM
Just got back after an uneventful 120 mile round trip (nothing broke or fell off :shock: :rofl: )

Met Richard Oakes and Sam Cobley, got vaguely rained on a few times and liberally deluged on the way back - really glad to have intermittent (made that way, not flakey!) and two speed wiper!

Liz snapped a couple of pics of the view over the haunches in the Fiat Mirrors:
Nova with Blackjack Avion (there was a red E-type Jag in that yawning space behind me, it puttered off sharpish when people stopped looking at it - I wonder why? :twisted: )
and again:
Delighted test pilot:
Too cold for T-shirts, but I was using one to promote Euro-Nova anyway!:
Am I going to get my car back?
Very nice Bora (one of my faves):
Engine bay:
Richard Oakes, me and some other bods through the Bora's rear screen:
Oakes again:
Bertone styled Alfa (thingy - Lauren will know of course!)
There was an identical gold one, but the white one was prettier.....
Vette and Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 actually had the bigger V8!
Mach1 Mustang
450 hp Nitrous injected Audi engine shoehorned into the back of a camper:

There you go, gives you a flavour!

19-07-2009, 08:19 PM
Well done - glad to see we weren't the only Nova owners out and about this weekend.

Did Richard Oaks divulge any useful info?


19-07-2009, 08:56 PM
Nice variety of vehicles and it didn`t look to wet. Looks like your Nova got a bit of interest to.


20-07-2009, 07:18 AM
Well done for braving the elements Alex - it looks a bit damper than our jaunt to the seaside.

Hey Mick - we were talking about the Alfa Montreal, that's what it looks like - the white one belongs to an AROC member who lives in Cornwall, he gets about a bit, but the Montreal was renown in its day for its long-distance cruising ability. 2.5 litre 4-cam dry-sump V8, with Spica fuel injection (mounted in the front, unfortunately, in spite of the hints that it is mid-engined).

If you're looking at the Montreal and thinking "Miura", you'd be right - both styled (allegedly) by Marcello Gandini, within a couple of years of each other.

The Maserati Bora, on the other hand, is entirely the work of Giugiaro at Ital Design. Using first the 4.7 litre and then the 4.9 litre 4-cam V8, mated to the classic ZF transaxle, the Bora was a genuine alternative to the Miura and Ferrari BB in the early '70s. The only thing that lets it down is the idiosyncratic Citroen high-pressure hydraulic system (Maserati was owned by the French firm at the time), which was used to adjust the seats, lift the headlamp pods, assist the steering and operate the brakes - but not the suspension, which was good old coil springs all round.

Looks like quite an eclectic selection of vehicles braved the weather to be there. Richard Oakes appeared to be rushed off his feet at Exeter, this looks like a much better opportunity to talk to him. Nice to see Sam is still about as well (can he confirm the suspected provenance of the Nova chassis on ebay?).


27-07-2009, 02:54 PM
Once the Avante is on the road, I have plans to make the front end a little more Bora'ish. It has to be one of my favourite cars of all time. I think making the back-end Bora'ish would be too much of a job.
Montreal, another wonderful car, I remember the MD of a big poultry feed machine company in Worcester had one, bright blue, and I used to walk past on my way to my Dads garage wondering what it was, then I got my I-spy book :)