Went for a little ride around the North Downs, Surrey, England, UK, The World. (Need to get rid of the, er, extra me I’ve built up whilst working from home the last 3 years.) Anyway, the RAC 1000 Mile Trial is on

...so I kept getting passed by some very nice pre-War vehicles, unfortunately, never at a point where I could stop to get photos. (There was a nice Bentley Speed Six #8)

So, riding through the back lanes, came across this:

A Rectrans Discoverer 25r

I’d hate to meet it coming the other way. The “road” that it’s parked off of is very narrow, perhaps 12 feet on it’s widest section, and this is just on a tight zig-zag. It’s certainly, shall we say “characterful”?

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After struggling up Box Hill, a not-very-big climb, 1.5 mins slower than I used to, there were three adjusted Minis near the top. Not much of a chance to stop, so snatched three quick snaps.

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On the return leg, passed a dealership... oh, they used to do... er... Kia... I think... it’s been a while. Someone’s taken over the space. Autoficcina (http://www.autofficina.co.uk/) They have some nice vehicles. Could’ve taken a few shots, but I needed to press on. I’ll do them another time.

Do you remember that bit about me being older and needing to get fit again? Well, nearer home, everything started to catch up with me. 31º C/87.8ºF is a little too warm when you’re 52 and carrying 12kg more than you used to. That extra fat makes for a nice insulating layer, great when it’s cold, not so good when you’re trying to shed heat in the summer. Sloooowing down, meant I had the perfect excuse to stop when I saw this Daimler SP250 Dart

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As the summer progresses, there will be more, no doubt. Concourse of Elegance at the end of August. Wooh!