Now in its third year (and its third name), the late summer show at Kenley Aerodrome suffered a bit this year from gloomy skies and competition from three other custom shows in nearby parts of Surrey. Previous attendance has probably been knocking on 200 vehicles; I don't think we came close to that this year, but there was still a nice mix of regular show-goers alongside some previously unseen cars, plus a few that I just hadn't seen for ages.
Standard Vanguard was an unusual choice for pro street treatment
I showed a pic a couple of weeks ago, and I'm showing another one, 'cos you can't have too much of a good thing. Russ Carpenter's historic Grenade dragster, from 1970, proved to be a popular attraction.
'65 Pontiac Catalina has lovely lines and is very well suited to turquoise
'53 Chevys are pretty cars, but I hope the creased stick-on flames aren't too remain on it much longer.
1960 Chrysler Valiant has been making the occasional appearance at shows for a few years now, and it's always a pleasure to see something a bit outside the norm
'68 Falcon as a nice, tough street racer look about it, and should be nice to see when it's finished
It wasn't all American and custom - any cool cars (plus a few questionable ones) were allowed onto the show field, so we were all fortunate to see an Auto Union 1000. I'm trying to think of an interesting fact about this car, but the best I can think of is that Jim Clark drove the very closely related D.K.W. 3=6 in his first ever motor race.
There weren't loads of old 'bikes this year, but an interesting one was this Honda-engined B.S.A. Apparently, purists don't like it, but they don't seem to like much, and as someone whose knowledge of 'bike engines is somewhat limited, I thought it was quite cool. It looked and sounded good anyway, and is probably much easier to use regularly than a ******* Stopped Again engine.
Just thought I'd show a shot of this neat Nova 'cause the paint was nice and vibrant despite the lack of sunlight, so I was quite happy with the shot.
More on it's way, of course.