For all you car and bike enthusiasts out there, I decided to put together a collection of my best loved transport images for this weeks blog post.
You will see a choice of cars, trucks, bikes from all different angles from various shows across Northern Ireland. This is just a personal collection of images put together and not for any purpose other than for interest. So sit back, sip a cuppa and enjoy flicking through the images.
The steering wheel is on the wrong side………..This Morris Ten really caught my attention and demanded a couple of clicks of the camera. I so loved the colour scheme and couldn’t help notice the Canadian plates and left hand drive. I was also glad to have caught a reflection of another car in the wheel hub, which I have to admit wasn’t planned.
Canadian rare bit………At the show there were endless European trucks painted with very interesting images, but they still didn’t move me in any way, not in the way American trucks do. This image of a Western Star is rather special to me, as it is a rare truck to see in these parts. It is a Canadian truck and much loved, like all North American trucks with me.
It’s all about that little M!………… As I walked down the BMW section (which didn’t take me long), I came across this old series 5, which had that special letter stamped on the grill. Yes it was an early M5 which did manage to grab my attention strong enough to take this angled shot. I know in some eyes it doesn’t deserve the classic status, but I just thought that it made interesting photographic material.
Three’s company…………..Walking very quickly in the opposite direction of boy racer territory with pumped up trance and their laughable over done Nova’s, Clio’s and Golf’s, my eyes turned to these three pretty looking old timers. The Bugatti nearest was owned by a lovely mature lady who meticulously kept it in tip top condition.
My personal escort………..By far the best Escort that has ever been designed was the Mk1 in my opinion and even though there were quite a few on display, this was by far the best of the show. Colour scheme, wheel choice and condition was exceptional, so it had to be picked as photographic material.
She had the cutest arse……….This Austin Metropolitan had to win first prize for the cutest rear end on the day at Mount Stewart classic car show. Great colour scheme and just plain heart melting. The deceased American car manufacturer Nash also produced these little gems, which were rebadged as Nash. Great little find.
I wish the dash in my Focus looked like this…….. This was the dash of my favourite MG of all time. The brilliant MGA. The owner of this particular one really knew how to look after this car and restore it to it’s former glory from a wreck. He did the right thing by replacing the original carbs with German made SU’s. Great car and would have bought it in a heartbeat if I had the cash.
King of the 4 x 4’s…………Another rarity, this M715 Kaiser Jeep was one of the stars of the Ballymena car and truck fest. It was actually being sold and was going for a staggeringly low price of offers around £15000. It was amazing and so different that it beckoned me to take a couple of shots of it. I wonder what it did to the gallon?
King of the road…………. This 70’s Kenworth was by far the best truck in the show for me and a real head turner. I remember when I was a kid in Australia, these rigs would be everywhere and had such a presence on the roads. Now they are not an every day sight for me living in NI, but still look a million dollars for me and king of the roads.
Alfa male………….This stunning Alfa Romeo was a seriously rare find in a local Irish show and probably was the most expensive car on the day. Apparently a car collector offered a stupendous amount of money to the owner to purchase it. Not sure what the outcome was, but a great find for a photo shoot.
Mod cons………….. Anyone who was a teen in the sixties (me not included) would remember these iconic scooters. If you were a Mod then this was your transport. Cool or what!
The cutest face…………..Have you ever seen a car with such a cute face as this one? This FMR TG 500 alias Messerschmitt Tiger has got to be the cutest of all. I found this at Mount Stewart on the Ards Peninsula. Great little car bags of quirkiness.
Big cats snarl!……….This Jag had it all with a fantastic looking grill and gleaming paint work. definitely worth a point n click of the camera.
Mobile home with a bit of chic………… This VW splitty was another heart stopper for me, with it’s mint green and white body work and fabulous interior. These passion wagons were and are still the best way for you and your partner to travel around Europe in. It’s just a dream my wife and I have when the kids fly the nest. Hopefully it will come to pass.
Gleaming superstar…………….. This beautiful red MG TD was such an eye catcher. Not my favourite of MG’s or cars, but it just won me over with it’s presentation.
Ugly is cool………….This 1934 Singer stole the show for me as one of the ugliest and weirdest cars there. It’s probably not really fair to call it ugly but maybe odd looking would be better. Either way it was eye catching enough for a photograph from me.
Ancient one……………… I am a really big fan of Buick as a car manufacturer and this little gem was no exception. It was the oldest car at Ballymena car and truck fest and yet it looked fresher than I did. The owner clear loved this car well enough to look after it.
An Ace up my sleeve……………….. Finally I have a real peach of a car or part of it anyway. This AC Ace just looked amazing. People including me always rave on about the AC Cobra and yes it is a very iconic motor with it’s 100mph in 10 seconds acceleration and curvy body lines that would give any supermodel a run for her money, but I personally loved the original body style. It was understated but elegant and just so beautiful in that understated British way.
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