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Really strange how your mind plays tricks on you as you get older ... I remember going to a Belle View show and seeing Ray Christopher's Past Yer Eyes milk float, a green flipflop over black C-cab, a radical (at the time) Red '57 gasser style street machine - straight tube, up in the sky and all, and a van with optic fiber lights all over the shell ... can someone place the year? ... I could have sworn I left Farnborough in 1975, and I doubt I would have gone with anyone but Paul and/or Dick Lambert, but the first show appears to have been 76 ... unless .. ahh .. unless I went with some of the Newcastle crew ... (Northern Street Rodders???) ... that would place it around 78ish ...

Sorry, my brain isn't what it used to be ...
 

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CANT PLACE THE GREEN C CAB?, BUT THIS LOTS FROM 77, (INCIDENTALY THE 1ST SHOW WAS 76), THE COLOUR PICS ARE BORROWED FROM DAVE ELDEN, CHEERS DAVE.....:tup:













 

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OOOOOHHH ... Thanks for the pikkies guys .. you got 3 out of 4 in just a couple of hours ... Brill !! ... and all of them spot on .as I remembered seeing them ... I also spoke to Paul today for the first time in 35 years ... He confirmed that we didn't go to Belle Vue together ... so it must have been when I was in Newcastle/South Shields which would account for the date discrepancy perfectly ... 77 it was then ...
 

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(REF REVENGE PIC ABOVE) SILLY ME I LOOKED STRAIGHT THROUGH THAT PIC!!, GUESS MY MIND WAS TELLING ME THAT EVERYONE WOULD KNOW REVENGE & CALL IT THAT !!.....:tup:​
 

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Bingo !!! ... See I've not been in the scene since 1978 so I don't remember any of the icons except that they impressed me so deeply at the time ... and now I've just started building again .. at 61
 

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bingo !!! ... See i've not been in the scene since 1978 so i don't remember any of the icons except that they impressed me so deeply at the time ... And now i've just started building again .. At 61
once a rodder always a rodder......​
 

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Loved that Thames (except the rear spoiler). Did I read it got crashed and written off?
Yep very sadly it did-that was back in 79-there was a pic of it with a smashed front in the very first issue of SM May 79-aparently there was a problem with the insurance so it wasant covered correctly.

Heres a bit of info on the Thames-the chrome diff cover was a wheel cap and the exhausts ran through Fiat X19 plastic covers out the sides just in front of the rear wheels.
 

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To those who didn't have the opportunity to show or attend any of the Belle Vue shows you missed what was the best organized, run, attended whatever you want to call it, Shows in England's Custom Vehicle history.

Rodger and Graham had a dream and passion that no other has ever replicated, the organization and the assistance by the members of Rainy City Cruisers was events that no one could or should forget, from the Fire Alarms at 2am in the Hotel to drunken parties ( I did not attend any of those and anyone who says any different is a " Little Lyre " )

Many thanks Rodger I will try and find any photos of those " Blurs " in my miss spent life.

Steve Stringer. [email protected]

To the Thames " Star Wars " post yes it was totaled after a Chelsea cruise night, and due to an oversight by an office employee when we moved premises the same weekend there was a one day lapse in vehicle coverage. Oh well life goes on !
 

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Yep very sadly it did-that was back in 79-there was a pic of it with a smashed front in the very first issue of SM May 79-aparently there was a problem with the insurance so it wasant covered correctly.

Heres a bit of info on the Thames-the chrome diff cover was a wheel cap and the exhausts ran through Fiat X19 plastic covers out the sides just in front of the rear wheels.
And the glass lower panels were made in my back bedroom...................
 

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JUST PUT SOME AUDIO FOOTAGE ON THE 'MURALS- THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY' THREAD WHICH RELATES TO 2 CARS BEING PREPPED FOR THE 78 BELLE VUE SHOW...:tup:
 

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It's great to read all your thoughts and memories from Belle Vue. The book is progressing but it's still a ways off being published but we will get there!
Ray, great to hear from you and I'd appreciate your contribution - (I'm looking forward to seeing your book).
Steve, Thanks for your kind words and if you'd like to contribute, it would be appreciated.
Mopar, a favour? I do not have a copy of the '79 programme. Could you do a full scan of it for me and email it to me?
Camarodaz28, I don't know which show your pics are from but it's not a Rod & Custom Show although it is Belle Vue. (our posts had concrete bases and were either blue or white and our ropes were always blue plus each vehicle had a showcard).

All the photos and contibs are kept in separate credited archives so that those that are used will be given the correct credit (plus I think that those that will be included will have to sign off permission) so if any of you have good quality (allowing for the aging process) photos, I am very interested in seeing them. You can always email me at: [email protected]

The book itself appears to have evolved into a fairly detailed look at the UK show scene from BHRA's first one day show in 1963 through "Drag Racing - 69" at Farfield Halls and into the major indoor show period from the early 70s to 1983, including the CC shows. So any pictures, memories and/or contributions are more then welcome. I believe that this was an extremely important time in the evolution of the UK hotrod movement so to get it right, I need your contributions.

Your help is appreciated, Thanks

Rodger Attaway
 

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I just stumbled across this forum.

I have fond memories of those shows. Nice to see picks of Roger's Plymouth and that superb '67 of Mick's. I've not seen any of the guys for years, although my old pal Martin Tyman makes an annual trip up here.

I remember that Milk Float doing burn outs in the covered car park.

Still got a Chevy but I use my bus pass more often these days. :lol:
 

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Belle Vue was where it all started for me. I'd just past my car test and was trying to get interested in cars, but after being into the bike scene the novelty was wearing off and they where starting to be a bit tame,............ till I went to this car show ( the first ever Belle Vue).
I'd never seen cars like this, and 10 seconds through the door I was completely hooked!, and here we are 30 odd years later, still love'em just as much, still running my life around them.
 
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