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    American Speedfest at Brands Hatch!

    Here we are, some photos from American Speedfest V, held at Brands Hatch on 10th and 11th June. Some people reckoned it was bigger than previous years, some reckoned it was smaller - and the knee-jerk statement that appeared at the last minute no doubt ensured that a few exhibitors decided not to bother in the end - but it was my first time there, so I wouldn't know.

    What I do know is that there was no shortage of things to squeeze into one day, and there was no chance at all that you might get bored. Once you'd exhausted the static displays, you could while away the remaining time at the trackside, watching the NASCAR, Pick-Up Racing or Bernie's classic V8s, or some of the varied demonstration runs.

    I decided to begin the day with an amble all along the static displays. Most of the cars there seemed to be from the '60s or later. '50s cars and rods weren't hugely in evidence, except with the NSRA, which had an expansive 45th anniversary display, and the Blood, Sweat 'n' Gears club. There were Mustangs and Corvettes of all generations everywhere, plus a strong turnout of Cobra replicas, with various rarer cars nestled among them.

    Unfortunately, and I gave myself a good kicking for this, I managed to miss a whole area of static displays on account of it being tucked away behind some of the sideshow kind of attractions. Not much I can do about that now, though, so on with the pics from the static displays!








    Traditional 1930 Model A was one of the few rods that turned up independently of a club


    Customised í69 Mustang looked like it meant business


    í62 Thunderbird sporting some neat period kustom touches


    1972 Mercury Montego GT was one of the rarer cars on display. Canít say that the wheels do anything for me, but itís great to see a more unusual car so well preserved.


    Bringing things up to date, this AK 427 Cobra replica was new to the roads last year


    Another lesser-seen Ď70s FoMoCo product, itís a Ranchero from 1979


    Iíve spotted this í79 Buick Regal lowrider at quite a few of the big shows over the course of the past year, and wherever it goes, there tends not to be anything else like it. I canít say Iíve ever cared that much for the bouncy hydraulics, but I love the detailed paint and overall high standard of finish on lowriders like this.
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    They only made 1,175 Shelby G.T.350 Mustangs for 1967, and this is one of them (or a replica of one of them)


    There had to be a wagon somewhere… it’s a ’63 Ford Country Sedan.


    Unfortunately, I never find time to have a look at the Demon Drome Wall of Death, so just had to make do with the pair of 1920s Indians they had on display outside.


    Beautiful ’63 Riviera was a rather more understated lowrider


    ’69 Olds 442


    ’71 Barracuda – not one for the shy and retiring


    Neat ’40 Ford


    One very nice looking ’58 Vette, transformed from looking like a pretty little highway cruiser to a street-racing bruiser with just a set of Torq Thrusts


    ’67 Plymouth Barracuda looks tough with the widest tyres possible without being tubbed


    ’70 Dodge Dart Swinger was one of the more unusual cars with the Mopar crowd
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    With no badges or plates I had to scratch my head over this one for a bit, but a feel fairly confident in labelling it as a ’69 Buick LeSabre or Wildcat


    There were a few Cadillacs scattered around but Lincolns, like this ’75 Continental, weren’t quite so plentiful


    Just about managed to catch this ’55 Mercury at the end of the day


    ’66 Shelby Mustang G.T.350H was a real highlight. Only 1,001 of them were made for Hertz car hire, all in the exclusive black and gold livery. If you were a Hertz Sports Car Club member over 25, you could rent one of these for $17 dollars a day and 17 cents a mile. The scheme appealed greatly to racing enthusiasts, who enjoyed the 289 Cobra V8, and must have done a lot to help Mustang sales.

    This was a huge event, so I think this'll be quite a long thread and take me a very long time.
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    Thank you for the pictures and write up. I wanted to go but couldn't get to Brands, combination of on and off track action looks like a nice mix.

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    Great Pics as usual Nigel



    ( Psst ...F.Y.I. the lovely Orange Barracuda < PHOAR > - next to the '66-'67 'Nascar Charger' - was a '67-'68 , the '69's had a straight lower centre grille divider ! )
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    Thanks for the pics Zack. Always apprecaiated. I went this year and last year and to be honest there wasn't much in it attendancewise. You get fluctuations in numbers in every event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerMoparFan View Post
    Great Pics as usual Nigel



    ( Psst ...F.Y.I. the lovely Orange Barracuda < PHOAR > - next to the '66-'67 'Nascar Charger' - was a '67-'68 , the '69's had a straight lower centre grille divider ! )
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    Thanks for pointing that out, I've corrected it now. I should have checked it but I put the pics up in a hurry and just went along with '69 G-reg.
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    some nice cars there looks like a good day out, been a long time since i was at brands 1986 for the last F1 grand prix , i recognize the 63 wagon & 55 mercury they were a couple of my imports . RAY A in sf

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    A few shots of some of the on-track action. NASCAR and Pick-Up Racing will do us for today. I won't write any info for the pics because I know sod all about modern motorsport, so I'll just leave you to enjoy the photos.

    Pick-Up Racing first, shot from the infield at Druids. I'm not sure if this is genuinely an American thing, since the field seemed to be made up entirely of Fords and Vauxhalls, but racing pick-ups certainly sounds like an American creation, anyway.

    Actually, I've just found a website for the series (pickuptruckracing.com). Sounds like it's a British creation but one that's supposed to be American in its nature. Launched in 1997, the series is for purpose-built 230b.h.p. pick-ups, weighing under 2,000lbs. (approx. 900k.g.), with tubular spaceframe chassis and two-litre multi-valve twin-cam engines.









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