If you think this is a post about bonfire night, then you guessed wrong 🙂
I’m not a great fan of commemorating Guy Fawkes’s Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
I don’t have a problem with the fireworks being limited to the one particular day, but several days either side of the date, is not my idea of fun, as anyone with a pet will understand.
Slight sidetrack there…..sorry 😉
Yesterday, the 5th of November, T and I decided we’d visit the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
I’ve visited several times in the past as it was the home of the popular Gaydon Land Rover Show, but it was new ground to T.
Handing over our entrance fee, along with the two for one voucher we’d found in a local paper (yes, I am a tight Tyke).
T made a beeline for his favourite car he’d just seen.
Apart from Huey, the first production Land Rover built in 1948, seen here with Luey the Lion from the Born Free Foundation.
Here is another of my favourites, the MGB Roaster…….we have some happy memories of the fun times we had with ours.
A national newspaper article made us laugh at the time when a judge presiding over a court case quashed the claim, stating there was not enough room inside the vehicle for an act of infidelity to take place 😉
…..sadly not a family car it had to go, but I’d have one tomorrow if I could afford one.
Talk about reminiscing, we wandered further round the displays, motor after motor drawing memories from the depths of our minds.
My earliest memories of a childhood family motor was the old Land Rover my dad had. Driving over Market Weighton Hills, East Yorkshire in thick snow, I remember thinking my dad was the best driver ever as we passed all the motors that were slipping and sliding around.
He sold it for an Austin A35, which I didn’t think was anything special. I might have thought differently if it looked anything like the A30 we saw.
I then saw an Austin Cambridge, my dad had one of those too…. registration 365 KOD …..just coincidence, he had a fish and chip shop at the time, though he did only sell Haddock 😉
T saw a Standard Eight, his very first car, he commented on how reliable it was on it’s numerous trips to Wolverhampton Wanderers Football ground in the early 60’s
There was a Morris 1100. We had an Austin 1100, which I learnt to drive in.
The iconic Mini, I passed my test in one. I guess these are a bit more powerful than that 850cc one though.
There were motors from films, including Thunderbirds FAB1. Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider Defender (drool). A SciFi Landy from Judge Dread. One of the twelve Defenders used in the 007 film Skyfall, they could have used eleven and given me one 😉 Even Shaun the Sheep from Wallace and Grommet has his own landy.
How about this beauty.
An MG SA only £389 new…..
oh, sorry, I forgot to say, that was in the late 1930’s
I’lll leave you with four much loved British icons.
A fabulous day out, which if you like old motors, I can certainly recommend.
All the motors mentioned above, and many more can be seen in the gallery below.