Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Vintage Day Out

I think I have mentioned in previous posts that MG is a petrol head, MG recently met a fellow petrol head and now he and his lovely (long suffering, quite enthusiastic but not a complete petrol head!) wife have become good friends.

N, petrol head number two restores and sells retro cars, mainly Messershcmitts (that's Micro cars to you and me, he has barns full of his collection of amazingly quirky cars which include Bubble cars  some of which have been used in pop videos) and vintage motor cycles like the Brough Superior most famous for being the vehicle of choice to Lawrence of Arabia, N informed me he died by crashing his seventh one whilst the eighth was on order.

Messershcmitt (Micro Car) MG thinks they look like Mud skippers

I think he has a point!

N recently sold one of his lovingly restored and very valuable Brough Superior motor cycles and re invested  in a 1923, three litre Bentley.  He kindly invited MG and I out for a motor ride which included a picnic and
A Concours d'Elegance.

As I have been posting a lot recently on this era, I jumped at the chance, for a ride in a vehicle of this period and Crusoe was also invited.....

Here she is in colour, she is beautiful and much more comfortable and stately than modern cars, you really have a sense that you are sitting in a carriage and the quality of workmanship and detail is gorgeous, no plastic or cheap upholstery involved, not to mention the fact that she purrs along quite happily at around 60MPH, I believe they can reach speeds of 90MPH, quite a feat for a car that is nearly 90 years old.  I thought it would be jerky and uncomfortable but no, a very smooth ride.

 Crusoe's ears flapping in the wind, he enjoyed it too, smelling the countryside whizzing by, although we did hold onto him, just in case he felt the urge to jump out to chase something.

We had to strap the picnic hamper onto the running board as there is no boot.

Whilst at the show we admired other cars, this is a 1929 Hotchkiss.

Whilst the boys talked about technical things, I pondered on what previous passengers might have stored in these little boxes.

Mmm my favourite an E Type Jaguar.

That's what I call a dash board!

MG, explained this one is better, can't remember why, think because it's older! And it's series one.

And something to do with original bucket seats!

This one is pretty, another Jaguar, can't remember which one, I'm useless with cars, I just go "Oh look at that one, it's pretty"  MG keeps trying to teach me about chassis and stuff but it just goes in one ear and out of the other, he despairs.

Front View

Interior View

 N's lovely Bentley came second in the pre-war class, the Hotchkiss came third, the boys were amused that a 1970 Fiat 500 came first in this class, which war were they talking about?

 Back at N's he put's his elegant Green Lady to bed (In her personal garage)

A lovely day, with a lovely picnic washed down with Champagne I now know why a headscarf is essential wear for open topped cars, even though I had my hair tied in a pony tail, it still took me ages to get the knots out!

I wore my new vintage ring, remind you of anything?  Note I am lacking bangles, next time...with the marcel wave and headscarf.


  1. What a lovely day this must have been Dash. I love the magic of old cars, even their special smell... although I don't think I qualify as a petrol head! Glad Crusoe was able to tag along.

  2. It's lovely - just like Rene Perle's ring, yes?

    Have you got the armful of bracelets yet? I'm keeping my eyes peeled in just every Charity shop that I visit!

    Cars are beautiful :-)

    Ali xxx

  3. you are tres chic even without the bracelets! I am not a car lover, but these are beautiful. It sounds like a lovely day.

  4. How fabulous Dash! I'd love a ride in one of those!

    E types are my favourite too! Another thing we have in common. And your ring is gorgeous! What a wonderful weekend xx

  5. What a perfect day out - lovely cars and a fantastic picnic with champagne - perfection! And Crusoe looks as if he enjoyed it too. x

  6. Hello Dash

    Your sentiments are mine too.
    Crusoe was happy. I wish he had been wearing some vintage flying goggles - classic!!!

    I'm getting a wire-haired terrier soon - when a she comes up in a litter...

    I'm so glad I found your blog and I'll be back later to read some older posts.

    Please come and visit me around 5ish and I'll get out my vintage Pims glasses and make YOU very welcome!!

  7. What a great day and such beautiful I especially love the Jaguar with that fabulous dashboard!

    I hope you will join my designer Giveaway from Pillow Mint!

    Art by Karena

  8. What a perfect day! Those automobiles are gorgeous~ I especially like the one that looks like a little toady! How very sweet of your friends to include Crusoe! LOVE that ring- no bangles needed!

  9. I was blissfully lost in your post as usual until the last paragraph.
    I will only say this name once, Isadora Duncan.
    Please choose your scarves carefully when driving around France in open air automobiles.
    You ARE a worry. X David

  10. I am not usually much into cars but these are some beauties. Even with all these lovely cars I did find my eyes lingering at the dog photo and the ring. ;-)

  11. The E-type is my favourite. One of my friends has one and I bathed in its reflected glory when she and her husband came for supper and parked it across the end of my drive.

    The bubble car looks exactly like the mudhopper thing. How's that for inspiration. Some designers are inspired by a jaguar, this one by an ugly slimy thing. Takes all sorts...

  12. I was never a car person.. still not really yet, I adore open top driving, Darren bought me a Porsche Boxster and nothing lifts the mood better than driving it along country lanes on a beautiful day like today.
    What a wonderful day you must have had, they are some amazing examples of classic style, now that I can appreciate. I love your ring and would love to see you decked out in all the gear .. bangles and head scarves next time.. and of course I love the picnic basket and adore your little dog :) xx

  13. Oh yes, the headscarf. There's something so wonderfully glam about wearing one while driving fast in an open-topped car. Of course, I've never done that. But it's on my list!

  14. The cars are beautiful! I would love to drive a little vintage one.

    Is it Rene Perle? I think so.


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