View Full Version : Amberley Classic Car Picnic, 26th July

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:



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...



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.


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...


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


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...


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


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


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...



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.



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



Beautiful late-model Volvo P1800 coupe...


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:


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.


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


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

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

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!

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: