Wheels Day 2009
Bah. No posting in over a month? Pathetic. And busy. Been too techy & philosophical to post here of late and no gigs either but I’ll break April by talking about cars; Custom cars, Yanks, classic & hot rods.
Good Friday probably has some religious connotations, so in the spirit of my faith in the Surrey Street Rodders I went on the annual pilgrimage to Wheels Day at the temple of worship that is Aldershot’s Rushmoor Arena. For those of you who don’t know the place it’s owned by the British Army and is a big grassy amphitheatre. Well, sort of…
Picking up my mate and his wife (yes, some girls do like cars) we turned up and put my “new” car, a ’95 Subaru Legacy GT, on show in the field with all the other motors. Compared to my old Legacy this one I deemed worthy enough to show as it’s got a full body kit and nearly 300BHP under the hood. It pales into insignificance to most of the other motors out in the field but when there’s a Vauxhall Nova and a Dodge Nitro on show then a Japanese streetfighter is OK. Or as they say… “If it’s got wheels and it’s unusual then you’ll see it at Wheels Day”
The weather forecast promised rain and they weren’t wrong. We got there just before 11am and it rained until we left just before 4pm. But that didn’t put a total dampener on it; the camera wasn’t out as much as it could have been and we hid under the canopy of the bar more than a few times but other than that the faithful turned out in good numbers.
Highlights of the day were:
- Seeing all my mates although many stayed away due to the wet weather.
- Beer for breakfast,beer for lunch (Spitfire) then late breakfast (Chicken tikka sani) and bacon burger lunch before we left.
- ’81 Ford Taunus on air (old Brit MkIV Cortina style Taunus not that crappy modern Taurus they flog over the pond)
- ’73 Hillman Avenger
- ’72 FD Victor
- ’77 Ford Capri Mk II
- ’70 Dodge Coronet Wagon
- ’69 Vauxhall Ventora Estate
- ’51 Tempo Matador truck
- Pontiac Enchelada (I’ve no idea what it was called but Enchelada sounded good – my mate was creaming all over it and the car won “Best of Show”)
Not been into the ’57 Bel Air, the Cadillacs and their like this year and there were too many cool VW beetles, buses and VW splits to mention. It’s the cars of my childhood that seem to have the nostalgia factor and it was great to see the Austin Maxi and the Austin/Morris Ital van (in British Telecom yellow)
The bar was an old American firetruck, so I can only assume that the pipes and dials sticking out of the top were feeding us beer all day long from tanks that were once was used to hose down burning buildings.
Fingers crossed that we get some sunshine next year aye?