Thursday, 29 August 2013

The August Mid Week Car Show for Abbeyfield at Gerrards Cross.

The Rotary Club at Gerrards Cross hold their Annual Fund Raiser Car Show at the Community Centre at the end of August on a Wednesday afternoon. The show is open to Pre 1986 Cars but I have turned up twice now and been invited in for the Standard Donation of £5.00

Reminiscent of my Help for Heroes 1000 Mile Rally experience, as I drove the Mog to Gerrards Cross the ubiquitous White Van Man pulled out in front of me again.  

The Rotary Gazebo at the entrance.

This year an additional attraction was a collection of Vintage Bicycles with owners wearing traditional dress.

 The Early Hobby Horse.

A Penny Farthing for your thoughts? 

 On this Interesting Tandem the Lady rides on the Lower Front Seat

 An Early Racing Bike.

Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer, do. 

 More Interesting Designs

 A very odd organisation of Suspension Seat and Drop Handlebars?

 A Military Fold Up Model used by Parachutist Soldiers.

 A Home Made Replica Wheel Hub Lamp

Following a quick Coffee and Scone from the Refreshment Ladies, I set out to view the Car Display.

 The owners of this beautiful DB6 made me envious of their 2012 Journey through South America.

 This excellent Cadillac is Right Hand Drive from the days when roads had no 'side'

 One of the fantastic MG's on show.

This Lovely Riley Ulster racing model would suit me very well.

 The Fairthorpe, of which there were two on show, were built locally in Chalfont St Peter.

 A Stunning MG Tourer.

 E Type Jags and Astons were in multiples today.

 This is my Type  of Ferrari. 

 A couple of Super Austin 7's

 More lovely MG's, this one being Supercharged.

The Bond Bug, a rare sight to see one out on the roads these days.

One of the largest MG's I have seen. 

 A Lotus Special of some history? 

 Another Superb Riley Tourer

The US Army Willy's Jeep with a strong odour of Army Canvas.  

 a beautiful Invicta called 'Felicity'

More lovely MG's

Two more Morgans of the 1960's 

Another Trike of a different Marque. 

A Pair of quite different Morgan Three wheelers.

 A Rare Marcos is a beauty.

 Picnic with no People.

 Oh I do love these Rileys.

 A TVR Tuscan and S Type Jaguar.

The New Morgan Three Wheeler of Chris Nicklas with a superb plate Y engine 2 cylinders and 3 wheels. Not sure what the 1 represents? 

The Biggest of the Original Mini range - The Austin 2.2 and another Yellow Austin 7 

 A stunning Mark 2 Jaguar of the 'Inspector Morse' type.

Out Green Goddess Mog is next to this beautiful Moggie GPO Van 

 Now for some Big Boys starting with this lovely Jaguar.

 A Interesting Door Opening on this Rolls Royce.

A More Sedate Roller.

Then it is Bentley, Bentley and Bentley 

Excellent Two Tone Jaguar

Men Under the Bonnet is good for a debate. 

The Lady Owner of this Austin  used to be a BOAC Flight Attendant.

 Super Duper Rileys - I love em to bits.

 Another interesting Lotus with its Bonnet Off.

Another fabulous MG Octagonals Dashboard. 

And then it was time to begin their journey home.

I had the opportunity while at the show to meet with this lovely local lady who was selling her books about the history of her family's Coachbuilding Business. I just had to buy a copy which I now look forward to reading. With our interest in our Hand Coach Built Morgan Cars it was a 'must' for me to have a copy. 

Mrs. J. Hutchinson (née Windover)

The History of Windovers 1600–1955

by Jane Windover 
The grandest British carriage and coachbuilders called themselves “houses,” and Windovers, though not one of the truly early makers, certainly counts as a grand house‚ with two showrooms in London and branches in Paris,Bombay, and Sydney (Australia) and works in Manchester, Huntingdon and north London. By the late 19th century they held many royal warrants and were responsible for maintaining some royalcarriages until the late 1950s.
Mrs. Hutchinson (née Windover 1935) has done an enviable job in tracing her family’s connection to saddlery from the 1600s and the later move into carriages from the late 1700s. There was a brief division in the early 20th century when W.C. Windover split from the main C.S. Windover and set up with a Mr. Turrill in Long Acre (the old center of London coachbuilding) and South Audley Street. The latter became Barker’s showrooms when the Windovers again reunited.
Coverage of the motorcar period is rather more patchy. A selection of mainly modern photographs and some short lists give an indication of Windovers’ range but this is not a closely researched study of their design and designers or technical advances. This is a pity because Windovers’ designs, though mainly conservative, could also be adventurous and up to the minute. The author does, however, cover Windovers’ successful move into commercial vehicle, bus and coach body making after 1945.
This limited-edition book blends family history and genealogy with the crafts and companies that brought fame and some fortune. It will seem expensive for its size, inevitable for a self-published work on a specialized topic, but it is in color throughout, with fascinating period memorabilia included. Cars are not always identified, and typos can be confusing as well as some text being repeated in several places. Nevertheless, anyone with an interest in coachwork history or, better yet, with a Windovers car will want this book.

Copyright 2011, Tom Clarke (
The History of Windovers 1600–1955
by Jane Windover
Self-published, 2006
138 pages, hardcover
List Price: £59
ISBN-13: 978-0955454400

Another lovely afternoon of Car Viewings was over for another year. Well done the Team from Rotary in putting on such a marvelous and well supported event again.


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