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letterman7
23-05-2011, 01:57 PM
Another year done and gone. With the weather Pennsylvania has been having the past month, it's amazing that the show happened at all. Off and on rain for literally three weeks, with only a couple "clear" days interpersed - and those were short lived. The three day event started with an overcast sky on Friday which, according to the patrons, cleared by later that afternoon. I was only able to attend on Saturday, which started bright, clear and warm... not a good sign for things to come. By end of day the clouds were starting to pile and I had heard of isolated storms in the region, but overall I think the campers made out alright. Sunday was bleak but dry.
Anyway, other than the owner of Sterling Sports' car being finally completed as a running show car, only two Sterlings made it to the show this year - a drop of 7 from last. Disappointing for sure. Owners who did come to visit said they didn't want to drive or trailer the cars since the weather was being wonky - can't blame them there! So, here are a handful of photos from the grounds - enjoy!

Dave's finished show car, fresh from the molds.... two years ago :wink:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3372.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3374.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3373.jpg

The lineup, a yellow/black type 4 powered Sterling flanked by a turbo rotary Sterling on the right and an Aquila on the left
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3371.jpg

The usual lineup of Speedsters, Cobra andd Avenger kits

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3369.jpg

Something we don't see every day, an Aston Lagonda!

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3363.jpg

Hillclimb prepped Mini Cooper, Bradley GT and Porsche 914

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3361.jpg

nbb350
23-05-2011, 02:08 PM
Something we don't see every day, an Aston Lagonda!

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/carlisle%20011/_IGP3363.jpg

:w00t: :clapping:
man, I've loved those things since I saw an ad for one in "The DuPont Registry" 25 years ago....

letterman7
23-05-2011, 04:37 PM
Yeah, pretty funky. Interior was as angular as the exterior. I'm pretty sure this was the period where Aston was in serious financial trouble... and building this monstrosity didn't help any.

Here's a short vid of Warren in his rotary car on the way in to the show. No soundtrack from the actual ride, though - too much wind noise!
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/th_WarrendrivetoCarlisle2.jpg (http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/letterman7/?action=view&current=WarrendrivetoCarlisle2.mp4)

Spacenut
23-05-2011, 06:40 PM
Excellent pictures Rick! Quality rather than qauntity this year it seems - more than justified looking at the weird weather affecting many parts of the US right now!

Aston is certainly a rarety these days - as you say, it was designed over a period of less than 18 months following the purchase of the bankrupt company in 1974. However, apart from the complex digidash, these cars were actually very good, using all of the running gear from the AM V8, but with the non-Vantage spec engine producing "only" 325 bhp. Chrysler Torqueflite in most of them, although a 5-speed ZF manual was available too. De Dion back end, 140 mph...

Lauren