Suns out, roofs down

As we roll on through the year the car shows are coming thick and fast.

The MMA Chrysler Day at Brooklands is always a firm favourite of mine, a sunny Bank Holiday at the end of May certainly brought out some mighty fine muscle cars. This year quality prevailed over quantity as the numbers were a tad down although an eclectic mix of muscle cars were on hand.

A couple of E-Bodies really stood out for me both 1970 Barracudas. First up Martin Saville from RPM brought along a total black Cuda 440+6 from the Carlos Monteverde collection a truly stunning example, secondly my old mate George Loucaides displayed his freshly imported Lemon Twist 340 Cuda. On the B-Body front a 1970 Charger R/T SE appeared that I had not set eyes on before painted FT6 medium bronze, tag showing the A47 code, 440ci console automatic with a factory 8-track player, a fabbo Mopar indeed. Vince Donnel cruised the few miles from home to exhibit his latest creation a Hemi powered 1966 Coronet of epic proportions, immaculate as always with him. The drop dead gorgeous turquoise 69 Hemi Super Bee made an appearance looking the part an ex Carsten Woitenek and Stew Keen car it now resides in North London. Always good to see a Wing car at the show, the Surrey based 440+6 Vitamin C painted Superbird made a surprise appearance.

The supporting cast were excellent with a fine Pontiac GTO, several outstanding Mustangs, Camaro’s, Cadillac’s and Hot Rods even an interesting collection of modern muscle cars all came to the party.

Peter Webb showed off his latest acquisition a super rare 66’ Oldsmobile 442 W30 version, manual gearbox and steering with a tri-carb powered 400ci V8, very tasty. All in a great day out and a pleasure to get out in the Barracuda, looking forward to next year.

So next up for me was my local show at The Deer’s Hut public house, Liphook Hampshire a mere 5 miles from my home. The day started with persistent rain but brightened up towards lunch time. With the inclement weather numbers were dramatically down from previous years, however us hardy souls still found plenty of interesting cars and folk to engage with. On the American front the selection was dominated by Corvettes and Mustangs with a 64’ Buick Wildcat big block 4-speed, several Fifties Chevy’s and keeping my Barracuda company a 1968 Dodge Charger. The usual British classics were well catered for and the Italian exotica were impressive, even an Alfa Romeo powered Nova turned up. I always support this show and an enjoyable day was had by all if a little wet!

Upcoming is the big one for me, first weekend of August 2nd,3rd,4th the 26th MoparEuronats 2019 at Santa Pod Raceway, see you there or be miserable!

Keep drivin’ them old cars……….TonyO    

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