View Full Version : Rare Breeds Show, 6th September (Part 2)

19-10-2009, 09:23 PM
So... the concluding part of my trip to the Rare Breeds show at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford...


A fine example of the iconic Lamborghini Countach LP400S. The tea tray rear aerofoil was only available for a year, before safety legislation outlawed its sale. Pragmatic as ever, ex-factory test driver Bob Wallace observed that all it did was make the car look racy and slow it down...


Classic "old skool" English hot rod - Ford T-bucket body, Jaguar 5.3 litre V12 with mechanical fuel injection and open pipes. Rear end rolls on the excellent Jaguar IRS. Rock an' Roll!


Early Elite 501 was part of a small display of significant Loti. I love these wheels - so similar to the turbine design used by Lamborghini and Lancia on the Stratos Zero - and later copied to such great effect by Compomotive on their split rim "turbo" range. I can't remember if they are made by GKN or Speedline (help me out here Simpatico!). Alas, only available in 13"...


Nice early UK-spec Pantera...


Robert Opron's French Sci-Fi classic, the Citroen SM - Maserati V6, transmission in front of the engine for FWD and 130 mph. Gearbox in front of the engine eh? There's a rear engined opportunity if ever there was one :D


Detail of the headlamp glasses on the big Citroen. I love all these graduation lines but I have no idea what they are for. Cibie provide the lamp glasses for the 4 and 6 headlight Alpine A310, with similar markings...


Another selection of delectable machinery in the famous "red room".


Back outside again, and what's this? The tail fin of Thunderbird 2??? Noooooo, its...


Starbug, from Red Dwarf. A rare beastie if ever there was one. Chris Barry (aka Rimmer) was at the show, presenting the prizes. Not in costume, unfortunately. He's a big classic car enthusiast, and prefers his vintage Roller to green spaceships. A shame really, I was hoping to impress him with my spaceship :D


Chrome mirrors from the Mazda rotary would look so right on a Nova...


Prize winning Volvo P1800 is local to me in North Hampshire...


Queuing up to go out on the parade lap. Custom Ford panel van is the "Kripple Kart", modified by a good friend of mine for a wheelchair bound client. Inside it is done out like Ironside's van, wheelchair ramps, reverse facing bucket seats, very comfortable. The scallop paint job is in candy metalflake (I really like metalflake paint :blushing: )


Broadside shot of the Austin 3-litre after the parade lap.

...And that concludes a memorable day out. There was sunshine and smiles, annoying Auto Italia journos and fascinating rare cars in equal measure. The only downside was negotiating the A303 on a Sunday evening. Here's to next year!


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19-10-2009, 10:09 PM
Looked like a good day out. I had heard that Gary Belchers Fad T was in the museum, nice to see it is still in one piece. I remember when he first built it and it was used regularly for some years before dissapearing for a while, rumours and myths sprang up as to what had happened to it until it was spotted at the museum some years ago. Would love to see it on the road again along with Andromeda, Revenge, Pinpall Wizard, Low Blow and a few others.
Bloody hell how old am I?
Thanks for the photo's Lauren.

19-10-2009, 10:45 PM
You sure know how to pick out the best and unusual in your shows lauren. :clapping:

20-10-2009, 04:26 AM
Damn spacenut,

Youd never got me out of site of the countach! Ive only seen one up close. It was the most awe inspiring car Id ever saw.
Its still my favorite to this day.

Im jealous!

20-10-2009, 10:19 AM
Awesome collection of vehicles, even Starbug!! lol

I'm guessing if Chris wasn't in costume, there weren't any Rimmer Special Salutes either?


20-10-2009, 11:21 AM
I'm guessing if Chris wasn't in costume, there weren't any Rimmer Special Salutes either?

Actually, my friend Jeff (who did the Kripple Kart) is a bit of a wag (in the traditional sense of the word), and kept saluting whenever Chris walked by :clapping:


20-10-2009, 10:58 PM
Nice pictures Lauren. Yes I think the early Elite wheels were GKN, though I much prefer the F1 inspired Speedlines as you know :wink:

The SM is interesting, I only found out recently that some were fitted with plastic composite wheels instead of alloys; years ahead of it's time.

21-10-2009, 11:57 AM
Thanks Mark - I knew the Lotus rolled on one or the other!

The SM is my second-favourite French car (evah) after the Alpine A310 (VE model, the 4-cylinder with 6 headlights :D)


24-10-2009, 05:19 PM
I love the museum!

Incidently as an employee of Haynes (sort of) I'm allowed to take engine bay and interior shots, and I'll be on site in November while I'm on the way to the Exeter kit car show, If you have any requests.

I also get my most expensive meal of the year courtesy of my editor's expense account - I'm going to stop eating tomorrow just to make sure I'm hungry enough :whistling: