View Full Version : The White Swan near Southampton - 23 Aug 09

23-08-2009, 08:06 PM
I saw this event advertised at the last minute whilst reading this month's Complete Kit Car magazine. One of the guys (Richard Harris) who features in the column 'Running Reports' in the mag (he's building a TA Spirit) suggested a kit-car get together at The White Swan pub near Southampton. As the Sun was shining I decided to video the F1 GP and go for a drive down. I have just finished fabricating a new front light cover, after the last one blew away :shock: during my last run out, so MicksRedNova didn't look 'one-eyed' anymore.

I arrived late for the scheduled time and after two circuits of the pub car park decided that everyone else must have left :(, but I decided to sit and have a drink anyway before heading back.

Then a Porche replica turned up, closely followed by a stunning orange Lambo Diablo replica (owned by a guy called Gavin) he only stayed for half an hour but before he left he called his friend Mick who then arrived in an equally stunning GT40 replica (Mick runs a company called Southern GT http://www.southerngt.co.uk/ and was driving his demonstrator).

Richard suggested that (despite the small turn-out) he may try to organise a meet at the same venue on a monthly basis. I will get details and post them here if anyone else is interested.

See a few pics below:








Also on the way down the back roads to Alton I had to pull onto the grass verge because two of these were coming the other way under escort.


Not something you see everyday.


24-08-2009, 01:47 AM
I love that orange on the Diablo. And is that a Chinook in the last photo?

24-08-2009, 05:58 PM
MOD fuel efficiency drive :clapping:

24-08-2009, 11:02 PM
And is that a Chinook in the last photo?

Give that spotter the anorak prize!

Yes, there were two low loaders, each with a Chinook on board - minus the rotors - probably on their way back from deep maintenance.

And this is how much road he was taking up!



25-08-2009, 01:11 AM
Yeah, thought so. I've always loved the Chinook since I saw one on telly when I was a kid.


Mind you, you probably didn't have to pull over, you probably could have driven under the Chinook's overhang.


25-08-2009, 05:39 PM
:crylol: I was just going to say the same thing!

26-08-2009, 09:29 PM
Like em or hate them we get 3 at a time flying over the house most weeks, damm noisey in groups at low level; when they hover on the ground you get a 70mph down draught to cope with.

27-08-2009, 07:26 AM
Same here - I'm only a couple of miles from the army ranges and the Chinooks provide support from nearby RAF Odiham - which is probably where those birds were coming from - in all likelihood heading for Southampton docks for overseas shipment.

Always very impressive, but then I like big helicopters, especially ones that don't need the wasteful stabilising rotor - NOTARs are great, but stuff like the Chinook, Russian Kamov, or the awesome Mil Mi-12 (two Mil Mi-6 engine/rotor packs, a winged transport fuselage and a Mil Mi-8 glass cockpit grafted on!) are more interesting from an engineering standpoint.


Actually, I just like unusual aircraft of any sort. I'd love to fly but I know I would have to put up with a Piper Cherokee piston popper when what I would really like to be flying is a civilian F104 near the edge of space...

...Of course there is always ground-effect vehicles, which only need to be registered as a boat... :twisted: