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Wheels Day 2009

April 11th, 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?

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  1. April 14th, 2009 at 10:24 | #1

    Maaaate! So good to see you’re still there/here/wherever. Been wondering what’s going on for you folks.

  2. April 14th, 2009 at 20:17 | #2

    Hehe, yeah mate, doing OK in Blighty but missing my girls a lot. Been missing the crew here whilst doing more serious work elsewhere…

    …just need to keep it up now :)

  3. rebekah
    April 14th, 2009 at 21:26 | #3

    your blog has gone wonky on me! i checked on it yesterday and it only showed the post before this one! or maybe i’ve gone crazy! i don’t know!

    erik would like reading this. he loves cars.

  4. April 15th, 2009 at 19:01 | #4

    Love the write up, the Pontiac Enchelada is in fact a 1959 Pontiac Catalina although we prefer your name, if only Pontiac had thought the same way although to be fair they never built it quite the way it is now!! Glad your mate liked the car, it is a marmite thing you either love it or you hate it but we have fun and it makes most people smile!

  5. April 17th, 2009 at 00:24 | #5

    @Rebekah: Ah mate, it does go wonky once in a while, maybe the Blogger-Wordpress time warp aint over yet? :S

    Yeah, tell Erik. We’ll show him some Brit motors too :)

    @Jayne: Ahoy there! Ah, ’59 Catalina – I didn’t know that – only know the ’65-ish Catalina shape, thanks for setting me straight on that one :)

    We were wondering Jayne – That’s not the same motor that was in red oxide primer in a certain long road between the college and the old town hall was it? Wait, I see the website… and it’s all coming together.

    Yeah, Big C was all over it. The paint was incredible from the flake to the detail and if indeed it’s a local motor then that makes it even better :)

  6. April 17th, 2009 at 21:00 | #6

    Know exactly which car you mean but no it’s not, that was an Impala. No idea where that has gone but not seen it for a long time though. Yes it’s definately a local car. It can usually be found at Memphis Belle’s Rock N Roll club every month and wherever else we get an excuse to use it!

  7. May 26th, 2009 at 18:33 | #7

    ooo, enjoying the photo..but wet is the WORD! A bunch of old American cars made your top 10 bullet list…I wish the cars these days were half as cool (although, I’d be perfectly happy with energy efficient, to tell you the truth.) I hope Noel and I are along for the ride next year! heeheee 😉

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