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Larry Colen
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 9:23 AM

Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday.  We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating.  We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10.  As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes

We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook.  The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked.

It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show.  One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph.  Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive.

With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon.  A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek.

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday. We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating. We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10. As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook. The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked. It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show. One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph. Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive. With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon. A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek. I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. Larry -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com
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Paul Stenquist
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 12:18 PM

Nicely done. Love those E-type engines. Could be cut by half without losing much.

Paul

On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:23 AM, Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com wrote:

Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday.  We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating.  We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10.  As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes

We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook.  The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked.

It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show.  One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph.  Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive.

With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon.  A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek.

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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Nicely done. Love those E-type engines. Could be cut by half without losing much. Paul > On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:23 AM, Larry Colen <lrc@red4est.com> wrote: > > Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday. We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating. We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10. As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes > > We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook. The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked. > > It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show. One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph. Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive. > > With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon. A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek. > > I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 > > Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: > https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 > > I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. > > Larry > > > -- > Larry Colen > lrc@red4est.com > > > -- > %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List > To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net > to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions.
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Steve Cottrell
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 12:53 PM

Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast. My dad had a TR3 when we lived in Santa Clara in the 70s - I wonder if it’s one of those!!! I’ll see if I can get a photo with the license plate showing…

Cot

On 28 Sep 2021, at 10:23, Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com wrote:

Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday.  We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating.  We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10.  As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes

We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook.  The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked.

It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show.  One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph.  Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive.

With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon.  A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek.

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast. My dad had a TR3 when we lived in Santa Clara in the 70s - I wonder if it’s one of those!!! I’ll see if I can get a photo with the license plate showing… Cot On 28 Sep 2021, at 10:23, Larry Colen <lrc@red4est.com> wrote: Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday. We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating. We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10. As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook. The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked. It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show. One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph. Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive. With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon. A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek. I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. Larry -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com -- %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions.
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John Francis
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 4:22 PM

On Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 01:53:48PM +0100, Steve Cottrell wrote:

Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast.

When I first saw one of those it wasn't actually a Europa - it was a Lotus 47
(which is an even rarer beast).  This was the competetion version, painted in
"Gold Leaf Team Lotus" livery, which was being raced at Brands Hatch on the
following weekend (by Jackie Oliver if my memory is to be trusted, which is
by no means guaranteed).

This was very early on in the history of this variant - in fact it may well
have been the debut race.  Fortunately for me Lotus wanted to keep the car
out of the public eye, and so chose to garage it for a day or two a couple
of miles away from the track at a garage where I sometimes worked weekends
(pumping fuel, checking oil levels, etc.)

Rather more publicly visible on the forecourt that weekend (this was not the
race weekend - it was the weekend before) was a GT40 which had ended up there
when the transporter carrying it had broken down. One of the cars I filled
up that weekend was a rather nice black car with a badge I didn't recognise
(Iso Grifo - not exactly a common sight; there were probably less than 50 of
them in existence at that time).  The driver wandered over to look at the GT40.
I remarked that there was something even more unusual behind the doors to the
service bay, to which he replied that he was aware of that - he was organizing
the race on the next weekend!  "Got any free tickets?" I joked.  "Sure", he
replied.  I thought he was continuing the joke when he dug around in the glove
compartment for a while, then turned back to me empty-handed and said "sorry;
I don't seem to have any with me today".  Then a thought struck him, and he
reached back into the car.  "Will this do?" he said, handing me a mechanic's
full weekend pass.  Needless to say it did very well - admission to the track,
and paddock for the whole weekend, and pit lane access for everything except
the actual race.  But it also allowed me to watch the race from the mechanic's
grandstand at turn 1.  I guess the joke was on me!

P.S.  The GT40 owner eventually gave up waiting for the replacement transporter
to arrive, and drove the car the two miles up the the public road to the track.

On Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 01:53:48PM +0100, Steve Cottrell wrote: > Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast. When I first saw one of those it wasn't actually a Europa - it was a Lotus 47 (which is an even rarer beast). This was the competetion version, painted in "Gold Leaf Team Lotus" livery, which was being raced at Brands Hatch on the following weekend (by Jackie Oliver if my memory is to be trusted, which is by no means guaranteed). This was very early on in the history of this variant - in fact it may well have been the debut race. Fortunately for me Lotus wanted to keep the car out of the public eye, and so chose to garage it for a day or two a couple of miles away from the track at a garage where I sometimes worked weekends (pumping fuel, checking oil levels, etc.) Rather more publicly visible on the forecourt that weekend (this was not the race weekend - it was the weekend before) was a GT40 which had ended up there when the transporter carrying it had broken down. One of the cars I filled up that weekend was a rather nice black car with a badge I didn't recognise (Iso Grifo - not exactly a common sight; there were probably less than 50 of them in existence at that time). The driver wandered over to look at the GT40. I remarked that there was something even more unusual behind the doors to the service bay, to which he replied that he was aware of that - he was organizing the race on the next weekend! "Got any free tickets?" I joked. "Sure", he replied. I thought he was continuing the joke when he dug around in the glove compartment for a while, then turned back to me empty-handed and said "sorry; I don't seem to have any with me today". Then a thought struck him, and he reached back into the car. "Will this do?" he said, handing me a mechanic's full weekend pass. Needless to say it did very well - admission to the track, and paddock for the whole weekend, and pit lane access for everything except the actual race. But it also allowed me to watch the race from the mechanic's grandstand at turn 1. I guess the joke was on me! P.S. The GT40 owner eventually gave up waiting for the replacement transporter to arrive, and drove the car the two miles up the the public road to the track.
LC
Larry Colen
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 5:34 PM

On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:18 AM, Paul Stenquist pnstenquist@comcast.net wrote:

Nicely done. Love those E-type engines. Could be cut by half without losing much.

You’re right, except for time.  It was something like 2AM by the time I got the set narrowed down that far and I’ve got a busy week ahead of me.

Paul

On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:23 AM, Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com wrote:

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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> On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:18 AM, Paul Stenquist <pnstenquist@comcast.net> wrote: > > Nicely done. Love those E-type engines. Could be cut by half without losing much. You’re right, except for time. It was something like 2AM by the time I got the set narrowed down that far and I’ve got a busy week ahead of me. > > Paul > >> On Sep 28, 2021, at 5:23 AM, Larry Colen <lrc@red4est.com> wrote: >> >> I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. >> >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 >> >> Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 >> >> I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. >> >> Larry >> >> >> -- >> Larry Colen >> lrc@red4est.com >> >> >> -- >> %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List >> To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net >> to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions. > -- > %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List > To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net > to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions. > -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com
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Larry Colen
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 5:35 PM

That’s a great story John.

It was a surprisingly good show, it’s too bad that you weren’t able to make it.

On Sep 28, 2021, at 9:22 AM, John Francis johnf@panix.com wrote:

On Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 01:53:48PM +0100, Steve Cottrell wrote:

Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast.

When I first saw one of those it wasn't actually a Europa - it was a Lotus 47
(which is an even rarer beast).  This was the competetion version, painted in
"Gold Leaf Team Lotus" livery, which was being raced at Brands Hatch on the
following weekend (by Jackie Oliver if my memory is to be trusted, which is
by no means guaranteed).

This was very early on in the history of this variant - in fact it may well
have been the debut race.  Fortunately for me Lotus wanted to keep the car
out of the public eye, and so chose to garage it for a day or two a couple
of miles away from the track at a garage where I sometimes worked weekends
(pumping fuel, checking oil levels, etc.)

Rather more publicly visible on the forecourt that weekend (this was not the
race weekend - it was the weekend before) was a GT40 which had ended up there
when the transporter carrying it had broken down. One of the cars I filled
up that weekend was a rather nice black car with a badge I didn't recognise
(Iso Grifo - not exactly a common sight; there were probably less than 50 of
them in existence at that time).  The driver wandered over to look at the GT40.
I remarked that there was something even more unusual behind the doors to the
service bay, to which he replied that he was aware of that - he was organizing
the race on the next weekend!  "Got any free tickets?" I joked.  "Sure", he
replied.  I thought he was continuing the joke when he dug around in the glove
compartment for a while, then turned back to me empty-handed and said "sorry;
I don't seem to have any with me today".  Then a thought struck him, and he
reached back into the car.  "Will this do?" he said, handing me a mechanic's
full weekend pass.  Needless to say it did very well - admission to the track,
and paddock for the whole weekend, and pit lane access for everything except
the actual race.  But it also allowed me to watch the race from the mechanic's
grandstand at turn 1.  I guess the joke was on me!

P.S.  The GT40 owner eventually gave up waiting for the replacement transporter
to arrive, and drove the car the two miles up the the public road to the track.

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That’s a great story John. It was a surprisingly good show, it’s too bad that you weren’t able to make it. > On Sep 28, 2021, at 9:22 AM, John Francis <johnf@panix.com> wrote: > > On Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 01:53:48PM +0100, Steve Cottrell wrote: >> Nice shots Larry - thanks for posting! That Europa is a rare beast. > > When I first saw one of those it wasn't actually a Europa - it was a Lotus 47 > (which is an even rarer beast). This was the competetion version, painted in > "Gold Leaf Team Lotus" livery, which was being raced at Brands Hatch on the > following weekend (by Jackie Oliver if my memory is to be trusted, which is > by no means guaranteed). > > This was very early on in the history of this variant - in fact it may well > have been the debut race. Fortunately for me Lotus wanted to keep the car > out of the public eye, and so chose to garage it for a day or two a couple > of miles away from the track at a garage where I sometimes worked weekends > (pumping fuel, checking oil levels, etc.) > > > Rather more publicly visible on the forecourt that weekend (this was not the > race weekend - it was the weekend before) was a GT40 which had ended up there > when the transporter carrying it had broken down. One of the cars I filled > up that weekend was a rather nice black car with a badge I didn't recognise > (Iso Grifo - not exactly a common sight; there were probably less than 50 of > them in existence at that time). The driver wandered over to look at the GT40. > I remarked that there was something even more unusual behind the doors to the > service bay, to which he replied that he was aware of that - he was organizing > the race on the next weekend! "Got any free tickets?" I joked. "Sure", he > replied. I thought he was continuing the joke when he dug around in the glove > compartment for a while, then turned back to me empty-handed and said "sorry; > I don't seem to have any with me today". Then a thought struck him, and he > reached back into the car. "Will this do?" he said, handing me a mechanic's > full weekend pass. Needless to say it did very well - admission to the track, > and paddock for the whole weekend, and pit lane access for everything except > the actual race. But it also allowed me to watch the race from the mechanic's > grandstand at turn 1. I guess the joke was on me! > > P.S. The GT40 owner eventually gave up waiting for the replacement transporter > to arrive, and drove the car the two miles up the the public road to the track. > -- > %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List > To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net > to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions. > -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com
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jcoyle@iinet.net.au
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 11:44 PM

Great series of lovely classic cars, Larry.  My favourites of the era were:
the E-type, of course
Triumph TR3's and 4's (didn't like the style of the later ones)
AH 3000 - any version

Funnily enough, I always liked the quirky little car marketed in the UK as the Californian (L16454 in your set).
When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast.  The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce  (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door!  Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's.

John in Brisbane

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Subject: GESO British car show

Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday.  We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating.  We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10.  As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes

We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook.  The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked.

It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show.  One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph.  Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive.

With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon.  A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek.

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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Great series of lovely classic cars, Larry. My favourites of the era were: the E-type, of course Triumph TR3's and 4's (didn't like the style of the later ones) AH 3000 - any version Funnily enough, I always liked the quirky little car marketed in the UK as the Californian (L16454 in your set). When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast. The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door! Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's. John in Brisbane -----Original Message----- From: Larry Colen <lrc@red4est.com> Sent: Tuesday, 28 September 2021 7:24 PM To: Pentax-Discuss Mail List <pdml@pdml.net> Subject: GESO British car show Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday. We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating. We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10. As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook. The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked. It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show. One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph. Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive. With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon. A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek. I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. Larry -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com -- %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions.
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Larry Colen
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 11:55 PM

On Sep 28, 2021, at 4:44 PM, jcoyle@iinet.net.au jcoyle@iinet.net.au wrote:

Great series of lovely classic cars, Larry.

Thanks, it was a fun day.

My favourites of the era were:
the E-type, of course

Some years back I rode in a friend’s 3.8 E-type, I loved the torque, thought it would make a great track day car.

Then again there’s the guy that put the jag six into a sprite.

Triumph TR3's and 4's (didn't like the style of the later ones)

Heh, I actually like the TR6, don’t like the flying doorstops, but I’d take a TR8 convertible like the one in the pictures.

AH 3000 - any version

Funnily enough, I always liked the quirky little car marketed in the UK as the Californian (L16454 in your set).

We call it the Nash Metropolitan.  Interestingly, it has a B series motor and either the rear end or the transmission from a sprite.

When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast.  The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce  (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door!  Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's.

John in Brisbane

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From: Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com
Sent: Tuesday, 28 September 2021 7:24 PM
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Subject: GESO British car show

Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday.  We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating.  We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10.  As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes

We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook.  The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked.

It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show.  One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph.  Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive.

With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon.  A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek.

I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900

Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480

I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills.

Larry

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> On Sep 28, 2021, at 4:44 PM, <jcoyle@iinet.net.au> <jcoyle@iinet.net.au> wrote: > > Great series of lovely classic cars, Larry. Thanks, it was a fun day. > My favourites of the era were: > the E-type, of course Some years back I rode in a friend’s 3.8 E-type, I loved the torque, thought it would make a great track day car. Then again there’s the guy that put the jag six into a sprite. > Triumph TR3's and 4's (didn't like the style of the later ones) Heh, I actually like the TR6, don’t like the flying doorstops, but I’d take a TR8 convertible like the one in the pictures. > AH 3000 - any version > > Funnily enough, I always liked the quirky little car marketed in the UK as the Californian (L16454 in your set). We call it the Nash Metropolitan. Interestingly, it has a B series motor and either the rear end or the transmission from a sprite. > When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast. The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door! Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's. > > > John in Brisbane > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Larry Colen <lrc@red4est.com> > Sent: Tuesday, 28 September 2021 7:24 PM > To: Pentax-Discuss Mail List <pdml@pdml.net> > Subject: GESO British car show > > Sunday week we found out about the local british car show this last Sunday. We got the car registered on Wednesday and discovered that it would make it about two miles before over heating. We tried a couple of small repairs, but there is no longer a local radiator shop where we can get it boiled out, so rather than trying something ambitious and risking the car not running at all, we kind of cheated, loaded the car into my trailer, drove to Boulder Creek early in the morning, then drove two miles to a diner we like before meeting folks for the show at 10. As we were about to leave, some folks were having a small reunion and doing some sort of video about it and asked if they could use Nigel, the Singer, in the video. Of course Tori said yes > > We still got to the meeting point on time, I saw a couple of people I knew in the parking lot. One was someone I had not yet met in person, but had seen him driving past in his MGB while I was riding my bike around the block and found him on facebook. The other was Larry, someone who had loaned me his trailer on a couple of weekends something like 30 years ago, when I started racing. Larry was driving a rather pretty Caterham 7. As it turns out Larry was parked next to Larry in a Jaguar Mark 4, a few cars down from where Tori and I were parked. > > It was an impressive show, we got the 49th spot out of 50 a couple days before the show. One person substituted his 356 for a broken Triumph. Years ago, there used to be a big Britcar show in Palo Alto the weekend after Labor day which would get 300-500 cars, drawing people from all over this part of California, so a little over 50 cars including a few that just showed up and parked across the street for a fist try was pretty impressive. > > With about fifty british cars, most over 40 years old in the show, a tow truck did make a rescue on Sunday afternoon. A toyota corolla that broke down while driving through Boulder Creek. > > I tried to get photos of most of the cars, plus some of the other interesting cars that drove or stopped by, so it’s a rather large gallery, 124 photos if flickr cooperates. I just put the K-1 on Av, bracketing nominal and two stops under as a safety. > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972794900 > > Also a few silly shots at the Brookdale lodge of the folks using Nigel to shoot the video of their reunion: > https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellarsee/albums/72157719972549480 > > I apologize for the size of the galleries, the goal of them is to show off the cars rather than my photographic skills. > > Larry > > > -- > Larry Colen > lrc@red4est.com > > > -- > %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List > To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions. > -- > %(real_name)s Pentax-Discuss Mail List > To unsubscribe send an email to pdml-leave@pdml.net > to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions. > -- Larry Colen lrc@red4est.com
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John Francis
Wed, Sep 29, 2021 6:10 PM

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 09:44:55AM +1000, jcoyle@iinet.net.au wrote:

When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast.  The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce  (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door!  Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's.

My best ride as a hitch-hiker was hitching from Cambridge to London on a damp day.
I got picked up by a guy driving a Volvo P1800 (best known as the car Roger Moore/Simon Templar drove in the TV series "The Saint").He knew how to drive the car, so navigating roundabouts at speed on slick roads wasn't any problem for him.  That was the best ride in the wet I ever got until 2003, when I got a ride around a wet Brands Hatch (a circuit a mile away from the house where I grew up) in a pace car driven by Roberto Moreno when the CART (IndyCars) visited for the London Champ Car Tropy.  As we approached the hairpin I felt the car begin to slide.  Rather than steering to correct the slide as I would have done he just balanced the car on the throttle to slide the back end out as well, and simply navigated the car round as fast as most folks could have done in the dry, without ever losing control, with only one hand on the wheel, and all the while chatting to me about his impressions of the circuit.

I've never been in a Rolls-Royce, but I have driven a Bentley R-Type.  This was one of a rotating stable of cars owned by a friend of mine.  In exchange for my being willing to occasionally run an errand for him (go and get take-away food, etc.) I got free use of almost any of the cars he had in the driveway (mostly there for teams of door-to-door salesmen he had working for him). The Bentley was one of those, but I also got to drive a Hillman Imp, a Jaguar S-type, and a variety of everyday saloons.  Although I rode in them all at one time or another, I didn't get to drive most of the cars he had for himself, which included an Adams Probe (the car driven by Alex in "Clockwork Orange"), an Aston Martin DB4, and (to drag this post back closer to being on-topic) a Jaguar E-type 4.2 coupe.

I did eventually get to drive the DB4, but that's another story.

On Wed, Sep 29, 2021 at 09:44:55AM +1000, jcoyle@iinet.net.au wrote: > > When I was in the RAF, I regularly hitch-hiked the 180 miles from camp to my home on the south coast. The best trip ever was in a Jaguar XK140 from the camp gates to South London - 110 miles - then a Rolls Royce (who cares which model) driven by the owner, for once, from South London to my front door! Never did as well as that again. By contrast, on another trip one leg was in a Humber Snipe from the 1930's. My best ride as a hitch-hiker was hitching from Cambridge to London on a damp day. I got picked up by a guy driving a Volvo P1800 (best known as the car Roger Moore/Simon Templar drove in the TV series "The Saint").He knew how to drive the car, so navigating roundabouts at speed on slick roads wasn't any problem for him. That was the best ride in the wet I ever got until 2003, when I got a ride around a wet Brands Hatch (a circuit a mile away from the house where I grew up) in a pace car driven by Roberto Moreno when the CART (IndyCars) visited for the London Champ Car Tropy. As we approached the hairpin I felt the car begin to slide. Rather than steering to correct the slide as I would have done he just balanced the car on the throttle to slide the back end out as well, and simply navigated the car round as fast as most folks could have done in the dry, without ever losing control, with only one hand on the wheel, and all the while chatting to me about his impressions of the circuit. I've never been in a Rolls-Royce, but I have driven a Bentley R-Type. This was one of a rotating stable of cars owned by a friend of mine. In exchange for my being willing to occasionally run an errand for him (go and get take-away food, etc.) I got free use of almost any of the cars he had in the driveway (mostly there for teams of door-to-door salesmen he had working for him). The Bentley was one of those, but I also got to drive a Hillman Imp, a Jaguar S-type, and a variety of everyday saloons. Although I rode in them all at one time or another, I didn't get to drive most of the cars he had for himself, which included an Adams Probe (the car driven by Alex in "Clockwork Orange"), an Aston Martin DB4, and (to drag this post back closer to being on-topic) a Jaguar E-type 4.2 coupe. I did eventually get to drive the DB4, but that's another story.
AC
Alan C
Thu, Sep 30, 2021 2:43 PM

Well done, Larry. You sure got the chaps talking with that lot! I never
owned any of them although I did once have a Wolseley 6/110 which had
the same 3L BMC 6 cyl. engine as the Austin Healey 3000. Several well
heeled university mates were heavy into many of the sports cars
depicted. Some Nash Metropolitans & Land Rover Series 1's too. Most of
us had to make do with Morris Minors & VW Beetles. Can't remember any
E-Types on the campus.

Alan C

Well done, Larry. You sure got the chaps talking with that lot! I never owned any of them although I did once have a Wolseley 6/110 which had the same 3L BMC 6 cyl. engine as the Austin Healey 3000. Several well heeled university mates were heavy into many of the sports cars depicted. Some Nash Metropolitans & Land Rover Series 1's too. Most of us had to make do with Morris Minors & VW Beetles. Can't remember any E-Types on the campus. Alan C