A Very British Car Show

The Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s Extravaganza featured rather a lot of metal, wood and leather that may not be familiar in the Colonies, but it also featured some bloody typical British rain.

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So what does one do at such an Extravanza? Well, you playfully race your edwardian wood and brass contraption against your chums’ spiffing Rolls Royce Twenty and Lagonda 2 Litre in the driving rain, on a sodden field.

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Though you can join in the fun with much more humble machinery too.

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So many Austin 7s, though

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Still, the rain is quite photogenic on fancy,

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not so fancy (bonus points for the person who spots the incongruity),

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and very fancy mascots indeed.

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And ones that started at the top, and have come down a bit since.

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Not that everything was British

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or even European

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Or particularly old

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My favourites? One is the oddness of the Lea-Francis 14hp saloon

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And I’m beginning to get a liking for proper Rileys. They were not-cheap, but attainable ‘sports saloons’ back in the day. Like a British BMW.

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But when you see them now, they’re invariable old, scruffy and well-used ‘oily rags’. Unlike many ‘30s machines, they don’t get babied or trailered- they trailer you.

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So was the rain a problem? Yes. To those with a bit of heft.

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