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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 31st May, 2016)

Austin Seven Special

Austin Seven Special
At Haigh Vintage Fair.

Photo: John Morris  (Fujifilm X Pro1)
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Comment by: Johnny on 31st May 2016 at 00:36

Motor vehicle in pristine condition!
Good photo.
My Dad had one of these - saloon model in black with running boards!
All 4 of the family squeezed in and with suitcases!!

Comment by: Ab on 31st May 2016 at 08:46

Lovely thing. Strange I didn't know this was on. Shows like this don't seem to get all that well publicised for some reason. I doubt many could afford one of those back in the 40s & 50s, most working class couldn't afford a car at all unless you were a doctor or in a professional well paid job. Love classic/vintage cars, so much character and charm, but sadly these days they are well out of reach for most of the average person due to sky rocketing values.

I wonder if the owner ever uses it as it should rather than it being stuffed in a garage throughout the year under some carcoon or heated garage like so many are. People with classics seem to have a thing about going overseas to France and Italy on a tour; what's wrong in driving the car in this country?.

Comment by: Maureen on 31st May 2016 at 10:35

Now Johnny,I bet you were drinking out of cups then..what happened to your Dads car.

Comment by: John Morris on 31st May 2016 at 11:19

Ab, the owner of this car uses it to compete in hillclimbs so it is used as it should be, hence the "racing numbers". I fully agree with your comments, though, about many being stuffed away as an asset rather than being enjoyed. My first car was a 1933 MG J2, how I wish I still had that!!!

Comment by: Johnny on 31st May 2016 at 12:08

He didnt keep cars for long..I think he traded it in for a Hillman California, another small car. Friends would say the ash-tray's full, time Dad changed his car! Other cars he had were Singer Gazelle, Morris Minor, Ford Capri and Ford Zodiac..
Southport and Formby were us regular trips out!

Comment by: Johnny on 31st May 2016 at 12:15

Bought meself a tin mug outta Tescos.
Burnt my bloody lips on the rim!! :O)
Back to jam jars!!

Comment by: Maureen on 31st May 2016 at 15:47

Johnny,my first car years ago was a black Morris Minor..at the time I coudn't wait to get rid of it,and now I'd give my left arm for one..next best was Ford Cortina estate.. bad luck with your tin mug..only good for camping.lol

Comment by: Neil Cain on 31st May 2016 at 16:20

Ab the next Vintage Fair at the Hall is 17th July. You get a few old vehicles but it isn't a car show/rally as such.Worth a look though...only £1 to go in.

Comment by: britboy on 31st May 2016 at 18:42

My first car was a Ford Anglia, we had a posh 1200cc Super, weekend trips out were a regular occurrence, best trip for me was out of Macclesfield, up to the Cat and Fiddle pub for lunch and down to Buxton, beautiful ride.

Comment by: Ab on 31st May 2016 at 20:03

Ive never seen the appeal with hillclimbs, rallies, track days, or any other kind of racing for these classics, I just think these cars should be used on the roads and not mingling with the rich club at Millie Miglia, Goodwood Revival or wherever. I find motorsports boring to be honest; sticking racing stickers and stripes over a beautiful car just spoils the look of it. Been to a few meets at the Corner House in Wrightington lately, good turnout of vintage and classics: E Types, Xk120, Austin Healey, Morgans, etc (some very valued ones too such as a Ferrari Daytona, which I think fetch around half a million), however, so many look like they never get used much.

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