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Spacenut
09-08-2009, 03:36 PM
As usual, a tardy roundup of the sights at this popular annual classic car event. Amberley had been the stop-off point on the London to Brighton run last year, but I didn't really have time to look around. This time it would be different...

As I mentioned before, I managed to get separated from my Alfa Romeo colleagues, so I was parked in a prominent position near the entrance instead. When I saw the location I wasn't complaining :thumbup:

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A view across the pedestrian entrance to Sue's Alfa Guilia Super and our picnic area under the Oak tree, which proved very handy when a shower came over during lunch...

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A replica Riley Imp, hidden under the tinwork sheltering the lime kilns. Constructed from a post-war Riley saloon, this really was a special "special". I was impressed with the double wishbone geometry at the front (suspended by torsion bars by the look of it), no wonder originals are so desirable.

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Incredible cyclops headlamped face of an early '50s Panhard. Clearly copies of "The Eagle" made it across the channel. I couldn't capture any more of the car as there was a huge crowd around the engine of the Borgward Isabella next door :confused1: Its a Borgward, for cryin' out loud...

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Nice looking picnic hamper occupying the useful load space of a Reliant Scimitar SE5a...

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Beautiful Lamborghini Urraco P250 was, in the words of owner Ant Hawkes, his "daily driver" :notworthy: This is because his other cars are both V12 Lambos, a blue Jarama and an S3 Espada. Lucky man. Still, you wouldn't expect anything less from the committee chairman of the Lamborghini Club UK...

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"Mr Scripps garage? Its just over there" - charming period scenery, courtesy of a brace of Triumphs.

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'63 double-decker stayed in 1st gear all day (wot, no synchromesh? :D)

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Nice '66 Mustang had interesting rear light treatment - aftermarket clear lenses that allow amber LEDs to share the same reflector as the red stop/tail lamps. Very neat - amazing the bits you can get for old Fords...

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Lovely Lotus Europa (actually badged a Lotus "Europe") was an S2 model, still with the high sail panels (which caused poor rear three-quarter visibility issues) but the more powerful 1600 Lotus/Ford twin-cam engine.

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The owner of the Vo-Po 914 got quite excited about the Green Machine. Apparently he has a lot of trouble with his (factory) gearlinkage. Nice to know I've got something right...

The orange Beetle was a limited edition "Jeans" Beetle, with strobe stripes and blue denim interior. This one was remarkably intact inside, with only the drivers' seat showing signs of denim fade - not bad for a 35 year old car :D

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Beautiful late-model Volvo P1800 coupe...

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Nova Nigel has just got himself a new project, a '72 Karmann Ghia rather like this one. Should be as nice as this by the time he's finished with it :cool1:

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Southdowns bus depot. You could almost be back in 1963...

By 3:30 the rain was becoming more persistent and it was all over by 4:00pm. A really nice local show.

Lauren

CyCo
10-08-2009, 08:30 AM
Again, awesome photos!! Fantastic machinery. Loved the 914, my favorite Porker model.

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thestevie
10-08-2009, 11:50 AM
thats an amazing bus i would love to own one

Simpatico
10-08-2009, 12:19 PM
What a great selection of vehicles for a local show. That 914 is stunning!

Alzax3
10-08-2009, 05:39 PM
I haven't been to Amberly since it first opened (which I guess was early eighties?) it looks to have matured very well.......and I spy Mogs in your first picture!

ChrisG
10-08-2009, 07:05 PM
Some lovely pictures, I wish I was your navigator, you get everywhere! :)

The Riley Imp is my favourite pre-war car, I've got plans for a replica which I'm going to build when I'm too old to climb out of sevens, the way things are going it could be next year :whistling: