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28
Sep
12

14-16-09-12 Goodwood Revival Part 2

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25
Sep
12

14-16-09-12 Goodwood Revival Part 1

Money can’t buy you taste, but those with money and taste go to Goodwood Revival.  How do I even begin to put this event into words…breathtaking?  Not really cutting it.  Everything apart from the cars was amazing: the clothes, the people, the details, the shows, the signs, the venue, the food, the aircraft and the atmosphere.  The cars however, were mind-blowing and the racing was the best I’d ever seen (including, but not limited to the WRC and F1).  I wanted that weekend to be the rest of my life. I wish it was 1964. I wish ever day was filled with Ferraris, Aston Martins, Porsches and touring car races won with grit and fearlessness, rather than billion pound aerodynamic tweaks.

Here’s round one of my pics, drink ’em in, because however good you think it was from seeing these…it was better.

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22
Jul
12

Project W123: My other, other Benz

This is why I should stop looking.  I was happy.  I had an E28 that was a done deal: it looked good, drove well and was all the ’80s saloon car I needed….wasn’t it…?  The grass is always greener and in this case…literally.  I stumbled across this immaculate ’84 E-Class whilst flicking through the usual classifieds and well, found myself driving to what felt like the end of the world to see it (12 hours, 400 miles no stopping ’till bedtime).  I’d bought it before I even got there, turning up was just required to drive it home.

The car has had one owner from new who maintained it at the supplying dealer fastidiously.  It’s never wanted for anything and it’s only ever known OE parts.  It’s amazing, an absolute credit to the poor guy who let it go because, at 90, he was unable to drive any more.  I love it.

I love everything about it:  Every piece of trim, the pneumatic central locking that makes the door pins lift like a Bond girl rising out of treacle, the way it rides, the chrome trims, the zebrano wood on the dash, the light in the rear you switch on from the front….EVERYTHING.

So far I’ve got about 30 hours in the suspension alone just working on getting it sitting right:  it’s been up, down, down some more, back up again, I’ve raised the engine, raised the exhaust, lowered them back down and gone through two sets of springs, 2 profiles of tire and most of the skin off my hands.  But now I’m happy.  It’s not the lowest in the world (though it is down a good 4+”) but it rides right and I can drive it anywhere.  Maybe I won’t impress the internet with this one and maybe I’m getting old, but a touch of luxury is cool, dragging your exhaust off outside your house is not.  Eventually, I need Air.  or do I?  I’m still thinking about it.

02
Jun
12

18-20-05-12 – Castle Retro Show

Ahh car shows: Roadtrips, friends, camping, beers and BBQ and in this country…rain.  Pretty standard stuff and a couple of weeks back we hit the first big one of our Summer (well, Spring): Castle Retro Show.  In its second year now it’s gotten even bigger, which is a very good thing.  Held in the grounds of Caldicot Castle it’s the perfect spot for a get together with old friends from Uni (in Swansea) and the old regulars still in the Midlands.  Here’s a few snaps of how it played out…

I even won a trophy for having one of the “top 10” cars with the E28…bit of a suprise as there were some really cool cars there and the Beemer is just my daily!

Honorable mentions needs to go to Ryan for making in his MK1: The car was still in bits in the week up to the show but made it with fresh paint and new wheels: Nice one dude!

 

05
May
12

Project KP30: Speedhunters Shoot – Behind The Scenes

You may have heard of a little website that goes by the name of Speedhunters? Well, I’ve been showing my support by having them in my blog roll for a while now and a couple of weeks back I got a call from Bryn (Musselwhite – Speedhunter’s newest features man and my long-term media crush) saying they wanted to feature the KP: AWESOME.

After we cancelled once due to the rain, there was only one other date we could do it…and guess what?  It was raining, though just the term “raining” doesn’t really do justice to what felt like all the water in the world being thrown at a quiet corner of the Cotswolds where the shoot was taking place.   The KP has only be wet about 4 or 5 times in 7 years, so I held back the tears and went for it.  Luckily when I arrived there was the full Speedhunters service:  Car wash and coffee.

Despite the freezing deluge it was an awesome day and, as always, a laugh with Bryn.  Here’s a few “behind the scenes” pics.  Bryn’s barns hold a number of cool cars, parts and memorabilia – worth a SH feature on their own!

Thanks again to Bryn and Speedhunters!  Check out the full feature here:

PART 1

PART 2

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21
Apr
12

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07
Aug
11

Project 924: The Archive of a Life Less Ordinary

Another busy weekend means still no proper shoot of the 924; I did however stop off for 5 mins at the industrial estate where the KP was shot for Retro Cars Magazine.  Unfortunately James Lipman wasn’t on hand this time, so you’ll have to live with these:

I’ve de-wipered it now too.

When I bought the car it came with all the original books and a huge folder of history.  Inside was every receipt for every bit of work the car has had, every tax disc, concourse entries and all sorts of press clippings from the ’80s to now on the 924.  I love going through this stuff and will be adding to it where I can.