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Friday, June 29, 2012

Full Size

So I had a Matchbox model of a red Silver Shadow when I was thirteen...
And I finally got the real thing many years later.
But I also had the Bburago 22nd scale Rolls-Royce Camargue in silver.
I adored that toy car. One day in 1980 I saw this car on the streets of London - yes, it's the famous 'JET5' registered Camargue
So once I got home I got out the screwdriver, masking tape and paint. Tan for the interior and red for the exterior.
I still have that resprayed model:
And again have seen a similar car in real life -Full Size....
This car at the Louisville meet:
Exactly the same colour combination as my 22nd scale Bburago -okay , except the dash top roll...
I took a lot of photos of this car.
How could I not?
This one got my 'Gentlemen's Choice' vote.
This one's a bit like your wife meeting your mistress:
There was a nice white one there too, which I also liked but the red one is just the way I want it.
These cars are so 'seventies'. And remember, in their day they were the most expensive production car in the world. As impressive (back then) as today's Bugatti Veyron.
Some people find that hard to believe - not me.
(Posted by David Irvine)

Monday, June 25, 2012

'TORONTO or Bust' this time.

Louisville or Bust Day 8 - well, to me it is...
Off we go. Make sure it's in 'D' - not 'I' and that the parking brake is off.....
Where's Herb?
And Johnny Fever.
Home of "WKRP....."
"Hey, euh, can you help me here?"
Is that good?
What? More...?
Okay, that's all I have....
Tanker shot:
Cooling down at the rest area:
Bugs and all.
Gas Pig. In yer face..
Another one:
Holy Toledo!
We're halfway now.
Motor City.
His sign actually says "My Silver Shadow just failed to proceed. I need a tow and a bus fare, please."
Or maybe it was a Spirit...
Look carefully....
The Ambassador bridge to Canada:
More car guys...
Ontario at last.
More gas.
Almost home - two more hours.
It rained just as we were almost home.
We made it. We took the illegal British front number plate off in Kentucky, by the way.
$210 in gas today.
The whole week was 1,400 miles or 2,240kms.
Now she needs a wash. But what a week. A brilliant week!
Details to come over the next few weeks.
(Posted by David Irvine)

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