Monday, 30 December 2013

Marshall Traction Engine

For many years the Greater Manchester Transport Society has organised the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally, usually on the first Sunday in September. At first the rally crossed the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire, but now the run is a short one starting at the Museum in Cheetham Hill and ending at Heaton Park in Prestwich. Here are a couple of photographs of the 1906 Marshall Traction engine belonging to the Bury Transport Museum taken at the 1988 event.
Going down Bury Old Road towards Heaton Park
Inside the Park waiting for the other vehicles to arrive

Friday, 27 December 2013

Friday's Ferrari

The Ferrari & Maserati Festival of Racing at Donington Park in May 2003 featured a race titled 'Ferrari Formula Classic' which included, amongst other cars, several examples of the Ferrari 308 and 328 models. Here are photographs of four of the cars which I took on that day.
This appears to be a 328 GTS and has no race number, but should be the 1988 model of Peter Everingham which is the only 328 GTS shown in the programme of the event.
This is the 1987 328 GTB of Mike Furness
This 328 GTB doesn't seem to have been taking part in the racing and behind it is the Ferrari 360 of Mark Cale
This is the 1983 308 GTBi QV of Odhran McConnell

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Like Father, Like Son.....

Christmas Day today and Merry Christmas everyone!

Here's a picture of our grandson Edward taken in Guernsey a few days ago opening one of his early Christmas presents and seemingly intent on eating the paper......
......following in the footsteps of his father some 32 years previously

Monday, 23 December 2013


On 11th Sept 2013 I showed some photographs of a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette at the HSCC Summer Race meeting at Oulton Park on 4th July 1992. Here are photographs of three other Chevrolets at that meeting, two of which (at least) took part in the HSCC Independance Day race.
This is the 1969 Stingray of Hal Danby and is the car which is shown in the background, apparently abandoned at the trackside, in one of the photographs on the earlier post.
This is a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu entered by Norman Abbott Racing and driven in the race by John Young
A 1963 Corvette Stingray (number 39) is shown in the programme of the event entered by Hal Danby and driven in the race by Tim Wright and this may be that car before the race number was applied.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Friday's Ferrari

Today's car, seen at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July 2010, is a 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB owned by the Belgian Marc Devis and driven by him and Jarrah Venables in the race for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars.

The car is chassis number 1993GT and you can read about it here.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Guernsey and Grandson Edward

Off to Guernsey last Wednesday till Sunday for Edward's first birthday on Saturday, a brief but enjoyable visit.
There were some early Christmas presents to be opened on Friday.......

......some birthday presents to be opened on Saturday morning.......

......and even time for a stroll on the beach at Cobo Bay in the winter sunshine......

......before lunch in the Cobo Tea Room with Grandpa Martyn.

Saturday afternoon there was a birthday party at Grandpa Martyn's house for Edward and his cousin Clara who's just a few days younger.

Anna with Edward and Clara

Grandpa Martyn's present to Edward was this trike and when it had eventually been assembled Edward was able to have his first ride.

Edward Bear later that evening......

......and later still with Mummy and Daddy.

Waiting to set out the next day with his Gruffalo hat on.

Bye bye Edward, hope to see you again soon

Monday, 16 December 2013


When our children were little I remember a series of children's books by Val Biro about a 'magic' 1926 Austin Heavy 12/4 Clifton Tourer which went by the name of 'Gumdrop'. Here is a photograph of a 1925 Austin Heavy 12/4 Clifton Tourer which I took at the start of the Lancashire Automobile Club's Manchester to Blackpool Veteran and Vintage Car Run in May 1987.
The programme of the event says this about the car:

81         1925 Austin Clifton Tourer'
             Reg: KM 630 4 cylinder 12hp
             (Driver: P.M. Greenwood, Manchester)
This car is owned by Lockwood and Greenwood Ltd., of Audenshaw, Manchester. It had one owner from new until 1968, and since then has undergone comprehensive restoration by the present owners.

Lockwood and Greenwood Ltd is a firm of car dealers who used to specialise in British Leyland (later Rover Group) models, which included Austin.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Friday's Ferrari

Two cars here today seen together at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995. They are two examples of the Ferrari 250TR (Testa Rossa), a 1958 and a 1959 model.
Number 8 is the 1958 model, serial number 0718TR, entered by Brandon Wang, and number 11 is the 1959 model belonging to Paul Pappalardo, serial number 0774TR.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Another car in the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship race at the SeeRed meeting at Doningon Park in September 2006 was this 1981 McLaren MP4/1.
It was driven in the race by Dean Lanzante and he's seen here returning to the pits after a practice run
The car is here seen at Redgate corner during the practice session followed by the 1978 Tyrrell 008 of Andrea Bahlsen

Monday, 9 December 2013

Aston Martin DB3

The featured marque at the 1995 Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995 was Aston Martin, with the Aston Martin Owners' Club celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in that year. Amongst the many Aston Martins at the meeting was this 1952 DB3.

It's chassis number is DB3/4 and it was a works car in 1952/53 after which it was road-equipped and registered as 151 BMH.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Friday's Ferrari

Amongst the cars that Talacrest displayed at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting in July 1995 at Silverstone was this 1955 Ferrari 750S Monza. Behind it you can see one of the 1975 Ferrari 312T F1 cars. The 750S was very close to the fence you can see in front of it, so I had to use a wide-angle lens on the camera.
This car is serial number 0520M and you can see its history here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

More Bugattis at Donington Park

More photographs of Bugattis at Donington Park, this time from the SeeRed meeting in September 2005.
1931 Bugatti Type 51

Bonhams auctioneers brought along a few cars and this one is a 1928 Bugatti Type 35B

Another Bonhams Bugatti, this one described as a 1935 Type 59/50B

This is a 1934 Bugatti Type 59

And this last one is a 1939 Bugatti Type 59 recreation

Monday, 2 December 2013

Pallot Museum, Jersey - More Tractors

Two more tractors from the Pallot Museum at Jersey:
A 1936 International W12

An International Farmall F14