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If you're interested in this sort of thing this is the place to go. Free entry, free parking, free park and ride, plenty of watering holes, eateries.
The whole town is turned into an exhibition centre. E.
Great Photos OH but can I make a plea - please only take photos of 'Old' cars that are pre-1964 as I get both nostalgic and feel older when I see 'Old Cars' that I knew as prototypes. Just kidding but it does bring home ones age.
Regarding the Bristol - Bristol Cars was I am told founded by someone whose relative was high up on the Board of [FONT=Trebuchet MS, Arial, MS Sans Serif]Bristol Aircraft. The car company was situated on the main Bristol Site at - I think - Filton. After Bristol Aircraft was taken over and became part of BAE the car company remained on the site. It subsequently turned out that all the costs such as power, telephone and rates was still being paid by BAE. In fact if you were to phone Bristopl Cars in thoise days you were first answered by teh BAE telephonist who put you through. Most security to get into any car company in those days. [/FONT]
Otherhalf, thanks for starting the thread. I love older cars and I really prefer the body styles to modern models. I had a Standard Eight, Standard Vanguard, Ford V 8 Pilot, Humber Hawk and a Super Snipe ex army staff car and a 3 litre Vandem Plas. I know these were not as old as those in your pictures but I loved them.
glad you like them here are a couple more Norma you might recognise one of them LOLone thing about this history lark I have learned is to take a camera with you... wherever you go .. anywhere ..as you never know what you will find of interest to yourself and others ps Eric like the link cars and buses nice
Bernie, I think the Super Snipe was a bit older than the 3000 but I am not sure. It had the outside front mudguards and large running boards. I also had a mark 3 jag. I took my M.I.Law and my wife to a funeral in Petswood, London and the exhaust started to blow. When we entered the cemetary a uniformed man was on the gate. He stopped each car for some reason. As we went in I appologised for the noise and all he said was " you won't wake anyone up in here chum". My Mother In Law was very irate because the funeral was for a member of her family.
Ah now I see. We nearly had those as our wedding cars Stitcher - the Pullman bodied ones. Instead we had a 'Vanden Plas' Princess and an Austin Sheerline.
Footnote - the wedding cars were supplied by The Co-Op in Stirchley. In those days the same cars (other than the hearse) were used for both Weddings and Funeral. I recall going in with my wife to be and the lady came up to us looking very solemn (just in case) and then her face broke into a beam when she realised we wanted them as wedding cars.
And another one of John Weston in the '40's. And Tom, what you said about every schoolboy's dream. John was also an engineer at Austen and Rover, and worked on the Short Stirling Bomber, and went on a training mission on that plane.