Druridge Bay Vintage Rally~August 2017~finale

Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  

Riley was a British motorcar and bicycle manufacturer from 1890. Riley became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938 and was merged into the British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968. ln July 1969 British Leyland announced the immediate end of Riley production. My Mum had a lovely little blue Riley Elf when I was a kid, I have fond memories of that car, but haven’t seen one for ages now. At the rally they had a Riley one point five, which looked similar to the Elf from the front

but the Elf looked more like a mini from the side and rear. Nice to see this anyway.

The Triumph marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann of Nuremberg formed S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from Europe and selling them under his own trade name in London. The trade name became “Triumph” the following year, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a partner, Moritz Schulte, also from Germany. In 1889, the businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England. In 1930 the company’s name was changed to Triumph Motor Company. Triumph could not compete with the larger car companies for the mass market, so decided to produce expensive cars, and introduced the models Southern Cross and Gloria. When I was a trainee Nurse, my first car was a Triumph Herald. The key ignition didn’t work in it so every time I needed to start it I would lift the bonnet and push a rubber button which fired it up. Good times! These two shots are of the Southern Cross vehicles.

Not sure what this next one is, I should take notes really, but as it’s got a crank handle to start it up I think it’s one of the oldest we saw. As a by it’s also for sale, there’s a note on the side window advertising it for £10.500!

Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by the Indian company Tata Motors since 2008. The 1960s Mark 2 became one of the most recognisable Jaguar models ever produced.

Seddon Atkinson Vehicles Limited, a manufacturer of large goods vehicles based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, was formed in mid 1970 when Atkinson Vehicles Limited of Preston was acquired by Seddon Diesel Vehicles Limited of Oldham. In 1974 the firm was acquired by the American giant International Harvester, and in February 1983 it was purchased by the Spanish group ENASA which made it a subsidiary of Pegaso. In 1990 it became part of the international commercial vehicle concern Iveco who used the brand for various types of specialised vehicles in the United Kingdom. The range of models produced included EuroMover, Pacer and Strato, which are aimed at refuse collection, recycling and construction operators. The Oldham manufacturing facilities were shut-down in 2004, and the offices were closed at the end of 2006.

Merryweather & Sons of Clapham, later Greenwich, London, were builders of steam fire engines and steam tram engines. The founder was Moses Merryweather (1791–1872) of Clapham, who was joined by his son Richard Moses (1839–1877). The company celebrated their 362nd anniversary in 2008 and is still going strong as far as I can tell.

So that’s it for vintage vehicles, stay tooned for the next report which will feature dogs, sheep people and birds. 🙂

 

Druridge Bay Vintage Rally ~August 2017~ Part 2

Part 1

SO on to the vintage vehicles, am always amazed how people keep them in such great condition, labours of love I’m sure.

The Austin Motor Company Limited was a British manufacturer of motor vehicles, founded in 1905 by Herbert Austin. In 1952 it was merged with Morris Motors Limited in the new holding company British Motor Corporation (BMC) Limited, keeping its separate identity.

My Mum had one of these…

Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was a brand of vehicle produced by Vauxhall Motors, which was ultimately owned by General Motors (GM). Established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles, Bedford Vehicles was a leading international lorry brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy lorries throughout the world. It was GM Europe’s most profitable venture for several years.

great to see cars from across the pond,

The Lincoln Town car marketed by the Lincoln division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company from 1981 to 2011. This one from 1994.

Not to be outdone though Cadillac is among the oldest automobile brands in the world, second in America only to fellow GM marque Buick. The firm was founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902. It was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan. The Cadillac crest is based on his coat of arms. 1965 for this beauty.

and I’ll let the Americans finish up today with the Mercury, a defunct division of the American automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company. Marketed as an entry-level premium brand for nearly its entire existence, Mercury was created in 1938 by Edsel Ford. Forming half of the Lincoln-Mercury Division, the brand was intended to bridge the price gap between the Ford and Lincoln vehicle lines. Starting it’s life in 1974, this was the oldest American car there.

Hard to choose a favourite I think, and still more to come so stay tooned!

Beamish Museum Steam Fair Part 4

Part 1 HERE  Part 2 HERE  Part 3 HERE  

Today I’m concentrating on the lovely people who dress up in authentic costumes for this event.

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Beamish Museum Steam Fair & WW1 Vehicles, April 2016, part 2

Part 1 HERE

More old vehicles from days of yore

A 1910 Karrier

and his engine decoration

Vulcan

No idea what it is, but it’s big

Optimus Prime?

Anyone remember these?

Penny farthings

Ariel

Matchless

Perry 2 cylinder 1916

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I spend a lot of time in my car, do on average 130 miles a day around the North East, in my battered old Rav 4.  It doesn’t look much but it is AWESOME! When Phil was snowed in a couple of years ago and couldn’t get his hairdresser car out of the estate ( 🙂 ) I took him to work and back every day, over the snow and ice, up the kerbs and around the stranded BMW’s.  We’ve not had many mechanical problems, and it passed it’s 10 year MOT without any work needed, as it had it’s previous 7.  Today it surpassed itself. I went to work seeing clients down in the Middlesborough area again ( past Boob Hill again 🙂 ) and when I got to Guisborough the petrol light came on. No worries, next garage I thought. Checked my purse was in my bag, and it fell open to show a glaring space where my debit card should have been. Bugger, I though, I left it at home when I was doing internet banking yesterday. No worries, I’ll use the change in my purse, a sum total of…. 98 pence! argh!!! The short version of this story is, it got me 47 miles to right outside my house on the warning light, then to the petrol station when I picked up my card.

 

So this is my homage to my 2003, 3 door Toyota Rav4, HDR’d to give it some bling in Nik FX HDR PRO, ❤ my Rav XX