Last years Retro Show was killer so Saturday lunchtime we pointed the MX5 at Santa Pod and hit the road. An afternoon and evening of heavy ale consumption didn’t serve to make an MX5 suitable accommodation for sleep as hoped (next time…a tent methinks!), but despite feeling pretty rough come Sunday morning, it was all worth it. The turnout was spectacular just like last year, with everything from stock obscure classics (Fiat Strada FTW!!) to full on drag cars like the mental Torment Racing Alky burning Chevette, which despite getting well out of shape still netted an 8.8 run. We parked up with the Retro Rides crew who put in a top display as usual with loads of variety. It’s too hard to pick a favourite from the hoards but high on my list of winners was Mick Wilkes’ gorgeous little Bedford HA van. Virtually stock looking on the outside but packing turbo XE power. A leisurely looking launch down the quarter saw it in the low 13’s but it’ll easily lay down low 12’s. What a machine! I gotta build something like that!

A couple of blasts from the past made my day too. The sky high, fully flaked street machine Mini looked straight out of the mid 70’s. It even ran an old school rodders engine of choice from back in the day, the Ford V4! Also, check out this Mk1 Capri on slot mags, complete with flake and rear window louvre… 70’s survivor!

The track action saw some really rapid passes. It seems the average ET’s drop year on year with plenty of subtle looking retros running in the 12’s with some even dipping into 10’s! The ESC cars put in some killer times too, especially the FWD classes which made some amazing runs. Maybe next year I’ll take the 510 for some quarter mile action, as it should be well back in action by then running SR power. I managed to snap a couple of hundred pics before the inevitable camera battery failure (must but a spare before RRG!). Check ‘em out after the jump…

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R. J. W.Wilkinson was a curious kind of scrapyard. It was a proper old school vehicle dismantler and repair shop. A place where old cars went to be broken down into their component parts, which would subsequently be labeled and stored away to give life to other old cars in need. Engine re-bores and rebuilds were also offered along with numerous other services. But what makes the place special is it’s period of operation. It’s hard to say for sure when it started but as about a third of the stock seems to have been from pre-war, it must have been pretty early. Right through until the seventies, parts were meticulously stashed away with the business ceasing full time operation the following decade. Since then not much has changed but finally, having apparently reached his 90’s the old man passed on and so an era came to end, which brings me to the purpose of this post.

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This little beauty cruised past me on the motorway as I ambled along in the Vanette. Judging by the plate, it was fresh from Poland. It’s journey possibly not without incident, as damage to the front left wing would suggest a wheel has made a bid for freedom at some point…

Sunday was our local classic car show. To be honest, I don’t often go, even though it’s the nearest event. Much as I love old cars, I find most classic car shows terminally dull. Still, I figured I should support local shows and to be fair, there was some nice machinery there. Sadly, my camera battery died before I’d been right round the show so you don’t get to see the pimpin’ late 70′ Thunderbird. Pics after the jump as usual…

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Last weekend was a busy one. Two events over two days but thankfully both local. We hit Skegvegas on Saturday for the annual VW show. Don’t usually do VW shows but as Mrs Ratdat has just acquired a ‘69 bug (more on this shortly) it seemed appropriate. Nearest thing to a VW show I’ve been to in the past was ‘Run to the Sun’ in Cornwall which we used to do annually in the late 90’s. This place has the same relaxed vibe as that. Plenty on nice dubs to see.. check the pics after the jump…

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When I was in my teens, the kustom work of Andy Saunders really caught my imagination. Andy’s mental kustom Citroen CX ‘Indescision’ in particular held a special fascination for me. Fast forward a few years and I was lucky enough to get to know the man himself and bear witness to his endless enthusiasm for kustomising and unique rides. Andy is still in the business of creating off the wall motors and you can check out his work on his website at www.andysaunderskustoms.co.uk . What prompted me to write this post was an article I came across in a 1985 issue of ‘Motorist’ magazine showing both Indecision and legendary chopped Mini, ‘Claustrophobia’ in mid build, along with a very young looking Mr Saunders! Scans after the jump…
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